It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).
After a brief SCOTUS-induced hiatus, “Get a Grip” returns to round up the top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at large (less of that in this edition). You may have missed them, and they are worth reading. This is meant to be brief, so that’s it.
Most Interesting, Important Sports Betting and Gaming Stories of the Week:
The man behind the NJ sports betting win — Ray Lesniak [NJ.com]
States are pushing to keep federal regulation out of sports gambling [NY Times]
NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney says ‘integrity fee’ is extortion [AP]
Tribes not utilizing power of the media when it comes to promoting own interests [GGB]
Why legalizing sports betting is good for the NCAA [Higher Ed]
NBA is surely thrilled to have Tim Donaghy out there weighing in [CNBC]
New Jersey horse racing association sues: Leagues’ block cost racetrack $139M [AP]
Will D.C. legalize sports gambling? ‘Everything is on the table,’ one lawmaker says [WashPost]
Listen: New York senator John Bonacic discuss NY sports betting status [WCNY]
Bookie confidential: locals react to the legalization of sports gambling [Action Network]
Portland man pleads guilty to running gambling operation for 14 years [Press Herald]
Elsewhere in Sports:
Commentary: UFC Needs New Stars Soon or Its Brand Will Languish [TBL]
Every NFL logo ranked by 1,488 NFL fans [Fan Juicer]
Washington Post profiles PFT commenter, whose identity is not quite a secret [WashPost]
Deadspin rips the Post and media for allegedly fawning over PFT [Deadspin]
PFT Commenter responds fairly calmly [Barstool]
Tweets of week:
first look: DraftKings wasted no time after SCOTUS ruling in getting billboards up in New Jersey advertising forthcoming sportsbook.
billboards on highway and at train stations say: “WHY SHOULD VEGAS HAVE ALL THE FUN?” and “LEGAL SPORTS BETTING IN JERSEY? YOU BET” pic.twitter.com/vHmxdwWgPJ
— Daniel Roberts (@readDanwrite) May 22, 2018
So the Stanley Cup Final will feature a morally bankrupt city that is built on corruption, greed & deceit against Las Vegas.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 24, 2018
I’m performing in an improv show tonight https://t.co/UEl6u6fUNw
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_TV) May 22, 2018
Plus, Sports Handle had an exchange on Twitter this week with PASPA co-author, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office, regarding his article in SI.com that’s completely detached from reality. [Click here.]
.@senorrinhatch seems to be unaware, or simply not care, that all the major pro leagues and the NCAA are *in favor* of legalizing and regulating sports betting, disputing Hatch's entire rationale.
Leagues just want as much of the pie now as they can get. https://t.co/xCWIdybgxn
— Sports Handle (@sports_handle) May 23, 2018
Video of the week:
Steve Kerr criticized the NFL for its national anthem policy pic.twitter.com/eaCXC5WhCj
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 24, 2018
ICYMI at Sports Handle:
Paddy Power Betfair Announces Acquisition of FanDuel
New York State Sports Betting Plans, Picture: It’s a Bit Complicated
Sports Betting and Booze: A Tale of Two Prohibitions
Have a good Memorial Day weekend, and thank you to our veterans who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.