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  1. BringBackTheVet

    The XFL may be making a comeback

    No. It works for Harlem Globetrotters because it's only 5 on 5, much smaller stage, and it's a non-contact game where the ball bounces exactly how you want it to. With staged basketball, every play can be exciting. With football, there's way too many players to get on the same page, there would have to be hitting, and too many things can go wrong. I think staged football would fail miserably (though it would definitely be entertaining to watch a game that featured run-ins, distracted referees, and steel chairs.) Look at heavyweight boxing back in the 80s/90s with Don King. You'd always have those press conferences where they'd brawl ahead of time, he's always hype it up, and every fight was a big deal. I'm just saying to do the same for these games. Have a "media day" every week, and have the players up close and talk trash on each other. Just make it exciting. The level of play isn't going to be enough to make me watch, so give me another reason.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    I always got the sense that Oakland was considered more of a local team, while the Giants were more of the whole Bay Area's team, so while they're technically in the same market, there's not the same demand for their rights and they probably only generate a fraction of the revenue that the Giants do. I have no numbers to support this, it's just how I've always assumed it was. Regarding St. Louis, while they're in a "small market", they have the benefit of having a sprawling fan base, and I would assume (again, nothing but an assumption) that their brand is more valuable than say Milwaukee's because they (again, assuming) probably are broadcasted in more areas and market to a larger out-of-market region. I think that "Small market" and "Big market" is definitely a thing, but maybe not as big a thing as it's made out to be. If you think that Milwaukee generates as much local revenue as the Yankees, then you'd need to prove that to me. In a larger market, everything is worth more - TV deals, RSN revenue, radio broadcast rights, local advertising, corporate partnerships, etc. I'm curious how much "gate" really matters anymore - like, what percentage of revenue is it? For an example - the Phillies haven't had a winning season in 9 years, but signed a >billion$ TV deal a couple of years ago. Are the Pirates going to get a deal like that? Billionaire owners don't become billionaires by throwing their own millions into losing propositions. If the Pirates signed Bryce Harper and Manny Machado and won a WS, would they actually make money?
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    I kinda disagree. To make an intentionally-extreme example, you can have guys "hate" each other due to some deep seeded childhood incident, and play it up all through the week - or even season. Have re-enactments, have interviews /promos about it, and then when they square off, it gives the announcers something to run with. The action in between the lines is all real, but you can manufacture hype where it doesn't exist... as long as you don't go too far and try to claim that New York's safety Jon Jones accidentally set fire to the house where he and his half-brother (Boston's QB Dirk Jones) lived, killing their mother and the QB's father. While Dirk was fostered by rich parents in the suburbs and had all the best opportunities to develop as a QB, Jon was raised by his father (a mortician) and ran away at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of playing pro football, and someday getting revenge on his brother that seemingly had everything handed to him on a platter (money, women, talent, opportunity) while he grew up breathing embalming fluid. Oh, and did I mention he killed his brother's parents?
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    If I ran a minor-league NBA, I'd pay Delonte West a million-dollar bonus to get Lebron's mom tattooed on his left arm, and then Lebron tatted on his right, with a caption of "son". Hell - 10 million dollars. That puts butts in seats. Maybe we don't need gyrating hips, but... maybe?
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    The XFL may be making a comeback

    I've said it before and I'll say it again - sports in their purest form are b. o. r. i. n. g. If you're all about "the game" and just want to see pure competition, then go watch a high school game or a D2 college game. If there was no ESPN and local sports radio creating storylines and promoting games just like McMahon promotes wrestling cards, the leagues would be making a lot less money than they are. The games would be "just a game" - not an "event." I'm all for contrived stories, build ups, and gimmicks. If some team's LB banged the opposing team's QB's girlfriend? I want to know about it, and I want that LB wearing a towel that has the girlfriend's face on it and waving it in the QB's face while standing over him and gyrating his hips after he sacks him. I want taunting. I want dancing. I want... entertainment. I don't want any unnecessary risks taken, meaning I'm not advocating for any on-field rules that make it less safe than it already is - but everything around the game should be fun. If I'm going to take time out of my day to watch a b or c level football game, there had better be something besides the action to keep me interested in it. I think McMahon gets that - but if he's taking a different approach this time, then I have my doubts.
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    Target new logo

    When I was in Kyiv, there were a bunch of these "Allo" stores, which I assumed were like Targets, but they were just cell phone and small electronics. Guess they just ripped off the logo:
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    With all the talk about San Diego being "small market", I looked it up and was surprised that their market size was listed as only 2.4 million. Where is the line drawn? Who, other than the obvious, is the 'big market' teams?
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    2019 MLB Changes

    I think I like the brighter gold better for KC's crown.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Re: Trout - he’s told people privately (I know people in the media) that he wants to play in Phila and wants to figure out how to get here, but the Phillies obviously can’t plan on that ever happening since so many variables. They need to spend now and figure out trout if it actually presents itself. Re: Machado - Phillies were given first refusal - if they matched he would have signed. I sure as hell hope they know more than what anyone has been able to uncover regarding the Harper negotiations. For them to brag about spending “stupid money” and then turn down someone that was willing to sign, that won’t look good if they don’t get Harper.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Maybe he just wanted in on the ground floor of the brown era.
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    2018 MLB Off Season Thread

    Phillies statement was that the contract went above their valuation (not ability) of him so they walked away. Still in on Harper, but i guess his number goes to $350M now.
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    2019 MLB Changes

    You don’t know that. They may have been requested to wear them. It’s their signature look after all.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    I'd argue that other than the helmet logo, it was a good look that just fell victim to lousy manufacturers that couldn't (or just wouldn't) fit the design onto a modern template, or get the colors right. It's a timeless football look that should have been able to have been tweaked just enough to work on today's templates, but neither the team nor Nike cared.
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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    Haha the ESL on that page is mostly pretty good, but also amusing: 100% Cotton Dry Clean or Hand Wash Only 【How Does It Works】: The LED (EL) sound activated light up T shirt animation lighting is controlled by built-in sensor, when music comes, LED panel lighting beats up and down 【Halloween Costumes for Men&Women】: The funny shirts lighting up by music or talking, attracting eyeball everywhere, good for party, disco, hiphop, concert, fancy dress ball, performance, gathering, cosplay dress, halloween even walking on the street 【Material And US Standard Size】: The LED clothes is 100% Cotton matching with cool silk screen printing pattern, breathable, no shrinking, no allergy VS to polyester cloth; US standard size, better fit for western bigger people 【Small And Light Weight Built in Power Pack】: Powered by AAA*2 batteries(not included),with belt clip can be positioned either inside pocket or clip on belt, adjustable sound activate sensor slide button on side edge, 4~6 hours battery life time 【Built-in Cloth Tube for Better Skin Protection】: Cable is wrapped by the built-in cloth tube, preventing the cable touch your skin, more comfortable to dress on the LED light up T shirt I'm calling BS on "100% cotton" considering there's batteries and connection cables (or... contection cables)
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I don't think that's the case. I'm hard on marks that I think go overboard and think that it's going to be #1 right away just because, but I'm certainly supportive.