Television Tim? Tim Tebow, the telegenic former QB, will almost certainly be a college football TV analyst next year, either for ESPN's SEC Network, CBS Sports, or Fox Sports, multiple sources tell The Big Lead. Tebow, who was released by the Patriots in August, is finally beginning to realize his NFL career is over. Despite a glut of bad backup quarterbacks in the NFL, Tebow's phone was not ringing this season, and he's ready to tackle television, sources say. ESPN, CBS and Fox have all expressed interest in the magnetic Tebow, and one network -- ESPN -- already has a show set in place for him, a source says. It is anticipated that the Tebow jockeying will intensify in January, after his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is done riding the college football coaching carousel this month. (USA TODAY) Comment
First-year head coach Jason Kidd flexed his muscles Tuesday. [Kidd] showed everybody he's the boss. In a stunning pregame press conference Tuesday, the Nets announced that Kidd demoted his former coach and friend Lawrence Frank from assistant to collecting hush money. "Lawrence has been reassigned to doing daily reports. He won't be sitting on the bench or practice," Kidd said coldly before the Nets were blown out by the Nuggets, 111-87, at the Barclays Center. There was very little emotion from Kidd, and zero regret. ... [A source] told The News that Frank was bad-mouthing Kidd to others around the league, apparently unhappy with Kidd and the partnership. When Kidd needed him most, Frank was complaining behind his back. It's unclear whether Kidd was aware of what Frank was saying. (New York Daily News) Comment
At long last, Wayne Gretzky is going to get his dough. [Gretzky] will be repaid money he was owed by former team owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL itself agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell ESPN.com. Sources would not confirm the exact figure settled on but it's believed to be around $7 million to $8 million. The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October. In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes. (ESPN.com)
The stage is set at Brazil's Costa do Sauipe Resort for Friday's Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Alexander Hassenstein/FIFA via Getty Images)
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