|Report: Robert Kraft among investor group vying to buy UFC||06.16.16 at 6:14 pm ET|
Robert Kraft is already synonymous with winning in football, and apparently he wants to expand his empire to include the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
According to a report on ESPN, Kraft is part of a group attempting to buy the UFC in a deal that could top $4 billion. The report, from business reporter Darren Rovell, said that Kraft and other investors have agreed to put up $25 million to $50 million each with WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group. WME is co-chaired by Ari Emanuel, reportedly the inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold character on HBO’s Entourage.
A group of investors from China are also in the running for the wildly successful UFC, the brainchild of former Boston resident Dana White.
The UFC, which has made crossover stars out of fighters like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, and Chuck Liddell, reportedly grossed over $600 million last year.
Bidding is drawing to a close and could be decided on Friday, ESPN reported.
|Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis present at final Patriots OTA session||06.13.16 at 11:25 am ET|
There were two new faces on the field Monday for the Patriots at their final OTA session open to the media.
After missing all of minicamp last week, Rob Gronkowski was out on the field, as was Dion Lewis. Lewis is coming off ACL surgery last November, so it appears his recovery is going well.
Offensive lineman Shaq Mason was also present for the first time this spring.
Here is video of Gronkowski catching a pass from Tom Brady.
Tom Brady opens 2-minute drill with pass to Rob Gronkowski who's here at OTAs Monday. pic.twitter.com/LzQCPVHO3G
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) June 13, 2016
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Pats receivers, end of mini camp||06.09.16 at 5:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the 2016 Patriots mini-camp, which finished up Thursday on a wild and windy day at Gillette Stadium. Patriots receivers Aaron Dobson, Malcolm Mitchell, Nate Washington, Chris Hogan and Keshawn Martin all had impressive days, with Dobson and Mitchell standing out.
|Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable talk Malcolm Butler, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson||06.07.16 at 3:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss the debut of Malcolm Butler at Patriots mini-camp, his contract status and what to make of the absence of an apparently healthy Rob Gronkowski, who missed the mandatory workout Tuesday outside Gillette Stadium. The pair also discuss an impressive workout from wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who caught a long touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in 11-on-11 drills.
|Hackers overtake NFL Twitter account with phony tweet about Roger Goodell’s death||06.07.16 at 1:08 pm ET|
Twitter accounts are getting hacked left and right these days, and Tuesday was no different.
Days after a number of musicians saw their accounts taken over, the NFL’s Twitter account was overrun. The hackers took the opportunity to break some major (and fake) news, then followed it up with a couple more after the original tweet was deleted.
The @NFL account was hacked. Roger Goodell is fine. Carry on.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2016
|Poll: Which AFC East team has best chance at challenging Patriots in 2016?||06.02.16 at 10:55 am ET|
|IIWII Cast: Chris Price, Mike Petraglia talk Malcolm Butler, Tom Brady and Roger Goodell||06.01.16 at 9:19 pm ET|
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price checks in with colleague Mike Petraglia on the state of the Patriots halfway through the offseason, Deflategate, whether Tom Brady will beat the rap, and whether or not Malcolm Butler is going to get paid. The guys also discuss what makes a good commissioner.
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