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).
Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” rounding up top stories in sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.
The Most Interesting And Important Sports Betting And Gaming Stories Of The Week.
After a decidedly less frenetic week of sports betting news and developments, we’re actually keeping this thing brief this weekend. But first a very short note about Buffalo Wild Wings, which managed an avalanche of publicity regarding the restaurant/sport bar chain’s interest in sports betting in some capacity. Well no shit a sports bar is exploring some way into legal sports betting.
But getting into actual bookmaking itself, as much of the national media would have you believe, poses too many hurdles and costs. White Castle embraces and caters to weed lovers, but doesn’t actually sell the marijuana. Let’s see see what approach BWW takes, most likely marketing deals with gaming companies. The only betting that will take place on BWW premises is through patrons using their mobile phones to access new legal sportsbooks — or the same offshore sportsbooks they’ve used in years past.
COMPETITION: Sports betting in NJ: So far, the mob offers better odds [Trentonian]
CHANGE: Inside how sports betting went mainstream [Chalk]
INDEED: Sports betting is already happening in SC. If legalized, the state could win millions. [P&C]
AUGUST: Preseason NFL can be beaten – first tip use Google search [GT]
CAMPUS: It’s about time gambling in sports became legalized in the United States [Tar Heel]
SCHOOLING: Education, not restriction, is key to reducing harm from offshore gambling [Conversation]
IN THEIR WORDS: DraftKings Co-Founder Matt Kalish: Drafting a plan for the future [GI]
FOOTPRINTS: Boyd Gaming CEO on the company’s next wager on sports betting [CNBC]
DEALS: IGT platform provides playing power for new Mississippi sportsbooks [SBC]
Elsewhere in the World of Sports:
POWERBALL: MGM’s pitching another American Gladiators revival, with Seth Rogen attached [AA]
LEFTY: Phil Mickelson is an evil genius [Action]
A-ROD: We Made Aaron Rodgers NFL Commissioner for a Day [Ringer]
Go CHARGERS GO: Even Madden 19 Thinks The Chargers Should Be In San Diego [TBL]
Tweets of Note (that may have nothing to do with sports):
3 ways to access our Sportsbook on Thursday & Friday:
1️⃣ Turn on your phone.
2️⃣ Go to the App Store.
3️⃣ Enjoy from the comfort of your couch.
Phones unplugged for 2+ hours must be charged. https://t.co/eVejoQWbDn
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) August 8, 2018
— Shanel Pratap (@shanelpratap) August 5, 2018
Update: according to my source with the King County Sheriff’s office, last night’s streaker is still incarcerated. Since he is an Irish national, he could now be deported. Charges are very serious. All this because I’m told his buddies bet him $80..
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) August 5, 2018
“He didn’t come here to walk.”
— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) August 9, 2018
In an age of division and intolerance for disagreement, I was so happy to drive behind a person with a truly unifying, undeniably respectable, sentiment. pic.twitter.com/NCWpWGuU9L
— James Trusty (@TrustyLawyer) August 10, 2018
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) August 10, 2018
Watching Tiger Woods tee off, 2002 vs. 2018 (via Reddit):
ICYMI at Sports Handle:
Enjoy the weekend!