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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.

In 2002, then-Hornets owner George Shinn presented an ultimatum to Charlotte: Construct a new arena, or he’d move the team. When a new facility wasn’t built, Shinn followed through by relocating his franchise to New Orleans after some flirtation with Louisville, Norfolk, and St. Louis.

Fifteen years later comes a report that Shinn actually had a nonbinding agreement to move the team to Louisville. According to Bloomberg’s Joe Nocera, Eben Novy-Williams, and Michael McDonald, disgraced Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich had a hand in stopping it.

“If Rick Pitino doesn’t want us there, why are we going there?” former NBA commissioner David Stern is quoted as saying at the time.

Louisville has always been known as a college basketball hotbed, and has occasionally been mentioned as a possible NBA expansion or relocation site, most recently last year. The KFC Yum! Center, an NBA-caliber arena, opened in 2010 with Pitino’s Cardinals as its main tenant.

Pitino and Jurich were fired by the university in October in the wake of the NCAA scandal that enveloped the Cardinals and several other college basketball programs.

The New Orleans Hornets were renamed the Pelicans in 2014, when the Hornets team name and records reverted to Charlotte – which had been awarded the Bobcats expansion franchise in 2004.

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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.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kept up his criticism of LaVar Ball on Friday, saying that the publicity-seeking hoops dad is cheapening the college game.

“Everybody knows about his sons because he has been able to hype them,” Abdul-Jabbar told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. “But I don’t think that’s good for college basketball. It looks like it’s a huckster show. And that bothers me, you know. You have people going those lengths to promote their kids. I don’t get it.”

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer has been critical of Ball before, saying last month that he doesn’t think LaVar is doing his sons any good. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA and could also end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar, who has won more NBA MVPs (six) than anyone else in history, also reiterated his viewpoint that the one-and-done rule is a “travesty” for college basketball.

“One-and-dones doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “To have somebody come and be on campus for six months and play a basketball season, what is that? … it’s not good for the college game and it hasn’t been good for the pro game. I think they better find a different way of dealing with those issues.”

There’s a sense that alterations will need to eventually come to both eligibility and draft rules. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has gone on record saying the league is considering ditching the one-and-done rule as early as next season.

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It’s felt like a foregone conclusion since the NBA draft lottery that UCLA alumnus Lonzo Ball would be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.

Well, hold your horses.

While it could very well just be another smokescreen from the organization, the 19-year-old guard reportedly underwhelmed the Lakers during his pre-draft workout Wednesday, sources told Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding.

Interest remains in Washington’s Markelle Fultz and Kansas’ Josh Jackson, as well as Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, who is scheduled to see the team Tuesday. Lakers officials would like to secure a workout with Fultz at some point in the near future, and just visited Jackson in Sacramento on Thursday.

It’s not as if Ball had a poor showing, though, as he acted “humble and respectful” during his meals, and shot the ball well. However, in a solo workout, there’s only so much a player can do, especially one who’s advertised as being an elite playmaker capable of finding teammates in the open floor.

Ball said Wednesday that he feels Los Angeles is in need of a leader at point guard, which is a role he thinks he can fill immediately. D’Angelo Russell ran the point during the 2016-17 season, but is more of a natural off-guard, with the hope being he and Ball could play alongside one another in backcourt.

The draft takes place June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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.