Well, technically Fox Sports and BTN, but you get what I mean. Breaking: Fox, Big Ten Network pursuing ESPN’s Paul Finebaum | NCAA Football | Sporting News

Negotiations between Paul Finebaum and ESPN have heated up, but a powerful new team is bidding for the possible free agent’s services: Fox Sports. and its affiliated Big Ten Network.
The college football provacateur’s five-year contract with ESPN expires this month, said told Sporting News. After a long dry spell in which there have been almost no talks between the Finebaum — host of ”The Paul Finebaum Show” on SEC Network — and ESPN management in Bristol, the two sides are close to agreeing on a new deal. “They’re close — but it’s not over yet,” a source said.

First… I read this as “Paul Finebaum wants more leverage in his negotiations with ESPN so he tells reporter another network and conference combo are hotly pursuing him. Article writing guy goes ahead with story because it will get web hitz.”
And to be fair to article writing guy, it is newsworthy.
Finebaum is one of those guys who’s worked his way to the top by saying really stupid things on purpose; a chain yanking provocateur. I don’t watch him and I haven’t ever listened to his radio show except on accident. It’s probably been decent entertainment for some over the years, but since I’ve been able to read breakdowns about the dumbest incidents on EDBS, why waste my time listening?
I see Finebaum in the same vein as other chain yankers, a list that includes Skip Bayless, Colin Cowhead, and Clay Travis. If you went back a few years, you could include those between-show segments with Lou Holtz and Mark May.
I have done my best over the years to avoid these people. I try to stick to live sports events. I have to believe that the vast majority of other sports fans are of the same opinion. Then I’m confronted with the fact that these guys keep getting air time and are paid a lot of money, and I find myself debating whether I’m wrong and people pay attention to them or that TV and radio execs are clueless idiots who have money to throw away. Comments, please.
Finebaum to the Big Ten?
This has to be smoke without a fire. Finebaum is the SEC. He doesn’t really know shit about the Big Ten.
If this report is true, why would Fox and BTN pursuing him? Perhaps because he would irritate Big Ten fans to the point that they’d watch for the same reason people like to watch car races just for the wrecks.
I don’t want to see Paul Finebaum on BTN. Or on Fox. Come to think of it, I don’t want to see Finebaum at all.

Sports journalists don’t care if your team wins or loses. We root for what gets us home faster, and what creates less work. https://t.co/lM1wA4djkX— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 3, 2018

You can click on that above and follow the thread on twitter to see some amazing responses to Jemele Hill. Hill has over 1M followers on twitter, so it’s a pretty long thread and given that it’s twitter, some of the responses are pretty idiotic. We’re in July, and Big Ten Media Days aren’t too far away, so this is something wonderful on which you can waste your time and discuss.
I get her sentiment. I think it’s true for quite a few people for whom sports is a job. Running CN takes enough time that I pay nearly no attention to sports other than college. I haven’t watched the NBA or MLB for years now, and most of the time I even forgot about the NFL.
CN is somewhat of a job to me. There are times at which I do not enjoy it at all and nearly every offseason, I have a debate as to whether or not I’ll keep going. The offseason can be particularly long and grating and just when I’m ready to say the hell with it, the season starts again and I can bury myself into the joy and madness of college football all over again.

News
There is just about damned near nothing for news right now.
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Powerful GOP Rep. Jim Jordan accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach
Chillingly, DiSabato added: “Based on testimony from victim athletes from each of the aforementioned varsity sports, we estimate that Strauss sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1,500/2,000 athletes at OSU from 1978 through 1998.”
Holy shit.
#1, this is awful.
#2, all the lawyers everywhere are going to be digging out any story they’ve ever heard from their college athlete buddies and reviewing it in their mind to see if they can make something from it.

Source: Corn Nation