D.C. Sports Betting Bill Moves Forward With No Amendments, Keeping Single-App System

After much debate, but with no new amendments, the District of Columbia Council voted 9-2 on Tuesday to advance its sports betting bill to a second hearing on Dec. 18. The bill, as written, will effectively allow the the D.C. Lottery to have a monopoly on mobile/internet sports betting within the District. It also allows in-person sports betting within five professional sporting venues around the city.

The second reading is the final reading, and if the bill passes, it moves on for the mayor’s signature and then for review by Congress (standard procedure).

The bill did not advance without ample discussion, and two council members who were adamantly opposed. In particular, councilman David Grosso said, “I don’t believe all of the hype that’s been going on around this legislation. … I believe there is a lot of self-interest in this debate and I believe that some of my (fellow council members) believe there will be millions and millions in revenue, and I don’t believe it.”

 
 

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NFL Week 14: Over and Under Best Bets

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we're making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we're offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over and Under Best Bets

Over of

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we’re making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we’re offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over and Under Best Bets

Over of the week: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Total: 38

The Bills have played a lot of low-scoring games this season, mainly because they’ve dealt with issues at quarterback and running back while battling weak opponents in a weak division.

But the Buffalo offense has turned a corner since getting rookie quarterback Josh Allen back from a midseason injury. They scored just 17 points last week in Miami, but they had 415 yards of total offense in that game, and that was a week from removed from a two-game stretch in which they scored a combined 65 points with zero turnovers and 778 net yards.

With running back LeSean McCoy also coming around, don’t be surprised if that offense finally explodes Sunday at home against a Jets D that has just one takeaway since Week 6 and has surrendered at least 26 points in five of their last seven games.

Buffalo could cover this total on its own, just as it did when the Bills hammered the Jets 41-10 on the road last month.

Predicted score: Bills 41, Jets 16

Under of the week: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

Total: 49

It’s time to give up on both of these offenses. The Falcons have been held to fewer than 20 points in four consecutive games, while the Packers have been limited to 17 or fewer in three of their last five.

Sure, neither team is great defensively either, but Green Bay has given up just 15.5 points per game in their last four outings at Lambeau Field.

It’s possible Matt Ryan and Co. could suddenly explode, and it’s just as possible a fire has been lit under Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense following Mike McCarthy’s firing. But it’s unlikely that both of those developments have taken place for two teams that are out of contention and playing out the string.

This one might not hit 40, and almost certainly won’t hit 50.

Predicted score: Packers 24, Falcons 17

Good luck, we’re all counting on you. 

Previous results
Last week: 2-0
2018 season: 17-8-1

Brad Gagnon has covered the NFL since 2007 and is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America, despite the fact he actually lives in Canada. The Toronto-based sports journalist’s work can also be seen at Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Awful Announcing and The Guardian. He can be found on Twitter @brad_gagnon

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New Federal Sports Betting Bill Surfaces, Empowering Attorney General and Mandating Purchase of Data

A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022.

The bill, which does not yet indicate a

A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022.

The bill, which does not yet indicate a sponsor, also would amend The Wire Act and The Sports Bribery Act, with the former changes allowing for dissemination of sports betting information across state lines. Also new: establishment of a “National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse.”

The sweeping change in how sports betting would be overseen in the U.S. was met with some skepticism from the American Gaming Association.

 
 

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Oral Argument, One Year Later: 60 Minutes That Changed Sports Betting Forever

One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S.

Nobody knew exactly what

One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S.

Nobody knew exactly what to expect, especially the veteran attorneys on opposing sides of Murphy v NCAA, who knew to expect anything.  Before a packed house of anxious and excited observers, counsel for the the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (collectively ‘Murphy’), Theodore B. Olson began on Chief Justice John Roberts’ cue:

One of the most important decisions made at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was replacing the failed confederacy that governed states with a national government that could regulate individuals but not states. In the words of this Court in the New York case, Congress may regulate interstate commerce directly, but it may not regulate states’ regulation of interstate commerce.

That’s as far as Olson got before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg interjected, starting the back-and-forth between Olson and the rest of the fine nine judicial minds stationed at the front of the room, in which cameras are strictly prohibited.

 
 

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D.C. Legal Sports Betting Framework Approaching State of Chaos

Legalizing sports betting in the nation’s capital is getting hairy. After the Finance and Revenue Committee voted to move B22-0944 forward last Wednesday, a coalition that includes several professional leagues and mobile and online sports betting operators has begun circulating a flyer calling for changes.

There are no casinos, horse tracks, or off-track

Legalizing sports betting in the nation’s capital is getting hairy. After the Finance and Revenue Committee voted to move B22-0944 forward last Wednesday, a coalition that includes several professional leagues and mobile and online sports betting operators has begun circulating a flyer calling for changes.

There are no casinos, horse tracks, or off-track betting parlors in Washington, D.C. As such, the D.C. Council is truly starting from scratch as it works to legalize sports betting. Multiple amendments are likely to be proposed at Tuesday’s first reading of the bill, which in its current form would allow the D.C. Lottery a borderline monopoly on mobile and internet sports betting within the city. 

To that end, a group of mobile sports betting operators, including DraftKings and FanDuel, began circulating a flyer in the Council’s Wilson building after last week’s hearing in which they align themselves with Major League Baseball, the NBA and the PGA Tour. The flyer was first reported by Washington City Paper.

In the flyer, the groups ask for “a small fee” of 25 cents of every $100 wagered to be paid to the professional sports organizations. They do not call this a “royalty” or “integrity fee” or otherwise affix a label. More importantly, the groups oppose the D.C. Lottery becoming the exclusive operator of mobile sports betting.

 

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The Genesis of Missouri Lawmaker’s New Spin on Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’

Missouri state senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) isn’t opposed to a sports betting “integrity fee” — an off-the-top cut of all wagers. He’s just not willing to give it to the professional leagues.

Hoskins said it’s not unusual for owners of professional sports teams to go to their local and state governments and

Missouri state senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) isn’t opposed to a sports betting “integrity fee” — an off-the-top cut of all wagers. He’s just not willing to give it to the professional leagues.

Hoskins said it’s not unusual for owners of professional sports teams to go to their local and state governments and ask for money to build a stadium or make upgrades. So, instead of giving money to the leagues directly, Hoskins wants to keep the money in Missouri’s hands to resolve how to make the state’s venues better.

“It’s an idea that I started thinking about because if there is an integrity fee it would go to the professional leagues and if there is not an integrity fee, that money would go to the casinos,” Hoskins told Sports Handle in a phone interview Friday. “So I thought, what if we put the integrity fee into a fund, because whether it’s the Scottrade Center or Arrowhead Stadium or the Edward Jones Dome …  they don’t only need money to upgrade the actual facilities, but to upgrade the fan experience. Whether they need better intersections or lighting, or I’ve never heard of a stadium that says ‘yes, we have too many women’s bathrooms.’ The goal would be to upgrade either in the stadium or even outside of it.”

To that end, Hoskins filed a new sports betting bill on Saturday, the first day that Missouri lawmakers could do so ahead of the 2019 session. His bill turns the integrity fee on its head and keeps more money at home by creating “Entertainment Facilities Infrastructure Fund.”

 

 

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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 13 Results

Our darkest days were followed by our finest hours. After going a disappointing 1-4 a week ago, we got right back on track with a 4-1 showing in Week 13. If it weren't for the Colts literally laying an egg against the Jaguars, we would've hit our big five-team parlay. It's almost like

Our darkest days were followed by our finest hours. After going a disappointing 1-4 a week ago, we got right back on track with a 4-1 showing in Week 13. If it weren’t for the Colts literally laying an egg against the Jaguars, we would’ve hit our big five-team parlay. It’s almost like we can’t trust any AFC South team not named the Texans right now. That started our day off on a sour note, but the rest of the games helped ensure a week back in the black.

LOSS: Colts -5 at Jaguars (-110): Jaguars 6, Colts 0.

What an absolutely disgusting game. Finally, Jacksonville’s defense decided to show up and ended up shutting out one of the hottest offenses in the league. Indy couldn’t get anything going and somehow, Cody Kessler out-dueled Andrew Luck. Perhaps we’re giving Kessler too much credit. Anyway, I hope you didn’t watch this game during the first set of games just because you bet on it. If you did, you missed some other great games.

Everyone but the Texans seems so unpredictable nowadays in the AFC South. Just when you think a red-hot Colts team can beat a Jaguars team riding a seven-game losing streak by a touchdown, you’re proven wrong. As we alluded to, though, this was all we got wrong this week and that’s a good feeling. Total win: $0.

WIN: Raiders +15.5 vs. Chiefs (-110): Chiefs 40, Raiders 33.

Every single time we’ve bet on a team that was an underdog of 14 or more points this season, we have hit. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s just really hard to blow teams out in this league no matter the disparity of talent. Obviously, when we made this pick earlier in the week, we didn’t know Kansas City would be without Kareem Hunt and that certainly helped. Still, Oakland just had a decent showing, especially down the stretch.

Patrick Mahomes continued to do Patrick Mahomes things and threw for another four touchdowns, but the Raiders were able to keep pace on the scoreboard. Down the stretch, we will continue to seriously consider double-digit underdogs, because they’ve already proven this season to be a really wise bet. Total win: $7.60.

WIN: Jets +7.5 vs. Jets (-110): Titans 26, Jets 22.

This was a really tough loss for the Jets as they led nearly the whole way, but we don’t care about that. They covered the spread and that’s what truly great teams do, right? Well, we won’t mentioned the Jets and the word “great” in the same sentence again, but the bottom line is they did enough to cover. It seemed a little ridiculous the Titans were favored by more than a touchdown in the first place and they showed why: their offense is wildly inconsistent.

New York choked down the stretch and Tennessee’s defense clamped down late, so more power to them. They seem to play everyone close (outside of the Patriots) and asking them to win by more than a score proved too hard. We expected as much and will take it to the bank as a result. Total win: $7.60.

WIN: Steelers-Chargers OVER 51.5 points (-110): Chargers 33, Steelers 30.

What a thrilling Sunday Night Football game this was. Things looked very iffy after the first half ended 23-7 Steelers. It looked like it might become a blowout, which always threatens overs. However, the Chargers came out of halftime on fire and rattled off an impressive road win. By early fourth quarter, we already had the over and could just enjoy the final minutes of the game. Both these teams are playoff caliber and it was nice to get a preview of a potential opening round match up.

If a playoff rematch were to be as entertaining as this one, sign me up. Should that happen, I don’t think the floodgates will be as wide open. Scoring tends to go down a bit come playoff time when there’s a chill in the air. Anyway, this over proved to be a really solid bet and it keeps pushing us right along in our mission to get back over the 60 percent pick percentage mark. Total win: $5.70.

WIN: Ravens-Falcons UNDER 48.5 (-110): Ravens 26, Falcons 16.

It’s almost as if we predicted the Falcons would stall out in the red zone and the Ravens wouldn’t blow them out, thus hitting the under. Both those things happened and while it got close at the end, we never really got the feeling the Falcons were going to score again to hit the over. Had they scored a late touchdown, that could’ve made for a really brutal beat, but we avoided that fortunately.

Atlanta is really such a mess right now and with the Steelers losing, Baltimore is right back in the AFC North hunt. When they play again, that will be a big clash of styles and I don’t expect seeing a point spread or over/under that I will feel confident enough in that one. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, though, and for now, rejoice that we are solidly back in the win column. Total win: $9.50.

PIGGY BANK: $287.60 (10.6% return on investment)

PICK PERCENTAGE: 59.7% (37-25-3)

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports reporter in Southern Oregon covering all sports, including Oregon and Oregon State athletics. He has been a national baseball writer for Bleacher Report and Rant Sports and has written two baseball books. He also specializes in sports betting analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School.

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D.C. Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Sportsbooks in Professional Sports Arenas

If the sports betting bill that’s currently on the table in Washington, D.C. is approved as written on Tuesday, the District will be on the cutting edge of sports betting — the bill allows for five professional sports stadiums in Washington to have 24-hour-a-day sportsbooks that are open to the public.

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If the sports betting bill that’s currently on the table in Washington, D.C. is approved as written on Tuesday, the District will be on the cutting edge of sports betting — the bill allows for five professional sports stadiums in Washington to have 24-hour-a-day sportsbooks that are open to the public.

According to Councilman Jack Evans, the plan is to allow professional sports teams to open sportsbooks at Nationals Park (MLB), Audi Stadium (MLS), CapitalOne Arena (NBA and NHL), the Wizards practice facility and the yet-to-be approved/opened RFK Stadium (NFL).

The sportsbooks would be open to the public, with no ticket to a game required, and patrons would be able to place sports bets at any time. The locations will be referred to as “sports betting parlors.”

“The professional venues are clearly a real big market for everyone because everyone who goes the game wants to bet,” Evans said in an interview with Sports Handle on Friday. “My understanding is that the facilities, either leased or owned by the pro teams, are going to build (sports) betting parlors.”

The concept is relatively new — only the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders have dipped their toes into the idea of having a sportsbook on site. While gambling is currently prohibited at sporting venues in Las Vegas, the Raiders have partnered with Caesars Entertainment, and Becky Harris, chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, told the Las Vegas Journal-Review in November that if gaming proposals for sports venues — sports betting or otherwise — are brought to her attention, she’ll “assess them on their merits.”

 

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 13 Picks, Preview, Prop Bets With Christian Pina

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks

Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericcports), brought to you by PropSwap.com. Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He’s wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

Pro handicapper and show regular Christian Pina (@ChristianPina) joins the pod to breakdown NFL Week 13 action.  This week also has a prop-rich market that will make for some fun (and profitable) viewing. Rosenthal may be crazy with some of this week’s picks, but that just might be what you’re looking for.

Download the PropSwap app for iOS systems here and Android here. Time codes for the episode follow below. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.


2:24 — Indianapolis Colts -4 at Jacksonville Jaguars.

4:34 — L.A.Chargers +3.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers

7:06 —  Carolina Panthers -3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10:45 — Baltimore Ravens +1 at Atlanta Falcons

16:33 — Cleveland Browns +6 at Houston Texans

20:01 — Buffalo Bills +3.5 at Miami Dolphins

24:07 — Chicago Bears -4 at N.Y. Giants

28:23 — Denver Broncos -5.5 at Cincinnati Bengals

31:25 —  L.A. Rams -10 at Detroit Lions

33:59 — Arizona Cardinals +14 at Green Bay Packers

37:43 — Kansas City Chiefs -14.5 at Oakland Raiders

43:30 — N.Y. Jets +8 at Tennessee Titans

46:25 — Minnesota Vikings +5 at New England Patriots

49:42 — San Francisco 49ers +10 at Seattle Seahawks

51:03 — Washington Redskins -6.5 at Philadelphia Eagles

56:20 — SuperContest picks!


Also check out this week’s ‘Pro Football Handle’ podcast!

 
 

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Missouri Lawmaker May Put Entertaining New Twist on ‘Integrity Fee’

Days after Representative Dean Plocher, (R-District 89) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he anticipates sports betting “being out there” for discussion when the Missouri state legislature returns to session in January, Senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) is preparing to pre-file a sports betting bill finding an entirely different use for a cut of all

Days after Representative Dean Plocher, (R-District 89) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he anticipates sports betting “being out there” for discussion when the Missouri state legislature returns to session in January, Senator Denny Hoskins (D-District 21) is preparing to pre-file a sports betting bill finding an entirely different use for a cut of all wagers that the pro sports leagues have sought to capture.

The bill, which was obtained by Sports Handle, fundamentally alters the “betting right and integrity fee” that would have paid the professional sports leagues as in Plocher and Hoskins’ SB 1013, dubbed the “Comprehensive Missouri Sports Betting and Sports Protection Act.

In a re-formed bill, a 1 percent fee taken off the top of all wagers would be halved to 0.5 percent and proceeds would be redirected to a newly created “Entertainment Facilities Infrastructure Fund,” to be used for the construction and maintenance of entertainment facilities, field houses, cultural facilities, convention centers, recreational facilities and more, as described in the act. Hoskins will file the bill on Saturday.

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‘Pro Football Handle’: NFL Week 13 Breakdown, Chargers-Steelers, Playoffs Hunt

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line

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On The Pro Football Handle, brought to you by PropSwap.com, Las Vegas-based sports talk voice Matt Perrault and veteran bookmaker Robert Walker of USBookmaking dive into select NFL games, line movements and bookmaker liabilities, plus greater sports betting topics and stories that may have nothing to do with football. Walker has seen it all behind the counter and Perrault the same from behind the microphone, so they’ll have you prepared for anything.

December football is here! Remember to check weather forecasts before placing bets for outdoor games. Welcome to Week 13. There are several solid dog opportunities as well as some smart over plays. And how will quarterback injuries, benchings and comments impact the games, and your wallet, this week?

Download the PropSwap app for iOS systems here and Android here. Time codes for the episode follow below. Spotify fans go here to listen.


1:10 — Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury heavyweight matchup and the decline of boxing.

4:00 — Week 12 recap and lessons learned.

8:18 — PropSwap.com’s Future Focus: Chicago Bears are currently 7-1 to win the Super Bowl, but PropSwap has some almost 11-1 tickets available. Take a look for an outstanding value.

10:49 — New Orleans -7  at Dallas Cowboys — Finally, a good Thursday night games. Boys are surging and Saints are the NFC’s team to beat.

12:37 — It’s December football, remember to check weather forecasts!

13:11— Indianapolis Colts -4 at Jacksonville Jaguars  — Colts are surging, laying four on the road even against the hapless Jags?

18:32 —  L.A.Chargers +3.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers — Will Big Ben’s comments impact the Steelers’ performance this week?

23:37 — Kansas City Chiefs -14.5 at Oakland Raiders — Careful here, KC doesn’t care if they win just by 10, they want to get in and get out unscathed.

26:24 — Cleveland Browns +6 at Houston Texans — Perrault can’t get it right with the Texans, and now Cleveland is playing well. The over is the right play for this game.

28:58 — Chicago Bears -4 at N.Y. Giants — This game is going to get ugly. The public loves the Bears but the Giants aren’t the lifeless team they were at the beginning of the season.

30:51 — Denver Broncos -5.5 at Cincinnati Bengals — Everyone hates the Bengals, even Hue Jackson.

33:09 — Baltimore Ravens -1 at Atlanta Falcons — QB Lamar Jackson has brought life (and public money) to the Ravens.

35:27 — L.A. Rams -10 at Detroit Lions — No one is taking the dog. Robert says either walk away or tease.

36:53 — San Francisco 49ers +10 at Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals +14 at Green Bay Packers — No one’s taking the dog in these games either, but books are seeing parlays with Green Bay.

38:30 — Carolina Panthers -3.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Only bettors are watching this game. Are the Bucs a decent play here?

39:50 — Minnesota Vikings +5 at New England Patriots — With less than a touchdown at home, is the play the Patriots? A rare line plummet for the Pats at home, but the Vikings are a good team.

43:07 — Washington Redskins +6.5 at Philadelphia Eagles  — The NFC East is a bad division, but you have to bet Monday night games. Books will likely need Redskins money.


Have a profitable Week 13, folks. Thanks for listening and see you back next week, tell a friend, sign up for our newsletter and also check out the Cover City Podcast, featuring sports bettor Eric Rosenthal.

 

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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 13 Picks

Following our first bad week since the second week of the season, it's time for us to bounce back. There were a lot of games to like upon first glance in Week 13. Upon further examination, there are five you should really be able to hang your hat on. There's nothing a good

Following our first bad week since the second week of the season, it’s time for us to bounce back. There were a lot of games to like upon first glance in Week 13. Upon further examination, there are five you should really be able to hang your hat on. There’s nothing a good betting week can’t fix and we’re going to do exactly that this Sunday. Let’s get to the picks.

Colts -5 at Jaguars (-110)

You could call this a trap game, but you could also look at what’s plainly apparent: Indy is on the rise and the Jaguars are in free fall. For God’s sake, Jacksonville is starting Cody Kessler at quarterback. He’s going up against Andrew Luck, who’s having a great season behind an incredible offensive line. They’ve kept him upright and he’s gashed opposing defenses.

For some reason, Jacksonville’s defense has been really inconsistent and have been prone to poor performances. The differences in momentum for these two teams should all but seal the deal for the Colts in terms of winning the game. Of course, that doesn’t make them a lock to cover five points, but we’ll rely on them winning by a touchdown to cover the spread. The bet: $4 for total payout of $7.60.

Raiders +15.5 vs. Chiefs (-110)

We’ve had very good luck betting huge underdogs this year. When we took the Bills +17.5 against the Vikings, they actually won the game. Then, a couple weeks ago, we took the Cardinals +17 against this same Chiefs team and they covered by losing by 12. This isn’t as safe a bet since Oakland is still in the two score realm. Still, though, they just have to cover two touchdowns.

That’s much easier said than done for a Raiders team that has struggled all year long, but at home, they should be able to do just enough to keep the game reasonably close. If the Chiefs offense looks like it did against the Rams, good night. Coming off a bye, that’s perfectly possible. But when a multi-score line is dangled out in front of you like this in the NFL, we’ve learned something this year: you take it. The bet: $4 for total payout of $7.60.

Jets +7.5 vs. Titans (-110)

I feel iffy taking this, just because the Titans have been so unpredictable this season. One week, their defense looks like world beaters, the next they’re very average. The same can be said for Marcus Mariota who went 22 for 23, 303 yards and 2 TD in a losing effort against the Texans on Monday night. You never know what you’re going to get from them.

For the most part, though, when the Titans win, they win close games. Three of their five wins have come by just a field goal. Yes, their last two wins were by multiple scores, but they’ve also lost their last two games by a collective 45 points, so they’re not exactly riding a hot streak into this game. New York is competent with Josh McCown running the offense and should be able to stay in the game and keep it within a touchdown to cover the spread. The bet: $4 for total payout of $7.60.

Steelers-Chargers OVER 51.5 points (-110)

Despite L.A. having one of the NFL’s top defenses, this has the makings of a shootout. Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger have been on top of their games in recent weeks and it feels like whoever has the last possession in this one is going to win. As with most over/unders, this will hinge on the flow of the game, which will be established early on. If it becomes a field position battle in the first quarter, we’re doomed. If each team gets a quick score, we’re in good shape.

This is going to be a great playoff atmosphere with each team still alive for a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs (although the Chiefs will have plenty to say on if the Chargers can even win the division). With the Chargers’ penchant for the big play, the over looks mighty fine. It isn’t hard to imagine either side winning this game 30-27 or somewhere in that range. That would get us the over with points to spare. The bet: $3 for total payout of $5.70.

Ravens-Falcons UNDER 48.5 (-110)

This game just screams under. There are a few reasons why this seems like such a solid bet. First of all, the Ravens are very run heavy with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. He runs the ball as much as he passes it, it seems and in the NFL, unlike in college where a first down stops the clock, that means the clock will continue to run. If Baltimore is keeping the ball on the ground, even if they’re running effectively, this over is going to be hard to hit, because there just won’t be enough time.

Add to that the fact the Falcons are incompetent in the red zone and we have the perfect cocktail brewing for the under. As we know, field goals don’t help you hit overs and if the Ravens, the top scoring defense in the NFL, can hold Atlanta to field goals instead of touchdowns, this pick is a lock. There are just too many factors working for the under to ignore. This should be the top pick of the week if you’re only going to take one. The bet: $5 for total payout of $9.50.

As always, we can opine about what it would be like to have a perfect 5-0 week and take home considerable dough. On this particular week, if you take your $20 and parlay these five games, you would walk away with $507.06. I swear, we will get you a perfect week by the end of the season. At the very least, we’re going to get back into the win column this week after our first down week since way back in September. We’ll check in with our winning results after the Sunday games have concluded.

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports reporter in Southern Oregon covering all sports, including Oregon and Oregon State athletics. He has been a national baseball writer for Bleacher Report and Rant Sports and has written two baseball books. He also specializes in sports betting analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School.

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D.C. Council Quashes Pro-League Fee, But Sports Betting Bill Moves On

The professional sports leagues struck out again on Wednesday when the D.C. City Council opted to remove language from its sports betting bill that would have payed the leagues a royalty. Entering Wednesday’s “mark-up” hearing in the Finance and Revenue Committee, a revised version of Bill 22-944 included a one-quarter of 1 percent cut of gross

The professional sports leagues struck out again on Wednesday when the D.C. City Council opted to remove language from its sports betting bill that would have payed the leagues a royalty. Entering Wednesday’s “mark-up” hearing in the Finance and Revenue Committee, a revised version of Bill 22-944 included a one-quarter of 1 percent cut of gross sports wagering revenue as a payout to the professional leagues. But the council unanimously agreed to cut the amendment that added that fee.

The net result is that the committee agreed to move the bill along to a first reading, set for Dec. 4. The goal is to get the bill voted on at a Dec. 16 meeting.

During the one-hour hearing, several other bills were discussed, but the committee spent about half an hour discussing sports betting. Key changes to the original bill included creating a two-block no-competition zone around designated gaming facilities; removing the mandate that sportsbooks use official league data and replacing that with the royalty; language reaffirming that the D.C. Lottery would regulate sports betting; and allowing mobile bettors to use the D.C. Lottery sports betting app around the city, but requiring them to use only the app approved by a gaming facility in said facility.

 

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Missouri Lawmakers Will Continue Push for Sports Betting

Add Missouri to the growing list of states set to consider sports betting legislation in 2019.

“I certainly anticipate it being out there (in 2019) for discussion before the House and the Senate,” Representative Dean Plocher, (R-Des Peres) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week.

Plocher sponsored legislation last spring that did

Add Missouri to the growing list of states set to consider sports betting legislation in 2019.

“I certainly anticipate it being out there (in 2019) for discussion before the House and the Senate,” Representative Dean Plocher, (R-Des Peres) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week.

Plocher sponsored legislation last spring that did not advance in either legislative chamber. Multiple drafts of legislation were circulating even before the May U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the law banning states from offering Nevada-style, single-team sports betting.

Expect Sports Betting to Be on 2019 Legislative Agenda and Missouri May Consider a Payout to the Professional Leagues

 

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DraftKings CEO Robins Reveals Sports Betting Already Crushing For Company Overall

The numbers are beginning to show that DraftKings’ metamorphosis from a daily fantasy sports operator to sportsbook-first company is moving at Ludicrous Speed. The DFS aspect of the company isn’t going anywhere, but the revenue and obviously growth potential in the U.S. is in legal sports betting.

At the ICE Sports Betting USA conference

The numbers are beginning to show that DraftKings’ metamorphosis from a daily fantasy sports operator to sportsbook-first company is moving at Ludicrous Speed. The DFS aspect of the company isn’t going anywhere, but the revenue and obviously growth potential in the U.S. is in legal sports betting.

At the ICE Sports Betting USA conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, DraftKings Co-Founder and CEO Jason Robins told Darren Rovell (who himself switched jerseys from ESPN to Action Network mid-conference) that 20 percent of the company’s business is currently being generated through sports betting. In New Jersey, where the DraftKings Sportsbook was first to market in the state in August, Robins said sports betting represents 80 percent of the company’s revenue.

In other words, the sports betting revenue being generated in just one state*, roughly four months post-launch, is currently accounting for 20 percent of the company’s overall revenue coming nationwide via daily fantasy sports contests.

DraftKings Sportsbook Already Driving 20 Percent of Company’s Revenue; Full Speed Ahead For Familiar Players As Expansion Continues

 

 

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NFL Week 13: Over and Under Best Bets

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we're making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we're offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over and Under Best Bets

Over of

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we’re making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we’re offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over and Under Best Bets

Over of the week: Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Total: 51

It’s not as though 51 isn’t a high number, but I wonder if the total for Sunday night’s Chargers-Steelers game would be significantly higher if the Bolts weren’t without star running back Melvin Gordon.

If indeed the total has fallen as a result of Gordon’s injury, that could be a mistake. Because Gordon’s backup, Austin Ekeler, has been fantastic. The versatile second-year back is averaging 5.8 yards per carry (more than half a yard better than Gordon) and he’s coming off a 10-catch performance in a blowout victory over the Cardinals.

The Chargers might not score 45 points in Pittsburgh like they did against Arizona, but they should be good for at least 24. They have a better offense than Denver, and the Broncos put up 24 on the Steelers a week ago.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh offense will be hungry to bounce back following a tough road loss to the Broncos. The Steelers are averaging 36.0 points per game at home this season, and they should make a run at that number in what is a huge prime-time game.

Predicted score: Steelers 34, Broncos 26

Under of the week: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Total: 56.5

Carolina and Tampa Bay combined for 70 points when they met last month, which explains why the total is up above 56 for their meeting Sunday in Florida. But expect a correction in this matchup, especially now that…

1. The Bucs defense has straightened out at home, surrendering just 16.0 points per game in their last three outings at Raymond James Stadium.

2. Jameis Winston looks to be back on track at quarterback for the Bucs, which could mean fewer turnovers and thus fewer short fields for Tampa’s opponent.

3. The Carolina offense has come back to earth after a hot streak and is averaging a so-so 22.3 points per game in the last three weeks.

4. The Panthers haven’t scored more than 24 points in a road game this season.

This one might not even come close.

Predicted score: Panthers 27, Buccaneers 13

Good luck, we’re all counting on you. 

Previous results
Last week: 1-0-1
2018 season: 15-8-1

Brad Gagnon has covered the NFL since 2007 and is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America, despite the fact he actually lives in Canada. The Toronto-based sports journalist’s work can also be seen at Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Awful Announcing and The Guardian. He can be found on Twitter @brad_gagnon

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MGM Adds MLB to Its List of ‘Official Partners’

Major League Baseball is following in the footsteps of the NBA and NHL, and on Tuesday announced a partnership with MGM, which now becomes baseball’s official gaming and entertainment partner. MGM already has similar deals with the NBA and NHL, and now will have access to official data and sponsorship rights from three of the

Major League Baseball is following in the footsteps of the NBA and NHL, and on Tuesday announced a partnership with MGM, which now becomes baseball’s official gaming and entertainment partner. MGM already has similar deals with the NBA and NHL, and now will have access to official data and sponsorship rights from three of the four U.S. professional sports leagues.

The deal gives MGM non-exclusive rights to the MLB’s official stats, but the company will have exclusive rights to some of the league’s advanced stats.

“We are pleased to partner with MGM Resorts International, a clear industry leader in the sports gaming area, to work together on bringing innovative experiences to baseball fans and MGM customers,” said baseball commissioner Robert Manfred in an press release. “Our partnership with MGM will help us navigate this evolving space responsibly, and we look forward to the fan engagement opportunities ahead.”

MLB Falls Into Line With NBA, NHL in Naming MGM Its ‘Official Partner’ in a Non-Exclusive Deal

 

 

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MGM, Caesars Among Founding Members of Sports Betting Integrity Monitoring Group

MGM and Caesars are among the members of a new not-for-profit that will monitor integrity in sports betting. The organization, the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association, will bring together key gaming stakeholders, including state and tribal regulatory bodies, federal, state and tribal law enforcement, in an effort to uncover and prevent fraud and other

MGM and Caesars are among the members of a new not-for-profit that will monitor integrity in sports betting. The organization, the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association, will bring together key gaming stakeholders, including state and tribal regulatory bodies, federal, state and tribal law enforcement, in an effort to uncover and prevent fraud and other illegal activities related to sports betting and sporting events.

The group is modeled after the Europe Sport Security Association which monitors sports betting and sports events for fraud. 888Sport, PaddyPower/BetFair and William Hill are among ESSA’s members. According to SportTechie.com, ESSA was involved in the creation of SWIMA and the two organizations plan to work together to monitor integrity.

 
 

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They’re Off: Rhode Island Becomes First New England State to Take Legal Sports Bets

Five months after legalizing sports betting and nearly 60 days after the projected opening date, a group of lawmakers and a corporate executive placed the ceremonial first sports bet at Rhode Island’s Twin River Sportsbook on Monday. In so doing, Rhode Island became the sixth non-Nevada state post-PASPA to open up for legal sports

Five months after legalizing sports betting and nearly 60 days after the projected opening date, a group of lawmakers and a corporate executive placed the ceremonial first sports bet at Rhode Island’s Twin River Sportsbook on Monday. In so doing, Rhode Island became the sixth non-Nevada state post-PASPA to open up for legal sports betting, and the first in New England.

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, House Speaker Nicholas Matiello and Twin River Worldwide Holdings Chairman John Taylor Jr. placed the first bets after making remarks.

The sportsbook officially opened at 3 p.m. local time with an opening ceremony — in time for Monday Night Football. Rhode Island has only two casinos, Twin River and Tiverton, both owned by the same company. The Tiverton sportsbook is scheduled to open in December.

Rhode Island Becomes First in New England to Offer Sports Betting as Twin River Casino Hotel Opens Sportsbook

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South Dakota Special-Interest Group Wants Sports Betting Initiative

The fifth smallest state in the nation by population, South Dakota doesn’t want to be left out of the sports betting game. Known for Mount Rushmore and the scenic Black Hills, South Dakota has more than 30 commercial and tribal casinos, and if the Deadwood Gaming Association gets its way, sports betting will be

The fifth smallest state in the nation by population, South Dakota doesn’t want to be left out of the sports betting game. Known for Mount Rushmore and the scenic Black Hills, South Dakota has more than 30 commercial and tribal casinos, and if the Deadwood Gaming Association gets its way, sports betting will be on the menu by 2021. The association is working on a ballot measure and is going to ask state lawmakers to put it on the 2020 ballot.

South Dakota has had legal gaming since 1989 and 22 of the state’s casinos are located in Deadwood. Gaming is only legal in Deadwood and at tribal casinos, though the video lottery is legal across the state.

“We want to keep Deadwood a competitive gaming destination,” Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association told Sports Handle. “A few years ago (2014), we put in craps and roulette for just that reason.”

Rodman said the goal would be to have legal sports betting in South Dakota beginning on July 1, 2021. His group has already submitted the ballot initiative to the state legislature’s research council and it is now being considered by the state attorney general’s office. Rodman said that so far, state lawmakers support the idea, as long as sports betting is limited to Deadwood and tribal locations.

 

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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 12 Results

It was bound to happen at some point. We had our worst week in months and were the victim of a number of bad beats this week. We went 1-4, but could have easily gone 3-2. It wasn't pretty, but let's recap exactly what went wrong and how we can learn from it

It was bound to happen at some point. We had our worst week in months and were the victim of a number of bad beats this week. We went 1-4, but could have easily gone 3-2. It wasn’t pretty, but let’s recap exactly what went wrong and how we can learn from it going into the last five weeks of the season.

LOSS: Redskins +7.5 vs. Cowboys (-110): Cowboys 31, Redskins 23.

Our first bad beat of the week came just as Thanksgiving dinner was settling. Despite a poor showing from Colt McCoy, the Redskins actually gave themselves a chance late in this game. If it weren’t for a missed extra point early in the game, they would have lost by just seven points, helping us get the win.

Of course, our luck ran out and we lost the bet by half a point. This really set the stage for the rest of our bets, because boy, was it a rough weekend. Game after game ended in heartbreak, so one terrible game down, three to go. Total payout: $0.

LOSS: Jaguars -3 at Bills (-120): Bills 24, Jaguars 21.

This game was weird and that strangeness did not work in our favor. Down 14-0, the Jags battled all the way back and scored to go up 21-14. However, the call on the field was changed, giving Jacksonville the ball on the one-yard line. In the aftermath of that play, there was an all-out brawl in which star running back Leonard Fournette was ejected from the game. Fournette had been running the Bills over and the bet was essentially dead after that.

With first and goal from the one, the Jaguars had a penalty, Blake Bortles took a sack, and then Josh Lambo missed a 26-yard field goal. It was as excruciating as it gets. Just one year removed from the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars have now lost seven straight games and are 3-8. Just like our betting from this week, they have plenty to fix. Total payout: $0.

LOSS: Patriots-Jets OVER 46 points (-110): Patriots 27, Jets 13.

Oh, yet another gut punch. With the Patriots up 27-13 with two minutes left in the game, the Jets had third and two from the three-yard line. Instead of running the ball, knowing you should probably be able to get two yards in two tries, they had 39-year-old Josh McCown attempt two low-percentage passes to the corner of the end zone. To call the play calling in that situation infuriating would be an understatement.

Of course, a touchdown in that situation would have pushed the game total to 47, giving us the over, but the betting gods didn’t want us to have nice things this week. New England took over and sat on the ball and no more points were scored. Total payout: $0.

WIN: 49ers-Buccaneers UNDER 55 (-110): Buccaneers 27, 49ers 9.

Our only win of the weekend was probably the least exciting game as well. When you’re rooting for the under, sometimes you have to root for a bland game and that’s exactly what we got with Bucs-49ers. There was some scoring early, but San Francisco flatlined by the second quarter. It turns out Nick Mullens may not be the answer at quarterback.

By the fourth, this one was a lock, the Buccaneers already firmly in control. The best thing this game did for us was save us the potential embarrassment of an 0-5 week. In a week where everything went wrong, we’ll take it. Total payout: $5.70.

LOSS: Steelers -3 vs. Broncos (-115): Broncos 24, Steelers 17.

Okay, back to the heartbreak. Denver has been frisky lately, but with the Steelers possessing many more offensive weapons, this seemed like an easy pick. However, Denver made it hard on Big Ben and Co. all day long. Two interceptions helped key the win. First, with Pittsburgh up 17-10, the Broncos picked him off near midfield. Had the Steelers scored on that possession, it would have been the nail in the coffin.

Instead, Denver scored to tie it and then scored again to take the lead. This game seemed destined for overtime with the Steelers looking to punch the ball in from the two-yard line. Instead, Big Ben threw a backbreaking interception that sealed the deal and helped the Broncos to their second straight upset win. Last week, that upset helped us. This week, it hurt us. Total payout: $0.

PIGGY BANK: $257.20 (7.2% return on investment)

PICK PERCENTAGE: 57.9% (33-24-3)

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports reporter in Southern Oregon covering all sports, including Oregon and Oregon State athletics. He has been a national baseball writer for Bleacher Report and Rant Sports and has written two baseball books. He also specializes in sports betting analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School.

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