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Supreme Court Opens The Door to Legalized Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has opened the door for legalization of sports betting. In a decision which many had been monitoring closely, the court ruled 6-3 against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), a 1992 law which prohibited state-authorized sports gambling with a few exceptions. The only state which an individual could place a bet on the results of a game, fight or event was Nevada.

As a result of the reversal, states will now have the opportunity to choose whether or not to allow legal sports betting. New Jersey is expected to become the first. Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Mississippi, and West Virginia are other states which many believe will also give the approval to allow legalized gaming activity.

“We think this is exciting and long overdue news,” said Brian Musburger, CEO of VSiN, the Vegas Stats and Information Network. “People have been betting on sports in New Jersey and across the country for a very long time –  sports fans everywhere enjoy a little skin in the game. In case NJ is wondering, Vegas has set the season win total for the Giants at 6.5, the Jets at 6 and the Eagles at 10. Have at em…”

The NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball had been involved in a nearly six year legal battle with the state of New Jersey, first suing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in August 2012. Throughout the process they had won most of their arguments, but that momentum shifted last June, when the Supreme Court took on the case. Both sides presented their case on December 4th, and five months later the justices revealed their decision.

“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own,” the court announced. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PAPSA is not.”

Upon learning of the decision, Christie tweeted “it’s a great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.” New Jersey’s current governor, Phil Murphy was also pleased with the ruling and said he looks forward to working with the legislature to enact a law authorizing and regulating sports betting in the very near future.

The leagues were of course not pleased with the decision. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures. Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”

MLB also issued a statement, adding “Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games. We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.”

For close to 26 years, Nevada has been the only state allowed to offer a wide array of sports betting options. In 2017, a record $4.8 billion was wagered at Nevada sportsbooks. Legalized sports betting is already in place in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, and many others. The United States becomes the latest country to open the door to profiting off of legal sports gaming.

According to The American Gaming Association, Americans illegally wager close to $150 billion on sports each year. For the immediate future, most bets will be placed at local establishments, but mobile sports betting is expected to be a huge part of the future. Once that’s introduced as an option, it’s a practical lock that the amount of money invested in sports betting will reach record highs. That’s one bet worth placing.

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CBS: Calling Meeting With Tony Romo ‘Intervention’ is ‘Complete Mischaracterization’

“We meet regularly with our on-air talent.”

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An opening question in broadcasting circles is ‘What happened to Tony Romo?’, with even CBS reportedly pondering the issue.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast earlier this week, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand claimed CBS attempted “an intervention” with its lead NFL analyst.

The intended mission of several alleged meetings with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and CBS NFL producer Jim Rikhoff was to return Romo to his previous heights, which were widely regarded as the best NFL analyst in the business.

CBS Sports has responded to the insinuation that the meetings would be classified as an “intervention” with a strong denial.

“To call this an intervention is a complete mischaracterization, we meet regularly with our on-air talent,” CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle told Marchand

Marchand added that CBS Sports officials plan to attempt to rectify the issues it sees with Romo again this offseason. Romo — who signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS Sports in 2020 — is slated to call Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 with Jim Nantz.

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Cameron Maybin Joining Detroit Tigers TV Booth

“All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.”

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After being dropped from the New York Yankees booth on YES Network, Cameron Maybin has a new television home with the Detroit Tigers.

The 35-year-old Maybin had three separate one-year stints with the Tigers during his 15-season big league career. Maybin was drafted by the franchise with the 10th overall selection of the 2005 MLB Draft.

A report from the Detroit Free Press adds that the Tigers will rely on Craig Monroe as its primary color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. Monroe played six of his nine MLB seasons in Detroit and was a member of the team’s 2006 World Series club.

Additionally, former Tigers relief pitcher Todd Jones will also join the broadcast crew on Bally Sports Detroit as an analyst for the 2023 season. Jones pitched for Detroit from 1997 through 2001 and also from 2006 through 2008.

“Tigers baseball is always a winner,” Bally Sports Detroit Senior Vice President and General Manager Greg Hammaren said Thursday in a statement. “All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.

“Our crew behind the scenes and our engaging talent on camera are the best in the business. Starting with spring training, we are committed to bringing Tigers fans the absolute best coverage all season long.”

The news of Maybin and Jones joining the Bally Sports Detroit booth comes on the heels of the network failing to reach an agreement with Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris to return to the network. The Free Press report claims Morris was offered a reduced role with the television broadcaster, but declined.

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Ian Rapoport: I Have Never Thought It is Me vs Adam Schefter

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows.”

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In terms of NFL insiders, Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter are the two biggest names out there. And sometimes it can be a race between the two to get the biggest scoops first. Especially now with the NFL coaching carousel in full swing.

This week two teams hired new head coaches – the Broncos traded two first round picks to the Saints to acquire the rights to Sean Payton and the Texans signed DeMeco Ryans.

Rapoport tweeted that Denver had pursued Ryans up until the day they announced the trade for Payton.

Not even 15 minutes later, Schefter appeared to clarify the information out there with the two teams.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday, Pat McAfee referred to the conflicting information as a “source off.”

Ian said he stood behind what he put out there.

“I know it’s fun to call it a source off or whatever, but for me I reported what I had based on the best information I can get – based on talking to many, many people throughout the course of the last month,” Rapoport said from the Senior Bowl. “And then whatever happens as a result of this I don’t really mind.”

In terms of any sort of rivalry between him and Schefter, Rapoport doesn’t view it as a head-to-head matchup.

“I don’t even think that, it’s just I report what I know, and he reports what he knows,” he said. “And everyone can sort of judge for themselves whichever way to go.”

McAfee gave kudos to Rapoport for his reporting on the Ryans situation. He also said it’s a good thing Rapoport doesn’t worry himself too much about what other insiders are doing.

“I think you should feel good about it, but I do like a good source off,” McAfee said. “And I appreciate the fact that you don’t view it as you versus Schefter. But you two are at the top of the game. So that’s a compliment more so than anything.”

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