Sports Media: Big Ten Close to Media Rights Deal with Fox, CBS, & NBC

A B1G (pun intended) shoe is set to drop in the college sports media world. According to multiple reports, the Big Ten conference is poised to strike a media rights deal with Fox Sports, CBS, and NBC. The deal would end the conference’s 40-plus-year relationship with ESPN.

The deal is expected to be worth $1 BILLION annually.

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Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers Activated from PUP List

Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers has been activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The 30-year old passed his physical and will be ready to go for the Eagles.

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Philadelphia Eagles are Worth $4.7 BILLION

Sportico unveiled their annual list of professional sports team valuations on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Eagles make the Top Ten of most valuable NFL franchises and the Top Fifteen of North American sports teams.

The Birds ranked ninth with a value of $4.7 billion. That’s BILLION, with a capital B.

Jeffrey Lurie bought the franchise from idiot Norman Braman in 1994 for a cool $185 million. That’s not a bad investment!

The Eagles also saw their value increase from the previous year. The Eagles value shot up 21% from 2021 to 2022.

The average NFL franchise valuation is now above $4 billion a year. The average team saw an 18% increase in year over prior.

Here’s how the NFL Top Ten breaks down:

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Gardner Minshew is Selling His Shaggin Wagon!

Of course Gardner Minhew is living his best life in a converted prision bus! No one should be surprised by this revelation. The Birds’ backup quarterback has reportedly been living in the bus since the middle of February.

Now that the Eagles are reporting to camp, Minshew apparently has no use for the bus. He took to Instagram to shill his “shaggin’ wagon.”

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Philadelphia Eagles Add a Camp Body, Sign DT Kobe Smith

According to NFL Insider Tom Pelissero, the Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent defensive tackle Kobe Smith. The move puts the Eagles back to the 90-player max. The Birds’ were sitting at 89-players after (again) releasing Craig James last week.

The 24-year old signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent the past two season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. Smith has not played in an NFL game.

Smith’s signing shouldn’t be met with a ton of fanfare as he’s likely a training camp body.

XFL Announces Eight Cities for 2023 Return

The long awaited, third version of the XFL is a little closer to reality. Owners Dany Garcia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and RedBird Partners announced the eight home cities for the league on Sunday.

Unlike the revived USFL, the XFL teams will play in their home markets.

The league will return to Arlington, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.. Each city hosted a team in XFL version 2. They will be joined by Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Antonio. Gone are New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay.

NYC, LA, and Tampa reportedly had the lowest attendance during the pandemic shortened 2020 season.

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