What I’m reading and writing, April 23

• I wrote on Blue Star Basketball today about my friend Mel Greenberg, the creator of the first women’s basketball poll, who has retired from the Philadelphia Inquirer after more than 40 years. He’s not leaving the sport, not by a long shot, I’m happy to say.

• I have no strong feelings either for or against Tim Tebow, whether it’s as a football player or a committed Christian, and I don’t think I know any more than anyone what kind of career he’s going to have in the NFL. But Vanity Fair refers to his late first-round drafting this way, and this little shot does go beyond the pale:

“Noted anti-abortionist Tim Tebow was picked by the Denver Broncos as their potential clipboard-toting third-string quarterback.”

• The NCAA men’s tournament field will expand by only three teams to 68 in all — and not the 96 that had been feared by most of the national sports media, in a $10.8 billion, 14-year extension of the current deal with CBS, which is adding Turner as a cable and digital platform partner.

The math is curious to one skeptical college basketball observer, who notes that ESPN’s failed bid is reportedly more than what was settled. Questions not asked in other reporting I’ve seen: Why did the ultimate number fall below that? Was this more about which media conglomerate bid more? Will any of this be fleshed out?

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