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UFC backs betting expansion in US – ESPN

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

A second executive of a prominent professional sports league is publicly supporting expanded legalized sports betting in the United States.  UFC Executive Vice President and COO Lawrence Epstein told ESPN on Thursday that, with proper regulation, expanded legalized sports betting in the U.S. would benefit all sports. “I think it will enhance the game as opposed to doing anything to hurt it,” Epstein said. “Sports wagering done in a way,…

How Jimbo Fisher became the most disliked coach in America – Yahoo Sports

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

These are, or should be, some of the finest days of Jimbo Fisher’s professional life, a man standing firmly atop the college football world. His Florida State Seminoles are defending national champions. They’ve won 23 consecutive games heading into Thursday’s trip to Louisville, perhaps the last major hurdle in the way of a playoff bid. His roster is loaded. Recruits are rolling in. He’s making $4.1 million a year. After…

As esports grow up gamers find their calling – FOXSports.com

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bleachers full of mostly young men watch and cheer as teams battle for a shot at a five-figure payday. Above the fray, two announcers call the action for a legion of fans viewing at home. Off to the side sits an analyst desk, where two players whose team failed to advance to this stage join another former player, whose competitive days are long behind him at the…

Why Jewish Schools Are Ramping Up Their Sports Investment – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Oct. 23, 2014, homecoming football game at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, Fla., was special. That’s because it was the first in the schools’44-year history to be held at its actual home. With only 24 hours’ notice because everyone had to wait for an inspector’s word, the game against Boca Raton Christian was moved from a rented field at a local university to Scheck Hillel’s own, brand-new stadium. From the Miami…

British Broadcaster Sky Invests $7 Million In YouTube Video Network Whistle … – TechCrunch (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sky (BSkyB) is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month. Fresh from putting $5 million into ad tech startup Sharethrough and backing online video platform Pluto, the company has ploughed $7 million into Whistle Sports, a YouTube network that is focused on — you guessed it — sports videos for young people. Sky, which also…

NJ sports betting: Judge to hear arguments next month on whether to extend ban – The Times, Trenton – NJ.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TRENTON — The federal judge who temporarily halted legalized sports betting from beginning last Sunday in New Jersey will hear arguments next month as to whether the ban should be extended. The parties involved in the case will appear in Trenton on Nov. 20 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp. In New Jersey’s latest bid in a year-long effort to legalize wagering on sports games, Gov. Chris Christie signed…

Is The World Series Commissioner’s Trophy The Most Valuable Trophy In Sports? – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Commissioner’s Trophy — which is awarded to the World Series Champion — is 30 pounds of sterling silver and stands two feet high. Additionally, the Trophy also includes 30 gold-plated flags that symbolize each Major League Baseball franchise. How does the Commissioner’s Trophy compare to some of the other major U.S. professional sports leagues and their respective hardware? According to Borro, a global personal asset lender that provides capital…

Edelson: Sports betting latest setback for Monmouth Park – Daily Record

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Horse racing fans place wagers at Monmouth Park. (Photo: FILE PHOTO/2014 ) U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp left the door ajar for Monmouth Park late Friday afternoon when, responding to a question from attorney Ron Riccio after granting a temporary restraining order to stop the track’s plans to conduct wagering on the NFL games Sunday, he said the TRO only applied to the plaintiffs in the case. And then,…

UK Sport to consult public on funding – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Exclusive by Dan Roan BBC sports editor UK Sport could be ready to reconsider its ‘no compromise’ approach to funding elite sport. The government agency is to launch a public consultation for the first time to decide its future strategy. UK Sport invests £100m of National Lottery and government money…

Men get more prize money than women in 30% of sports – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sports need to engage “in the battle for gender balance and fairness”, says Minister for Sport Helen Grant after a BBC Sport study into prize money found 30% of sports reward men more highly than women. The biggest disparities in prize money were found in football, cricket, golf, darts, snooker and squash. “There is a gap, it needs to be closed but it’s not going…

6 takeaways from NJ sports betting video chat with state Sen. Lesniak – The Star-Ledger

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WOODBRIDGE — State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, the lawmaker who has led the years-long push to bring legalized sports betting to New Jersey, spoke about the effort in a live video chat with NJ Advance Media today. After years of legal wrangling, Gov. Chris Christie this month signed a bill that Lesniak (D-Union) co-sponsored that repeals an old state band and paves the way for patrons at the state’s casinos and…

Gossip column: Pedro, Reid, Bale, Dempsey, Suarez – BBC News

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. TRANSFER GOSSIP Arsenal are moving closer to a deal for Barcelona playmaker Pedro, 27, after he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)  Barcelona playmaker Pedro has been capped 46 times by Spain The Gunners also remain keen to bring West…

Gossip column: Pedro, Reid, Bale, Dempsey, Suarez – BBC Sport

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. TRANSFER GOSSIP Arsenal are moving closer to a deal for Barcelona playmaker Pedro, 27, after he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)  Barcelona playmaker Pedro has been capped 46 times by Spain The Gunners also remain keen to bring West…

Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident Sunday – FOXSports.com

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014

  St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors’ top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego…

Spectrum Watches Sports: Losing at sports, winning at school spirit – CU Columbia Spectator

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2014

Spectrum Watches Sports is a new series wherein Spectrum bloggers who know nothing about sports attend and blog about Columbia sports events. For this week’s installment, first-year Shreyas Manohar wrote about his first time at Homecoming, a 27-7 loss to Dartmouth. Columbia students are in the same denial as an 8th grader afraid to tell their crush they like them. We love our school, but we don’t plaster it on…

Ole Miss Girl Hates LSU – FOXSports.com

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

SEC football is the most entertaining sport in America because of videos like this. Ole Miss, masterfully snatching defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to the disastrous play of quarterback Bo Wallace, has just lost to LSU. The boyfriend/husband, an LSU fan, potentially soon to be broken up with, divorced or murdered in his sleep, exults in the sweet glow of victory. His girlfriend? Well, she hates LSU.  With…

Lacking Bluster: Why Don’t Boston Sports Fans Hate Chicago? – Boston.com

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reuters Photo Three and a half years ago, when the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks for their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years, it was the culmination of an intense, seven-game series that had devolved from something of an angst bred from unfamiliarity, to unmitigated hatred between the two teams and their fan bases. Take your pick as to which moment spurred on the NHLs newest, most infrequent…

Sunday football – BBC Sport

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Judge Temporarily Halts Sports Betting In New Jersey Dimming Prospects For … – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Jersey was dealt another bad hand Friday in its bid to legalize sports betting as a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state from offering gambling on the NFL Sunday at Monmouth Park Racetrack. But while the main case will be settled next month, it’s hard to imagine what will change as Judge Michael Shipp agreed with the four professional leagues and the NCAA that just…