Outkick’s Best of Television 2017

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Folks, I haven’t seen everything. There were 455 scripted series in 2017. We’re limited by what we’ve consumed, and some gems may have been overlooked. With that said, I did see a lot. As has become Outkick’s annual tradition, here are the top ten dramas and comedies from another insane year in television. Peak TV.… Read more »

Former ESPN President John Skipper Allegedly Out Drinking With Dan LeBatard In North Carolina

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Eleven days ago ESPN announced its president John Skipper was resigning due to “substance abuse issues.” The bombshell statement released by ESPN and John Skipper cited substance abuse issues as the reason for his “resignation.” Here is that statement from John Skipper: “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided… Read more »

Special Big Bowl Outkick Picks

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If you’re ready to play, the lines are live. Go! In addition to the solid slate of weekend bowl games, Georgia-Oklahoma and Alabama-Clemson headline all of the action on what should be a terrific New Year’s Day. My public bowl picks are here. VIP picks are here (login required). (Not a VIP?) Player consensus picks… Read more »

OddsShark Big Six Bowl Game Preview

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The lower seeds in the College Football Playoff national semifinal games on New Year’s Day have seen the betting public back them in wagering at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. They also both happen to be from the SEC, commonly known as the best conference in the country for college football. While that may or may… Read more »

Outkick’s Top 30 Markets For 2017

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2017 was an incredible year for Outkick, the most dominant in the company and site’s existence. We had millions of monthly readers, viewers, and listeners across a variety of media outlets. On radio Outkick the Coverage finished 2017 with nearly 300 AM/FM stations nationwide and satellite on Sirius and XM our morning. And ratings surged… Read more »

Monday Night Football Hits All Time Ratings Low on ESPN

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ESPN pays $2 billion a year to the NFL for Monday Night Football, one wild card playoff game — which it also simulcasts on ABC — and the right to use NFL highlights on ESPN shows and networks. Breaking it down on a per capita basis that means every person with ESPN on a cable… Read more »

Big Bowl Game Outkick Gambling Picks

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Now that we’ve reached the week of the big bowl games, here we go with the Outkick gambling picks for the playoff and the big six games. We’ve started off 2-1 in our early bowl game gambling picks — there are three today — which runs the Outkick gambling picks to 83-87 on the season… Read more »

Anonymous Mailbag

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It’s Tuesday, time for the anonymous mailbag even though it’s the Tuesday after Christmas. Yep, no days off for the anonymous mailbag. Send your questions to claytravis@gmail.com, anonymity guaranteed. I’m presently writing this from a Detroit, Michigan area hotel room where it is literallly zero degrees outside. Also, I have my nine, seven and two… Read more »

Bring Back The XFL With These New Rules In Play

Outkick the Coverage - Bring Back The XFL With These New Rules In Play

For the past week news has slowly trickled out regarding WWE owner Vince McMahon’s intention to bring back the XFL, an erstwhile competitor for the NFL which lasted for just one season back in 2001. Yesterday ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that Vince McMahon had sold over three million shares of WWE stock to fund a… Read more »

OddsShark College Football Playoff Gambling Preview

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OddsShark College Football Championship Odds Update The two schools that have won the past two College Football Playoff National Championship Games will be featured in the second semifinal on January 1 – the Sugar Bowl – and they also happen to be the top two favorites to win the title at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson… Read more »

Anonymous Mailbag

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It’s Tuesday, time for the anonymous mailbag to zap productivity across the country. Send your questions to claytravis@gmail.com, anonymity guaranteed. As always the anonymous mailbag is brought to you by the fine folks at The Home Loan Expert. Go to thehomeloanexpert.com right now and you can turn a mortgage rate in the 4’s into a rate… Read more »

ESPN’s President “Resigns” For “Substance Abuse Issues”

Outkick the Coverage - ESPN’s President “Resigns” For “Substance Abuse Issues”

This morning ESPN announced that John Skipper, who has been the network president since 2012, is “resigning” because of “substance abuse issues.” The resignation comes just four days after the announcement of Disney’s purchase of substantial Fox assets and five days after Skipper addressed all the talent at ESPN in a meeting in Bristol, Connecticut.… Read more »

All That and a Bag of Mail

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It’s Friday, rejoice, the mailbag is here and the weekend is almost here too. So let’s dive right into the most frequent question you guys asked me about yesterday and today. I’ve synthesized that question as follows: “What do you think about the Boston Globe story about sexual harassment and unfair treatment of women at ESPN?”… Read more »

Disney Buys Much of Fox: What Does It Mean?

Outkick the Coverage - Disney Buys Much of Fox: What Does It Mean?

This morning’s blockbuster news that Disney would be spending nearly $67 billion to buy the 20th Century Fox Movie and TV studio and its library of films and TV shows and the resulting characters — among them “The Simpsons,” “The X-Men,” “Avatar,” and the like — as well as the Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks, the… Read more »

The Early Bowl Game Outkick Gambling Picks

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We went 3-4 in conference title game weekend dropping our season record to 81-86. That’s a 49% winning percentage, which would be our first losing season on the Outkick picks in six years of making public picks on the website. (By the way, in addition to being the biggest losers on social media, fade the… Read more »

OddsShark Saturday College Football Bowl Game Preview

Outkick the Coverage - OddsShark Saturday College Football Bowl Game Preview

Four schools from Conference USA will take part in the five bowl games slated for Saturday, starting with the North Texas Mean Green (9-4) facing the Troy Trojans (10-2) in the New Orleans Bowl as consensus 7-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Trojans ride a six-game winning streak into the matchup and have won seven of… Read more »

Anonymous Mailbag

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It’s Tuesday, time for the anonymous mailbag. Send your anonymous mailbag questions to claytravis@gmail.com, anonymity guaranteed. As always the anonymous mailbag is brought to you by the fine folks at The Home Loan Expert. Go to thehomeloanexpert.com right now and you can turn a mortgage rate in the 4’s into a rate in the 2’s just… Read more »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Outkick the Coverage - Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

I want to tell you a story. It’s a wide-ranging, galaxy-spanning tale that feels both fresh, but eerily familiar. It’s a tale of ordinary human beings doing extraordinary things through love, kindness, shared sacrifice, and compassion, but all for the sake of purpose. It has heroes and villains, and despite its setting, it could accurately… Read more »