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TV Timeout: Friday Night's Alright For Fighting

Boxing HOFer Mike Tyson was a guest on "Conan" last night, discussing his new foray into the world of promoting. He called his most recent "Friday Night Fights" event on ESPN "pretty successful," adding that the ratings were what "ESPN believed would happen." When looking for a fighter to promote, Tyson wants someone similar to himself. Tyson: "He wants to be somebody in his life. Maybe he's an insecure guy, maybe people don't respect his family and he wants respect." Conan O'Brien interjected, "Someone who has that edge." Tyson: "No, that he wants to hurt somebody" ("Conan," TBS, 9/4).

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: CBSSN’s Doug Gottlieb was not impressed with the NFLPA partnering with the "Uber" mobile app to help players find a ride to avoid drunk driving incidences, saying, "The NFLPA is kind of taking credit for an app that pre-existed. All players had to do was call a number that was already in their phones. Now all they have to do is press a button that’s in their phones” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 9/4).

LICENSE TO DRIVE: NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Stewart-Haas Racing co-Owner Gene Haas is a "self-made millionaire that's never had a business partner as such, and he just shoots from the hip as he goes." Busch: "We talked at Indianapolis, we even talked a year ago about this potential type of move. Tony (Stewart) was hung-up with the broken leg. It wasn't quite the formal discussion of it, but Gene Haas was like, 'Hey, I'm going to roll with this'" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/4).
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