July 23, 2016 |
Digit Murphy and Aronda Kirby knew there was a chance to do something different. They were convinced their idea - create a new blueprint for successful women's sports leagues - could work. They just needed to find the right sport. Murphy and Kirby had spent the last three years as the head coach and general manager, respectively, of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. To create a small amount of revenue, the Blades had to sell candy bars and raffle tickets at games.
March 2, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is a philosophical conflict playing out in three of the country's major sports leagues, and three Philadelphia franchises, each in its own way, are at the core of it. At its essence, the conflict comes down to this question: What is the right way to build a winning team? The Phillies, the Flyers, and - most infamously - the 76ers have adopted similar approaches to answering it. After years of sparing no expense in pursuit of championships, each organization has, to one degree or another, become unwilling to sacrifice its long-term vision of sustainable excellence for the sake of a potential immediate payoff.
February 19, 2016 |
Lawyers for professional sports leagues and the State of New Jersey clashed in oral arguments Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case that could decide the fate of a years-long effort by New Jersey to institute sports betting. The case features two of the nation's top legal guns, Paul Clement, who represented the sports leagues, and Theodore Olson, who argued on behalf of New Jersey. Both served at different times as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush.
November 13, 2015 |
WHILE NEW YORK dropped the hammer on daily fantasy sports leagues, Pennsylvania is taking a much more measured approach. "We're holding hearings to determine what, if anything, needs to be done," state Rep. Jamie Santora told the Daily News . The House of Representatives' Gaming Oversight Committee will meet on Dec. 3 to discuss the next step. "Yes, there is skill involved, but is there also luck?" said Santora, a member of the oversight committee who represents Delaware County.
November 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Fantasy-sports industry representatives told a New Jersey Assembly committee Monday that they hoped light regulation - not strict casino-style rules - would address any crisis of confidence in the business among politicians and the 55 million people who are in its leagues. But that outcome seemed uncertain at best during Monday's discussion with the committee that handles the heavily regulated gambling industry, a big but ailing part of New Jersey's economy that is feeling threatened by fantasy sports.
October 16, 2015 |
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia breathed new life Wednesday into efforts by perennially strapped New Jersey to institute legalized sports betting. The court, in a one-paragraph order written by Judge Marjorie Rendell, said it had agreed to rehear an appeal in a lawsuit over the betting program, following an Aug. 25 decision barring New Jersey from instituting its plan. A three-judge panel handed down the August decision, which also was written by Rendell.
September 23, 2015 |
NEW YORK - As fantasy football advertisements are pushing aside beer commercials on TV broadcasts of Eagles games, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.) is trying on multiple fronts to get equal legal treatment for sports gambling. Last week, he called for congressional hearings, with the hope of changing federal law to make gambling as legal as sports fantasy. On Monday, after a gambling-fantasy panel discussion here, Pallone was asked what he would say to the judges on the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who were asked to reconsider New Jersey's challenge to a 1992 federal law that in effect restricts legal sports gambling to Nevada.
September 13, 2015 |
BOSTON - The daily fantasy sports industry is eyeing a breakout season as NFL games begin. And its two dominant companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are touting lucrative opening-week prizes to try to draw more customers as more competitors pop up. Major tech and media companies, including Yahoo and CBS, are entering the fray, signaling a potential sea change in the still-evolving market. The games involve picking teams of real-life athletes who score fantasy points based on what they accomplish on the field.
February 5, 2015 |
NOT ONLY does NBA commissioner Adam Silver see the writing on the wall, he understands the inevitability of it. It's safe to assume that Silver wishes there were no betting on NBA games, or any other sports' games for that matter. He recognizes that is a fantasy. So while the commissioners of Major League Baseball, the NFL and NHL keep trying to bury their heads in the sand about gambling on professional sports, Silver has spoken honestly in saying his league should accept that people will bet on sports and should support its legalization.
December 1, 2014 |
While the NFL might be America's game, it can occasionally be as incomprehensible as cricket. There's the coded lingo quarterbacks shout at the line of scrimmage. There's the league's complex salary cap. There's Dan Snyder. But for me the league's least understandable element is something that ought to be simple to explain but never really has been: Why does the richest sports entity in the universe have the lowest average salary of any of the four major professional sports leagues?