Pac-12 finances: Closing the (apparent) revenue gap and new insight into Pac-12 Networks operations

The Hotline’s ongoing efforts to gain clarity on the conference’s FY17 finances continued through the weekend and into Monday morning. Specifically, I’ve been seeking possible explanations for the $27.9 million difference between what was reported as TV rights revenue and the apparent total of TV rights revenue generated by the Pac-12 Networks and the Tier I contracts (with ESPN and Fox). If the same approach were applied to the conference’s tax filings for the 2013-16 fiscal years, the total disparity would reach $112.3 million. Those figures, of course, are whoppers. In the absence of clarification from the conference, the Hotline posited that accounting methods could be one explanation for the… Read More

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Melania Trump expected to be hospitalized for a week after procedure “to treat a benign kidney condition”

WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure to “treat a benign kidney condition” on Monday morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, according to her communications director. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” according to a statement released by the White House. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.” The statement vaguely described the procedure as “an… Read More

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Janelle Brown Shares Kody Brown Date Photo: We’re Still in Love!

Even though Sister Wives star Kody Brown recently celebrated his anniversary with Meri, rumors swirled that Meri has found a new man. But things still seem to be pretty solid for Kody and Janelle. In fact, the two went on a romantic concert date … and Janelle shared the photos so that everyone could share in the experience. Janelle seems very happy in her marriage. We only wish that this were the case for a certain troubled sister wife of hers. Poor Meri Brown. She’s had a rough go of things. Worst of all was her catfishing scandal which was also a cheating scandal, of sorts. She has seemed so… Read More

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EPA chief Pruitt had 24/7 security from day one

By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post Scott Pruitt began receiving round-the-clock security from the moment he stepped foot inside the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2017, the agency’s inspector general revealed Monday. “EPA’s Protective Service Detail began providing 24/7 coverage of the Administrator the first day he arrived,” Inspector General Arthur Elkins wrote in response to inquiries from Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Thomas Carper of Delaware about what threats prompted Pruitt’s nonstop security, which has cost in excess of $3 million. “The decision was made by the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training after being informed that Mr. Pruitt requested 24/7 protection… Read More

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Old rivals Christie and Lesniak cheer their victory on sports betting

Gov. Chris Christie and state Sen. Raymond Lesniak were opponents on most issues. Not sports betting. Watch video Chris Christie and Raymond Lesniak often found themselves at odds when they served in Trenton But the former Republican governor and Democratic state senator were allies when it came to sports betting. On Monday, the two rivals rejoiced when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Garden State and struck down the federal ban on wagering on sporting events. Both played key roles in New Jersey’s long and ultimately successful legal fight. Both went to Washington in December to attend the U.S. Supreme Court arguments on sports betting. On Monday, Christie called… Read More

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A woman’s 2-year-old son peed as her boyfriend proposed to her, and it’s the funniest thing you’ll see all day

Kevin Przytula proposed to his girlfriend, Allyssa, on Saturday. As he did it, his girlfriend’s son stepped aside and peed right behind him. Przytula’s daughter caught it all on camera. He told INSIDER he wouldn’t have it any other way. Kevin Przytula planned his proposal to his girlfriend, Allyssa, with care. They’d go to a nice area in Michigan’s Bay City at golden hour on Saturday. He’d drop to one knee in front of a scenic fountain. And his 11-year-old daughter would captured it all on camera. But Allyssa’s son peed all over it. As Przytula proposed, Owen — who is not completely potty trained, Przytula told INSIDER — took… Read More

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