DraftKings and FanDuel Agree with NCAA to Suspend Amateur and College Sports Contests

No more March Madness: DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to suspend the offering of DFS contests on NCAA games.

Although the 2016 Men’s NCAA nationwide Championship finished in spellbinding drama yesterday evening and Kris Jenkins’ sizzling, match-winning shot in the last micro-second associated with the blew our tiny small minds, this really is probably the a year ago ever that fans will be able to ramp the enjoyment up of March Madness through DFS contests.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel have voluntarily agreed this week to close the drafts on college-level and amateur sports. This follows what a FanDuel spokesperson described as ‘months of productive conversations’ with the NCAA, also state legislators, during which both businesses heard their issues about the impact of dream recreations on college-level and amateur athletics.

Both Indiana and Virginia, which this present year became the states that are first regulate DFS in the US, included provisions inside their legislation that the contests should not be based on college tournaments.

‘It is clear that this is an issue that things to a number of constituencies and we feel that the path that is best forward is to suspend offering these contests pending resolution in the issue within state legislatures,’ said FanDuel.

‘We supported all of these efforts, and going forward we will earnestly help bills containing the provisions that are same. We are happy that we are able to work together with the NCAA on smart laws for the dream sports industry.’

LA Galaxy Deal

Meanwhile, in related news, DraftKings announced this week so it has partnered with Major League Soccer franchise LA Galaxy. As well as having its branding within the Galaxy stadium, DraftKings will offer ‘once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences’ through its contests.

The site has revamped and expanded its soccer offering as part of its recent move into the UK and planned expansion throughout Europe and Latin America. And even though the marketing push in the UK appears to have been muted, perhaps through interruptions having its different skirmishes that are legal to home, DraftKings did have the ability to nail down sponsorship addresses English Premier League groups Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford in February.

Exactly What Happened to DraftKings’ International Expansion?

Apart from this powerful marketing coup for a brand new brand in britain market, our UK-based spies report that DraftKings has barely registered among the local populace, despite the company gathering a $300 million war chest from investors last summer to aid international expansion.

Half of the sum arrived from Fox Sports, for an 11 per cent stake within the company, and so that the news that Fox Sports Australia has teamed up with neighborhood betting operator CrownBet to launch its Australian DFS platform this week, on Sportech’s DraftDay platform, may seem like an odd one to us.

Just to confuse matters further, the new brand name is called ‘DraftStars,’ risking the ire of the intellectual property lawyers at Amaya, whose ‘StarsDraft’ DFS brand is currently on ice, pending a more favorable regulatory outlook it the US.

Donald Trump Gets Heat from Las Vegas Hotel Workers as GOP Race Moves Towards Contested Meeting

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s chances of avoiding a contested convention have narrowed, adhering to a pounding from Ted Cruz in Wisconsin in Tuesday’s primaries.

Donald Trump (seen here at a rally in Las Vegas earlier this year) took a trouncing in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and today the chances of A gop that is contested convention more probable than ever for Cleveland this July. (Image: Ethan Miller/Getty)

Cruz took straight down the Badger State in commanding fashion with nearly one in 2 Wisconsin voters picking the Texas senator over the increasingly controversial Trump.

The candidate that is evangelistic 48.2 percent of the vote to Trump’s 35.1 percent, while Ohio Governor John Kasich finished 3rd with 14.1 percent. In the end, 36 delegates went to Cruz, and Trump had been awarded six.

In the Democratic side of the race, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won yet another contest, his sixth win associated with past seven states. However, Hillary Clinton still maintains her lead over the surging senator with 1,279 delegates to his 1,027.

Cruz’s success might be a turning point in the Republican race for the nomination and moves the race closer to a historic convention that is contested. It now seems more doubtful that either Trump or Cruz will achieve the 1,237 pledged delegates threshold to secure the GOP admission uncontested.

As of today, Trump continues to be in very first place with 743 delegates to Cruz’s 517.

With just 882 delegates still outstanding, Cruz will have to win nearly 82 per cent regarding the vote that is upcoming. Trump will have to claim 56 per cent.

Who is on First?

Though Cruz nevertheless believes he can win the necessary 1,237 delegates, few experts that are political it’s likely or feasible.

‘Tonight is a turning point,’ Cruz said after he had been declared the victor. ‘I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to win the 1,237 delegates had a need to win the Republican nomination.’

The chances of that happening seem about as likely as making money slots that are playing.

Pundits in the political arena more widely believe that Cruz, as well as Kasich, who’s mathematically eliminated, is hoping for a contested meeting against the former casino magnate. No presumptive nominee would arrive in Cleveland, and after a first ballot vote, the majority of delegates could swing to any candidate of their choosing in that scenario.

Union Pushes Back

Cruz, Kasich, and others on the right that is conservative trying to persuade voters to vacate the Trump camp. Attack ads and petty social media quarrels, which Trump easily plays into, has seemingly slowed the billionaire’s campaign and increased his unfavorable poll numbers.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Trump is also getting heat, but rather than political foes, it’s from ab muscles employees he pays.

On Monday, 500 Trump Las Vegas workers officially unionized to negotiate new and better contracts.

‘We voted for a union for him to be controlled by us, the voters, and finally do the right thing by making a cope with his employees. so we could negotiate a good contract,’ employee Jeffrey smart told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ‘We voted and won, now it is time’

Like most personal business owners, Trump leadership is up against the union and had marketed to employees that unionizing wasn’t into the individuals’ most useful interest. The newly formed union will represent both complete and part-time employees who serve in housekeeping, food and beverage, and guest services.

Trump Overseas Hotel Las Vegas is really a casino-less home situated directly behind the chichi Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Internet hacking group Anonymous forced several Trump websites offline last Friday in addition to his political opponents and the Vegas union. The anarchist cluster is for a crusade to disrupt his campaign and businesses, claiming it’s due to Trump’s controversial immigration and policy that is foreign.

Brazil Gambling Laws Come Too Late for 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Visitors wanted! Brazil gambling laws weren’t passed over time to permit casinos to welcome visitors during the 2016 Rio Summer Games, and it’s also uncertain if the Guanabara that is polluted Bay be cleaned in time for aquatic competition. (Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Brazil gambling laws becoming pressed through the government won’t be implemented in time for tourists to put wagers on the August 5-12 Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Political leaders in Brazil are to be culpable for the nation hosting the Games while remaining free of casinos, and it is a failure that may probably cost the millions that are republic taxation income.

It’s one of many reasons that are many half regarding the 7.5 million tickets have been offered with lower than four months remaining until the opening ceremonies.

Bad ticket sales are a dire problem for Brazilian organizers and International Olympic Committee officials who are now scrambling to discover a method to puts fans in seats.

Brazil Acting Minister of Sports Ricardo Leyser recently opined that residents of the country simply haven’t ‘awoken to the arrival of this Games.’ To help change that reality, Leyser says the government is considering buying large amounts of tickets and dispersing them to schools that are public.

As well as increasing excitement and intrigue among citizens, Brazil must also persuade potential tourists that Rio can and certainly will adequately host the Summer Olympics in a capacity that is safe. Concerns over water cleanliness are of utmost value, as the heavily polluted and stagnant Guanabara Bay could be from the spread regarding the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Gambling Law Too Late

Those in Nevada and vegas should be able to legitimately bet regarding the 2016 Summer Games carrying out a unanimous appropriate overture by the state’s Gaming Control Board in March. Brazil attempted to take a page out from the Silver State’s playbook, but their efforts won’t be applied in time for the Olympics.

Last December, federal lawmakers in Brazil authorized a bill to authorize 35 land-based casinos and subsequently included provisions to legalize gaming that is online. Unfortunately, the gambling facilities will not be constructed in time for the Olympics.

An predicted $80 million was wagered in the 2012 Games in London where gambling on activities is a pastime of British society. Still relatively small when compared with activities wagering on the Triple Crown horse races and Super Bowl, bookmakers have slowly developed ways to make Olympic betting more desirable.

Brazil is in the midst of a middle-class revolt as the economy continues to spiral downward, and phone calls for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment or resignation are gaining support. Brazil was awarded the Summer Games in 2009, ample time to push through casino legislation and erect facilities, but the venues never stumbled on realization.

It would have been easy money for the federal government, but alas, the monies will be wagered elsewhere.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

10,500 athletes from 206 countries are required to descend on Rio de Janeiro this summer time for the first Olympics held in South America. In theory, bringing the Olympics to the poverty-stricken world that is third would seem to boost the economy through tourism.

The problem aided by the theory is that Brazil is surrounded by other bad countries filled with citizens who are unable to travel to the games due to circumstances that are economic.

There exists a reasons why the Summer Games are traditionally hosted in metropolitan and business hubs. The last five host cities, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London, are all bustling epicenters that are easily accessible by foreigners from nearby countries that are wealthy.

Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Columbia simply do not have the same demographics or wealth compared to Europe, the US, Australia or Asia.

That is why it will certainly be a tall challenge to get millions to Rio come july 1st.

Sheldon Adelson Hyperventilates over Hyperlink, While Steve and Elaine Wynn War associated with Roses Goes Ballistic

Sheldon Adelson’s defamation suit that is latest depends on a hyperlink.

Peace out, not so much: vegas Sands top honcho Sheldon Adelson was affronted by a hyperlink that he considers to be libelous. (Image: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty)

Notoriously litigious , the Las vegas, nevada Sands (LVS) CEO is additionally currently suing a Wall Street Journal journalist who called him a ‘scrappy, foul-mouthed billionaire from working-class Dorchester.’ Now, Adelson is desperate to let their legal team put their daggers into the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) for an online petition it circulated in 2012, with a hyperlink Adelson claims is libelous.

The petition in question needed then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to refuse Adelson’s campaign donations. The explanation behind this push was a study published by the Associated Press, which suggested that the solicitations of sick repute were tolerated at LVS’s casinos in Macau.

(we’ll now pause while everyone whom has ever stepped base in any Las Vegas casino, where prostitution is additionally illegal, chuckles).

The AP story under consideration referenced the ongoing dismissal that is wrongful between LVS and former Sands Asia CEO Stephen Jacobs, citing an accusation made by Jacobs in their filing against the business. But the NJDC petition failed to say that the accusation ended up being element of judicial procedures, and that its veracity was being hotly contested by LVS.

World’s Oldest Professional

The LVS filing states that Adelson, 82, who only opted to sue when the NJDC refused to print a retraction, discovers the ‘practice of prostitution morally abhorrent,’ and operates a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ to prostitution in his casinos.

‘The online ‘petition’ at problem here accused [Adelson] of taking ‘Dirty Money’ from ‘PROSTITUTION’ and did perhaps not discuss or even mention any judicial proceeding,’ stated Adelson’s filing.

The Nevada Supreme Court has been asked to determine on whether a hyperlink are defamatory, it should also be asked to offer a judicial opinion on the unwarranted and inflammatory use of the caps lock key although we think.