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Jason Whitlock Supports Trump, Says He Won’t Vote

“Whitlock’s revelation that he does not plan to vote is somewhat shocking. In spite of his statement not wanting to be defined as partisan, many people view him as such because Outkick.com is a conservative media outlet.”

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According to the USA Today, more than 160 million Americans, or about 70 percent of eligible voters, are expected to vote in the 2020 Presidential Elections. Just don’t expect Outkick.com’s Jason Whitlock to be one of them.

Whitlock reminded his Twitter followers on election morning that he’s a “non-voter”. He later explained his reasons in a column on Outkick.com, saying journalistic integrity keeps him away from the voting booth, 

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“As a journalist, I don’t ever want to be defined as a political partisan,” Whitlock wrote.” As a journalist, I value saying I’ve never voted.”

Whitlock’s revelation that he doesn’t plan to vote is still surprising. In spite of his statement of not wanting to be defined as partisan, many people view him as such because Outkick.com presents itself as a conservative media outlet. Whitlock has further supported that position by interviewing incumbent President Donald Trump in October, and appearing and hitting on many conservative talking points during interviews with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“White liberals think it’s their job to control, maintain and limit the amount of freedom Black people have,” Whitlock, an African-American, told Carlson on Halloween. “We are supposed to be beholding and dependent on them and it threatens them as a modern day Overseer to whip us back in line. Not all but most White liberals want our vote and us to fall in line with their agenda and when we don’t, I think it scares them because it makes us more powerful.”

Whitlock was also supportive of many of Mr. Trump’s policies during an interview at the White House on October 20th. These included the President’s handling of trade with China, Criminal Justice Reform and HBCU funding.

“Do you think the Black community is shifting to where you (Mr. Trump) are being judged on your policies instead of your personality?” Whitlock asks.

Evidently those policies were not enough to motivate Whitlock to go to the polls, even though he would support President Trump if he voted.

“I’ve wanted to vote only twice in my life, in 2008 for Barack Obama to honor my grandmother and in 2020 because so many things about Donald Trump appeal to me,” Whitlock wrote.

He then listed the reasons, many of them echoing the questions he asked Mr. Trump during their interview. But he also reiterated that he will not vote.

Whitlock closed his column by admitting his decision could be a mistake.

“If Trump loses, I’ll regret my decision.”

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Lachlan Murdoch: ‘FOX Bet Has Been Disappointing’

“In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch.”

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FOX is the only network to have a stake in the sports betting industry. The network partnered with FanDuel to launch FOX Bet in 2019. So far, FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch has not been pleased with the results.

In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch. He called the performance thus far “disappointing.”

Sports betting is a crowded marketplace. It is possible that players are watching games on FOX and seeing advertisements for the betting app, but are choosing to trust their experience to companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and other companies that are more commonly associated with gambling.

Murdoch believes that a dispute with FanDuel owner Flutter has set FOX Bet back. The two companies have been involved in a standoff over who owns which aspects of FOX Bet and what price FOX is obligated to pay in order to acquire an 18.6% stake in FanDuel. Murdoch says everything “should be resolved by the summer.”

In March, Bloomberg reported that the app is struggling to find new players. FOX Bet is one of the betting partners of the NFL and can advertise its services during games in the fall, but its potential is hindered by only being available to bettors in four states.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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