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It appears winning the national championship is a very lucrative business, as an open-records request obtained by Michael Casagrande of AL.com shows Alabama football turned a $45.9-million profit in 2017.

The Crimson Tide’s total revenue for football was $108.2 million, an increase from the $103.9 million the program made in 2016.

While $45.9 million is a staggering figure, it’s actually $1.8 million lower than the program’s 2016 profit due to rising expenses over that time span.

The figures for the football team were released along with the total athletics department numbers for the school, which showed a $15.6-million profit with $174.3 million in revenue for the 2017 calendar year.

While Alabama’s financial figures are large, they still pale in comparison to what Texas made during the last fiscal year. The Longhorns’ athletic department became the first Division I public school to top the $200-million mark in both operating revenue and expenses.

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Bulldogs fans wasted no time scooping up tickets to next week’s national championship game following Georgia‘s thrilling 54-48 double-overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

Tickets for the game, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, were in such high demand that StubHub’s website crashed minutes after the Rose Bowl ended Monday night.

The website was down for approximately 30 minutes before it went back up, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

As of Tuesday morning, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $1,800.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.

Al Pacino is in line to play former Penn State coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, according to a report from Kate Stanhope of the Hollywood Reporter.

Barry Levinson, director of “The Natural” and “Rain Man,” is attached to direct.

Paterno served as the Nittany Lions head coach from 1966 to 2011 but was fired as the allegations of sexual abuse of children against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky became public. Paterno died Jan. 22, 2012 just over two months after he was dismissed.

It won’t be Pacino’s first time playing a football coach on film, although the genre of movie will be quite different. He portrayed Tony D’Amato, head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks in 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” which included the famous “Inches” pregame speech.

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will be going overseas this weekend when his team takes on the Washington Redskins in London, and by the sounds of it he’ll be drinking a Guinness or two.

Eifert relayed a story of how he and a few teammates attempted to get their hands on the frothy stout on a trip to Ireland when Notre Dame took on Army in 2012.

“Me and a couple of guys were like, ‘We can’t leave here without trying a Guinness,'” Eifert said, according to Jay Morrison of Dayton Daily News. “We got caught trying to order Guinness to the room. We even thought we outsmarted them by going and getting our money exchanged. We told the people ‘Hey, we have exact change. We’ll just give it to you.'”

“We were thinking we were being all sneaky,” Eifert continued. “Our operations guy calls and he’s like ‘You are so dumb.'”

Eifert and his teammates didn’t get the Guinness they wanted at their hotel, but on their way out of the country they made a point to sample Ireland’s most famous brew.

“We waited for everybody to go by and we hurried up and ran up to the bar and grabbed one and downed it, just to say we had a Guinness in Ireland,” Eifert said. “We were so afraid of getting caught, we drank it so fast I don’t even remember what it tasted like.”

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A presidential poll in the state of Ohio revealed voters are wise when it comes to football.

According to Public Policy Polling, 62 percent of voters believe the NCAA’s second-ranked Buckeyes would beat the NFL’s 0-5 Cleveland Browns. Only 23 percent think the Browns would prevail.

The Browns may be historically bad this season, with the front office seemingly employing a tanking strategy in order to build for the future. They’ve played 17 rookies through four games.

The Buckeyes had 12 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, and are expected to send another big haul to the pros in 2017, so it’s not that far-fetched to believe they could compete with the worst team in the pros.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Suspended Utah receiver Cory Butler-Byrd is facing a criminal mischief charge after authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building.

Police say in charges filed Tuesday that officers on July 27 found a window to the campus police office shattered and a patrol car outside with a broken rear windshield and dented roof. The senior was outside and told police he damaged the car and building.

Court documents did not offer any explanation for the damage and a message left with police was not returned.

Butler-Byrd does not have a listed number or attorney to comment on his behalf.

Coach Kyle Whittingham announced last week that Butler-Byrd was indefinitely suspended for personal issues but did not offer further details.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported the charge Tuesday.