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What’s Going On Likes Big Buts And It Cannot Lie

I have no idea if this guy is a Penn State alum or not. (Photo: Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports)

I’m truly sorry for that one. Penn State brags about their alums, except they do it poorly.

Kevin Harlan: National Treasure.

Dak deal done. The Cowboys and Dak Prescott have come to an agreement on a six-year, $240 million deal that could become a four-year, $160 million deal if the final two years are voided. Details from ESPN:

Signing bonus: $66 million

2021 base salary: $9 million

2022 base salary: $20 million

2023 base salary: $31 million

2024 base salary: $29 million ($5 million roster bonus due the fifth day of the league year)

2025 base salary: $40 million (voidable year)

2026 base salary: $40 million (voidable year)

2021 cap figure: $22.2 million

2022 cap figure: $33.2 million

2023 cap figure: $44.2 million

2024 cap figure: $47.2 million

2025 cap figure: $53.2 million (voidable year)

2026 cap figure: $40 million (voidable year)

A deal like that says Jerry Jones knows the next TV deal is going be worth roughly $Texas. Charles Robinson says likewise.

Speaking of which. The NFL is looking to finalize their TV deals before setting the 2021 salary cap. CNBC:

Network partners Fox, ViacomCBS, NBC and Disney’s ESPN pay the league roughly $6 billion per year, with AT&T-owned DirecTV adding another $1.5 billion for the Sunday Ticket package. It’s been widely rumored the next agreement could reach $100 billion via a 10-year deal. Other options include a seven-year deal at $14 billion per year or an eight-year deal at $12 billion per year.

Working in the NFL’s favor is a new 10-year labor agreement reached last year with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), more postseason contests and a 17-game regular-season schedule, which the league is planning to implement next season. Hence, with the extra games added, the NFL wants its fee.

One interesting note: ESPN may outbid DirecTV for the Sunday Ticket package, a move that may speed up the demise of traditional cable. As things currently stand, live sports are the only thing propping up the traditional cable model. Right now, networks charge carriers fees to carry their networks, which are then bundled together by the cable companies. Since you can’t pick and choose which stations you want, your grandmother who just wants to watch reruns of the Andy Griffith Show on TV Land subsidizes us watching ESPN since she pays for the network on cable even if she doesn’t watch it. If Sunday Ticket can get people to sign up for ESPN+ and prove such a move viable, that, coupled with the increase in the varied streaming services out there, particularly something like Discovery+, which offers a way for your granny to watch Lifetime and HGTV without paying for ESPN, could bring about a significant shift in the TV dynamic.

But while things are still the way they are right now. The NHL has finalized an agreement with ESPN. Sportsnet:

ESPN is believed to have reached a seven-year deal to become one of the league’s media partners starting next season, according to multiple league and industry sources.

There was no confirmation from the NHL on an agreement that is expected to see ESPN get the rights to broadcast four Stanley Cup Finals between 2022 and 2028, plus streaming rights for Disney.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available, nor was it clear which other media company would split the package with ESPN.

One nickel says that we see a split with NBC akin to the NBA’s deal with ESPN and TNT. The NHL was mentioned as a big piece of NBC’s desire to position USA Network as a major player in sports when they announced plans to wind down NBCSN.

Olympics: on. International fans: off. International fans won’t be allowed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics of 2021. Reuters:

Kyodo said the government had concluded that welcoming fans from abroad would not be possible given public concern about the coronavirus and the detection of more contagious variants in many countries, Kyodo cited the officials as saying.

In the last Olympic Games, the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, local fans accounted for 80 percent of all ticket sales, with international fans buying 20 percent.

Most Japanese people do not want international visitors to attend the Games amid fears that a large influx could spark a resurgence of infections, a Yomiuri newspaper poll showed.

While coronavirus infection numbers have been relatively low in Japan compared with the United States and many European countries, the country has been hit hard by the third wave of the pandemic and Tokyo remains under a state of emergency.

College football to return to the virtual gridiron. The returning franchise won’t hit shelves until at least 2022 and your author bets a nickel that it’s 2023 or 2024, depending on how all the NIL business shakes out. Notre Dame already said they wouldn’t participate until a final arrangement in regards to NIL is done and even if they’re the only one (they won’t be), EA is probably not making a CFB game without them on board. More at Yahoo.

Here it is, your moment of zen.

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