Is Sports Betting Losing the Race to Gambling Online?

For a long time, Nevada was the single US state where conventional sports betting was permissible. Since the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey’s battle to introduce sports betting in 2018, however, the industry has been in the ascendancy. The number of states offering legalized sports betting now stands at 21, with more expected to join the fold. 

The positive effects on the industry are already being felt, and they’re expected to skyrocket in the coming years. According to Gambling Compliance, the market value will reach a staggering $8.1 billion in revenues by 2024. With some of the biggest sports leagues on the planet calling the United States home, it’s not exactly a surprising prediction. [Read more…]

Mavericks, Illini Legend Derek Harper on Friendship with Mark Cuban

The Wikipedia page of Derek Harper describes him as one of the best players never to have made an All-Star Game. After being named to the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame this week, the legendary former Illini did a teleconference call with the media.

He was asked what he believes his legacy will be, and he responded by saying he really doesn’t think too much about it, but he also offered this very substantive answer: “I think people will remember Derek Harper because he left it on the floor every single night.”

“Played with a passion, tough-minded…I gave the game every breath I had. To me, that’s enough.”

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Brian Kelly Conveys Proper Perspective During Pandemic

Today was the first day that Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly met the media since the coronavirus pandemic completely altered life as we know it. Actually, he “virtually” met the media, as he conducted a conference call on Zoom late this afternoon.

It’s good to be Zoom right now, as that’s the place business is getting done at that includes the sports media business. A whole lot of ground was covered on this call, but one must start with what’s most important, and that’s public health and safety. Kelly said that no one within the program has tested positive for COVID-19; fortunately and thankfully.

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Chicago Bulls Join Lori Lightfoot Campaign Promoting Social Distance

The coronavirus pandemic has been trying times for everybody, worldwide, but the best thing we can do to get through it is to try and maintain a sense of humor. One of the funniest memes circulating on social media throughout this adverse month is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and her look of strong disapproval.

Her stern image appears, photo-shopped, in places closed off by this lockdown. Pair this popular trend with Chicago’s obsessiveness with sports, and you have a message that will reach a lot of people. Enter “We Are Not Playing,” a campaign that partners City Hall with Chicago’s professional sports teams in an effort to stop the community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Manchester City to Investigate Kyle Walker for Lockdown Sex Party

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Kyle Walker joined the ranks of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Chelsea’s Mason Mount as Premier League footballers who have broken quarantine and violated social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

When Kyle Walker did it though, well, he did so in a very colorful manner, inviting two sex workers to his home. A report in the Sun said Kyle Walker and a friend paid £2,200 for Louise McNamara and a 24-year-old Brazilian woman to his home on Tuesday night. They stayed until Wednesday, the very same day that Walker posted a message to his followers urging them to stay home and shelter in place.

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Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Detroit Sports Teams for COVID19 Call to Action PSA

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The public profile of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has risen so much lately that she’s now in the mix to potentially be the Democratic VP candidate in 2020. One oddsmaker even lists her as the third most favorable candidate to get the nod, behind only Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.

Governor Whitmer, or “that woman from Michigan” as the President condescendingly referred to her in one of his painfully awkward and generally awful on every level daily press briefings, is certainly a rising star in the Democratic party right now.

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How Major US Sports Leagues Have Been Hit by Coronavirus Outbreak 

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the globe, almost all of of the top tier sports leagues have gone into almost complete lockdown. The four major leagues in North America have all been affected, and it seems almost certain the impact rise over the coming weeks. 

Here’s the latest state-of-play in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB with regards to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Liverpool Superfan John Oliver Vents Reds Supporter Angst (Video)

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As you know, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is a Liverpool FC supporter extraordinaire. The Englishman transplanted to America comedian/talk show host does not shy away from his scouser supportership, and the same holds true in the video below.

The Premier League has suspended play until April 4 over coronavirus fears. With Liverpool FC 25 points up with only nine games left, and second place Manchester City (who have ten matches remaining) only able to collect a maximum 30 points the rest of the way, Liverpool are champions-elect. There is an emergency meeting, of all 20 PL clubs, called for Thursday, and reportedly, there is little opposition to rewarding the Merseyside club the silverware.

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Pistons Forward Christian Wood Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Detroit Pistons announced, without naming the specific player that a member of their roster has tested positive for coronavirus. That player has been identified, by multiple outlets, as forward Christian Wood. And it’s also been confirmed by his agent, Adam Pensack, who told The Detroit News his client “feels 100-percent fine.”

The big man was matched up, exactly one week ago, against the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert- the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19. The second player to test positive was Gobert’s teammate, Donovan Mitchell, making Wood the third NBA player to have contracted coronavirus.

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Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Revisiting the Spanish Flu and 1918 World Series (Podcast)

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In October of 2018, we published a podcast, “Let’s Get Weird, Sports #5” that focused on the Spanish Flu and the 1918 World Series, in which the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs. The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe in recent history, actually deadlier than World War I, and it was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.

The Coronavirus outbreak, and the worldwide hysteria it is causing, are drawing a tremendous mount of comparisons to the Spanish Flu, hence we are re-publishing our podcast from 18 months ago, which is embedded and easily accessed below:

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Chicago State: First American Team to Do a Coronavirus Cancellation

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The first cancellations of a major sporting event in the United States, due to the coronavirus are here, and it’s Chicago State men’s basketball that have forged their place in history. Chicago State, a school whose athletic programs face issues of long term financial availability, play in the Western Athletic Conference for some bizarre reason.

CSU announced Wednesday that their men’s team will not travel to Seattle or Utah Valley for WAC conference games on Thursday and Saturday. The university also said, via a statement that the women’s team will not host Seattle or Utah Valley at their SouthSide campus facility on the same days.

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Jurgen Klopp Dismisses Idea Coronavirus Could Negate Title Season

Liverpool FC have not won a league title since 1990, but the drought IS going to end this season. They are champions-elect sitting 22 points ahead of Manchester City, and needing just four more wins to clinch it. To put it bluntly, the only thing that could stop them is…a plague of biblical proportions?

The latest counts regarding the coronavirus, a topic that is the number one news story in the world right now, state that close to 90,000 case have been recorded worldwide. The death toll is up to over 3,000 which is more than triple that of SARS or MERS. And now according to The Telegraph:

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