Get a Grip: The Week in Sports Betting and Sports

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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 legal sports betting and gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading. This is meant to be brief, so that’s it.

The Most Important Sports Betting Stories and U.S. Gaming of the Week

BEST BETS: Sports betting proponent Scott Van Pelt to deliver keynote address at Las Vegas convention [G2E]

DEALS: SBTech secures partnership with Golden Nugget casinos [Newswire]

INVESTMENTS: Ryan Howard and Philly-area investors betting on VSiN []

ENTERTAINMENT: The 13 best gambling movies of all time [TBL]

LINKS: On the appetite for wagering on golf and how PGA Tour stands to benefit []

KICKOFF: Despite Governor’s worst efforts, officials still on track for September rollout of West Virginia sports betting [WV News]

LIGHTNING: PointsBet’s unique sports betting site will launch in NJ [Crossing Broad]

BAD IDEAS: Don’t blame the Pirates for idea link gambling revenues to stadium construction (!) [Forbes]

Podcast of the Week:

Great listen with sports bettor and Gaming Today columnist Bill Krackomberger in his appearance on “Cashing Out” with Brock Landers. Krackomberger gives thoughts on the New Jersey sports betting scene ); on the FanDuel Sportsbook ticketing dispute at Meadowlands (in my opinion, overall it garnered overblown reactions to human error/misjudgment), anecdotes about William Hill bookmaking, thoughts on bankroll management and the importance of the best of the number as a key to betting successfully.

Elsewhere in the World of Sports

STAR POWER: With Tiger in contention, British Open delivers highest final-round TV ratings in 18 Years [Forbes]

COOPERSTOWN: Catching up with the Braves’ Dale Murphy and why he belongs in the HoF [ESPN]

THE SHIELD: College football’s pregame, including national anthem, offers better fan experience – so why won’t NFL follow it? [Yahoo!]

BREAKDOWN: Top 10 linebackers in football for 2018 (available for every positional group) [MMQB]

ANGER MANAGEMENT: UFC’s need for fresh faces, fighters and less of Notorious MMA [LV Sports Biz]

Amusing tweets of note:


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Examining Brent Musburger’s Expected Return to Broadcast Booth With Raiders

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Brent Musburger is apparently the new radio voice of the Oakland Raiders. However, a spokesperson for the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) has declined, in an e-mail and telephone conversation with Sports Handle, to confirm or deny their afternoon host and managing editor’s new position.

It’s believed Musburger’s VSiN program, My Guys in the Desertwould continue with the veteran sports personality as host, even if he accepts the new job.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal citing unnamed sources says the 79-year-old Hall-of-Fame broadcaster will replace longtime Raider radio voice Gary Papa. The Raiders are expected to relocate in Las Vegas in time for the 2020 NFL season. A new $1.9 billion stadium for the team near the Las Vegas Strip is currently about 15 percent complete, but is expected to be ready in time for the move.

Legendary Broadcasters Brent Musburger Expected Return to Radio Broadcast Booth With Oakland Raiders, Soon-to-Become Las Vegas Raiders

Industry observers speculate the delay in a formal announcement could be the result of the possibility of the NFL’s need to examine the specifics of Musburger’s deal with the team. In his prominent role at VSiN, Musburger is now a major advocate of the growing business of sports betting.

The NFL has laid out its “core principles” on the expanding enterprise of sports wagering now underway thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May, which overturned the federal law essentially banning Nevada-style sports betting in the other 49 states. The league calls for consumer protections, for protections of its intellectual property, and would prefer a federal framework for sports betting, as opposed to regulation by the separate states. The league’s longstanding policy prohibiting players and team employees from wagering on its contests is unlikely to change. 

With respect to Musburger and the NFL Compliance Plan — consider the third and sixth bullets from the document dated January 2018 and signed by Commissioner Roger Goodell:

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Section K of the NFL Compliance Plan

Compass Media Networks has exclusively managed the Oakland Raiders’ radio broadcast rights since 2010. It’s unclear if Musburger would face any restrictions in terms of real or perceived gambling content in his new role or even if he could cross promote or advertise the Raiders’ games on VSiN and the VSiN broadcasts and products, such as its newsletter, during the Raiders’ broadcasts.

VSiN, which began operations in February 2017, is not a gambling site. Its stated mission when founded by Musburger’s brother, Todd Musburger and his son Brian Musburger, is to provide “actionable” information for prospective bettors. It is located at the South Point Hotel Casino Spa in Las Vegas and provides its information via video and voice streaming and over the Sirius/XM satellite radio network.  

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