It is no secret that the National Football League has been trying to expand into the international market for quite some time. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has a large fan base all around the world and the NFL sees no reason why American Football can't be just as popular outside the US.
There are many hurdles for the NFL to overcome before it can reach a global appeal. For one, most international sports fans consider football to be a game played kicking a round ball into a goal. The whole concept is relatively foreign and probably confusing for these fans.
The other major hurdle is that NFL athletes have voiced considerable objections to playing in the International Market. An NFL franchise in say London would have a very difficult time signing top players to their roster and would probably need to pay a premium.
Regardless of these hurdles, the NFL is still full speed ahead in their quest to become a globally recognized trademark. This Sunday of Week 4, the Minnesota Vikings will cross the Atlantic to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in London Town. They even got Gene Simmons on board to sing the National Anthem. The American National Anthem that is!
I have a few questions to ask about this booking:
1. Why would the new owner of an Arena Football Franchise (LA Kiss) agree to promote a rival Football League?
2. Why in the world would anyone think Gene Simmons has the singing ability to pull off the national anthem?
3. How much alcohol is going to be served to the Brits to make all of this entertaining?
Would love to hear some of your answers in the comments below.
Cantor Gaming, an affiliate of global financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald, announced it has received authorization from the Nevada State Gaming Control Board to field test a new sports betting medium called Inside Wagers.
You might recall that Boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather recently made news for posting his winning Sports Wager on his Twitter. He placed that wager at the Cantor M Resort Spa Casino. Apparently, this is where he likes to place his Sports Bets as many other twitter posts show the same Cantor@M trademark.
“We’re creating an environment that allows people to get in and
out of games at a much lower cost. Instead of the traditional 10 percent fee
imposed on every bet, patrons will now be offered the opportunity to wager on an
event at a substantial discount to the traditional rate”
Inside Wagers, which will initially be introduced at the M Resort Spa Casino, gives patrons the
opportunity to wager on individual games inside the conventional bookmaker
lines. The system will operate on a commission basis to the patron on bets that
“Inside Wagers is a line within the line, a revolutionary concept in the world of
sports betting,” said Lee Amaitis, CEO of Cantor Gaming. “We’re creating an
environment that allows people to get in and out of games at a much lower cost.
Instead of the traditional 10 percent fee imposed on every bet, patrons will now
be offered the opportunity to wager on an event at a substantial discount to the
traditional rate,” he added.
Bets through Inside Wagers can only be placed during a designated betting
window on a first-in, first-out basis. Once the window of time closes, additional
bets are not allowed. All bets are then reviewed and either accepted in total, in part,
or declined by the sports book based on demand of the wagering marketplace.
“Because lines continually move and Inside Wagers betting windows will open and
close throughout the week starting on Thursday, patrons can take advantage of
making bets based on the anticipated movement of the line, just as you would in
the financial market,” said Mr. Amaitis.
Inside Wagers further builds upon Cantor Gaming’s expertise in financial technology,
bringing Wall Street style trading to Las Vegas sports wagering. “We’re in the
business of creating unique gaming experiences and continuously updating our
products and technology to offer customers a gaming experience that they can’t
get in any other sports book,” Mr. Amaitis said.
Johnny Manziel can't, by rule, make money off himself yet, but that's not stopping Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Johnny Manziel may not be able to make money off himself yet, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. sure can — and that's exactly what the boxing superstar tweeted Saturday night, after apparently winning a cool $200K on Texas A&M.
Mayweather is well known for winning big on sports bets — he reportedly bet nearly $6 million on the Heat in Game 7 of the Finals — and inspiring big bets, like one by Snoop, who won a lot of green, of a different kind.
Actor Ashton Kutcher claimed to have been the "front of the largest national sports-betting syndicate in America" in an Esquire Magazine article earlier this year.
Billy Walters, considered to be the most successful professional sport bettor ever and head of the largest syndicate in the nation, had no comment, when reached by phone.
But here is the big surprise. Kutcher's story actually checks out in Vegas.
The 35-year-old actor told Esquire he spent half of a college football season
placing bets for a syndicate. Kutcher came off as knowledgeable about sports
betting in the interview, describing how the syndicate pinpointed statistical
anomalies and took advantage of point-spread movement.
"We were clearing, like, $750,000 in four weeks of college football. It was
pretty fun. Then they caught on," Kutcher said in the Esquire article. "The
hypothesis had been that the house would just assume that I was a dumb actor
with a lot of money who liked football."
A former Las Vegas sports book manager told The Linemakers on Sporting News
that he was very familiar with Kutcher's sports betting in the early 2000s, the
same time frame chronicled by author Michael Konik in "The Smart Money: How the
World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies out of Millions."
"They thought they had a sucker on the hook, then he won $800,000 in four
weeks," said the ex-bookie, who asked to remain anonymous. "They had to shut him
Many believe Kutcher is one of the characters in Konik's highly-acclaimed
book that details the author's time working for Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, a
gambler described as, "the world's smartest sports bettor and the mastermind
behind the Brain Trust, a shadowy group of gamblers known for their expertise in
beating the Vegas line."
It's widely believed, but never publicly acknowledged, that "Big Daddy"
Matthews is Walters, a reclusive Las Vegas businessman with a reported net worth
in the hundreds of millions.
"My book 'The Smart Money' is a non-fiction memoir that includes an
explanatory note about honoring privacy," Konik wrote in an email to The
Linemakers. "I have no further comment."
Celebrities like Bruce Willis, Floyd Mayweather, Phil Mickelson and poker pro
Phil Ivey have all been rumored to have been a part of Walters' syndicate at one
time or another. Willis is also rumored to be one of the characters in "Smart
Money," as is current Linemakers' analyst Richie Baccellieri.
Baccellieri was a sports book manager at Caesars Palace in the mid-to late
1990s and is rumored to be the character "Stevie The Pencil" in "Smart
Baccellieri would not comment on his or Kutcher's inclusion in the book.
The idea behind having a celebrity make the wagers is that their high-profile
status and large bankroll tend to give them special treatment in a casino
compared to a regular Joe or someone labeled as a professional bettor.
Kutcher's days in Vegas seem to be curtailed. Norm Clarke, celebrity
columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, told The Linemakers on Sporting News
that he had not heard of any regular sightings of Kutcher in at least the last
"That's somebody that I would hear about," Clarke said. "I would be surprised
if he was coming over that often and we weren't hearing something. I just don't
think of him as much of a regular."
By: David Purdum
Tags: Ashton Kutcher, Billy Walters, Bruce Willis, Phil Mickelson Floyd Mayweather
Nielsen estimates that Tuesday’s premiere of the show about sports handicapper Steve Stevens averaged 127,000 viewers, including 65,000 in the adults 25-54 demo — 40% lower in overall viewership and 34% lower in the demo than the network’s year-to-date averages in the same 10 p.m. timeslot (212,000 and 99,000).
The show has raised a lot of eyebrows in the sportsbook industry. Sports betting website Prime Wagers, which is “proud to be the most trusted online sportsbook site” and is focused on transparency, posted an article
earlier this month saying we've "never heard of Steve Stevens", who runs VIP Sports out of Las Vegas and claims to be winning more than 70% of his picks.
The rally was scheduled to last three hours and 16 minutes. The starting time of the rally and the planned duration are nods to a bible verse, John 3:16, which Tebow had inscribed on his eye black for the 2009 BCS title game.
James Stewart, a 56-year-old Jacksonville native and Jaguars fan who is one of the event's organizers, said about 20 people participated in the rally, while 30 media members covered the event. The website Jags-Tebow.com registered by James Stewart later read "THE
RALLY ON SEP 16TH WAS A START. IN ALL THERE WERE APPROX 100 SUPPORTERS."
The group now also has a volunteer to make signs and bumper stickers and have someone to handle its Twitter account in an attempt to publicize its Tebow campaign.
"We've accomplished what we had hoped for the first time out," Stewart told ESPN.com.
Stewart said that Monday's rally likely would be the first of many. He said
he expects to have a rally every Monday afternoon.
"The Jaguars' season is really in the tank," Stewart said. "They don't have a
lot of promise. There's not a lot to watch. We're consumers and the Jaguars are
a product, and there's a lot of room for improvement. Tebow we think would be
value added if he were to be signed and given an opportunity at quarterback.
Ironically, James Stewart is also the name of a retired Jacksonville Jaguars' Running Back.
James Otis Stewart, played solidly for the Jaguars, and still holds the franchise record for
the most points in a single game (30). He also holds the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise
record for the most touchdowns in a game with 5 rushing touchdowns. Both these records
were obtained on October 12, 1997 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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