Happy Friday. Pat McAfee keeps crushing independent sports media. He announced a $30 million annual deal with FanDuel. To put that in perspective, it’d make him the 10th highest-paid player in the NFL and is twice as much as he made during his entire eight-year NFL career.
To make it better, Pat and team donated $6 million to charity on day one of the deal.
– Nathan & Blake
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The NCAA Football video game series was discontinued in 2014 over issues of athlete likeness resulting in a $60 million lawsuit.
🏈 The NCAA gave out the top awards not named the Heisman yesterday, including the Player of the Year to Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Defensive Player of the Year to Georgia's behemoth defensive tackle Jordan Davis.
Cincinnati's Luke Fickell won Coach of the Year. Check out the full list of awardees here.
🏒 In danger of being evicted from their stadium, the NHL's Arizona Coyotes cobbled together the $1.3 million tax debt they owed. They're good to keep playing for the time being.
Winner Take All
Giphy / Max Verstappen & Lewis Hamilton
The Formula 1 season has 22 races with the winner of each earning 25 points. Each successive position from 2nd to 10th gets fewer points. The odds of having two racers tied for first 21 races into the season are exceedingly low… yet here we are.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen both have 369.5 points going into Abu Dhabi, the final race of the year.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Sun. 8:00 AM ET on ESPN2
The old master & the young lion: At 36, Lewis Hamilton is the third-oldest driver in F1 out of 20 total. He’s won the last six F1 championships, giving him seven total. Lewis needs one more to break the tie for most ever titles with Michael Schumacher.
Then there’s Max Verstappen – the 24-year-old from the Netherlands who burst onto the scene seven years ago, becoming the youngest ever driver in F1.
Since, it’s been a steady climb up the standings from 12th his first year to 2nd last year. This season he’s led the championship almost all year.
It may get feisty: The two have had their fair share of dust ups this year, including Verstappen landing his car on top of Hamilton’s and brake testing Hamilton last weekend. At one point Hamilton said, “That guy is f****** crazy,” about Max.
F1 decided to step in before the final race, issuing both drivers a warning they may have points deducted for an unsportsmanlike crash.
Zoom out: F1 had the perfect storm of events over the past few years. Since Drive to Survive became the most viewed sports documentary on Netflix, F1 viewership has increased by 41% since 2019, and now the sport gets its closest title race since 1984.