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The most important hockey meeting in years coming up next weekend

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The idea and the aim since the start for the KHL have been to be a European equivalent to the North American NHL and make the best Russian talents stay home (as long as possible) rather than go to the NHL.

I can’t see anything wrong with the idea to make a strong European league that is worth it to follow and to keep as many talents as possible to make the league attractive.

As matter of fact, keeping such a player as Sergei Mozyakin all the time is a great deal for the KHL, I think, even if he has probably chosen to stay in Russia for many other reasons (closer to family, friends etc.)

However, the KHL has evolved a lot since then, but it has been a bumpy journey indeed as we have seen quite a lot of teams come and go, and the overall number of teams in the league has changed as well since the start.

Most likely we haven’t seen quite yet the end of it.

Nonetheless, I have a feeling, at least when I hear Chernyschenko talk about the league like he did some time ago (see link:http://sportsrants.com/uncategorized/statement-can-secure-khls-future/), that the KHL is on the right track.

It’s not easy to invent a new concept and keep it running and evolving like that, and things, as we know, don’t happen over a night. Chernyschenko certainly knows that too, that we can believe.

But, as I said, it seems that they are on the right track with the league, and I think the KHL would do best to keep Chernyschenko as long as possible because he has enough of the commanding presence to run this.

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A bit of a side-track here, but a crucial such:

One thing Chernyschenko has still to battle with though is the salaries to the player, as we have heard every year that some clubs haven’t paid the salaries in time, a lot of times not even for several months.

That has to stop as quickly as possible because it is not a good commercial for the teams and for the league. It gives just a foul taste when we hear that clubs have problems paying as it gives the impression of being just an amateur prancing around on the wrong level.

I don’t know what to believe, but I am thinking myself, if you can afford to run a club of that stature, you have afforded to pay as well, and you have surely the ability to pay in time too.

Otherwise, it would be appropriate to make a deeper investigation of where all the money is going if not into the player’s accounts when the payday arrives.

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Big news coming up soon, though!

The most important hockey meeting in years for development, the World hockey forum. takes place the 16-17th December http://whforum.ru/  in Moscow.

Members of the organizing committee will be IIHF, Russian Hockey Federation, Ministry of the sport of the Russian federation and the Russian Olympic committee.

As you can see if you click the link http://whforum.ru/en/spikery/ there will be a lot of renowned hockey people who are going to speak, among them: Roman Rotenberg, Jari Kurri, Vladimir Yurzinov SR, Dmitry Chernyschenko of course and even an old legend such as Phil Esposito.

These are the keys of discussion at the WHF:

  • Improving the prestige of Russia as a hockey power
  • Popularizing ice hockey in Russia and in the world
  • Exchanging experience in the area of management and development of hockey in the world
  • Assisting in development of constructive relations among national associations of member states of the international federation

Perfect I’d say because this is something I have myself been strongly suggesting for a long time, a better cooperation between the leagues including all the players and the leaders.

The main reason for my wish is that hockey is not that big a sport as we sometimes may imagine, in fact, there are many, many miles still to walk.

Therefore, the Hockey need more people, those who are willing to evolve the sport at every possible level, that’s why it is also required a deeper communication and mutual aid.

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And here is my contribution even if I am not myself at the conference, such as it is, and it is something the much-initiated expert on the KHL, Alexandre Pouliot-Roberge, brought up as well in a Twitter message for some time ago:

Stop calling the non-Russian teams foreign.

If the KHL has the idea to make a strong league and keep it that way also, they must somehow look beyond the borders and treat the clubs Jokerit Helsinki, Slovan Bratislava, Medveṧčak Zagreb, Dynamo Minsk, Dinamo Riga, Barys Astana and Kunlun Red star as equals of the clubs within Russia.

All these are strong brands and should perhaps be even handled more carefully by the KHL than any other organization, because as I see it, these clubs are making the league as much as SKA St. Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow or Magnitogorsk and AK Bars Kazan.

So, a change in attitude in that would be a great thing for the league and it will make the league take another close step to the NHL and become the pan-league they wish to be.

In other words, with all said above, we do have exciting times ahead, and we’ll see where all these have landed after the World Hockey Forum.

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

-Lou Holtz

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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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