Monday, July 17, 2017

Esports Video of the Week

Here is our pick for Esports Video of the Week. We selected this video because it gives a prediction of what the top games in Esports will be in 2017. Not sure if this will manifest but it a great way to engage an audience and provide info. We do this ourselves so the video reasonated with us.Here is the link.



We want to highlight the creator of the video. Go to https://freedomapps.com.au for other cool stuff.



Each week we pick a video that is entertaining and different. The goal is to expose more people to Esports. The next video will appear after the upcoming episode of  #Power and the premiere episode for this season, #GameofThrones.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

DraftKings and the WNBA



DraftKings made headlines with the announcement that they will sponsor contests that feature WNBA players. This is another step to bring pro basketball toward the legalization of sports betting.
This helps the WNBA promote their players and bring attention to league. The exposure of WNBA is something we see the NBA has struggle to market effectively. The commercial that current NBA stars are participating in that support the women game is a good start. Watch the link of that promo here. We would like to see more WNBA highlights on NBA TV. Do a segment that is devoted to buzzer beaters. Any shot that is made at the end of the shot clock would get consideration.The moderator of the show could ask the fans to select that top one thru a twitter poll.

We also suggest a partnership with DraftKings that notes the top three fantasy WNBA players prior to their participation in any nationally televised game. This would heighten viewership and exponentially increase the fantasy action DraftKings is looking to generate. WNBA coverage is provided by ABC and ESPN.

Photos of the WNBA stars would  promote the league as well. They could range from risqué to glamour

Elena Delle Donne
Women’s basketball player Elena Delle Donne talks about what made her decide to pose naked for the magazine. “It took some convincing. My agent likes to make lists of pros and cons for me. But in the end, I really believe in athlete bodies being a powerful image in our culture and showing that there’s not just one type of female body. There are so many different variations, and we’re all powerful in our own way.”



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Candace Parker


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Sports Betting:It's Time

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear New Jersey's case that they be allowed to have sports betting. The timetable to hear the case is this fall with a decision being rendered at the end of the year or the spring of 2018. While it still a long shot that the court will rule in New Jersey's favor, this is the ray of optimism proponents of sports betting desire. The AGA has been extremely influential in letting the legislators in Washington know the ramifications of Sports Betting. A billion dollar industry that currently operates largely in an illegal market. The tax revenue for the states and federal government would be tremendous. The amount of job creation would range in the thousands.The revitalization of the economy in Atlantic City would turn the shore from a 3 month entity to a year round destination.


At least several other states are watching this development closely. They include Pennsylvania.



Nevada would welcome the lifting of the sports betting ban because they could expand their reach into other jurisdictions that would allow the use of a mobile app to wager on games. This could happen if you have an account set up with a casino located in Nevada. The public is already betting on games. The consensus is that this activity is more socially acceptable than recreational marijuana.Cannabis is currently legal in some states and being considered in others.

                                                                It's Time!


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SixersTalk & NBA Free Agency

The NBA took center stage this week with the signings and trade period that officially started on July 1. So many impactful deals all around the league. The Sixers were involved as they signed J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson. They improved their 3 point shooting and added a quality backup to their frontcount. Sixers can vie for a playoff position if Ben Simmons is the player he was when drafted number 1 last year. They also  need a healthy Joel Embiid that plays the majority of the games and at least 30 minutes a night. The eastern conference is very fluid due to roster moves by other teams. The Sixers could take advantage of this  if they gels together quickly.


J.J. Redick


The top NBA Free Agent moves so far involve Paul George,Gordon Haywood and Chris Paul.
Paul George going to OKC improves their chances of returning to the playoffs by 15%. They got their this past season largely due to Russell Westbrook's stellar year. Now that he has help, the win total will increase. OKC must sign George to a contract extension or they will be in this same situation next season.

Haywood and George switch conferences


Gordon Haywood is the perfect fix for Boston. He is what they coveted and gives them the player that makes them the 2nd best team in the East. They match up better with the Cavs The Celtics should vie for best record in the conference and should be the odd on favorite because they had that distinction last season without Haywood.


James Harden & Chris Paul


Chris Paul being traded to Houston signals that the Rockets were not going to stand pat and play second fiddle to the Warriors. If they make one more move and acquire a marquee frontcourt player,they become the projected 2nd seed in the West. Harden and Paul merit consideration for the best guard tandem in the league. The Rockets  leap over the Spurs and distance themselves from Memphis and Dallas.

Team to watch: Minnesota, with the addition of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, will improve their roster by 20% and become more sound defensively. They have a great chance to make the playoffs and have the athletes to guard multiple positions.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Esports Video of the Week

Here is our selection for the #Esports Video of the week.  This is a great video because it looks at the camaraderie associated with esports. The link is here. We found it on Twitter. It is from https://twitter.com/g5taz.

Each week we pick a video that is entertaining and engaging. The goal is to expose more people to Esports. The next video will appear after the 3rd episode of  #Power.




                                                      Have a fantastic #4thofJuly

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

NBA Awards 2017

The NBA continues to be the most innovative of each of the major sports leagues. It was a stroke of genius to have each of the awards for the 2017 season issued on the same night. In past seasons ,he awards were given during the playoffs. The playoffs are news worthy enough without the announcement of Defensive Player of the year and the Most Improved Player. When you add the star power of  Drake  as the host, make these announcements 2 hours in prime time on TNT, you have a memorable event. Nicki Minaj did not disappoint with her performance.




The highlight of the night was the MVP award and the acceptance speech by Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook showed his humility in thanking his teammates and his family. Here is a glimpse of what he said to his younger brother. 



The surprise of the night was the Rookie of the Year award. While the Sixers Joel Embiid
and Dario Saric won the Rookie of the Month award 5 times during the season, the  voters
choose  Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Malcolm Brogdon



Draymond Green won Defensive Player of the Year.  Giannis Antetokounmpo won Most Improved Player.

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Daily Fantasy Sports in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

This past Friday,the New Jersey Legislators passed a bill that will allow daily fantasy sports to be taxed and regulated at a rate of 10.5 %. The bill allows a fantasy sports operator to partner with a casino or racetrack if they want to. Pennsylvania is planning to allow wagering on fantasy sports.
The tax rate has not been finalized.



The upside for both states is new revenue and jobs. The online gaming arm of the casinos will continue to grow. Pennsylvania is proposing internet gambling similar to New Jersey. Daily Fantasy will attract more of a younger demographic the gaming industry.




The news about Fantasy Sports was not as favorable for DraftKings and FanDuel. They were involved in talks that would allow them to merge. The FTC announce that they could not do so because they jointly would control over 90% of the market. The direction for both companies is not clear going forward. They will remain key components as the market for fantasy sports expands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


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