Five NBA teams knocking on the door of playoff legitimacyCBSSports.comWe’ve seen a healthy amount of teams get off to good starts so far, just as we’ve seen teams that started hot go to pieces (Pistons). What’s funny is how perceptions can shape so much of these evaluations, rather... Read more Kawhi Leonard makes season debut, scores 13 points in 16 minutesESPNWe definitely miss that.” Despite Leonard putting together decent numbers in his debut, the forward admitted to suffering through some rust. Leonard hasn’t yet practiced with the entire team for a full workout. Ginobili said Leonard had been... Read more
ESPN Verizon, NFL agree to new 5-year deal worth nearly $2.5 billionESPNVerizon will pay approximately $2.5 billion in the five-year deal with the NFL, sources told ESPN. That would be roughly twice the annual price of Verizon’s previous deal with the league. The new deal for the largest U.S.... Read more
SB Nation NFL picks against the spread 2017, Week 14: Giants, Raiders and the 10 best bets this weekSB NationWe’ve got some good games on tap this week, so let’s just get right into the gambling picks here. It’s your money, so YOU have to make the decision how... Read more NFL reveals nominees for Walter Payton Man of the Year awardNFL.comThe NFL announced the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide on Thursday. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each of these players was... Read more
Sports Illustrated Kaepernick Vows to Continue Combating Racial Injustice ‘With or Without the NFL‘Sports IllustratedAfter he accepted Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue combating racial injustice in America whether or not he returns to the NFL. “I say this as... Read more
New York Times Billy Bush, Kennedy Center Honors, NFL: Your Monday BriefingNew York Times(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Tax cut? Check. Now to avoid a shutdown. • Fresh off their success in passing a sweeping tax... Read more
Los Angeles Times NBA trends: OKC analyst blasts ’embarrassing’ ThunderLos Angeles TimesThe NBA season is off to a stellar start in the broadcast ratings. ESPN saw a 24% increase in viewership in its first 19 game broadcasts over a year ago. TNT had its second-best rating for an opening-night... Read more
Deadspin The NFL’s Quarterback Middle Class Is DyingDeadspinIf you’ve watched any NFL action this year you know that we’re in a terrible quarterback drought. A lot of good QBs (Luck, Rodgers, Watson) are hurt and a lot of seemingly promising young QBs (Winston, Mariota) are struggling. In their stead,... Read more LeBron James ejected for first time in career in game against Miami HeatUSA TODAYLeBron James achieved another first Tuesday night, albeit one he’d probably like to forget. For the first time in his career, he was ejected from a basketball game. The Cleveland Cavaliers star was tossed during... Read more