Sports Betting a Very Hot Topic During B1G Media Days

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In May, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that opened the door for the legalization of sports betting in the United States. The highest court in the land ruled that a ban on sport betting was unconstitutional, and thus opened the door for the states to legalize gaming on sporting events.

Some states have legalizing sports gambling now, and others will do in so in the near term future. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the sports betting industry, as it is inevitably set to explode. July brings the unofficial start of the college football season, when leagues and teams hold their annual media days, and at B1G Media Days, sports betting was a very hot topic.

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Yankees Slam Papa John’s Founder, Suspend Partnership in Response to N-Word Scandal

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The massive fallout for pizza company Papa John’s and their founder John Schnatter continued Friday as the New York Yankees joined the list of businesses distancing themselves from the currently radioactive brand.

The Yankees suspended their current partnership with the pizza chain and blasted Schnatter’s remarks which recently came to light as “reprehensible.” Schnatter resigned as chairman of the Papa John’s board on Wednesday, after Forbes reported the pizza magnate’s having used the N-word during a media training exercise in May.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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Bill Murray Stories: New Doc Exactly What’s Needed Right Now

Paying very close attention to current events these days is a lugubrious chore. Keeping up on trending terms, then seeing why they’re trending, is also currently a very depressing experience.

We really need something and/or someone to step in and remind us all what is actually good about American life. Enter “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man.”

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Reports: Liverpool Star Mo Salah May Quit Egypt Over Political Reasons

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Liverpool and Egypt superstar Mo Salah may be done with his national side once this World Cup concludes.

CNN first reported that Salah is contemplating quitting the Egyptian National Team because he feels that he’s been treated like a political pawn in Chechnya; site of the Pharaohs World Cup training base.

Mo Salah feels he’s been drawn into a global geopolitical row, and it stems from when the leader of the Chechen Republic, the extremely controversial Ramzan Kadyrov, had the following to say via social media about the Premier League Player of the Year:

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Mexico National Team Fans Really Need to Cease the Offensive Chant

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FIFA continues their attempt to crack down on that certain homophobic and bigoted chant that you often hear from a very large contingent of Mexico National Team supporters. Today saw FIFA on Wednesday slap the Mexico Football Federation (FMF) with a $10,000 fine for “discriminatory and insulting chants” directed at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

If you’re not familiar with this chant…I’ll let FOX Soccer tell it:

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Chelsea FC Owner Roman Abramovich Still Can’t Work in UK, Even on Israeli Passport

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Chelsea Owner and Russia’s 11th wealthiest man Roman Abramovich is still having trouble regaining access to the United Kingdom. Abramovich has seen a very lengthy delay over the renewal processing of his UK VISA, which expired in April. It is believed that this is the reason he did not attend his club’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

It was reported Monday that Abramovich flew to Tel Aviv, Israel, one of the many places that he owns property, and sought Israeli citizenship. Under the nation’s Law of Return, Jews living abroad have eligibility to gain Israeli citizenship.

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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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Marcus Rashford Pays Tribute to Manchester Arena Bombing Victims

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On the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford provided a message for the families of the victims, and his hometown. On May 22, 2017, 22 lives were lost and hundreds were injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb at the arena during an Ariana Grande concert.

On Tuesday morning, Rashford posted a message to his official Instagram account, which has approximately 4.6 million followers. It listed the names and ages of every victim, below the “worker bee” symbol that is synonymous with paying tribute to those who were lost in the bombing.

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Roman Abramovich in Limbo as Chelsea Owner’s UK Visa Renewal Delayed

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In case you were wondering why Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United in London yesterday, it’s because he cannot legally enter the country right now. His United Kingdom visa expired in April, and according to multiple reports, he’s experiencing a delay in renewal.

It is the policy of the government agency that handles processing visas to not comment on reasons for delay. However, given that Abramovich is now based in London, is Britain’s 13th richest man according to the Sunday Times with £9.3bn, and tensions escalating between Great Britain and Ambramovich’s native Russia, this is obviously a major news development.

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Meghan Markle Prince Harry Wedding Shouldn’t Be Publicly Funded

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Absolutely no one, outside family and friends of the couple, SHOULD CARE about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but unfortunately that train has long left the station. The Royal Wedding as a “news story” is the biggest nothing burger of all nothing burgers, but what can you do? This endeavor, for some reason, is considered worth paying attention to by millions of people all around the world, who have never met Harry or Meghan.
Meghan Markle, today, is now one of the world’s most famous people. The Northwestern grad who played annoying characters and really bad television shows has truly come a very long way. In 2013, when College Gameday came to NU and Markle was referenced in signs, as Rachel Markle, we were all like “who?”

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Man with Blackhawks Face Tattoo Went in Sewer System to Evade Police

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An Elgin man, who sports a prominent Chicago Blackhawks logo tattoo on his cheek, tried to evade suburban police by taking an unorthodox route that be believed would lead him to freedom. Spoiler alert- it did not.

Bryant, Torres, who also has a giant #2 tattooed on his neck to honor Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, attempted to flee police by jumping into the Fox River, swimming through it, and then entering a drainage pipe. Torres, doing his best Richard Kimball impersonation, then entered the sewer system, believing the police wouldn’t know where to find him.

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