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Arizona Sports 98.7 Deletes Doug & Wolf’s White Privilege Discussion

“Despite the two hosts clearly misunderstanding the concept of white privilege, the conversation doesn’t seem combative and even included Franz expressing a desire to hear opposing points of view.”

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Arizona Sports 98.7 chose to delete a part of a segment of Tuesday morning’s Doug & Wolf show from its podcast. During the five minute conversation, the hosts discussed the concept of white privilege and how the phrase doesn’t register with them.

Both Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley acknowledged they grew up poor. They agreed that those experiences made it hard for them to understand how there is privilege that they have experienced just because of the color of their skin.

“That’s a great way to turn me off of the conversation because there was nobody in my life telling me white privilege when I lived below the federal poverty line myself,” Franz said. “There’s nobody that said white privilege when I talked my landlord into letting me pay my rent in installments because I couldn’t afford a whole $250 a month. So I would send $125 at the beginning of the month when I got a paycheck and I would wait for my next paycheck and I would pay the other $125.”

To his credit, Franz said that he was willing to listen to other points of view and comments from Suns coach Monty Williams about the way black people are treated in America were “an eye-opener.” Franz even followed through on his promise to consider other viewpoints by posting some of the articles and arguments sent to him on Twitter with a message of thanks.

“I grew up poor, ladies and gentlemen, so I guess the conversation has got to be it’s not like white people are the only people on the face of the planet that are racists,” Wolfley added. “Right? I mean, can we agree on this stuff? This is where the conversation will be productive if we can all agree on the truth. It’s the truth that will set us all free.”

Despite the two hosts clearly misunderstanding the concept of white privilege, the conversation doesn’t seem combative and even included Franz expressing a desire to hear opposing points of view.

The Athletic reached out to find out the justification for why the segment was deleted from the Doug & Wolfe podcast. Bonneville management said no one from the station would comment.

Arizona Sports 98.7 isn’t the first station this week to erase evidence of a host’s controversial comments on issues of race. The Fan in Indianapolis chose not to post a podcast of the Jeff & Big Joe show from Wednesday where host “Big” Joe Staysniak claimed that the black community needed to decide to “stop being a victim.”

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Wynn Resorts Plans To Cut Losses, Sell Sports Betting Unit For $500M

Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021.

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Due to high marketing costs to bring in new customers, Wynn Resorts is looking to sell Wynn Interactive, the company’s betting unit, for $500 million. Wynn Interactive was valued at $3 billion last year, according to the New York Post, and has grown in revenue and popularity. But the costs are proving to be too much to handle. 

The WynnBET sportsbook has market access in multiple states including Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, and New York. It had also partnered up with NFL franchises and multiple professional athletes. Among these were the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and New York Jets, along with Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Howard, and Chad Johnson.

Wynn increased revenue from Q3 of 2020 at $370.5 million to $994.6 million in revenue in Q3 2021. However, the company still remained at a net loss of $166.2 million during the quarter, down from a net loss of $758.1 million in Q3 2020.

Wynn is having to do a bit of backtracking and trying to cut their losses. They acquired a $1.5 billion line of credit from the Bank of China last September, with $100 million of it being planned to use to market the sports betting app for this year’s football season.

In another cancellation, Wynn was hoping to take the online sports betting division public via a SPAC merger with Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation but had to kiss that goodbye last November.

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FanDuel Makes Nearly $17 Million In New York After NFL Wild Card Weekend

Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games.

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Mobile sports gambling has only been live in New York for a few weeks and already, the sportsbooks and the state are raking in the cash.

New York City news station WPIX reported Monday that FanDuel saw $16.9 million in gross revenue following Saturday and Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff games. The Monday night game featuring the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals was excluded from that total, but the sportsbook made an additional $2 million.

In New Jersey, PIX reported the state made $41.8 million in gross revenue in January 2021. That number was expected to be exceeded by FanDuel in New York as of Monday.

The station also reported $3.9 million in earnings for DraftKings, $14.1 million for Caesars Sportsbook, and $70,433 for RushStreet following NFL Wild Card Weekend.

Plenty of bettors in New York were chomping at the bit to legally wager on games and it’s clear the floodgates opened once everything went live earlier this month.

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U.S. Sports Betting Doubled To Over $52B In 2021

“The massive increase is also a result of billions spent by gambling operators on marketing campaigns. “

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Legalized sports betting continues to boom in the U.S. Due to launches in 11 new states, the market doubled in 2021, having over $52.7 billion wagered during the course of the year according to Morning Consult.

The massive increase is also a result of billions spent by gambling operators on marketing campaigns. 

Here are the facts: 

  • Adult bettors placing at least one bet a week went up 7% since January 2021 from 5% to 12%, 14% of bettors said their average bet is over $100, and oddsmakers only came away with around $4 billion of the amount wagered that year.
  • The majority of the U.S. has legalized sports betting. As of now, 30 states and Washington D.C. have jumped on the legalization train and young people are the driving force. 
  • 19% of adults between the ages of 21-34 have bet on sports at least once a week in legal and offshore sportsbooks. However, there is still a strong market for the slightly older demographic. 23% of U.S. adults aged 35-44 place a sports bet weekly, with another 8% wagering monthly.

“Given the proliferation of online sports betting and operators’ focus on digital marketing, it should come as no surprise that younger Americans are the most inclined to place wagers on games,” writes Morning Consult’s Alex Silverman.

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