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NHL To Allow Masked, Vaccinated Media In Locker Rooms

“Masked and vaccinated media are allowed back into locker rooms after being restricted last season.”

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The NHL unveiled their safety protocols for the upcoming season, and they aren’t restricting media access as much as other leagues. The protocols included rules for players and media who are covering the games.

Masked and vaccinated media are allowed back into locker rooms after being restricted last season. The league has a high vaccination rate like the NBA, NFL, and MLB, but they are the first major professional league stateside to allow media back into locker rooms.

Vaccinated reporters are allowed to interview players pregame at MLB stadiums. Yet, clubhouses remain closed, as the NHL becomes the first to reopen. The NFL announced their media policy restricting locker room access to select team media members last week.

“The decision from the NFL and NFL Players Association to close the locker rooms to independent media in 2021 is disappointing, though not unexpected, given the current state of COVID-19 across the country,” Lindsay Jones of The Athletic and president of the Pro Football Writers of America said to the Associated Press. “However, the PFWA believes there are ways to safely reopen the locker room to reporters this season, and regaining locker room access in the near future remains our highest priority.”

As for other sports leagues, IndyCar Racing has mostly returned to pre-pandemic practices regarding media access. The catch is they don’t have a central clubhouse to congregate in at the race venues.

NASCAR has implemented minor rollbacks to access postrace and requires media to wear masks for the prerace bullpen. All interactions with drivers are socially distanced, while the race winner interviews over Zoom.

The WNBA has recently begun allowing masked interviews at practice as the league returns from their Olympic break. Some leagues are slowly relaxing their policies, but the NHL is the first to take major steps towards full access for team coverage.

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First Sportsbook Opens In Wisconsin

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit.

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The state of Wisconsin now has tits first sportsbook operator. The Oneida Nation opened its sportsbook Tuesday inside the tribe’s main casino near Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an agreement in July clearing the way for the sportsbook, and now the Oneida Nation tribe is cashing in.

It is the first location within the state of Wisconsin that people can legally wager on college and professional sporting events. There is one major exception. Betting on Wisconsin-based college games is still not allowed.

This new sportsbook may set off a domino affect within the state, as other tribal nations are expected to eventually request permission to follow suit. The Potawatomi Nation, which has a hotel and casino in Milwaukee, was the first to go on record as saying it has an interest.

“The Potawatomi look forward to bringing sports betting to Milwaukee in the future,” the tribe said in a recent statement, though they did not cite a time frame.

The Ho-Chunk Nation, which operates casinos in multiple Wisconsin locations including Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Tomah and Nekoosa, said Tuesday it plans to offer sports betting at multiple gaming sites.

“We are going to do it. It’s just a matter of when,” spokesman Ken Luchterhand said. “It will be a very quick turn-around. We’re going to hit the ground running.”

Adam Thompson, a senior handicapper for the Bookies.com site and a former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports editor, said betting that’s technically illegal is hugely popular, so it’s a no-brainer to open a legal sportsbook in Wisconsin.

“We know people are going to bet,” he said, “so why not have them do it here?”

“Sports betting is nothing new in the state of Wisconsin,” Oneida Vice Chairman Brandon Stevens said Tuesday morning. “But legal sports gambling is.”

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Erika Nardini Gives Podcast Listeners Advice On Professional Reviews

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role.”

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Earlier this month, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini offered up some career advice on Instagram, speaking from the experience of pursuing multiple different ventures throughout her lifetime.

Nardini has taken to social media again through her podcast, Token CEO. She has some advice for people looking to secure positive end-of-year reviews from their employer.

“We’ve kicked off our end-of-year reviews at Barstool. I think end-of-year reviews can be kind of anxiety-ridden, they can make you feel anxious. You are wondering what your bonus is going to look like,” said Nardini.

Erika Nardini had some valuable advice for those unsure of what to put in their end-of-year review.

“Don’t wait for November or December when the review starts to start thinking about what you are going to say in your review. Think about the year behind you. What’d you accomplish? What did you learn? What went well? Be self-critical, what didn’t go well?

“The biggest thing that I think you can do when you are going into your review is to really have your head around what is it that you want to convey to your manager and what do you want to hear in return? What is it that you want to accomplish out of the review?”

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy named Erika Nardini the company’s first CEO in 2016 while appointing himself chief of content. Since then, she has hired and reviewed several employees. Her advice is certainly valuable.

“Have a good plan going in, and I think your boss will appreciate the level of thought that you have put into your role, and you should expect and want the same thing in return.”

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Darren Rovell Signs Extension With Action Network

“The trajectory of growth in this industry over the last three years has been incredible and I’m thrilled to be a part of this ride.”

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Darren Rovell has been at The Action Network since he left ESPN in 2018, and it appears that he isn’t going anywhere else anytime soon.

Rovell wrote an article on the company’s website discussing all of the reasons that he felt staying with the network was the right move for him.

“Over the past couple months, as my original deal with The Action Network was coming to a close, I was confronted with the choice of whether to return or to take my brand to one of those cushy sportsbook deals,” said Rovell. “At The Action Network, I am surrounded by a team that is uniquely talented at executing best-in-class data-driven sports betting content with such aplomb. Combine that with the resources given to us thanks to our acquisition by Better Collective this past year and I felt it would be virtually impossible to build the structure we have here anywhere else.”

The details of how long Rovell will agree to continue to be at the network are unclear at this point. It seems that Rovell is content doing exactly what he has been at The Action Network.

“You can count on me to continue to tell you what’s happening at the sportsbooks, to report the big bets and the bettors making them and to keep you updated on anything topical that could count as gambling these days from sports memorabilia to NFTs,” he added.

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