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The World Cup 2016 is not ”the” Cup

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A lot of hockey is going in Europe at the moment as we have noticed.

The KHL started some weeks ago and is rolling on like the famous Trans-Siberian train.

The Champions Hockey League’s group stage is pretty much over and preparing for the playoffs.

Soon enough the domestic leagues will begin all over the continent.

And, the crème on the top of all ongoing hockey events, the World Cup 2016 will begin next weekend, where the best or those who are supposed to be the best are participating.

I’d like to say that this World Cup will be the best tournament ever, but I cannot say that because it is not.

Not saying that because of the players, every player is World class, even in team Europe, but it is the format that gives a foul taste in the mouth. Like a warm Budweiser, you’d drink a hot summer day.

You’d spit it out at once, right?

Well, I am not going that far concerning the tournament, I’ll watch, but I won’t take it as seriously as I would if it had been the old Canada Cup or the World Cup a la 2004.

I just can’t because the simple fact is that it doesn’t feel serious when there are two non-teams, the one with young North American hockey stars and Team Europe.

But most of all, this is an idea by Bettman & Co in order to show that the NHL is the best and it is time to show the muscles for the whole world blah, blah, blah.

Nothing really to do with marketing hockey for fans, children, and youth who might consider giving the sport a chance, only earning money and showing that the muscles are shining big and sweaty in the light.

By the way, can you imagine Bettman as Schwarzenegger? Me neither.

And playing in Toronto?

Ah, come on! The most obvious place in the whole entire world to play the tournament.

Nothing against Toronto from my part but it would have been much more interesting if they had chosen another place; why not Paris in France or Berlin in Germany, if they wish to market the hockey and the NHL so much, and show the muscles?

Well, enough ranting about the tournament in this way.

But I’d like to see a deeper dialogue and cooperation between the IIHF, NHL, KHL and other hockey associations, to make a tournament that includes more fans and gives greater joy for the current fan base.

There is actually no need to have an antagonistic approach to each other between the leagues, just give space for better agreements and terms that make the greater part of the hockey world happy.

If there would have been such, I am quite sure that even the KHL would have one or two weeks’ pause instead of having game days going on during the tournament.

No one turns down a tournament of real class and with terms that feel fair.

But, I suppose that it is – for many reasons – a long way to that point.

I hope though I’m wrong.

If we talk about the tournament, who is going to win?

There is only one winner and that’s Canada. The rest of the teams are there just for being alibis for the big Canadian show.

But don’t take this as “ I hate Canada,” because I don’t.

On the contrary, I love Canada and Canadian hockey, but the whole concept of this competition makes it just a theatre play on the ice, where the roles are set and the end of the show is too obvious.

The sight of the whole spectacle is not pretty and the World Cup 2016 is not “the” Cup. It will never be.

People care much more for how things look than how things are.

― Donna Lynn Hope

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Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.  As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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