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This video capturing the spirit of the SEC is epic

The good folks over at Saturday Down South have put together this video honoring the spirit and tradition of the SEC, and it is absolutely epic.

The national title streak may have ended, but the SEC's reign as the king of some of the best hype videos in college football is solidified with this addition.

"The pride of the SEC isn't derived from a score. It's defined by a sense of community, and a fiery passion impossible to extinguish. It's about believing, no matter the odds. We are capable of anything."

Video: Northwestern got a surprise team building exercise at 7am yesterday

Northwestern players showed up for their usual 7am workout yesterday, and left with a new appreciation for the military, a stronger team bond, and every player left covered from head to toe in sand.

That's because Pat Fitzgerald and the strength staff decided to surprise the team with a military-style team building session. They showed up expecting a regular grueling workout, and instead got pushed beyond what their body and mind had previously thought possible. 

These military style workouts are popular for coutless programs around the country, but completely blindsiding your team with it is a nice touch. One reason I really like it is that it allows you to see how guys respond to adversity, and with three of their first four games against Cal, Northern Illinois and Penn State, that could prove to be very valuable.

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The NFL distributed $6 billion in revenue in 2013

The NFL divvied up more than $6 billion in revenue over the 2013 season, according to documents released by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. The Packers are the NFL's only publicly-owned team, and are thus required to release financial figures.

Split 32 ways, each NFL team took home $187.7 million last season alone from television, sponsorship and retail sales. And we in college sports drop our jaws when the Big Ten announces it will soon dispurse $40 million to its 14 members.

At $6 billion, the NFL took in nearly enough revenue to buy the entire GDP of the nation of Guinea. 

The NFL's revenues are up 56 percent - and that's after adjusting for inflation - since 2006 (and up 4.3 percent from 2012 alone) according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. The numbers will only climb higher as television rights continue to skyrocket. CBS's new Thursday Night package, costing nearly $300 million for only eight games, kicks in this year. DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package, worth $1 billion a year, expires after this season.

This fall, the NFL's salary cap rises from $124 million to $133 million. Now let's consider that each of the NFL's 32 franchises will rake in $156 million - close to $5 billion total - from its contracts with Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, DirecTV and its radio partners. That's a net gain of more than $30 million before the league sells a single sponsorship or jersey. 

Let's all remember this the next time there's a lockout.

The College Football Hall of Fame is set to open Aug. 23

From the moment Rutgers and Princeton battled on that field back in November 1869, college football has been America's most storied and cherished sport. One-hundred forty-five years later, college football will finally have a Hall of Fame worthy of its history.

The original College Football Hall of Fame opened in the Cincinnati area in 1978, and then moved to South Bend in 1995. After realizing that - unlike the baseball and pro football halls of fame - the College Football Hall of Fame isn't the mecca that fans will pilgrimage to; the Hall had to surround itself around major events in which people were already attending. So, in 2009, the National Football Foundation announced it would move to downtown Atlanta.

Now, half a decade later, it's finally happening.

The Hall announced Thursday it would be open for business on August 23, five days before Boise State and Ole Miss open their respective seasons at the nearby Georgia Dome. The downtown location is crucial. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center, the new World of Coke, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, Phillips Arena as well as the Georgia Dome, the Hall figures to attracted fans in town for the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff games (West Virginia and Alabama will meet two days after Broncos-Rebels), the SEC Championship, the Peach Bowl, Falcons games, Georgia State games, and all the additional event the Falcons' new stadium attracts after its 2017 opening.

The new Hall won't just be a celebration of Hall of Fame players and coaches, but a celebration of the entire game. A fully interactive experience, it will have features like a life-size map with a searchable index that highlights each school that has a Hall of Famer, a wall of helmets representing every football-playing school in America, a 45-yard field and 30,000 square feet of exhibit space.

As someone who worked (in a very, very small capacity) on the Hall project for two years before I joined the Scoop, I can personally test that it's going to be well worth a visit, and probably three or four. I can't wait to go myself the next time I'm in Atlanta.

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Photos courtesy of the Atlanta Business Chroncile

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