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Members Of The 2013 Louisville Men’s Basketball Team File Suit Against NCAA

On Wednesday, a group of former Louisville basketball players filed a suit against the NCAA in an attempt to regain their 2013 National Championship. 

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On Wednesday, a group of former Louisville basketball players filed a suit against the NCAA in an attempt to regain their 2013 National Championship. The championship, along with other accolades, was vacated by the NCAA after it was discovered that the program used an escort service to entice recruits to join their program.

The group of players is led by Luke Hancock. You may remember Hancock as the captain of that 2013 Louisville team, and also for winning the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four. Joining him are former teammates Gorgui Deng, Tim Henderson, Mike Marra, and Stephan Van Treese.

The legal team is led by John Morgan and the suit claims that the NCAA is a “morally bankrupt organization” that wrongfully vacated the team’s championship and painted the members of the team in a negative and false light. And while there was no specific monetary amount mentioned in the claim, Morgan said that “if all we get is this championship back for Louisville, and the players, and the city, and Luke’s MVP back, that’s going to be plenty pay for us.

Hancock had plenty to say himself. “It’s been five years and I can’t tell you two days where I’ve gone without having someone come to me and ask me if I had strippers or prostitutes in the dorm. I’m excited that Morgan & Morgan has partnered with us and is going to represent us because enough is enough.”

“My ring’s not coming off,” he also added.

The allegations first arose when a former escort released a book in which she stated that Andrew McGee, and former member of the Louisville basketball staff, hired her and some of her dancer friends to provide entertainment at sex parties for prospects. The school appealed the ruling by the NCAA, but the appeal was denied in February and 123 wins were vacated. Including the 2013 championship.

“We are used to fighting giants,” Morgan said in his statement. “In the sports world, I don’t think any giant exists like the NCAA. The NCAA is a giant, but the NCAA is a morally bankrupt organization that has taken advantage of economically disadvantaged kids through the country. They answer to nobody but are bad for everybody.”

And let’s not forget, the investigation led to the eventual firing of long-time and Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. Initially, he was suspended for five games by the school for failing to properly monitor McGee, but later, as they continued to appeal the ruling, he was eventually fired by the school. It is unclear at this time if he has even been asked to be a part of the lawsuit filed by the players.

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Louisiana State University Fans Expected To Be The Majority In The CFP Crowd In New Orleans

  

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Based on data by VividSeats, the crowd will be overruled by mostly purple and blue at the CFP championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

This forecast is backed by a series of data points that include the location of ticket buyers. Also, the expected amount of LSU fans is anticipated to get higher as prices start to decrease. 

 

 

Meanwhile, the Clemson fans are also expected to turn out as their fan base is quite similar to the travel associated with a championship game. 

According to SeatGeek and StubHub, online ticket marketplaces indicate that average prices have begun to fall after the CFP semifinals between LSU and Oklahoma, Clemson, and Ohio State which happened Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. 

 

It’s going down 

As of January 2, 2020, the average selling price of a get-in ticket on Stubhub is at $1,972, while their cheapest ticket is at $981. On that data alone, 34% of all CFP ticket-buyers on StubHub were located in Louisiana. Ticket-buyers on Texas, on the other hand, came up the second largest with 16% as South Carolina came in third with 6%.

Based on another data from Seatgeek from December 30, 2019, with a minimum price of tickets at $2,174 and a get-ticket is at $1,191. 24% of the sold tickets are hailing from Louisiana, 17% in Texas, 9% in Georgia, 8% in South Carolina, and 6% in North Carolina. 

Ticket prices feel to about $2,300 by New Year’s Eve, and as of January 8, 2020, the prices reached its lowest point at an average of $2,000 with a get-in rate under a thousand dollars for the first time. 

Regardless of the plummeting ticket prices, the game is likely to be one of the most expensive title games. 

The College Football Playoff Championship Game starts at 7 p.m. on January 13, 2020. 


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Larry David Was Not Taken Seriously After He Advices New York Jets Manager To Draft Lamar Jackson

  

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Larry David, an entertainment icon graced The Michael Kay Show for a quick chat about the state of New York sports. During the interview, David shared a couple of exciting ideas and experiences. 

Amid the most notable takeaways from his interview is when he claimed that he called Mike Maccagnan, General Manager of New York Jets back in 2018 to tell him that he should draft Lamar Jackson. According to David, the suggestion wasn’t taken seriously and was laughed off. 

Who Knew He Would Be A Breakout Star?

Today, Maccaganan has been jobless since last May as the Jets just took their fourth straight losing season. Wonder how things would be if Maccagnan just took David’s advice? Nonetheless, things happen for a reason. 

Initially, Lamar Jackson is now a clear favorite to win the NFL MVP after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a winning streak. 

Also, David even shared that he told Mike Tannenbaum, former Jets General Manager, to draft Reggie Bush. 

At the end of the day, all Larry David wants is what’s best for his hometown football league. So, if there are cases in any way that Larry David gives you advice—take it! 


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Canelo Signs Ridiculous $365M Deal With DAZN

Streaming service DAZN just signed the biggest name in boxing, Canelo Alvarez, to an eye-popping five-year deal worth $365 million. 

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The future of boxing was in question a few weeks ago when cable powerhouse HBO announced they would no longer be broadcasting fights. But now, thanks to up and coming streaming service DAZN, it looks like their future might be as bright as ever.

Canelo Alvarez, the middleweight world champion and possibly the biggest star in the boxing world just signed a 5-year, 11-fight deal worth a ridiculous $365 million. It is the richest deal in the history of sports, with Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million deal with the New York Yankees coming in second. And when you remember that DAZN has only been around since September, it’s especially mind-boggling.

Alvarez’ first fight under the groundbreaking deal will come on December 15 in his first fight in the super middleweight division when he faces Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden. Oscar De La Hoya, who’s company Golden Boy Promotions represents Alvarez, said that “Canelo is the highest-paid athlete in the world. He’s extremely happy.” I should hope so!

“This is only from my hard work,” Alvarez said in a quick interview with ESPN after the deal was announced. “The most important thing to me was being able to give the fans the opportunity to see me fight without having to pay the $70 or $80 for my fights on pay-per-view. That was the most important thing, more important than what I am making.

“It’s very important for me to give the fans the biggest fights and the most important fights, and I promise you I will always do that. The December fight with Fielding is a dangerous fight. I am moving up in weight, and I don’t know how my body will feel. But I always want to take on challenges, and I am very happy my fans will be able to see me fight for a small cost.”

And the deal is more clever than you may think as far as DAZN is concerned. It also gives them the rights to over 7,000 hours of Golden Boy fights. Which includes every single fight of De La Hoya’s career. And playing some classic boxing matches can surely help them build an audience and gain viewers. Golden Boy will also help DAZN by producing other segments to air along with live events. A mutually beneficial partnership for sure.

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