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Potential New Storylines After The Rock And John Cena Destroy The Wyatts At WWE WrestleMania 32
WWE WrestleMania 32 featured returns from The Rock and John Cena, Roman Reigns beating Triple H and The Undertaker outlasting Shane McMahon, and the WWE’s flagship pay-per-view may lead to some major storylines in the future.

How Donald Trump Helped Journeyman Jim Herman Earn The Final Spot In Golf’s Masters
Herman a decade ago was an assistant pro at Trump’s club in Bedminster, New Jersey, when Trump asked him why he was giving lessons and folding shirts instead of playing on tour.

Bubba Watson, Niall Horan Become Fans For A Day At Drive, Chip And Putt Finals Before Masters
A week before the final Sunday of the Masters Tournament, past champions and golf’s world No. 1 were among those on hand at Augusta National Golf Club to watch and cheer on the game’s next generation in the Drive, Chip and Putt national finals.

WrestleMania 32: Live Results And Reactions
Live results and reaction from WrestleMania 32 in Dallas.

WWE Fans Weigh In On A Roman Reigns Heel Turn At WrestleMania 32
WWE WrestleMania 32 is finally here, and it’s expected to set a record setting attendance at AT&T Stadium. WWE fans let their voices be heard on a potential Roman Reigns WrestleMania heel turn to Forbes contributor House Money Studios.

WWE Fans Weigh In On A Roman Reigns Heel Turn At WrestleMania 32
WWE fans weigh in on all things Roman Reigns, including whether or not he should turn heel, at WrestleMania weekend. Watch the latest video from Forbes contributor House Money Studios.

Zlatan – Will PSG Make Him An Offer He Can’t Refuse Or Is He Headed To The Premier League?
When Milan opted to sell Ibrahimovi? to free-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the summer of 2012 the conventional wisdom was that $25M or so for a striker, who would turn 31 next birthday, was an astute piece of business by the Italians.

Despite Academic Scandal, North Carolina Basketball On Eve Of Championship Is Financially Unscathed
A Roy Williams-ism: “We didn’t come this far…just to come this far.” That was a reference to the Hall of Fame coach leading the North Carolina basketball team (33-6) to a National Championship game against Villanova.

By The Numbers: Billy Beane’s 19th Season Leading Oakland A’s
Spring Training is in the books and the 2016 Major League Baseball season in underway.

WWE’s Highest-Paid Wrestlers

NFL Stars Sound Off On Roman Reigns And WrestleMania 32
What do NFL star players DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge think about Roman Reigns? What are their WrestleMania 32 predictions? Barnidge and Williams break it down for Forbes contributor House Money Studios.

WWE’s Highest-Paid Wrestlers

Gary Barnidge Isn’t Roman Reigns’ Biggest Fan, And DeAngelo Williams Picks Undertaker To Defeat Shane McMahon
What do NFL star players DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge think about Roman Reigns? What are their WrestleMania 32 predictions? Watch Barnidge and Williams break it down for House Money Studios’ Alfred Konuwa.

The President Stuck In Quicksand And Other Oddities From The Home Of Golf’s Masters
From Hogan’s Bridge to the Crow’s Nest, there’s so much history at the season’s first major golf championship. Here are some historical tidbits you might not know.

Novak Djokovic Passes Roger Federer As Alltime Prize Money Leader With $98 Million
Novak Djokovic’ victory over Kei Nishikori at the Miami Open has made him the highest earner in tennis of all time with $98 million, surpassing Roger Federer.

Money Lessons From 3 Star Athletes
Throughout the history of modern sport, fans of all ages have looked towards star athletes as heroes and whose lives we aspire to emulate; pipe dreams that can seem so far out of reach to most. However, these current and former athletes are not all perfect—not in the slightest—and as we have seen from so many past instances, these high-profile men and women often lack the proper judgment in the “real world”.

30 Teams In 30 Days: Baltimore Orioles In Position to Blast Off
Is 2016 the Year of the Oriole?

Vince McMahon Is A Billionaire Again After WWE Stock Run-up
Shares of the publicly-traded WWE are up 31% over the last year, making Vince McMahon a billionaire once again.

WrestleMania 32: By The Numbers
Here are all the numbers you need to know about the WWE and WrestleMania ahead of Sunday night’s event.

Racing Legends Line Up In $35 Million Bid For British Grand Prix Track
A group of Britain’s most famous names in motor sport are in pole position to bid for the country’s flagship race track Silverstone if a deal to sell it to auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) gets the red light next week.

Shane McMahon Vs. The Undertaker At WWE WrestleMania 32 Will Ultimately Mean Nothing
WWE WrestleMania 32 is headlined by The Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon in Hell in a Cell match, but don’t expect Vince McMahon’s stipulation-filled match to mean a thing down the road.

Louisiana Has the Most Extreme High School Sports Class Chaos
Some state high school associations have separated private and public teams in the postseason — or tried to, anyway — as they wrestle with the same, powerful private (or “select,” to reflect charters) schools winning titles (particularly in football) most every year, which is getting public school noses out of joint and, perhaps, a factor in attendance at state championships going down.

Roman Reigns Must Turn Heel To Beat Triple H At WWE WrestleMania 32
Roman Reigns will likely beat Triple H at WWE WrestleMania 32 to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but the only way that the fans will accept it is if he does so as a heel.

Bathroom and Locker Room Panic Gets Legislated into Youth Sports
Parents have a legitimate reason to worry when their child goes into a bathroom or locker room in the context of his or her youth sports participation: the continuing problem of sexual assault in the name of hazing perpetuated by their own teammates. Alas, this is not the problem being solved by the flurry of bathroom-panic bills making their way through various state legislatures.

7 Ways Not To Make A Fool Of Yourself During a Golf Pro-Am
So, you got invited to play in a pro-am tournament as part of a professional golf event. What do you do now? For most amateur golfers, it’s time to freak out and head straight to the driving range.

Can Buddy Hield And Other Top 3-Point Shooters At The Final Four Withstand The NRG Effect?
For the ardent Oklahoma Sooner fan that lost hours of sleep this week while contemplating how the horrendous sight lines at NRG Stadium could derail their team’s quest for their first national title in school history, Buddy Hield assuaged their concerns with a dazzling performance in Thursday’s shoot-around.

10 Films That Topped The Box Office But Flopped Anyway

Justice League Already Doomed in China As ‘Batman v Superman Plummets 82 Percent In Second Weekend
‘Batman v Superman’ has, in one fell swoop, burned any goodwill that might have existed there for DC’s Justice League franchise.

Visual Brand Snapshots For All 30 NBA Teams

Visual Brand Snapshots For All 30 NBA Teams
Are the NBA teams with the most consistent visual brands also more consistently successful? First remember that success is always relative…

25 Years Removed, Duke UNLV Clash Resulted in Careers Unfulfilled
When Duke met UNLV in the National Semi-Finals at the 1991 Final Four there were countless storylines highlighted by UNLV attempting to complete a historic undefeated season and Duke looking to enact revenge after being blown out by the Runnin Rebels in the National title game the year prior. As this game featured high level talent on both sides the anticipation between the contrasting styles, schools and personas was as great as any game in recent history during that era and it did indeed deliver. Duke’s “miraculous” victory when you think back on it really wasn’t that miraculous considering the body of the work this group would continue to assemble at the college level between the likes of Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill and of course Coach K. In no way am I saying that UNLV was overrated or undeserving of the hype they had received, but I don’t think most realized at the time just how good Duke had become. As Laettner, Hurley, Hill and company found a way to take down Larry Johnson, Stacy Augmon, Anderson Hunt and Greg Anthony the last thing anyone likely thought is that this talented group of players would ultimately look back on pro-careers unfulfilled and in some cases potentially hall-of-fame careers tragically cut short due to injury. The fact that between the seven collegiate stars who played in that game (sorry Thomas Hill, you very good, but not a star player) only three players, Johnson, Hill and Laettner ever played in an NBA all-star game and only two players, Johnson and Anthony ever participated in the NBA finals. Are All-Star appearances and the journey to the NBA Finals easy feats as pros? Of course not. But it’s tough to argue that more wasn’t expected in terms of success for this group in the NBA.

UNC v. Syracuse is the Game we All Deserve!
As I sit here like millions of people waiting for the Final Four to tip off, I, like many, am pondering the irony of tonight’s Syracuse-North Carolina game and the underlying academic scandals associated with both programs. There has already been so much written about this in the mainstream media with most in the media assailing and lamenting the fact that these two teams are playing and the hypocrisy of the NCAAs collegiate model.

Dodgers Preview: They’ll Either Win, Lose, Or Have Nothing To Do With It
Clubhouse chemistry issues and constant drama are a thing of the past. The running play returns to L.A., replacing the bunt as the manager’s “weapon” of choice. Optimism and communication reign.

Why Wrestlemania 32 Will End The WWE Network Curse
WWE’s stock should not suffer the same fate next week as it did after Wrestlemania 31 and 30.

A Star Is Reborn As Shinsuke Nakamura Takes Over NXT, WrestleMania Weekend
Shinsuke Nakamura made his much-anticipated debut at NXT Takeover: Dallas. Forget living up to expectations, it transcended them.

WrestleMania 32 Potential Surprises For Event: John Cena, Sting, HBK, Rock and Steve Austin
WrestleMania 32 could hold several big surprises including John Cena, Sting, The Rock, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels

30 Teams In 30 Days: Atlanta Braves Must Play Patience Card
So long as management is patient, the Atlanta Braves could have a bright future. Read on for more!

This Week In WWE Biz: Roman Reigns More Popular Than Dean Ambrose?, John Cena Returning, More
WWE WrestleMania 32 could feature John Cena and Cesaro, plus Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose in a battle of popularity and merchandise sales, Braun Strowman’s push may not happen after all, Nikki Bella and the Divas division could both be done and Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson may be debuting very soon.

NXT Takeover: Dallas Live Results And Reaction
Live results and reactions from the NXT live special during WrestleMania weekend.

Tiger Woods Shows His New Realistic Attitude By Skipping Golf’s Masters Tournament
Woods eyes future with his decision to focus on recovery rather than rush back for season’s first major.

Final Four Appearance Shoots Syracuse Apparel Sales Up 750%
All four teams in the 2016 Final Four have seen triple-digit spikes in sales of apparel on the online fan shop Fanatics, but no team has experience a surge like Cinderella Syracuse.

Legal Precedent May Create An Uphill Battle For Women’s Soccer Claims
Many legal uncertainties point to a negotiated solution as the best result for the claims made by leading member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

V For Villanova: 22 Things To Know About Villanova Basketball
Just as the Villanova Wildcats need to prepare for Final Four opponent Oklahoma, you need to do your homework.  Whether you are a Final Four fan who needs to bone up on your knowledge of this Villanova team, its coach and the program’s history or a long time Villanova fan (or alum) looking for new fun facts about your favorite team, you are in the right spot.

5 Reasons Why The Red Sox Won’t Make The Playoffs After Another Spending Spree
Despite spending a franchise-record on payroll for the second straight year, the Red Sox are littered with holes.

30 Teams In 30 Days: Consistency Equals Profit for Arizona Diamondbacks
Can Arizona’s smart spending lead to another step forward? Only if consistency is off the charts.

Should Gary Bettman Resign
Some are calling for the resignation of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following the publication of email exchanges between top league officials, including Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The emails, which were unsealed by the Court as part of an ongoing concussion class action lawsuit filed by retired players, cast the league in a negative light. For some, the league has come across as glib, indifferent and disingenuous.

Goldberg Possibly Returning At WWE WrestleMania 32 Is A Bad Idea
Golderg is rumored to return at WWE WrestleMania 32, but on a roster that already features The Undertaker, Triple H and Brock Lesnar, is it worth it?

F1 Revs Up New Business Platform For Hospitality
At this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix the 11 teams in Formula One will be vying to improve on their performance two weeks ago at the season-opener in Australia. However, perhaps the most significant development of the weekend will be showcased today away from the track.

Top U.S. Female Soccer Players Demand Equal Pay [Infographic]
Five senior members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team have filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination. Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, the players involved, say they are paid less than half the amount received by their male counterparts, despite their superior on-field achievements.

Donald Trump Clarifies His Position On Abortion
What Donald Trump really meant when he suggested that women who have abortions should be punished.

With A $1 Million Bonus On The Line, Undefeated Derby Favorites Square Off In Florida
The early favorites for the Kentucky Derby, both undefeated, square off in the Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby–but only one of them has a chance to win an extra $1 million bonus.

Final Kentucky Derby Future Wager Opens Today
The final Kentucky Derby future wagering pool opens today at noon, with Mohaymen opening as the favorite.

Love Him Or Hate Him, Roman Reigns Knows You’ll Still Be Watching WWE WrestleMania 32
Roman Reigns knows there will be fans booing during his main event match at WWE WrestleMania 32 against Triple H, but he also knows that there will be plenty of fans supporting him.

WWE WrestleMania 32 Will Outdo NXT TakeOver: Dallas
WWE NXT TakeOver: Dallas is expected to be better than WrestleMania 32, but Brock Lesnar, Triple H, The Undertaker and others will prove otherwise.

Jose Bautista Enters 2016 With High Expectations Before Looming Free Agency
As players settled in for Spring Training, injuries, roster moves and contract extensions have led the headlines. In Dunedin, Florida, where the Toronto Blue Jays call home for March, tension looms with salary talk and prominent free agents seeking new contract deals. The primary focus is on superstar and six-time all-star Jose Bautista.

Stephen Curry Church Realization Should Signal Public Endorsement of LGBT Rights
Stephen Curry’s well-curated public image has weathered precious few tense moments in his many years in the public eye. He is widely beloved, perhaps most for the traits he exudes which we naturally associate with goodness: humility, jocularity and grace.

Warriors, Lyft Partner For Great Prank On Golden State Center Festus Ezeli
Festus Ezeli is a more than promising young big man working his way back from injury on one of the most dominant teams in NBA history.

Will MLB Get In-Market Streaming To All 30 Teams By Opening Day?
MLB reached a deal with FOX last year to get baseball games streamed in-market to their regional sports networks. But FOX only covers 15 of the 30 teams. Will the rest of the league get in-market streaming by Opening Day 2016? Here’s the latest.

NFL Players Deserve a Better Marijuana Policy
Following the latest misstep from talented Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant, we were greeted with the usual cries of “thug”, “irresponsible” and “entitled” from the vast majority of sports outlets and fans. “How could someone put marijuana use above their team, and the opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a game?,” they like to ask.

Who Will Grab El Clásico Headlines – Cruyff, Zidane, Messi, Ronaldo Or None Of The Above?
A little over a year ago Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was edging ever closer to dismissal. There were rumors of player unrest, relatively poor form and Barcelona trailed Real Madrid in La Liga. The fat lady may not have started to sing but she was at least half way through her warm up. Then things started to fall into place. Whether it was Messi, Suarez, Neymar catching fire, the midfield throttling the opposition or a new found defensive parsimony who knows.

Giants Top the List Of Free Agent Spending In Attempt To Win Now
The New York Giants made no secrets about their willingness to open up the checkbook in an effort to bolster the club’s defense over the course of just one offseason.

Where Are Sports Video Games in the American eSports Explosion?
Curiously absent in the recent and gigantic uptick of eSports enthusiasm in America, are sports video games. League of Legends’ world championship sold out Staples Center and drew more viewership than The Masters in 2o13, but games such as Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K have not yet begun to approach that level of attracting spectators.

A Look Into How Kobe Bryant Dominated The Sport And Business Of Basketball
Few players will ever leave a more memorable mark on professional sports than Kobe Bryant.

Power Ranking The 11 Highest Grossing Baseball Movies Of All Time
Celebrate MLB’s Opening Day with a breakdown of the most successful baseball movies in history.

Opportunity For MLB Despite Domestic Violence Charges Dropped Against Jose Reyes
The domestic violence charges were dropped against Jose Reyes. But that does not mean he will not face a lengthy suspension from MLB.

Nitro Circus Could Be A $1BN Business But What Happens If Somebody Dies?
Mike Porra has helped build Nitro Circus from a TV stunt show to an extreme sports media property that he believes could be worth up to $1billion and float on Nasdaq or the New York Stock Exchange.

Okung Latest Example of Players’ Need for Agents
Regardless of the professional sport at hand, agents are often questioned in a variety of contexts by a variety of critics.

Nascar’s Richest Teams And Drivers
Nascar’s new charter system–a nine year alliance between the France family that runs the auto racing circuit and the teams that compete–should lead to more investment and better racing. Oh, it also places a value on a car. Watch the clip from Forbes SportsMoney below to see what a charter

IndyCar Revs Its Engine
IndyCar is losing money, but things are looking up. TV ratings, the renovation of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its next media deal–current broadcasting rights combined with Comcast’s NBC Sports and Walt Disney’s ABC only provide $10 million a year–could shift the open-wheel racing circuit into high gear. Check out Mark Miles,

World Cycling League Set To Launch
Bike riding is big and getting bigger–even among rich guys own made their coin on Wall Street or Silicon Valley. Here how on former Olympian and his partners are betting the time is right to make a business from this trend (see Forbes SportsMoney television clip below)

U.S. Women’s Soccer Attempt To Score Their Greatest Goal: Pay Equity
As U.S. women’s soccer players attempt to score their greatest goal ever – pay equity with men – I examine how revenue comparisons are crucial in assessing whether current disparities are a result of discrimination or consumer demand.

Peyton Manning’s Money Machine
Here’s how the just-retired Peyton Manning made his NFL record fortune, where by SportsMoney buddy Bob Lorenz and I think he should spend it, and who might replace him as the NFL’s next big earner.

WWE’s Highest-Paid Wrestlers

WWE’s Highest-Paid Wrestlers
WWE wrestler pay is a notoriously secret subject, and for the first time ever FORBES has compiled a list of the promotion’s highest-paid superstars.

Spike TV Launching ‘Fighters First’ Campaign For Bellator MMA, Combat Sports
In combat sports, fighters too often take a backseat to the companies and promoters they are under contract with. To help bridge that gap, Spike TV — the home of Bellator MMA, Bellator Kickboxing and Premier Boxing Champions — are embarking on a marketing campaign with the sole purpose of putting “Fighters First.”

Sneakernomics: The Sports Business in an Olympic Year
Millions of people across the globe will watch this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.  The Olympics always present opportunities for, and have a profound impact on, the sports business.

The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes 2016

What A Trip To The Final Four Is Worth
A trip to the Final Four is hard work, but it doesn’t go unrewarded – this year each tourney semifinalist has earned more than $8.5 million for its conference.

Best Roles For The Rock, Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania 32
WWE Legends The Rock, Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels are set to appear at WrestleMania 32. Forbes Contributor House Money Studios breaks down what the best role would be for the three legendary wrestlers.

Best Roles For The Rock, Steve Austin, and Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania 32
WWE Legends Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels are set to appear at WrestleMania 32. House Money Studios’ Alfred Konuwa breaks down what the best role would be for the three legendary wrestlers.

Nascar’s Richest Teams and Drivers
The new charter system system should be good for the sport.

IndyCar Revs Its Engine
CEO Mark Miles moves the sport towards profitability.

World Cycling League Set To Launch
A former Olympian leads indoor bicycle racing upstart.

Peyton Manning’s Money Machine
Who will be the NFL’s next big earner?

Final Four from A to Z: 26 Facts You Need to Know
We’ll tell you everything about the biggest weekend in college basketball, from why people call Oklahoma’s star “Buddy,” to why the best shooters in the game could be firing blanks in Houston.

Major League Baseball Needs To Look Beyond The Dugout When It Comes To Managerial Diversity
As the exhibition season in both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues come to a close, attention is quickly gravitating towards Opening Day and the anticipation for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The pomp and circumstance that accompanies Opening Day in ball parks across North America is the official acknowledgement that spring has finally arrived even though thermometers in several major league cities might tell us otherwise. Besides the joyous festivities that are synonymous with the start of a new baseball season, two new practices have become commonplace in recent years. There is a growing infatuation with Opening Day payrolls as well as the diversity of major league rosters.

WWE Artist Rob Schamberger Says Roman Reigns Is Consistently His Best Seller
WWE artist Rob Schamberger talks working for WWE and his most controversial, and lucrative, subject—Roman Reigns.

Hope Shifts To Uncertainty As Dodgers Prepare For Opening Day
The Dodgers come into the 2016 MLB season with a flood of questions.

Golf And Molecular Pharmacology Meet To Create BioMech’s Strange-Looking AccuLock Putter
“What the heck is that?”

The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes 2016

Wrong Playbook: Why The NFL’s Response To Its Attackers Is Out Of Bounds
This article is by Hank Cardello, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat.

Is WWE Planning To Rebrand Its Divas Division?
Rumors are circulating that WWE currently has plans to rebrand its Divas division. With the Divas continuously presented in a positive light, and the Divas Championship title selling well, is this change really worth it?

Why CM Punk’s Future Lies In UFC and WWE
CM Punk, a longtime WWE superstar and aspiring MMA fighter, has been sitting on the sidelines for much of the past year due to injury.

Ending The Dodgers Cable TV Blackout Once And For All
Listen up, TWC. This is your plan. Follow it to the letter, tail between your legs, because you’ve been vanquished. And rightfully so.

Jose Bautista, Goose Gossage, And Bat Flips: Some Perspective
You can support expressive players while still believing Jose Bautista?s bat flip in last year?s playoffs to be excessive.

Four Things the NFL Could Do Right Now to Make the Game Safer
The NFL will always be a fundamentally unsafe game, but the league could do more?right now?to make football safer than it is today.

Could Virtual Currency-Based Daily Fantasy Sports Strike Gold?
Technology company with primary investment from Intel’s venture capital arm has launched a daily fantasy sports product that does not charge entry fees and is likely immune from legal challenge.

How Michael Jordan Will Make More Than Any Other Athlete This Year
Michael Jordan ranks as the most marketable celebrity in the U.S. 13 years after he last laced up his high tops.

The Highest-Paid Retired Athletes 2016
The 14 highest-paid retired athletes span 6 countries and 6 sports. They earned $449 million cumulatively last year by our count.

Why Do NFL Players Struggle To Plan For Retirement?
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive back Willie Thomas is now an executive at Merrill Lynch, but his success store is rare. With 78% of NFL players going broke within three years of retirement, Thomas shares some of his secrets and talks about why so many of peers struggle once their hang up the pads.

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