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NFL Draft Betting Is White Hot As It Goes Virtual, Gems Could Still Abound

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The NFL Draft was supposed to have been held on a virtual island constructed within the fountain pool of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Instead, it will be held in an archipelago of virtual spaces around the United States, another bi-product of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting daily lives and daily distractions. Even America’s favorite sport and betting pastime.

This will be weird, as commissioner Roger Goodell curates the online proceedings from his basement in Bronxville, free (at least in person) of the jeers. After all, those congratulatory handshakes would require so much soap afterwards.

But in many ways, this draft will represent a return to normalcy, or, at least, new-normalcy with the prospect of actual games — for the NFL or any league — still a speculative exercise.

And that’s in part why the draft, which commences on Thursday, April 23, has mushroomed as a betting market in the absence of most any other live action, other than obscure European soccer or table tennis or esports.

The draft schedule is as follows: Round 1, April 23, 8 p.m. ET.; Rounds 2-3, April 24, 7 p.m. ET.; Rounds 4-7, April 25, 12 p.m. ET. It will air live on ESPN, ABC, NFL Network.

Excitement around NFL Draft betting

Typical draft intrigue combined with loads of free time for sharps and dabblers to apply to analysis could lead to some lucrative opportunities for bettors.

“No matter how many mock drafts you read, no matter how much you’re around what the general consensus is, there are always surprises. There’s always picks we didn’t see coming or a team that valued a player much higher than everyone else,” PointsBet Sports Content Manager Andrew Mannino told PlayUSA. “So, I think that in this time where people have more, sort of, space and mental time to devote to thinking this out, there are definitely some gems out there.

“And I think that when we see those usual surprises that we see in the early picks of round one, I think that there’ll definitely be some people who find some gems.”

Mining for them has been brisk on both coasts.

PointsBet has taken more than double the amount of NFL Draft bets as this time last season.

For sports-starved bettors, an NFL Draft like never before

That the now-virtual event represents one of the first tangential connections to a beloved American sport since the COVID-19 lockdown broadens the importance of those extra offerings, he said.

FanDuel and DraftKings representatives told ESPN that betting volume was markedly higher than last year, also, and Fox Bet traders told PlayUSA that they expect volume for the upcoming draft to be “four to five times” a normal year.

William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich said his company had planned on posting “five or six times” more draft proposition bets than usual – they’ve only been allowed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board since 2017 – because of expected interest in a Las Vegas-based ceremony.

“Betting is definitely way up,” he told PlayUSA. “I don’t know what the exact number is. Is it up three times, four times, eight times? But it’s going to be quite substantial.

“We were going to originally [post more bets] just because the draft was in Las Vegas and it was going to be 800,000 crazies here for three days and it was going to be off the hook. So, I knew that we had to get a bigger and better menu up for this year on that alone. But when all that fell through, just the sheer demand for it was there still there.”

PointsBet has launched 210 markets compared to 120 last season. That’s both to accommodate customer demand for something familiar, and because traders don’t have the other major sports to cover, Mannino said.

“As we get more experienced, as legalized sports betting in New Jersey continues to evolve, we’ve got more experience to look back on. There definitely would’ve been an uptick in our offerings, but we would’ve had a lot more on our plate in the meantime and we would have been spending a lot of time on college basketball, the NBA and NHL,” he said. “So, we certainly wouldn’t have as much attention to devote to it. I think the bettors have more time too.”

Tua Tagovailoa speculation a popular betting market

Not even poor broadband can prevent the Cincinnati Bengals from selecting former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first-overall.

Maybe.

The national-title-winning, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has been heavily critiqued, as expected, in the weeks preceding the proceedings, but also elicited praise from the likes of Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Bogdanovich considers Burrow such a lock at number one that his company isn’t offering any prop bets on the first-overall pick.

“It’s not really a viable booking proposition. It might be worth some publicity or something,” he said. “They’ve already declared it, that they’re going to take him, so no one’s going to lay it.”

Burrow is a staggering -100000 to be the first player taken at FanDuel, but a relative bargain at -10000 at PointsBet and DraftKings, which even has a market on where his supposed predecessor, Andy Dalton, will play next season.

Multiple outlets have markets on whether the last player selected, the so-called ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ will be an offensive or defensive player. Draftkings posted a potentially lucrative trifecta of sorts in asking the exact order of the first three running backs selected.

Multiple sportsbooks are offering matchplay bets asking which player will be taken first. Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa opened at -150 at William Hill to be drafted ahead of Washington counterpart Justin Herbert (+130) and has lost public favor despite recent public discourse regarding his history injury.

Meanwhile at DraftKings, in a prop pitting two of Tagovailoa’s former targets, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is heavily favored (-225) to be taken before teammate Henry Ruggs III (+225).

FanDuel has a market on first “Hog Molly” taken, with another Crimson Tide product, offensive lineman Jedrick Willis Jr., the clear favorite.

Ohio State defensive end ChaseYoung is the runaway favorite for first defensive player taken, standing at -3000 to go second at FanDuel and -10000 at PointsBet

Virtual draft has changed virtually everything

While Bogdanovich considers Burrow a lock at the top spot and Young a near-cinch to Washington at No. 2, the rest of the draft, he said, has become a fascinating case study in decision-making in a vacuum.

That includes team player personnel and bettors.

“Everything’s changed for all the people preparing for the draft. All you’re hearing is a lot of rumor and innuendo on social media and Twitter and people running with it,” he observed. “It’s really the most wide-open crapshoot of all time.

“The draft starts at [pick] three. At three you never know. For the longest time, everyone talked about Tua, somebody trading up and taking him in the three hole and now there’s talk of him dropping out of the top ten. So that goes to the wildness of this whole situation. I mean, it’s great theater.”

Bogdanovich likened the situation to two years ago when the first experiment of allowing betting on the Academy Awards in New Jersey was briefly halted after social media buzz suggested the winner of the Best Director category had leaked, swinging betting volume toward away from the favored eventual winner.

“Maybe some team started the rumors so they could get [Tagovailoa] at an earlier spot. You really don’t know,” Bogdanovich said. “I mean, obviously, we’ll tune in on Thursday and we’ll all find out.

“But like I said, it’s all speculation and if you’ve done any research at all in this mock draft, it’s so all over the place. It’s not even funny. I mean some people got [Utah State quarterback] Jordan Love going six and some going 28. It’s interesting and it’s good. Everyone’s getting a little taste of the NFL right now.”

Rumor-prompted market volatility has kept PointsBet traders busy, Mannino said, with Tagovailoa at the center in the New Jersey market, also.

“We’ve seen case after case where a rumor starts and then it’s reflected in the mock draft. And then there’s smoke and then bettors are coming for it,” he said. “It’s keeping us on our toes for sure and the odds are fluctuating all the time.

“At the end of March we had Tua as -650 to be the second quarterback drafted and Herbert at +500. Today they’re both at -115 and it’s a coin toss. We’ve seen rumors come out or you see a new mock draft and people chasing it, getting in on it. And as those rumors circulate, it certainly can be having an impact in the betting community.”

Vegas misses another party in a lost spring

A vacant Strip has been strange enough to process for Bogdanovich, a Las Vegas native. The lost opportunity for the city to host its own house-warming party for the NFL has left him equally disappointed. He’ll still be in his office, as usual, for the draft, but he would have ducked out if the bash had gone on as planned.

“It was going to be crazy,” he said. “People just absolutely love the NFL Draft and there’s not a better place in the world to hold an NFL Draft than in Las Vegas. So it would have been worth going down to see the scene.

“We have to shut betting off at a certain time anyway, so I probably would have driven down to The Strip and from a distance watched the wildness.”

It’s still going to be wild. And a little weird. But there are gems to be found.



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Good Sports Betting News For Esports And The NFL Draft

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The coronavirus pandemic has sent shockwaves across the gaming world.

As it has been well-documented, the majority of — if not all — casinos in the US have closed their doors. Sports leagues suspended games, canceled seasons and postponed major events.

Operators have scrambled to unearth ways in which to at least partially make up for lost revenue.

Enter, esports betting. And on the horizon, NFL Draft betting. The silver lining has shown itself.

On to the Rewind:

Esports betting gets green light in Nevada

The entertainment world has had a void for several weeks due to the coronavirus. No games. No sports. No avenue for legalized sports betting.

Gaming regulators in two states, however, have signed off on esports betting.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board approved wagering on the Counter-Strike ESL Pro League at each of the state’s sportsbooks. How many more events receive the green light in Nevada — or in any other state, for that matter — obviously depends on how much action is drawn.

Another state has dipped its toes into the esports betting waters.

Like Nevada, New Jersey requires operators to request approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement before taking bets on esports. The Garden State saw its first esports betting action late last year by allowing bettors to place wagers on the League of Legends World Championship Final.

As Rahul Sood, CEO of esports betting operator Unikrn, told Legal Sports Report, state regulators “are willing to move quickly” to approve esports betting — especially if “real” sports continue to be sidelined.

Oregon sports betting fleeced by SBTech

Before Oregon sports betting launched in late-2019, the Oregon Lottery projected confidence and optimism that the state’s regulated industry could flourish.

Alas, it appears as if the lottery underestimated the costs of having partner SBTech in its corner.

A monthslong court battle ultimately ended with SBTech releasing details of its contract with the Oregon Lottery. And as it turns out, the sports betting provider has billed its partner for at least $2.9 million, causing the lottery to potentially lose $5.3 million over the first nine months of the 2020 fiscal year.

This despite the Scoreboard betting app helping generate a net revenue of nearly $6 million.

As Legal Sports Report detailed, “Managed Service Fees” have led to most of the SBTech-related costs. Among them:

  • SBTech gets 16% of net revenue and minimum monthly payments of $300,000 for the first six months and $350,000 thereafter
  • After 36 months, the “Minimum Managed Service Fee” increases to 17%

Certainly, this all becomes convoluted and even confusing to many, so consider the following: At full maturity, Oregon sports betting revenue gets handcuffed by SBTech costs. For example, as laid out by LSR, in a $5 million month of gross gaming revenue, SBTech would receive more than $1 million.

NFL Draft still on, NFL Draft betting still a go

Wrapping up the Rewind on a positive note is a conscious effort. With pro sports still sidelined, the news of the NFL Draft still expecting to go on as scheduled provides some much-needed joy.

While all events originally planned for Las Vegas have been scrubbed, the draft will still take place. As such, draft betting is still alive and well at legal sportsbooks.

Details of how the event will play out are reportedly still being worked out. For now, though, we can keep April 23-25 scheduled.

At many sportsbooks, operators are accepting bets on a variety of draft-related topics:

  • No. 1 overall pick
  • Order of first three picks
  • Over/under players selected by team and conference
  • Round of first kicker selected
  • Round of first punter selected

Far and away, LSU QB Joe Burrow remains the favorite to go No. 1 overall (FanDuel Sportsbook lists him at -3500) to the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps, though, the unexpected could happen, like Ohio State DE Chase Young taking the top spot. That’s good for a +1400 payout with FanDuel.

From esports to the NFL Draft, not all is lost for bettors.

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Good Sports Betting News For Esports And The NFL Draft

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The coronavirus pandemic has sent shockwaves across the gaming world.

As it has been well-documented, the majority of — if not all — casinos in the US have closed their doors. Sports leagues suspended games, canceled seasons and postponed major events.

Operators have scrambled to unearth ways in which to at least partially make up for lost revenue.

Enter, esports betting. And on the horizon, NFL Draft betting. The silver lining has shown itself.

On to the Rewind:

Esports betting gets green light in Nevada

The entertainment world has had a void for several weeks due to the coronavirus. No games. No sports. No avenue for legalized sports betting.

Gaming regulators in two states, however, have signed off on esports betting.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board approved wagering on the Counter-Strike ESL Pro League at each of the state’s sportsbooks. How many more events receive the green light in Nevada — or in any other state, for that matter — obviously depends on how much action is drawn.

Another state has dipped its toes into the esports betting waters.

Like Nevada, New Jersey requires operators to request approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement before taking bets on esports. The Garden State saw its first esports betting action late last year by allowing bettors to place wagers on the League of Legends World Championship Final.

As Rahul Sood, CEO of esports betting operator Unikrn, told Legal Sports Report, state regulators “are willing to move quickly” to approve esports betting — especially if “real” sports continue to be sidelined.

Oregon sports betting fleeced by SBTech

Before Oregon sports betting launched in late-2019, the Oregon Lottery projected confidence and optimism that the state’s regulated industry could flourish.

Alas, it appears as if the lottery underestimated the costs of having partner SBTech in its corner.

A monthslong court battle ultimately ended with SBTech releasing details of its contract with the Oregon Lottery. And as it turns out, the sports betting provider has billed its partner for at least $2.9 million, causing the lottery to potentially lose $5.3 million over the first nine months of the 2020 fiscal year.

This despite the Scoreboard betting app helping generate a net revenue of nearly $6 million.

As Legal Sports Report detailed, “Managed Service Fees” have led to most of the SBTech-related costs. Among them:

  • SBTech gets 16% of net revenue and minimum monthly payments of $300,000 for the first six months and $350,000 thereafter
  • After 36 months, the “Minimum Managed Service Fee” increases to 17%

Certainly, this all becomes convoluted and even confusing to many, so consider the following: At full maturity, Oregon sports betting revenue gets handcuffed by SBTech costs. For example, as laid out by LSR, in a $5 million month of gross gaming revenue, SBTech would receive more than $1 million.

NFL Draft still on, NFL Draft betting still a go

Wrapping up the Rewind on a positive note is a conscious effort. With pro sports still sidelined, the news of the NFL Draft still expecting to go on as scheduled provides some much-needed joy.

While all events originally planned for Las Vegas have been scrubbed, the draft will still take place. As such, draft betting is still alive and well at legal sportsbooks.

Details of how the event will play out are reportedly still being worked out. For now, though, we can keep April 23-25 scheduled.

At many sportsbooks, operators are accepting bets on a variety of draft-related topics:

  • No. 1 overall pick
  • Order of first three picks
  • Over/under players selected by team and conference
  • Round of first kicker selected
  • Round of first punter selected

Far and away, LSU QB Joe Burrow remains the favorite to go No. 1 overall (FanDuel Sportsbook lists him at -3500) to the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps, though, the unexpected could happen, like Ohio State DE Chase Young taking the top spot. That’s good for a +1400 payout with FanDuel.

From esports to the NFL Draft, not all is lost for bettors.

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Are New Lounges Proof The NFL Is Warming Up To Legal Betting?

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The saying goes that it is better to have the devil you know in your corner rather than the devil you don’t.

For professional sports leagues in North America, at least from their perspective, that means embracing the idea of legalized and state-sanction sports betting.

For decades, these leagues spoke against the idea of regulated wagering. Now, that industry is spreading like wildfire and these leagues are seemingly lowering their guards.

And now, one of the most anti-betting leagues in the country appears ready to accept legal wagering.

On to the Rewind:

Betting lounges coming to NFL stadiums

Could a league that has long opposed state-sanctioned sports betting be considering the integration of legalized sports betting in its stadiums?

Time will tell, but the NFL has given the OK for its franchises to house “betting lounges.”

Starting with the 2020 season, professional football stadiums can accept sponsorships from legal sports betting operators as well as transform areas of their venues into betting lounges.

While actual retail sportsbooks remain banned from stadiums, those bookmakers will have the opportunity to sponsor betting lounges, which will showcase legalized online betting options. This particular spot will represent “an adult, discreet area,” as NFL spokesman Chris Halpin told ESPN, complete with “a betting setup, but we’re not going to have betting windows.”

While bookmakers can sponsor franchises, advertising in the lower bowls of stadiums remains prohibited.

As NFL betting is hugely popular, it would make sense for the league to warm to the idea of legalized sports betting–and it looks like they are.

NJ online gambling power expands iGaming partnership

No online gambling operator in New Jersey has performed like Golden Nugget. It seems every month the license holder is setting state industry revenue records, including a whopping $21.2 million showing in January.

Golden Nugget is looking to get more out of its iGaming partner, as the operator announced an agreement to expand its deal with Scientific Games.

Specifically, the new agreement will help bolster Golden Nugget’s sports betting and iGaming markets.

Scientific Games will provide its “OpenGaming” system to assist with Golden Nugget’s online gambling presence. On top of that, Golden Nugget will leverage the “OpenSports” sports betting management serves from Don Best Sports.

While FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook continue to dominate the NJ sports betting world, this expanded agreement with Scientific Games could help Golden Nugget become more prominent. Since launching a year ago, Golden Nugget’s betting app has enjoyed a sports betting revenue increase of more than 1900%.

And the app has certainly helped: Some 79% of Golden Nugget’s wagering revenue came via online betting.

Ex-FanDuel employees going after Paddy Power

Nearly two years after Paddy Power Betfair completed its acquisition of FanDuel Sportsbook, former FanDuel employees have filed a lawsuit against private equity investors.

Filed in New York, the employees allege that investors bilked them out of their rightful stake in the company after FanDuel sold to Paddy Power.

FanDuel co-founder and former CEO Nigel Eccles is among over 100 former employees backing the lawsuit, which echoes a prior lawsuit that claimed private equity firms lowered the price of FanDuel to benefit themselves.

As detailed by Legal Sports Report, preferred shareholders with FanDuel, such as these private equity firms, were afforded the first $559 million in proceeds from the sale. Whatever was left would go to common shareholders, such as FanDuel founders and former employees. It also included a 40% share of the newly created FanDuel Group.

However, the lawsuit alleges that private equity firms kept FanDuel’s valuation to less than $559 million to guarantee they would receive all of that 40% stake.

Per the suit, when FanDuel and DraftKings reportedly entertained a merger proposal, the same investors valued FanDuel at $1.2 billion.

While no specific monetary damages are requested in the lawsuit, the plaintiffs should be entitled “hundreds of millions of dollars” that were taken from them during the sale.

That’s some payday.

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Betting Totals For The Super Bowl Are In — And The NFL Is Hiring

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The largest and most significant segment of the sports betting calendar has concluded.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

If you’re into Oscar betting, bettors and fans enjoyed or shook their heads at the mildly surprising double-win of Parasite and Bong Joon Ho for Best Picture and Best Director, respectively.

Now, we start our eleventh-hour cramming of the college basketball season as March Madness approaches.

Before we forget about Super Bowl LIV, however, we should recognize some states’ single-day reports of legalized wagering on Feb. 2, 2020.

On to the Rewind:

Super Bowl betting nears $270 million nationwide

Not long after the Chiefs polished off their championship comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers, states with legalized sports betting began publicizing how operators fared for the Big Game.

With 10 states reporting Super Bowl betting numbers, the public laid down almost $270 million on the championship matchup. With the favorited Chiefs coming out on top 31-20, some states finished with a negative hold.

Of the $268.6 million wagered, Nevada accounted for $154.7 million in handle, reflecting a 6% increase from the previous year’s Super Bowl. The Silver State reported a 12.1% hold, totaling $18.8 million in revenue.

As expected, the likes of New Jersey and Pennsylvania finished second and third, respectively. More than $54 million was wagered in New Jersey, while Pennsylvania took in nearly $31 million. The Garden State lost $4.3 million in revenue due to the outcome, and PA sports betting reported a $3.3 million loss.

While still impressive for a single day, that nearly $270 million in handle represents only a small fraction of what the American Gaming Association projected. Prior to the Super Bowl, the AGA estimated that a whopping $6.8 billion would be legally and illegally wagered on the Big Game.

Maine sports betting still alive

Despite a thumbs-down from Gov. Janet Mills, legislation to legalize sports betting in Maine remains alive.

The state Senate voted to override the governor’s veto, which required a two-thirds vote. All that remains is a similar outcome in the House, and Rep. Scott Strom informed Legal Sports Report that the chamber should follow suit.

In a letter explaining her veto, Mills noted she was “unconvinced at this time that the majority of Maine people are ready to legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events.”

Interestingly, Maine’s two commercial casinos, Hollywood Casino Banger and Oxford Casino, lobbied for the governor’s veto to stand.

Their reasoning surrounded the bill’s lack of a requirement for online sportsbooks to partner with land-based properties. Instead, the state’s legislation allows for sportsbooks to operate without physical locations.

Should an override occur, it would mark the first time for sports betting legislation since the fall of PASPA.

NFL seeks out VP of sports betting

It appears the NFL is starting to come around on legalized sports betting.

The professional football league has circulated a new vice president of sports betting position via headhunters, one that will oversee its betting initiatives.

As detailed by Legal Sports Report, the new position would help “protect the integrity of the game,” advance the NFL’s brand and reputation, drive fan engagement, and grow the value of the NFL’s data and IP.

The chosen candidate would collaborate with the NFL’s media department to produce “content for gaming purposes” while integrating “gaming products into the NFL’s platforms.”

This makes it seem as though the NFL is warming to the idea of legalized wagering. Its pro league counterparts – NBA, MLB and NASCAR – have already integrated similar roles.

Regardless, with a franchise about to lay roots in Las Vegas (the Raiders), with an official casino partner (Caesars), it only makes sense for the NFL to embrace the world of gambling.

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Betting Totals For The Super Bowl Are In — And The NFL Is Hiring

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The largest and most significant segment of the sports betting calendar has concluded.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

If you’re into Oscar betting, bettors and fans enjoyed or shook their heads at the mildly surprising double-win of Parasite and Bong Joon Ho for Best Picture and Best Director, respectively.

Now, we start our eleventh-hour cramming of the college basketball season as March Madness approaches.

Before we forget about Super Bowl LIV, however, we should recognize some states’ single-day reports of legalized wagering on Feb. 2, 2020.

On to the Rewind:

Super Bowl betting nears $270 million nationwide

Not long after the Chiefs polished off their championship comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers, states with legalized sports betting began publicizing how operators fared for the Big Game.

With 10 states reporting Super Bowl betting numbers, the public laid down almost $270 million on the championship matchup. With the favorited Chiefs coming out on top 31-20, some states finished with a negative hold.

Of the $268.6 million wagered, Nevada accounted for $154.7 million in handle, reflecting a 6% increase from the previous year’s Super Bowl. The Silver State reported a 12.1% hold, totaling $18.8 million in revenue.

As expected, the likes of New Jersey and Pennsylvania finished second and third, respectively. More than $54 million was wagered in New Jersey, while Pennsylvania took in nearly $31 million. The Garden State lost $4.3 million in revenue due to the outcome, and PA sports betting reported a $3.3 million loss.

While still impressive for a single day, that nearly $270 million in handle represents only a small fraction of what the American Gaming Association projected. Prior to the Super Bowl, the AGA estimated that a whopping $6.8 billion would be legally and illegally wagered on the Big Game.

Maine sports betting still alive

Despite a thumbs-down from Gov. Janet Mills, legislation to legalize sports betting in Maine remains alive.

The state Senate voted to override the governor’s veto, which required a two-thirds vote. All that remains is a similar outcome in the House, and Rep. Scott Strom informed Legal Sports Report that the chamber should follow suit.

In a letter explaining her veto, Mills noted she was “unconvinced at this time that the majority of Maine people are ready to legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events.”

Interestingly, Maine’s two commercial casinos, Hollywood Casino Banger and Oxford Casino, lobbied for the governor’s veto to stand.

Their reasoning surrounded the bill’s lack of a requirement for online sportsbooks to partner with land-based properties. Instead, the state’s legislation allows for sportsbooks to operate without physical locations.

Should an override occur, it would mark the first time for sports betting legislation since the fall of PASPA.

NFL seeks out VP of sports betting

It appears the NFL is starting to come around on legalized sports betting.

The professional football league has circulated a new vice president of sports betting position via headhunters, one that will oversee its betting initiatives.

As detailed by Legal Sports Report, the new position would help “protect the integrity of the game,” advance the NFL’s brand and reputation, drive fan engagement, and grow the value of the NFL’s data and IP.

The chosen candidate would collaborate with the NFL’s media department to produce “content for gaming purposes” while integrating “gaming products into the NFL’s platforms.”

This makes it seem as though the NFL is warming to the idea of legalized wagering. Its pro league counterparts – NBA, MLB and NASCAR – have already integrated similar roles.

Regardless, with a franchise about to lay roots in Las Vegas (the Raiders), with an official casino partner (Caesars), it only makes sense for the NFL to embrace the world of gambling.

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The Worst Super Bowl Predictions & NFL Predictions From Sports Media

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Nobody, least of all anyone attempting to forecast an upcoming NFL season, is perfect. But when someone has a platform for the whole world to see, they should be held accountable for their constant failed attempts to predict the NFL season, which are seasoned with irrational hot takes and opinion-based nonsense.

But let’s face it, it’s not about being right or wrong, it’s all about one-liners and attention-grabbing statements that fuel the viewers.

The losers of sports media

But right here, days after Super Bowl 54, we’re calling out the top three biggest losers in sports media when it came to predictions and hot takes this NFL season.

You know who you are.

  • You’re the biggest TV personalities in sports media who can’t get enough of our glorified hot-take culture.
  • You always take the most extreme positions regardless of what the facts say.
  • You’re smug, combative and irrationally overreactive consistently.
  • You cling to your petty opinions with hyperbolic ramblings that are wrong, year after year, and the 2019-20 NFL season was no different.

No matter how ridiculous or irrelevant their arguments may have been, these “shock-jock” sports media personalities always attempt to paint their versions of the truth throughout the entire NFL season.

So, after doing a little research, I found some of the more obnoxious and idiot predictions of the season. It’s time to expose how wrong these so-called experts really were. Enjoy!

No. 1 Skip Bayless

Skip is the king of bad takes. Although he dominates the ratings, he is, without question, the most obnoxious sports media personality on TV. He rarely makes a valid point without contradicting himself and feeds off his ability to instigate at all costs.

Skips 2019-20 overly bias NFL predictions and takes:

  • “It will be a New England-Dallas Super Bowl.”
  • “Cowboys will go 12-4, only losing to Saints, Pats, Bears, Birds.”
  • When Shannon Sharpe told Bayless that the Cowboys would miss the playoffs, he laughed in Sharpe’s face.
  • Bayless repeatedly states that Dak Prescott is better than Mahomes and Carson Wentz:

Even Stephen Smith chimes in on the Cowboys:

No. 2 Colin Cowherd

Colin Cowherd is all bark and no bite.

He’s louder than everyone else in the room, but what he shouts is usually utter nonsense. He hangs up on anyone who disagrees with him, and he is prone to embrace the most brain-dead sports cliches.

Cowherd takes a few more Ls

Early in the NFL season, Cowherd stated that:

  • “Buffalo are pretenders, and they won’t go anywhere this year.” (Loser)
  • And, the “Cowboys are the real deal this year.” (Loser)
  • In a Nick Wright versus Colin Cowherd NFL pick’em bet, Cowherd barely finished above .500.

No. 3 Max Kellerman

Kellerman is the No. 1 Carson Wentz hater in the world. He may have a decent amount of knowledge of boxing, but as you can see below, he has no business being in the NFL media space.

Dan Orlovsky was beating up on Kellerman all season on the subject of Wentz, but the victory celebration didn’t stop there. Following the Eagles’ win over the Cowboys to help them win the NFC East, Orlovsky appeared on Get Up! for an airing of grievances aimed at his dumbfounded colleagues.

Smith destroys Kellerman:

Kellerman being wrong about Tom Brady:

 



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The Las Vegas Raiders Are Official, Plus A Peek At The Sin City-based NFL Draft

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The NFL is about to make a significant impact on Las Vegas, and the Raiders moving to town is only the beginning.

The Raiders team, formerly located in Oakland and Los Angeles, is moving to their new home in the Silver State.

A recent media announcement revealed the NFL team is now called the Las Vegas Raiders. The team recently updated its Twitter page to reflect the change.

This shift may not seem like a big deal, but it’s just the beginning of the NFL movement in Las Vegas. The Raiders will kick off its inaugural 2020 season in Vegas, along with the rest of the league.

The Raiders’ debut remains on schedule despite a delay with the installation of a translucent roof at Allegiant Stadium

Don Webb, the Las Vegas Stadium Co.’s chief operating officer, said the installation of the roof should be finished in May instead of April.

NFL Draft in Las Vegas

Image courtesy of Clark County Nevada.
Image courtesy of Clark County Nevada.

The NFL will invade Las Vegas months before the Raiders play their first game. 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is expecting nearly 750,000 people in Sin City for the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23-25. Expect numerous events from interactive games to autograph sessions.

For comparison, last year’s draft in Nashville saw 600,000 people during the three-day event.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the LVCVA is estimating that each of the first two days of the NFL Draft will bring upwards of 350,000 people to The Strip. 

In contrast, New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days in Las Vegas, and it’s estimated that 300,000 visitors attended the celebration.

The draft will likely create havoc on the Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed at Flamingo. Visitors can walk between the red carpet stage at the Bellagio fountains and the main draft and NFL experience behind The Linq (next to the new Caesars Forum conference center).

Las Vegas Raiders, MGM and Allegiant Stadium all partner

MGM Resorts recently announced deals with both the Las Vegas Raiders and Allegiant Stadium. MGM is now an official gaming partner of the Raiders. The largest casino operator on the Vegas Strip is also a “founding partner” of Allegiant Stadium.

MGM Resorts will have close ties to the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium. 

The deals will make MGM Resort’s casinos in Las Vegas an official home of Raiders’ pre-game and post-game parties. The bulk of the gatherings should take place at Mandalay Bay and Luxor since the two casinos are walking distance to the stadium.

Raiders president Marc Badain said, “MGM Resorts is an institution in the gaming and hospitality industry and the activations they have planned for Raider games.” 

Specific plans for MGM Resorts and the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t known yet. However, MGM Resorts’ sports betting app will launch in Nevada before the NFL Draft and season begin, according to Legal Sports Report

There should be plenty of opportunities for special Raiders-themed promotions.

MGM Resorts is the second Las Vegas casino operator to become a founding partner of Allegiant Stadium. In 2019, Caesars signed a similar deal with Allegiant Stadium. MGM Resorts will have signage, special entrances and a VIP club.

MGM Club, at Allegiant Stadium, will offer an ultra-exclusive experience with a full-service premium bar, luxury lounge and upgraded stadium seating to watch the game. 

Together, these deals will give MGM Resorts access to former and current Raiders players.

Allegiant Stadium will be more than Las Vegas Raiders football

The Raiders were the catalyst behind building Allegiant Stadium; however, the venue will offer more to Las Vegas. 

MGM Resorts will receive maximum exposure during events. AEG, the facilities manager, expects 46 events per year at Allegiant Stadium.

The Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV football games will occupy 16 of those 46 events. Some events that may have taken place at Boyd Stadium in the past will choose the new venue near the Strip. 

Additionally, the state-of-the-art stadium will likely be a tour stop for the artists popular enough to perform at a 65,000+ capacity venue.

Billboard says Motley CrüeTaylor Swift and Kenny Chesney all have stadium tour stops in Los Angeles, but not in Vegas. The music industry trade magazine also postulates that Allegiant Stadium could be home to future Las Vegas residencies.

The Raiders moving to Las Vegas is about more than just eight regular-season games.



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A Look At Miami’s Notable NFL History Ahead Of The 2020 Super Bowl

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The road to the Super Bowl has begun. The quest for the Lombardi Trophy is well underway.

And for Super Bowl LIV, the Big Game heads back to an area that holds so much NFL (and NFL betting) history: Miami.

Arguably no other region in the country has as strong a tie to the league than South Florida. And arguably no other region has featured matchups as memorable as Miami.

Not convinced? See for yourself.

History of Super Bowl locations

Since the first championship between the NFL and AFL in 1967, the league has constantly relocated the Super Bowl around the country.

Miami, though, seems more like home base.

Including this year’s game, scheduled for Feb. 2, the Miami area has hosted 11 Super Bowls, more than any other region in America. (To be fair, New Orleans has staged 10 contests, and its 11th is slated for 2024.)

Los Angeles, sight of the first Big Game, has hosted seven times. If standing alone, and when including games that have been awarded for future years, Miami ranks second among states in games hosted: California has put on 13 Super Bowls. (Florida’s count drops from 17 to six.)

Overview of Miami Super Bowl matchups

The history of Miami-hosted Super Bowls dates back 50-plus years, to before Roman numerals were attached to the Super Bowl, to before the game was even known as the “Super Bowl.”

Super Bowls in Miami    
2020 Super Bowl LIV @ Hard Rock Stadium TBD
2010 Super Bowl XLIV @ Sun Life Stadium New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
2007 Super Bowl XLI @ Dolphin Stadium Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
1999 Super Bowl XXXIII @ Pro Player Stadium Denver 34, Atlanta 19
1995 Super Bowl XXIX @ Joe Robbie Stadium San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
1989 Super Bowl XXIII @ Joe Robbie Stadium San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16
1979 Super Bowl XIII @ Orange Bowl Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
1976 Super Bowl X @ Orange Bowl Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17
1971 Super Bowl V @ Orange Bowl Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
1969 Super Bowl III @ Orange Bowl New York (A) 16, Baltimore 7
1968 Super Bowl II @ Orange Bowl Green Bay 33, Oakland 14

And the games themselves did not disappoint. Game-winning field goals, late-game touchdowns, turnover-plagued matchups, high-scoring affairs and offensive struggles – Miami has seen it all.

Interestingly, when the NFL and AFL merged, many believed the AFL would suffer greatly. The perception was it was a far inferior league. Now, granted after a few NFL (now NFC) teams moved over to the AFL (AFC), the student has become the master – at least in Miami.

In South Florida, the AFC leads its counterpart with a 6-4 record.

Top five Super Bowls played in Miami

Any one of the 10 Super Bowls played in Miami could make this list. That includes Super Bowl XIII, featuring the infamous dropped touchdown by Dallas’ Jackie Smith. Or Super Bowl XXIX, when San Francisco cruised to a 49-26 win over San Diego in a game that still holds the record for most points (75) and touchdown passes by one player (Steve Young, 6) in a single Super Bowl.

And an honorable mention to Super Bowl XLI, between Indianapolis and Chicago, that featured the Big Game’s first return TD on the game’s opening kickoff. It also was the setting for the Super Bowl’s first black head coaches. (Fun fact: Indy’s coach at the time, Tony Dungy, appeared in one Super Bowl as a player and another as a coach. Both games took place in Miami.)

Without further ado, our top five:

Super Bowl II: Green Bay 33, Oakland 14

The first championship game held in Miami, this 1968 matchup was not even known at the time as the “Super Bowl.” Rather, this showdown carried the moniker “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” Catchy.

In fact, “Super Bowl” was used in more of a jocular manner throughout the league. As the league searched for a go-to and more catchy name for the championship game, a spokesman for then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle said that few people actually liked “Super Bowl.”

“It’s a nickname, and it’s a bad play on words.”

So as higher-ups weighed names such as “Merger Bowl” and “Summit Bowl” and “The Game” (catchy), an actual championship game was played.

In living up to the public’s perception of the two leagues – that the NFL is far superior to the AFL – the Packers rolled by the Raiders for their second straight title. Green Bay’s defense recorded an interception and forced three fumbles (recovering two), and Don Chandler booted four field goals, which is still tied for the most in a single Super Bowl.

Super Bowl III: New York (A) 16, Baltimore 7

Considered the greatest upset in the history of professional football and in consideration for all of sports – perhaps, though, it is best known for the Joe Namath guarantee. (Underlying it all: This is the first game officially known as the “Super Bowl,” though roman numerals had still not arrived.)

Backstory: The Baltimore Colts entered the 1969 championship game as heavy favorites. So much so, the Colts went in giving 18 points. So much so, Joe Falls of the Detroit Free Press predicted that Baltimore would win 270-0. That the Colts would “rearrange” the facial hair of Namath. That the Orange Bowl would “need a computer to keep up with the Colts.”

Mere days before the Super Bowl, Namath was lounging at the Miami Touchdown Club when he uttered the famous called shot: “We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee you.”

In completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and garnering MVP honors, Namath “proved that his talent is as big as his mouth – which makes it a very big talent indeed.” The Jets defense posted five takeaways, including four interceptions, to help New York secure the first Super Bowl win for an AFL franchise.

Fun fact: Until Super Bowl LIII last year, New York was the only team to win a title despite scoring only one touchdown.

Super Bowl V: Baltimore 16, Dallas 13

Another first for the NFL: This game was the first to incorporate Roman numerals. It was also the first Super Bowl to be played on artificial turf.

Really, though, this was about Baltimore’s redemption – no matter how ugly it seemed.

Not-so-playfully known as the “Blunder Bowl” or the “Blooper Bowl,” this 1971 game holds Super Bowl records for most interceptions (6), most turnovers (11, including seven by Baltimore, the most by a winning team) and most penalty yards (164, including a record 133 by Dallas).

The Cowboys led 13-6 at the half, and appeared ready to take over after Baltimore’s Jim Duncan fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, the first of seven turnovers after the intermission.

The Colts, though, evened things up with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and a Baltimore interception late in the game was returned to the Dallas 28-yard line. This set up a go-ahead field goal by rookie Jim O’Brien with five seconds remaining. It was the first game-winning FG in Super Bowl history, and O’Brien is one of just two kickers to win the championship in the final seconds. (New England’s Adam Vinatieri is the other.)

Only once in Super Bowl history has a player on the losing team claimed the MVP, and it was in this game. Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley also became the first non-QB to win the honor after forcing a fumble and recording two interceptions.

Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16

Continuing the string of firsts: This matchup was the first Miami Super Bowl to not be played at the Orange Bowl. Rather, it took place at Joe Robbie Stadium. Side note: While the next six Super Bowls have and will take place at this venue, the stadium’s name was only repeated once:

  • Joe Robbie Stadium, Super Bowl XXIII
  • Joe Robbie Stadium, Super Bowl XXIX
  • Pro Player Stadium, Super Bowl XXXIII
  • Dolphin Stadium, Super Bowl XLI
  • Sun Life Stadium, Super Bowl XLIV
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Super Bowl LIV

Controversy arose leading up to this showdown, as Cincinnati fullback Stanley Wilson, the team’s third-leading rusher, was caught with cocaine in his hotel room. The Bengals banished him from the team immediately. As it was his third drug policy violation, Wilson was banned for life by the NFL.

San Francisco WR Jerry Rice totaled a still-record 215 yards, but it was a heroic late-game drive by MVP QB Joe Montana that stole the show. The signal-caller engineered a 92-yard drive, capped with a 10-yard TD strike, to lift the 49ers to the 1989 championship win.

Quite the sendoff for Bill Walsh, who would not coach another game in the NFL. Cincy, meanwhile, won a playoff game two years later but have been plagued with futility since. The Bengals franchise holds the league’s longest streak of seasons between playoff wins at 29.

Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver 34, Atlanta 19

Like Walsh, John Elway rode off into the sunset as a champ. A back-to-back champ.

In throwing for 336 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for a score, the QB helped the Broncos secure a second straight Super Bowl.

The world saw the writing on the wall when Elway found Rod Smith for an 80-yard TD to give Denver a 17-3 lead after falling behind 3-0 early.

Denver ran away with the victory in 1999 as the 38-year-old Elway became the first QB to start five Super Bowls (since surpassed by New England’s Tom Brady) and the oldest player to win MVP (again, Brady has since surpassed).

Fun fact: Smith burned Atlanta safety Eugene Robinson for the long score. The morning before the game, Robinson was given the Bart Starr Award for high moral character; that night, he was arrested for solicitation of a prostitute.

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Your Advantages To NFL Picks Against Point Spread

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One of the most favored sports in the United States is that of professional football. The National Football League or the NFL plays from the first Thursday after Labor Day and extends for seventeen straight weeks. Americans are known to love this sport so much that they play the sport among family and friends. The most concrete way that they are able to show pride and support for their favorite teams is through following the scheduled games up until the Super Bowl.

However, the best way that people from all walks of life make these games more interesting is through wagers. Sports betting as been around for a very long time; watching the games and having the opportunity to profit dome extra cash is never a bad idea. These days, sports betting or NFL betting are among the most popularly done through online picks. Various service providers offer the advantage of presenting a system that will be able to generate predictions. These systems are meant to help increase your odds in selecting the games and the picks that you would like to place your wager.

The key to gaining the most advantage is to be smart in selecting the best system that you will trust. The may not always be a simple task to do. Some of the more serious sports gamblers would often rely on point spreads. In a manner of speaking, these spreads are often a more complex or a riskier betting move. There are a number of spreads that are presented by bookies where an individual would be able to choose the one that they feel most lucky in playing. While this is a game of the odds – there is not much difference from any other sports betting game. It uses a complex system to generate the figures presented to the gambler. Adversely, there is always a huge possibility of instant losses and winning would be treated as sheer luck.

On a different note, the use of NFL picks against point spread can present you with a good advantage. Of course, at the end of the day, it will still be all up to you. Your choices will still be the determining factor for your wagers and the kind of betting option you will play. The bottom line is still the fact that finding a system is an important move to take. While some see it to be no more that a waste of money, these picks systems have the ability to provide you with accurate predictions with the help of expert handicappers. These handicappers know every aspect of the National Football League. They have drawn their conclusion based on the performances and other key factors. In turn, you will be the one that will benefit the most.

When you are able to find yourself a great system that will work to your advantage, combine this with an experienced handicapper – just like magic, watch it unfold before your very eyes and you will be certain that you will always make smart decisions in sports betting.

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