For Mayweather’s Ex, the Colosseum and the NBA’s Commissioner, It’s All About the Benjamins


For whatever reason, it took All the President’s Men to make “follow the money” a quote. This was in 1976. No idea what everyone was doing for the previous 200 years, or why it took a decent Robert Redford flick to really gel that concept into a pithy three words.

(Also, how did it not occur to Woodward and Bernstein to follow the money before Deep Throat dropped that bomb on them? He had to mean that sarcastically. Is there a first draft that reads “follow the money, jackasses”?)

Anyway, the filthy lucre was a prime player this week (as opposed to all those other weeks), leading with a lawsuit Floyd Mayweather’s ex-fiancee Shantel Jackson levied against the champ. Jackson, enlisting the aid of star lawyer Gloria Allred, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 4 that accuses Mayweather of beating her during their relationship and publicly humiliating her afterward.

She may have a valid point on at least that latter part—Mayweather famously posted, and quickly deleted, a sonogram picture on Instagram, accusing Jackson of aborting their twins. Which isn’t as gauche as it sounds. It’s not like he put those pics on MySpace.

Jackson is seeking unspecified damages from the undefeated and well-compensated Mayweather, who’s set to rake in another $32 million guaranteed when he fights Marcos Maidana on September 13.

With Celine Dion going on an extended hiatus from her residency at the Colosseum to help take care of ailing husband, René Angélil, Caesars and AEG Live are still scrambling to fill Dion’s dates. It seemed like there could have been a logical solution here: Throw a boatload of money at the problem. Specifically, a rumored million clams to Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton for one weekend. But AEG issued a blanket denial, saying in the nicest way possible that $1 million was way too steep. Really, they could get Deadmau5 much cheaper and finally attract a crowd under 60 to the Colosseum.

Shelton and Lambert, meanwhile, are still available for a night’s entertainment, or for hanging out for a few hours, or for doing some light chores if you happen to have a mil just lying around.

Give Adam Silver credit for this: He’s way better at reading any writing on various walls than, say, NFL czar Roger Goodell. The NBA commissioner—who moved swiftly to boot Donald Sterling from the ranks of Guys Who Clearly Bought Into the Wrong Business Based on Their Worldview—told the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit on September 4 that, in the wake of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie giving the green light to permit sports betting in his state, the writing is on the wall for legalized sports gambling nationwide.

Forget the proposed MLS team, or even the rumored NHL one—the NBA has to be the leader in the clubhouse to put a team in Las Vegas, considering it’s the only sport with a commissioner who loosened his grip on his pearls. “If you have a gentleman’s bet or a small wager on any kind of sports contest, it makes you that much more engaged in it,” Silver told “That’s where we’re going to see it pay dividends. If people are watching a game and clicking to bet on their smartphones, which is what people are doing in the United Kingdom right now, then it’s much more likely you’re going to stay tuned for a long time.”

Goodell, NHL commish Gary Bettman and the new goon that baseball’s owners recently hired to succeed Bud Selig are going to have this guy shot, aren’t they?

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