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Brother Of Bears Linebacker Busted For Offshore Gambling Ring

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Stop us if you’ve heard this: Legalized sports betting is expanding. Quickly.

A few more states, namely Alaska and Wyoming, have introduced legislation to regulate wagering, bringing the country’s total to 21 states with standing legislation.

One byproduct of legalizing the industry is to crack down on illegal betting. Of course, eradicating offshore gambling seems an impossible task.

That has not stopped law enforcement from continuing those efforts, however. And now they have proven that no one is safe – regardless of status or family name.

On to the Rewind:

Chicago-area mayor arrested in illegal gambling ring

The name Urlacher carries legendary status in Illinois. Unfortunately, that name won’t carry much weight now.

Casey Urlacher, the brother of legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, has been charged as part of a federal indictment going after 10 individuals who allegedly operated an offshore sports gambling ring. To boot, Casey sits as the mayor of the small Chicago-area town of Mettawa.

Casey was charged with conspiracy and running an illegal gambling business, one that authorities say generated millions of dollars from hundreds of area gamblers. Urlacher is accused of “acting as an agent” for the gambling ring, which involved recruiting bettors in exchange for a cut of their losses.

Urlacher, mayor of Mettawa since 2013, allegedly worked under a man known as “Uncle Mick,” collecting cash from bettors and paying out winnings. He then received kickbacks from gamblers’ losses.

All told, agents searching the home of “Uncle Mick” seized nearly $1.1 million in cash and nearly a half-million dollars in silver bars, gold coins and jewelry.

NHL games streaming at select legal sportsbooks

While the NFL and NBA attract much of the betting attention among professional leagues, the NHL will not be left behind.

As a way to drive fan engagement, IMG Arena has secured the rights to stream live NHL games to US sportsbook partners. The agreement allows operators to air “select out-of-market” matchups.

IMG has streamed NHL games to European markets for a few years, and it also provides official data for tennis, UFC and the PGA Tour.

In Europe last year, over 56 million unique viewers worldwide consumed more than 175 million hours of IMG content. Certainly, IMG is no slouch in this area.

The NHL commented that this deal is part of a “progressive approach” to legalized sports betting and that IMG Arena “provides another innovative touchpoint for fan engagement.”

Washington sports betting bill faces an uphill battle

The latest effort to regulate wagering in Washington passed through the House. But in no way does that mean the road is wide open for the bill to pass.

In fact, it could face quite a legal fight.

An emergency amendment from Rep. Jim Walsh would legalize sports betting right away rather than requiring a minimum 60% voter approval. Opponents believe the amendment was included because legislators are well aware they won’t receive that approval.

The amendment notes that that immediate action to legalize sports betting “is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.”

Regardless, some have the means to put up a legal fight, and they have threatened to do so should the legislation pass.

After all, there’s no real “emergency” for this amendment to be included, some argue. As one opponent detailed, gaming legislation alone does not qualify as emergent. To boot, the bill does not add revenue to state government, meaning there is really no true immediate need to enact this legislation.

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Ring Larnder and the Black Sox Scandal of 1919

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Chicago “Black Sox Scandal” of 1919 shook baseball to its core and almost ruined the game. Sportswriter Ring Lardner was at the heart of the story and reported regularly on the subsequent trial and banning of the eight players involved. The case shook Lardner’s belief in the game and robbed baseball of one of its greatest early writers.

Adapting from Eliot Asinof baseball classic 8 men out, director John Sayles put Lardner back into the baseball and literary spotlight during the 1988 hollywood film Eight Men Out. The movie included some big name talent, including John Cusack and John Mahoney (of many films and later Frasier fame). Sayles, himself an actor, played Lardner, who quickly figured out something was amiss behind the scenes of the Chicago White Sox. Strong reviews from strong media outlets and critics such as the New York Times Janet Maslin (“story of boyish enthusiam gone bad in an all too grown-up world, Eight Men Out represents a home run.”) gave this movie its preverbal legs and is now considered a classic amongst baseball film buffs.

Ring began his sports writing career in South Bend, writing for both the South Bend Tribune & the South Bend Times. He moved to Chicago and wrote for the Chicago Inter-Ocean, the Chicago Examiner and finally the Chicago Examiner. After bouncing around for a few years, including taking time off to work on the fictional book You Know Me Al, Larnder returned to Chicago and resumed writing for the Tribune.

This leads us into the scandal itself. The official story goes like this: Many players within the Chicago White Sox organization were upset with the pay and negotiation tactics of the Sox owner, Charles Comiskey. When Joseph Sullivan approached White Sox first baseman Arnold Gandil on the behalf of New York mobster Arnold Rothstein the timing was right. Gandil was able to gather seven other players (thus brining to the total to eight) to throw games vs the Cinncinati Reds in the 1919 World Series. For this the players were promised $100,000 total.

Ring Lardner wrote pieces for the Tribune after the series hinting and reporting the rumors floating around the majors at the time, that the players may have been “on the take”. He continued with his stories and eventually major league baseball began to look into these assertions. After the owners appointed a new commissioner in Judge Kenesaw Mountin Landis the case was tried in a court of law. After a trial that was riddled with news coverage and most likely affected by public opinion, the players were acquitted. Judge Landis saw things another way however, as he proceeded to ban all eight players that were involved in the scandal.

After the scandal of the 1919 Black Sox played itself out, Lardner continued to cover baseball until he retired from the Tribune. According to biographies, while Ring did cover the sport, he did begin subtly questioning the happenings and outcomes of games. Ring Lardner passed at the age of 48 due to complications from tuberculosis in 1933.

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Source by Matthias Koster

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