The New York Times says Rupert Murdoch is poised to throw big money into challenging ESPN with all-sports network Fox Sports 1. He'll have to be. ESPN and ESPN2 have almost 100 million subscribers and the WWL makes over $6 billion from subscriber fees.
Spring training for the Dodgers this year will be 40 games. The Padres will play 38, a franchise record. Kevin Baxter and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report on how the World Baseball Classic has resulted in a long, drawn out, boring exhibition period, where even the pranks and hazing get old.
Concussion Inc. last week broke the story of alleged abuse by Greg Winslow, swimming coach at University of Utah. Tim Joyce follows up with an explanation of why the USA Swimming scandal is worse than Penn State.
The Miami Heat win streak hit 15 games, a franchise record:
Also... Nike debuted a new ad to be shown in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and it features cameos by Kobe Bryant and Yi Jianlian.
Milwaukee topped Utah in overtime thanks to Monta Ellis's 34 points.
And Denver improved its home record to 26-3 by beating Atlanta soundly, 104-88.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Bob Harig at ESPN calls Rory McIlroy's "tooth pain" story a fairy tale. (2-2)
2. Tim Kawakami and Cam Inman break down the deal sending Alex Smith to Kansas City. (3-5)
3. Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner puts Te'o atop the list of Combine losers. (NA-1)