Week 1 NFL Preseason Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 2

Chicago vs Baltimore at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 9

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New Orleans at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Miami, 7 p.m.

L.A. Rams at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Houston at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis at Seattle, 10 p.m.

Dallas at San Francisco, 10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m.

L.A. Chargers at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino And GAN Announce Sports Betting Partnership

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GAN, a major British-based supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content today announced a formal deal with Parx Casino, owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., to offer Pennsylvania sports betting in both the retail and online markets in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Parx Casino, located in Bensalem about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, had previously filed a petition with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirming its intention to launch Internet gaming online in the state, identifying GAN as their wagering software platform provider.

GAN says it will receive a portion of the sports betting revenues generated both within the casino and online. Sports wagering is expected to arrive in Pennsylvania this year, but potential local operators are balking at the $10 million licensing fee and 36 percent tax rate that’s currently in place.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Still Awaiting Final Regulations Amid Prohibitive Tax and Licensure Plan, But Parx Casino Takes Steps With An Eye Toward Future

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Sports betting statewide could generate in excess of $100 million in gross win, according to some estimates, in the first 12 months alone. Sports betting online via the Internet is forecast to add an additional $189 million in the same period.

John Dixon, CTO of Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. said,

“GAN has ably demonstrated it abilities with both its overall platform and its integration capability for existing major clients. By leveraging GAN’s platform, Parx Casino will have the opportunity to launch retail and online regulated sports betting together with online gaming in Pennsylvania later this year, subject to the regulatory approval of the PGCB.”

[Also See:  Pennsylvania Sports Betting Game of Chicken Continues]

GAN is listed on the ESM Market of the Irish Stock Exchange and the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: GAN.

GAN has fourteen (14) casino operators as clients of simulated gaming platform in the US and internationally, including two clients of real money regulated gaming in New Jersey.

Last week GAN announced its mobile sport wagering platform would be used for New Jersey sports betting by the FanDuel Group, current operators of the sports book at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, when the group obtains approval for its  platform from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. 

The FanDuel Sportsbook is currently using IGT software for over-the-counter sports betting. GAN says, as in Pennsylvania, it will share in incremental sports betting revenues for online betting at The Meadowlands.

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North Dakota State unanimous pick to win Valley title

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Defending national champion North Dakota State has been unanimously picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

The FCS powerhouse, which has won or shared the league crown in each of the last seven seasons, received all 39 first-place votes in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

South Dakota State was picked second, followed by Northern Iowa, Youngstown State and Illinois State.

MVFC teams went 8-4 in last year’s FCS playoffs, and North Dakota State won its sixth national title since 2011.

Championship rings taken in burglary of Scott Frost's house

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — New Nebraska football coach Scott Frost has had an estimated $165,000 in memorabilia taken from his home in Lincoln.

Lincoln police told the Lincoln Journal Star on Monday that burglars entered the home through the unlocked garage between Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Capt. Jeri Roeder said two Nebraska championship rings, 10 Oregon championship rings, two Central Florida championship rings, five pairs of Air Jordan shoes and a gaming console are missing.

Roeder said Frost and his family don’t live in the home yet because it is under renovation.

No arrests have been made.

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Iowa OL Wirfs arrested, charged with intoxicated driving

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was arrested over the weekend and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Iowa City police records show that Wirfs, a tackle entering his sophomore season, was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. Sunday. He was driving a scooter and police say he failed a field sobriety test with a 0.129 blood-alcohol level. In Iowa, the legal limit is 0.08 but for those under 21 the limit is 0.02. Wirfs is 19.

The Hawkeyes have yet to announce any punishment for Wirfs, a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa. Athletic director Gray Barta said he is disappointed in Wirfs’ decision making and that Wirfs will be subject to the school’s student-athlete code of conduct.

Last week, defensive lineman Brady Reiff was arrested after Iowa City police say mistook a police car for an Uber. Police say he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.204.

The Hawkeyes, who finished 8-5 a year ago, open the season on Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois.

MGM, GVC Joint Venture in Sports Betting, Online Gaming Will Create ‘A Beast’

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The “British Invasion” in the emerging enterprise of legal sports betting in the U.S. is continuing with the official announcement today (Monday) that British betting group GVC Holdings Plc, owner of the Coral, Ladbrokes and Sportingbet brands, will form a sports betting and online gaming joint venture with MGM Resorts International.

GVC would join other British controlled betting companies such as William Hill, Paddy Power Betfair, bet365 and others that have or are about to assume a major role in the U.S. as a risk manager and/or sports wagering software provider to U.S. gambling companies that have opened or expect to soon open sportsbooks at their U.S. operations.

Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts, said in a company media release, “We are proud to join forces with GVC, the largest and most dynamic global online betting operator, with existing reputable and trusted operations in the U.S.” Murren added, “With MGM Resorts’ expertise and leading position in key markets across the U.S., this historic partnership will be positioned to become the instant leader in technology, market access, sports relationships and brands.”

MGM and British Betting Group GVC Teaming Up In Sports Betting and Online Gaming Venture, As More Legal Sports Betting States Open Up Big Opportunity in U.S.

Initial media reports indicate GVC and MGM will contribute $100 million apiece as part of a 50:50 venture that would encompass a 25-year commitment, with an option for either company to buy the other out after 10 years.

GVC already operates MGM’s online casino initiative in New Jersey. Murren’s mention of “sports relationships and brands” is in apparent reference the company’s title sponsorship of the NBA Summer League and its ownership of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces franchise.

As earlier reported by Sports Handle, MGM is expected to be one of the U.S. market’s largest sportsbook operators as various states legalize sports betting as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court May ruling that said the law limiting single-game betting to Nevada was unconstitutional. MGM has already begun taking sports bets at The Borgata in Atlantic City and will open at two casino/resorts along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast as soon as state regulators finish due diligence in that state, possibly as early as Wednesday.

MGM now operates National Harbor, a major casino/resort near Washington. D.C., will open MGM Springfield in Massachusetts in late August, and is completing its acquisition of Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway, a racino bordering New York City.

One industry insider told Sports Handle, “It is a beast of a deal if it comes to fruition.” 

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Although MGM is a major Nevada sports betting operator with casinos and sportsbooks all along the Las Vegas Strip, the emerging multi-billion dollar sports betting business along the East Coast alone and the risk involved, may be the motivation behind the proposed GVC/MGM joint venture, industry observers say. They indicate these East Coast sportsbooks alone could potentially take in many millions of dollars in wagers each day.

Such high volume betting action would subject the bet takers to major liability. Forming a new company would spread the risk and make the emerging business more palatable to Wall Street and investors, Sport Handle was told.

Additionally, if MGM were to operate sportsbooks through a different company, with their smaller margins and greater financial exposure, its core casino/resort business would be insulated from potential losses.

MGM recently converted to an IGT betting platform at its numerous Nevada properties on the Las Vegas Strip and is using it at its newly opened sport betting operation at The Borgata in Atlantic City. It’s unclear if the joint venture would use a GVC betting platform rather than IGT’s.  

And More News Today.

MGM and Boyd Gaming announced a new partnership on Monday that will expand MGM’s portfolio into states likely to offer sports betting and/or online gaming in the coming months or years. The partnership has an eye toward jurisdictions where either Boyd Gaming or MGM Resorts operate physical casino resorts and should be able to obtain licenses to operate online.

Boyd will eventually bring to the table eight states where MGM does not operate – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Missouri.

This is the second partnership between MGM and Boyd. The companies were 50-50 partners in Atlantic City’s Borgata Resort, but MGM bought out Boyd’s stake two years ago.

“We are excited to team yet again with Boyd Gaming on this unprecedented partnership,” Murren said. “We look forward to expanding our entertainment options for guests beyond their visits to our land-based resorts.”

CDC Gaming Reports contributed to this story.

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Air Force DB is first openly gay service academy player

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force defensive back is the first openly gay football player to play for a military academy.

The Gazette reports that sophomore Bradley Kim announced his sexual orientation on Friday to teammates, on social media and in an article in OutSports.

Kim said on social media that he is now comfortable and confident enough in himself to say that he is gay. He says he hopes that he can be an example to people who fear they won’t be accepted.

Stephen Peters II, founder of the advocacy group The American Military Partner Association, says, “To our knowledge, it’s safe to say Kim is the first Division 1 military academy football player to come out.”

Several of Kim’s teammates sent him messages of support through social media.

Air Force Academy officials say the academy strives to foster a culture where everyone gives and receives dignity and respect.

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Jurors acquit ex-Tennessee football players in rape trial

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted two former University of Tennessee football players, nearly 3 ½ years after they were indicted on aggravated rape charges.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for almost 1 ½ hours Friday afternoon before finding A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams not guilty on all counts.

“We prayed, trusted in God,” Johnson said afterward. “I just knew God was going to take care of it.”

Johnson, 26, embraced friends and relatives as soon as the jury departed. The 25-year-old Williams gave a big hug to his lawyer, David Eldridge. The woman who said both men raped her left the courtroom as the not-guilty verdicts for Johnson were announced and before the jury foreman had even read their decision on Williams.

“I am so grateful to the jury for their work and their service to our community, and I’m grateful for their seeing the truth, (that) Michael Williams is not guilty and has never been guilty of this crime,” Eldridge said. “He’s looking forward to moving on with his life.”

Johnson and Williams were indicted on February 2015 after a woman said both men raped her during a party at Johnson’s apartment in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. Johnson and Williams were suspended from the team less than 48 hours after the party and never played for Tennessee again.

Prosecutors made the Tennessee football program’s influence over the Knoxville community and Johnson’s status as a local celebrity back in 2014 major elements of their case. During her closing argument Friday afternoon, Knox County Assistant District Attorney General Leslie Nassios described the defendants as “entitled men, used to getting their way, coddled, idolized men who weren’t used to hearing the word, ‘No.'”

Eldridge countered that Williams and Johnson were being prosecuted despite a lack of evidence because they’re former Tennessee football players. Stephen Ross Johnson said Nassios made an “emotional” argument “because they don’t have evidence.”

Defense lawyers argued that the woman had consensual sex with both men at the same time and then lied, claiming she had been raped. Stephen Ross Johnson said the woman was “locked into a lie” that had spun out of control.

“She regrets it,” Eldridge said. “Ladies and gentlemen, regret isn’t rape.”

Nassios questioned why the woman would lie about something like this. Nassios noted the woman had “lost everything that mattered to her” through this situation.

“How would you think (she) was ever locked in a lie?” Nassios said. “How many steps has she had in her life since this has happened — 3 ½ years — to stop if she wanted to? Where is the motivation to perpetuate a lie? Who has ever said that anybody has ever forced her into lying, forced her to come here, forced her to go through all this? It’s not there. That’s not a reasonable defense. It’s irrational, in fact.”

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UNC: Ohio State transfer Williams can play immediately

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ohio State transfer Antonio Williams can play this fall for North Carolina.

UNC said Friday that Williams is immediately eligible with two seasons of eligibility. Transfers typically sit a year at their new school per NCAA rules, but coach Larry Fedora last week said UNC had sought a waiver for immediate eligibility.

Williams announced his transfer in April, citing family in returning to his home state and opportunity. He was a four-star instate recruit who committed to UNC before signing with the Buckeyes.

He played one game with six carries as a freshman, then 12 more as a reserve last year.

The NCAA has recently implemented transfer reforms, including loosening restrictions that could allow transfers to play immediately if in good academic standing and without objection from their previous school.

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