Nick Bromberg

  • Report: ESPN pays Big 12 $10M in restructured TV contract after conference doesn't expand

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    ESPN has reportedly given the Big 12 some additional cash in exchange for the removal of a potentially costly clause in the network’s contract with the league.

    According to Sports Business Daily (article behind a paywall), ESPN paid the league an extra $10 million over the remaining eight years of its contract. In exchange for the payment, the Big 12 reportedly removed language in its contract with ESPN that would mandate the network pay the conference more if it expands to 12 or more teams.

    ESPN will pay Big 12 $10m total over remainder of agreement to remove pro rata clause. Fox will not increase pay – will keep its pro rata.

    — Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) October 25, 2016

    SBD first reported this summer that Fox and ESPN were reluctant to the league’s ideas of potential expansion because of the wording of the contracts it had with the league. The Big 12 was set to make more money from television if it added teams.

    At Big 12 basketball media day, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby declined to comment on the report.

  • Power Rankings: Harvick's on-track pragmatism keeps him at No. 1

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 6 hrs ago

    Welcome to Power Rankings. As always, Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it’s the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at and we’ll try to have some fun.

    1. Kevin Harvick (LW: 1): Harvick stays at No. 1 this week because of his incredibly smart decision to get off the gas when Denny Hamlin sliced in front of him in the tri-oval on the final lap. Harvick had every right to keep his foot on the gas pedal and potentially send Hamlin spinning off his bumper. But that decision could’ve had catastrophic consequences in the form of a massive wreck.

    And it would have been the second-straight time a Talladega Chase race ended with a crash off Harvick’s bumper. Thankfully we’re not going through that again. But his apparent punch of Kurt Busch after the race is weird. And if it was really a punch, it’s the third-straight year that Harvick has been in a physical Chase altercation.

    It’s hard for a car to stay near the front of the field with a broken engine.

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  • No, there's not going to be a penalty for those who laid back at Talladega

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Advocating for a penalty for the three Joe Gibbs Racing cars at Talladega? Stop. It’s baseless and a waste of your time.

    NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell said Monday there would be no penalties for Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth. The three teammates finished 28th-30th on Sunday and advanced to the third round of the Chase by doing so. There was no need for the three to try to finish in the top 15 after engine failures to the cars of Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. earlier in the race.

    From NBC Sports:

    “I’d say they do not fall into (the 100% rule),” O’Donnell said Monday during his weekly appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio’s The Morning Drive . “The spirit of that rule is really to prevent somebody from intentionally allowing anther teammate to do something that would not be in the spirit of the rules of the race.

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  • Quick takeaways from Talladega: 2 of 2016's winningest drivers now absent from the Chase

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    • Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. are tied for the Sprint Cup Series lead in wins. Each has four victories in 2016. Yet Keselowski and Truex aren’t among the eight drivers advancing to the third round of the Chase after their misfortune at Talladega.

    Both Keselowski and Truex had engine failures Sunday. Truex’s came first. Then Keselowski’s happened after he had previously had trash on the grille of his car.

    In a NASCAR that likes to tout the importance of winning, their absence from the final rounds of the Chase may seem glaring. Especially since it’s the first time in the three years of the current Chase format that a driver at least tied for the most wins in the series through 32 races has missed out on the Chase’s final two rounds.

    But that’s what happens in this Chase format. With three races in a round, one bad finish can ruin your championship if you don’t get a win in the round’s other two races. Truex was 13th and 11th over the last two weeks. Another top-15 would have meant easy advancement. Instead, Truex finished 40th.

    • How about Brian Scott? His highest finish of the season was 12th entering Sunday’s race. He finished second.

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  • Joe Gibbs Racing shows why being conservative works in the Chase

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    Maybe Talladega was the “lay up” race of the third round?

    Joe Gibbs Racing’s four cars represent half of the eight drivers advancing to the third round of the Chase. And three of those JGR drivers played a survive and advance strategy to perfection Sunday.

    Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth entered Sunday’s race with hefty points advantages over ninth place. Kenseth was up 29 points on ninth, Busch 27 and Edwards 24. With one point being awarded per position, each of the three knew that it would take a big points swing to get knocked out of the Chase.

    The easiest way to be a part of a big points swing at Talladega? Get involved in a crash. So the three teammates ran behind the main pack of cars for the entirety of the day. Kenseth finished 28th, Edwards was 29th and Busch was 30th.

    The strategy to run at the back for most of the race at Talladega isn’t uncommon. Every race features at least a handful of drivers content to ride in the back for 400 of the first 500 miles to avoid any possible pileups. Then, as the laps wind down, it’s time to move to the front.

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  • Michigan moves to No. 2 behind Alabama in AP poll

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ohio State’s biggest rival took advantage of the Buckeyes’ loss in the post-Week 8 AP poll.

    Michigan moved up a spot to No. 2 following its win over Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State was No. 2 last week but OSU lost to Penn State. The Buckeyes fell to No. 6.

    No. 1 Alabama once again got all but one of the first-place votes in the poll. The Tide beat then-No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14 on Saturday. The Aggies fell three spots to No. 9.

    Clemson moved to No. 3 while Washington is at No. 4. Louisville rounds out the top five.

    Penn State jumped into the top 25 at No. 24 thanks to the win over Ohio State.

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    Here’s how the entire poll looks. Ohio State remains ahead of undefeated Power Five teams Nebraska, Baylor and West Virginia.

    1. Alabama 2. Michigan 3. Clemson 4. Washington 5. Louisville 6. Ohio State 7. Nebraska 8. Baylor 9. Texas A&M 10. West Virginia 11. Wisconsin 12. Florida State 13. Boise State 14. Florida 15. Auburn 16. Oklahoma 17. Utah 18. Tennessee 19. LSU 20. Western Michigan 21. North Carolina 22. Navy 23. Colorado 24. Penn State 25. Virginia Tech

  • Oklahoma and Texas Tech set offensive records in 66-59 Sooners win

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oklahoma and Texas Tech set an FBS record for most combined yards in the Sooners’ 66-59 win Saturday night.

    Each team had 854 yards of offense to total 1,708 yards combined, breaking the record of 1,640 yards set by San Jose State and Nevada back in 2001. And that wasn’t the only record the two teams set.

    • The two teams tied the NCAA record for most first downs (76). Tech had 42 first downs while No. 16 Oklahoma had 34.

    • Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes set the NCAA record for total offense in one game. Mahomes threw for 734 yards and ran for 85 yards for 819 total yards. The previous record was held by former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, who had 751 yards of total offense vs. Cal in 2014.

    • Halliday threw an FBS-record 89 passes in that game against Cal. Mahomes came up one short with 88 pass attempts vs. Oklahoma.

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    • Texas Tech wide receivers Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles each had 10 catches. Coutee had 172 yards and a score while Giles had 167 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • Old Dominion and Western Kentucky get in bench-clearing fight

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Things got testy between Old Dominion and Western Kentucky in the third quarter Saturday.

    Both benches cleared after Western Kentucky running back Anthony Wales ran for 12 yards on 3rd and 5.

    Not good!

    — Jude Redfield (@JudeRedfield) October 23, 2016

    Brawl just broke out here

    — Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) October 23, 2016

    There were so many people on the field that officials apparently couldn’t identify everyone who was assessed a personal foul penalty. Old Dominion safety Jamshyer McUmber was ejected during the fight.

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    “There were multiple fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct.”

    – referee

    — Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) October 23, 2016

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  • Auburn runs for 543 yards in 56-3 rout of Arkansas

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    There is no need to worry about Auburn’s offense.

    The No. 21 Tigers ran for 543 yards in a 56-3 win over No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday. It’s the most rushing yards ever in an SEC game for the Tigers and the second-straight week a team from Alabama has run for over 400 on a conference opponent. Rival Alabama ran for 418 yards in a Week 7 demolition of Tennessee.

    Auburn hit that rushing total on 57 carries; an average of 9.5 yards a carry. And while running back Kamryn Pettway was the star with 27 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns, this was a well-balanced effort. Wide receiverEli Stove started the game with a 78-yard touchdown run and freshman RB Kam Martin added a 51-yard touchdown when the game was well out of reach.

    Auburn’s resurgence has coincided with, or perhaps been because of the transition of offensive play-calling duties from coach Gus Malzahn to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. The transition happened after Auburn dropped to 1-2 after losses to Clemson and Texas A&M.

    Since then, Auburn has gone 4-0 and run for 1,335 in those four wins. The Tigers had 41 carries for 87 yards in the Week 1 loss to Clemson.

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  • Alabama makes statement, scores yet another defensive TD in 33-14 win over Texas A&M

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Who is going to stop Alabama? It certainly wasn’t Texas A&M.

    The Aggies hung around for the first 35 minutes against the Crimson Tide, and briefly took a 14-13 lead. But after A&M took its only lead of the game, Alabama suffocated the Aggies, scoring 20-straight points to win 33-14.

    Hanging around is probably a bit of an overstatement too. Alabama’s 13-0 lead before A&M got on the scoreboard could’ve been a lot bigger. The Tide had to settle for short field goals on its first two drives and kicker Adam Griffith missed a third.

    The Tide’s second-half close was, predictably, fueled by a defensive touchdown. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen — who earlier in the game made an incredible sack of Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight —  returned a fumbled exchange between Knight and running back Keith Ford 30 yards for a touchdown for a 26-14 Alabama lead.

    Jackson was injured when he was hit hard on a punt return in the second half.

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