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When Will The NBA Return? Here’s The Latest Proposed Schedule

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The sports world came to a screeching halt three months ago. As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spread, a prominent player in the NBA tested positive for COVID-19.

After that player, Rudy Gobert, tested positive on March 11, the game between his Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed. Before the day ended, the NBA scrapped the remainder of the scheduled season with hopes of resuming it at a later date.

For weeks, uncertainty abounded as to whether the 2019-20 season would ever conclude — if the season would have a champion at all.

Now it appears we will, as the NBA will pick up play starting July 31 with an NBA Finals champion decided by October 12. As such, NBA betting will certainly become more active at legal sportsbooks across the country.

NBA plan to monitor, prevent coronavirus

The NBA’s board of governors approved the league’s proposal — by a whopping 29-1 margin — June 4 to resume the season in Orlando, Florida, with 22 of 30 teams expected to take part.

Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, and the league’s advisory/finance committee pitched the idea to teams to play at the Walt Disney World Resort, a plan that would include 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference franchises.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Senior NBA Insider for ESPN, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association remain in negotiations regarding safety protocols and competition.

That said, players and coaches will need to maintain proper social distancing when out golfing or eating at restaurants. Beyond that, the NBA intends to conduct uniform, daily testing on campus at Disney. Any positive tests would result in those individuals to be quarantined and treated while the league continues to test other members of that team as play continues.

Disney employees must maintain similar protocols and will not be allowed in players’ rooms while hallways will be monitored to avoid crowding.

How the NBA will look in Orlando

Invited teams will start training at team sites in July before moving on to full training camps in Orlando. As noted, the format includes 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the Eastern Conference.

The list includes the top eight teams in each conference as well as any team that was within six games of eighth place when the season paused:

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Los Angeles Lakers Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Clippers Toronto Raptors
Denver Nuggets Boston Celtics
Utah Jazz Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets Philadelphia 76ers
Dallas Mavericks Brooklyn Nets
Memphis Grizzlies Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers Washington Wizards
New Orleans Pelicans
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns

As Wojnarowski reported ahead of the NBA announcement, teams will compete in eight regular-season games that will lead up to a play-in tournament featuring the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams in each conference. Such a scenario would only occur if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth seed.

Should this situation arise, the No. 8 team would only need to win once to advance, while the No. 9 would need back-to-back victories.

NBA betting odds

As players get ready to report to training camps in anticipation of the resumed season, legal sportsbooks across the country have reposted futures odds for this year’s champ.

Certainly, not all lines will be the same, but the trend at the top will all look similar in terms of favorites:

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Clippers

As for the full field of 22 teams, here are the odds as of June 5 courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook DraftKings Sportsbook
Milwaukee Bucks +240 Los Angeles Lakers +250
Los Angeles Lakers +270 Milwaukee Bucks +250
Los Angeles Clippers +340 Los Angeles Clippers +333
Houston Rockets +1200 Houston Rockets +1300
Boston Celtics +2000 Boston Celtics +2200
Toronto Raptors +2400 Toronto Raptors +2200
Denver Nuggets +2500 Denver Nuggets +3000
Miami Heat +2700 Miami Heat +3000
Philadelphia 76ers +2700 Philadelphia 76ers +3000
Utah Jazz +2900 Utah Jazz +3300
Dallas Mavericks +3600 Dallas Mavericks +4000
Brooklyn Nets +6000 Brooklyn Nets +8000
Indiana Pacers +10000 Indiana Pacers +10000
Oklahoma City Thunder +10000 Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
New Orleans Pelicans +12000 New Orleans Pelicans +12500
Memphis Grizzlies +21000 Portland Trail Blazers +17000
Portland Trail Blazers +21000 Memphis Grizzlies +25000
San Antonio Spurs +21000 San Antonio Spurs +25000
Orlando Magic +25000 Orlando Magic +30000
Phoenix Suns +25000 Phoenix Suns +30000
Sacramento Kings +25000 Sacramento Kings +30000
Washington Wizards +25000 Washington Wizards +30000

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The Latest Updates On Every US Casino Closed Due To Coronavirus

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This is an ongoing story and will be updated regularly 

The uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 has brought the casino industry to a grinding halt. Across the country, properties are beginning to close their doors to casual and experts bettors in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Though many gamblers will turn to horse betting, online casinos and online poker, our staff at PlayUSA wants to keep you up to date with a list of casino properties that have suspended operations in the wake of this global pandemic.

Nevada casinos

State leaders have not exactly called for a full shutdown of Nevada casinos. Rather, Gov. Steve Sisolak provided strong support for “any decision our properties make … whether or not to close.”

Wynn Las Vegas and its attached sister property Encore elected to suspend operations for at least two weeks, beginning March 17 at 6 p.m.

MGM Resorts will also close its nine Vegas casinos on March 17 “until further notice.” Those properties include:

  • MGM Grand
  • Mandalay Bay
  • Luxor
  • Excalibur
  • New-New York
  • Aria and Vdara at CityCenter
  • Park MGM
  • Bellagio
  • The Mirage

For properties remaining open, the Nevada Gaming Control Board on March 16 issued “Restrictions on Operations during COVID-19 Outbreak” to all of the state’s gaming licensees.

The board emphasized that it will enforce the following restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice:

  • There may be no more than three chairs at each table game.
  • Each gaming machine must be cleaned and sanitized at least once every two hours.
  • Patrons may not serve themselves from buffets that remain open. Similarly, employees may not
    serve themselves in employee dining areas.
  • The gaming floor and other public areas of a licensee’s property must operate under the latest
    social distancing guidance from Nevada’s medical advisory team.

For those wishing to stay home, Nevada offers online poker via the World Series of Poker website and WSOP app.

Pennsylvania casinos

As of March 16, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has provided a list of Pennsylvania casino operators that have temporarily closed their doors. (Keep in mind that PA online casinos are fully operational.) The PGCB notes, casinos not on the list remain open but may have restrictions.

This announcement will most likely affect all PA sports betting operations as well. Currently, the four major pillars of sports, NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL have suspended all play for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the NCAA, NASCAR and several other major sports leagues have all suspended operations for the time being.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • Oak Sports and Turf Club
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino
  • Rivers Philadelphia Casino
  • Rivers Pittsburgh Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Lady Luck Nemacolin
  • Meadows Casino and Racetrack
  • Presque Isle Racetrack and Casino

Online casino and online poker remain up and running in PA and could see higher than normal player traffic. Here is a list of PA Casinos and their online partners:

  • SugarHouse Casino — PlaySugarhouse
  • Hollywood Casino — Hollywood Casino
  • Rivers Casino — BetRivers Casino
  • Valley Forge Casino — FanDuel Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono — Unibet Casino
  • Mount Airy Casino — The Stars Group
  • Parx Casino — GAN (only Android available)

Illinois casinos

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) announced Monday, the entire gambling industry must suspend operations for 14 days. This includes all Illinois casinos, all video gaming operations, and all Illinois sports betting. There are 35,483 video gaming terminals in the state operating at 7,307 bars, restaurants and truckstops.

Gov. JB Pritzker also announced all dine-in service will be suspended at all bars and restaurants across the state.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • Argosy Casino Alton
  • Casino Queen
  • Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel
  • Grand Victoria Casino
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora
  • Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Rivers Casino
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel
  • Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
  • Fairmont Park
  • Hawthorne Casino and Race Course

Louisiana casinos

Effective March 16 at midnight, the shutdown of the Lousiana casino industry will commence. Ronnie Jones, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, announced that state police will be working to help implement the shutdown process.

“In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of [casino] employees and guest, the board is in the process of preparing a formal order directing the closure of the gaming operations at all 20 casinos in the state for a period of 14 days, subject to extension,” Jones said.

Casinos closed:

  • Boomtown Bossier
  • Eldorado Resort
  • Horseshoe
  • Diamond Jacks
  • Sam’s Town
  • Margaritaville
  • Isle Lake Charles
  • L’auberge Lake Charles
  • Golden Nugget Lake Charles
  • Amelia Belle
  • Boomtown New Orleans
  • Treasure Chest
  • Belle of Baton Rouge
  • Hollywood Baton Rouge
  • L’auberge Baton Rouge
  • Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
  • Delta Downs
  • Harrah’s LA Downs
  • Evangeline Downs
  • Fair Grounds

Washington casinos

The state of Washington has seemingly become a hotbed for the virus.

As such, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a prohibition of events featuring more than 250 people, as well as ordering the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational activities.

The order itself does not apply to Washington casinos as they reside on tribal land. Many properties are adjusting hours of operation, but only a select few are closing – in their own ways.

For example, 12 Tribes Resort Casino temporarily closed for cleaning “until further notice.”

Meanwhile, Coulee Dam Casino and Mill Bay Casino remain open but will shut its doors twice a week for cleaning.

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So, Which Two Teams Are Going To Super Bowl LIV? Here Are The Latest Odds

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Finally, the NFL playoffs have arrived.

After 17 weeks of fantasy football, parlays, prop bets and general Monday morning quarterbacking, the reason we play the game – aside from just winning (sorry, Herm Edwards) – kicks off with Wild Card weekend.

The next 11 games, spanning about a month, will determine the Super Bowl LIV champion.

It could be the league’s best team: the Baltimore Ravens. Or perhaps the dynastic New England Patriots. Maybe it’s the breakthrough year for the Kansas City Chiefs. Or is it the NFC’s year with the San Francisco 49ers or New Orleans Saints?

For our money, we’ll take the Green Bay Packers. But more on that in a bit.

With 14 states offering legalized sports betting, including 10 states with online sportsbooks, Super Bowl betting has never been bigger.

So the question remains: Who ya got?

NFL playoff schedule: Wild Card to Super Bowl

A championship and accompanying glory await one of 12 teams.

On Feb. 2, Super Bowl LIV will crown said winner. The road to Miami starts this weekend.

Here are the Wild Card matchups and the teams awaiting those winners in the Divisional Round. The conference championships will take place Jan. 19. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

Round Matchup Date/time
Wild Card Buffalo Bills (10-6) at Houston Texans (10-6) Jan. 4, 4:35 p.m.
Wild Card Tennessee Titans (9-7) at New England Patriots (12-4) Jan. 4, 8:15 p.m.
Wild Card Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3) Jan. 5, 1:05 p.m.
Wild Card Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) Jan. 5, 4:40 p.m.
Division Round TBD at San Francisco 49ers (13-3) Jan. 11, 4:35 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Baltimore Ravens (14-2) Jan. 11, 8:15 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) Jan. 12, 3:05 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Green Bay Packers (13-3) Jan. 12, 6:40 p.m.

Laying out the Super Bowl futures

Bettors who dreamed big preseason are on the threshold of a big payday.

On the flip side, those who counted on favorites might be shaking in their boots a bit.

Before the season began, the Raves and 49ers carried +4000 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. Now, they are the two favorites. Meanwhile, the top preseason pick to claim the title, the Patriots at +400, has dropped to the middle of the pack.

Here are the updated odds for each team to lift the Lombardi Trophy, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Team DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook
*Odds as of Jan. 2
Baltimore Ravens +220 +220
San Francisco 49ers +400 +400
Kansas City Chiefs +450 +450
New Orleans Saints +600 +600
Green Bay Packers +1000 +850
New England Patriots +1200 +1200
Seattle Seahawks +2500 +2500
Philadelphia Eagles +3000 +3400
Houston Texans +3300 +3500
Minnesota Vikings +3300 +4000
Buffalo Bills +4500 +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000 +5000

Sussing out the field to clear up Super Bowl betting

AFC No. 1 Baltimore Ravens (14-2)

As noted, the AFC North champion Ravens stand as the frontrunner to win Super Bowl LIV.

Baltimore rides a 12-game winning streak and comes off its second straight division title, which the franchise has done only one other time: in 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Likely MVP and QB Lamar Jackson ranks sixth leaguewide in rushing yards with a league-record 1,206 yards from the QB spot. He also finished the regular season third in passer rating after throwing for 3,100 yards and 36 TDs (against just six interceptions) on 66.1% passing.

The Ravens posted the most points (531) in franchise history and ranked first in points scored, second in yards gained, third in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed. To boot, Baltimore went 5-1 against teams currently in the playoffs.

Yet Baltimore is not our Super Bowl pick.

AFC No. 3 New England (12-4)

No franchise in NFL history boasts the Super Bowl success as the Patriots.

New England has appeared in a record 11 Super Bowls. Nine of those have occurred in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, since 2001, which itself would be a record. With the Hall of Fame QB and legendary coach, the Pats have won six league titles, which is tied for the most all-time.

They have advanced to the Big Game in each of the past three years, winning twice, and they have won three of the last five Super Bowls.

Even with an anemic offense, one that produced the franchise’s fewest points since 1996, New England’s defense has been dominant. It ranks first in points allowed (225, which is third-lowest in franchise history), yards allowed and interceptions, and second in takeaways.

The Pats have relied on powerful defenses before. In four Super Bowl-winning seasons, New England’s defense made up for poor offenses.

Yet New England is not our Super Bowl pick.

AFC No. 2 Kansas City (12-4), NFC No. 1 San Francisco (13-3), NFC No. 3 New Orleans (13-3), NFC No. 5 Seattle (11-5)

The 49ers put together their best season in nearly a decade and scored the franchise’s third-most points (479) in a season. San Francisco has home field through the NFC championship, and no team in the league scored more points at home than the 49ers.

But San Fran is not our pick. Neither is Kansas City, which has won six straight and is one of the more formidable road teams (if it came down to it) and is the only playoff team to have defeated the Ravens (33-28 at home in Week 3).

Neither is New Orleans, whose lone loss over the final seven games came against San Francisco, which is also the Saints’ only loss against current playoff teams. Neither is Seattle, which recorded its best record since going to the Super Bowl in 2014 and nearly won the NFC West while playing the league’s sixth-strongest schedule – and the strongest among playoff teams.

Our pick to win Super Bowl LIV: Green Bay Packers (13-3)

It seems the Packers enter every season with lofty expectations thrust upon them. This season, however, was not one of them.

Green Bay came into the year with a new head coach and uncertainties at skill positions. Somehow, though, the Packers took advantage of flying under the radar, recording the franchise’s best record since 2007 and locking up the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

The last time Green Bay was in the postseason, three years ago, it lost in the conference championship. This year, the Packers are our value pick to win the whole dang thing.

The AFC is set up to beat up on one another, thereby sending its conference champ limping into the Super Bowl. The NFC, however, appears more forthright. And with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers calling the shots, fresh of his eighth season with at least 4,000 passing yards and ninth straight year with single-digit interceptions, it’s difficult to bet against the Pack.

Green Bay closed the regular season with five straight victories. It features a 1,000-yard rusher in Aaron Jones (who tied Tennessee’s Derrick Henry for most rushing TDs this season) and went 3-2 against playoff teams – the third-best record among the field.

Sure, the Packers’ strength of schedule ranked dead-last, but they did what they were supposed to do: win against teams they’re supposed to win against.

Come Feb. 2 in Miami, that’s what Green Bay will do: Win.

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So, Which Two Teams Are Going To Super Bowl LIV? Here Are The Latest Odds

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Finally, the NFL playoffs have arrived.

After 17 weeks of fantasy football, parlays, prop bets and general Monday morning quarterbacking, the reason we play the game – aside from just winning (sorry, Herm Edwards) – kicks off with Wild Card weekend.

The next 11 games, spanning about a month, will determine the Super Bowl LIV champion.

It could be the league’s best team: the Baltimore Ravens. Or perhaps the dynastic New England Patriots. Maybe it’s the breakthrough year for the Kansas City Chiefs. Or is it the NFC’s year with the San Francisco 49ers or New Orleans Saints?

For our money, we’ll take the Green Bay Packers. But more on that in a bit.

With 14 states offering legalized sports betting, including 10 states with online sportsbooks, Super Bowl betting has never been bigger.

So the question remains: Who ya got?

NFL playoff schedule: Wild Card to Super Bowl

A championship and accompanying glory await one of 12 teams.

On Feb. 2, Super Bowl LIV will crown said winner. The road to Miami starts this weekend.

Here are the Wild Card matchups and the teams awaiting those winners in the Divisional Round. The conference championships will take place Jan. 19. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

Round Matchup Date/time
Wild Card Buffalo Bills (10-6) at Houston Texans (10-6) Jan. 4, 4:35 p.m.
Wild Card Tennessee Titans (9-7) at New England Patriots (12-4) Jan. 4, 8:15 p.m.
Wild Card Minnesota Vikings (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3) Jan. 5, 1:05 p.m.
Wild Card Seattle Seahawks (11-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) Jan. 5, 4:40 p.m.
Division Round TBD at San Francisco 49ers (13-3) Jan. 11, 4:35 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Baltimore Ravens (14-2) Jan. 11, 8:15 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) Jan. 12, 3:05 p.m.
Divisional Round TBD at Green Bay Packers (13-3) Jan. 12, 6:40 p.m.

Laying out the Super Bowl futures

Bettors who dreamed big preseason are on the threshold of a big payday.

On the flip side, those who counted on favorites might be shaking in their boots a bit.

Before the season began, the Raves and 49ers carried +4000 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. Now, they are the two favorites. Meanwhile, the top preseason pick to claim the title, the Patriots at +400, has dropped to the middle of the pack.

Here are the updated odds for each team to lift the Lombardi Trophy, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

Team DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook
*Odds as of Jan. 2
Baltimore Ravens +220 +220
San Francisco 49ers +400 +400
Kansas City Chiefs +450 +450
New Orleans Saints +600 +600
Green Bay Packers +1000 +850
New England Patriots +1200 +1200
Seattle Seahawks +2500 +2500
Philadelphia Eagles +3000 +3400
Houston Texans +3300 +3500
Minnesota Vikings +3300 +4000
Buffalo Bills +4500 +5000
Tennessee Titans +5000 +5000

Sussing out the field to clear up Super Bowl betting

AFC No. 1 Baltimore Ravens (14-2)

As noted, the AFC North champion Ravens stand as the frontrunner to win Super Bowl LIV.

Baltimore rides a 12-game winning streak and comes off its second straight division title, which the franchise has done only one other time: in 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Likely MVP and QB Lamar Jackson ranks sixth leaguewide in rushing yards with a league-record 1,206 yards from the QB spot. He also finished the regular season third in passer rating after throwing for 3,100 yards and 36 TDs (against just six interceptions) on 66.1% passing.

The Ravens posted the most points (531) in franchise history and ranked first in points scored, second in yards gained, third in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed. To boot, Baltimore went 5-1 against teams currently in the playoffs.

Yet Baltimore is not our Super Bowl pick.

AFC No. 3 New England (12-4)

No franchise in NFL history boasts the Super Bowl success as the Patriots.

New England has appeared in a record 11 Super Bowls. Nine of those have occurred in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, since 2001, which itself would be a record. With the Hall of Fame QB and legendary coach, the Pats have won six league titles, which is tied for the most all-time.

They have advanced to the Big Game in each of the past three years, winning twice, and they have won three of the last five Super Bowls.

Even with an anemic offense, one that produced the franchise’s fewest points since 1996, New England’s defense has been dominant. It ranks first in points allowed (225, which is third-lowest in franchise history), yards allowed and interceptions, and second in takeaways.

The Pats have relied on powerful defenses before. In four Super Bowl-winning seasons, New England’s defense made up for poor offenses.

Yet New England is not our Super Bowl pick.

AFC No. 2 Kansas City (12-4), NFC No. 1 San Francisco (13-3), NFC No. 3 New Orleans (13-3), NFC No. 5 Seattle (11-5)

The 49ers put together their best season in nearly a decade and scored the franchise’s third-most points (479) in a season. San Francisco has home field through the NFC championship, and no team in the league scored more points at home than the 49ers.

But San Fran is not our pick. Neither is Kansas City, which has won six straight and is one of the more formidable road teams (if it came down to it) and is the only playoff team to have defeated the Ravens (33-28 at home in Week 3).

Neither is New Orleans, whose lone loss over the final seven games came against San Francisco, which is also the Saints’ only loss against current playoff teams. Neither is Seattle, which recorded its best record since going to the Super Bowl in 2014 and nearly won the NFC West while playing the league’s sixth-strongest schedule – and the strongest among playoff teams.

Our pick to win Super Bowl LIV: Green Bay Packers (13-3)

It seems the Packers enter every season with lofty expectations thrust upon them. This season, however, was not one of them.

Green Bay came into the year with a new head coach and uncertainties at skill positions. Somehow, though, the Packers took advantage of flying under the radar, recording the franchise’s best record since 2007 and locking up the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

The last time Green Bay was in the postseason, three years ago, it lost in the conference championship. This year, the Packers are our value pick to win the whole dang thing.

The AFC is set up to beat up on one another, thereby sending its conference champ limping into the Super Bowl. The NFC, however, appears more forthright. And with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers calling the shots, fresh of his eighth season with at least 4,000 passing yards and ninth straight year with single-digit interceptions, it’s difficult to bet against the Pack.

Green Bay closed the regular season with five straight victories. It features a 1,000-yard rusher in Aaron Jones (who tied Tennessee’s Derrick Henry for most rushing TDs this season) and went 3-2 against playoff teams – the third-best record among the field.

Sure, the Packers’ strength of schedule ranked dead-last, but they did what they were supposed to do: win against teams they’re supposed to win against.

Come Feb. 2 in Miami, that’s what Green Bay will do: Win.

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Softball Pitching Mats: Jennie Finch Has The Latest Technology

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When purchasing pitching mats for your high school or sports facility, look for a steady surface, quality inlaid turf, spike resistance, and easy portability. Over the years, Jennie Finch products have continued to be the preferred choice of fast-pitch softball coaches across the country. Made for all skill levels, these high-quality indoor turf mats incorporate the latest technology for enhanced player protection and performance.

A softball artificial turf mat is an effective coaching tool for teaching pitches as well as practice drills. Recommended by sports pros, it is an ideal way to replicate the mound and help players develop and enhance their skills during and in the offseason. However, the wide range of products available in the market today can make the selection process confusing. Knowing what distinguishes the Jennie Finch product line from its competitors will help you make the right choice.

Advantages of Jennie Finch artificial turf mats

  • Reliable quality: Made from extremely durable, spike-resistant, artificial turf, these pro pitching mats last for many seasons.
  • Enhanced player safety: A high-quality rubberized backing fused to the mat keeps it from sliding around. The Powerline and Pitching Lane Pro models (both 3’W x 10’L) guarantee they will not slip on gym floors. With excellent foot traction, players can focus on improving their line instead of worrying about tripping and falling. The cushioning also allows pitchers to land on a consistent surface, reducing wear on the body.
  • Quality training: The 2″ inlaid white line and attached regulation size pitching rubber emphasize the pitching lane promoting proper foot placement and balance. Additionally, the popular Pro model has a 6″ barrier of white turf on both sides of the rubber. This helps pitchers comply with NCAA regulations that restrict players from pitching outside the 24″ pitching rubber.
  • Easy portability: They come in a convenient carrying case and roll up quickly for easy travel and storage.

If you are on a tight budget, there are less expensive turf mats that have no endorsement. They also have a non-slip backing and come with or without a stride line (helps players stay straight towards home). However, good quality pitching rubbers are worth the extra dollars. In addition to improving player skills and safety, they last for years.

What is the best place to buy them? Make your purchase from an established sports equipment distributor that provides quality products and consistent service. You are also likely to find a range of softball training tools to meet your needs and budget.

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