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In today's Sprint:
🏈Bezos may become an NFL owner.
🎓 The new-look Big 12.
⚾️ Vlad Jr. takes the HR lead.
Trivia:Which of the following schools was an original charter member of the Big12 and is still a member of the conference?
*Answer at the bottom
WATER COOLER TALK
🏈 The owners of the Denver Broncos plan to sell the team in 2022 for a whopping $4 billion. Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of ~$200 billion, is a frontrunner to buy the team.
Bezos can buy the team about as easily as we get dinner at Chili’s.
🏈 USC fired head football coach Clay Helton after the team’s 42-28 loss to Stanford, in which the Trojans were a double-digit favorite.
Next Monday’s water cooler may read: “Alabama has brought on Clay Helton as an unpaid offensive assistant for the remainder of the 2021 season.”
If he follows in the path of Steve Sarkisian, he’ll be the head coach of Texas by 2030.
📺 Jason Sudeikis, star of the Apple TV hit show Ted Lasso which puts an American college football coach in charge of an English Premier League team, roughly tripled his pay to $1 million per episode for the show’s upcoming third season.
Ted Lasso’s season 2 premiere brought in more viewers than any other original Apple TV show. It has a higher binge-watching rate than “Friends” and “The Office."
🎾 Emma Raducanu, the 18-year-old phenom who won the US Open, rose 127 spots in the world rankings to #23 after her big weekend.
She was ranked 345th to start the year… when she was halfway through her senior year of high school.
Cheaper By The Dozen
As college fraternity and sorority recruitment wraps up, so does the Big 12’s scramble to secure more members before any other schools head to the door.
New faces: After the surprise exits of Texas and Oklahoma, the Big 12 was on the verge of imploding. If one more team had left, the whole thing was coming down.
But the announcement of ‘The Alliance’ between the ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 kept those conferences from poaching any more Big 12 schools.
Now, the Big 12 is officially sticking together after adding four more teams to the conference:
The move brings the conference back to 12 teams after fielding only 10 the past decade.
Good company: While the four newcomers aren’t coming from another Power Five conference, they’re no pushovers.
Two currently ranked college football teams (#8 Cincinnati, #23 BYU)
Five New Year's Six Bowls since 2013
Two March Madness teams (#6 BYU, #2 Houston) in 2021
30 all-time NCAA titles, not including UCF’s 2017 college football title…
More importantly, once Texas and Oklahoma leave, the Big 12 will be much more balanced in terms of revenue generation. Texas and OU were bringing in 50% of the conference’s revenue.
Bad news for Texas and OU: With the new teams set to join as soon as 2023, but no later than 2024, the move puts UT and OU in a bind.
If the Big 12 had collapsed, both schools would have been able to join the SEC next season. However, with the Big 12 staying alive, the schools have to either pay $75 million each to leave or wait until the 2025 season.
Zoom out: Two months ago the Power Four conferences seemed inevitable. Instead, we’re sticking with the Power Five as the Big 12 adds four quality programs to its ranks.
But here’s a crazy stat that may mean trouble down the line: the SEC is expected to generate roughly the same amount of revenue as the entire NCAA when UT and OU join.
(1-0) Las Vegas Raiders33vs. (0-1) Baltimore Ravens 27 - Overtime
Down 3 with 37 seconds remaining, Derek Carr (435 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) led the Raiders on a quick two-play drive for a field goal to force overtime.
Then the Raiders thought they’d won the game on a long touchdown and rushed the field in celebration… before the play was called back and an interception thrown three plays later.