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NHL All-Star Game Rosters Revealed

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already almost the halfway mark of the 2016-17 NHL season, and with that always comes the NHL All-Star Game. Los Angeles gets to host this season, something that quite frankly is ridiculous seeing as LA had the honor in 2002 and there are teams that haven’t had the honor in decades and some that still haven’t ever. Whatever though, right? Even though the event is nothing more than a glorified joke, it’s always popular  and very fun to watch. The League will continue with the 3v3 tournament format like last year and each of the League’s four divisions will have a team lead by a fan-voted captain. Each team has a coach from that division as well and every team in the League is represented by at least one player. The NHL revealed it’s official All-Star Game rosters this past week, they are as follows:

Team Pacific:

Coach- Peter DeBoer- Sharks.

F: Connor McDavid- Oilers (Captain), Jeff Carter- Kings, Johnny Gaudreau- Flames, Bo Horvat- Canucks,  Ryan Kesler- Ducks, Joe Pavelski- Sharks.

D: Brent Burns- Sharks, Drew Doughty- Kings, Cam Fowler- Ducks.

G: Martin Jones- Sharks, Mike Smith- Coyotes.

Team Central:

Coach: Bruce Boudreau- Wild.

F: Patrick Kane- Blackhawks, Patrik Laine- Jets, Nathan MacKinnon- Avalanche, Tyler Seguin- Stars, Vladimir Tarasenko- Blues, Jonathan Toews- Blackhawks.

D: PK Subban- Predators (Captain), Duncan Keith- Blackhawks, Ryan Suter- Wild.

G: Corey Crawford- Blackhawks, Devan Dubnyk- Wild.

Team Metropolitan:

Coach: John Tortorella- Blue Jackets.

F: Sidney Crosby- Penguins (Captain), Taylor Hall- Devils, Evengi Malkin- Penguins, Alexander Ovechkin- Capitals, Wayne Simmonds- Flyers, John Tavares- Islanders.

D: Justin Faulk- Hurricanes, Ryan McDonagh- Rangers, Seth Jones- Blue Jackets.

G: Braden Holtby- Capitals, Sergei Bobrovsky- Blue Jackets.

Team Atlantic:

Coach: Micel Therrien- Canadiens.

F: Vincent Trocheck- Panthers, Frans Neilsen- Red Wings, Auston Matthews- Maple Leafs, Nikita Kucherov- Lightning, Brad Marchand- Bruins, Kyle Okposo- Sabres.

D: Shea Weber- Canadiens, Erik Karlsson- Senators, Victor Hedman- Lightning.

G: Carey Price- Canadiens (Captain), Tuukka Rask- Bruins.

The tournament will once again be single-game elimination. The two teams of each conference will face each other in the first two contests and the winner of those two games will battle for the championship. The Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic Division in the final last season is looking to repeat.

New this season, however, are the uniforms, which the NHL revealed on its Instagram page on Wednesday. Each  team will wear its own jersey that is modeled after the colors that the host Kings have worn over the years.

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The 2017 All-Star uniforms pay tribute to the LA Kings teams of the past. Photo by the NHL.

The Pacific Division featuring the hometown Kings will wear the black jerseys. The Central will wear the purple, the Metropolitan will wear the white and the Atlantic will wear the gold. 

The game will be preceded by the annual Skills Competition, which will be on Saturday the 28th at 7:00 PM ET. The game will be Sunday the 29th at 3:30 PM ET. Since this is the NHL’s centennial season, there will be numerous other festivities over the course of the weekend to celebrate that as well. including a revealing of the 100 greatest NHL players of all-time on Friday the 27th at 9:30 PM ET.

Both the Skills Competition and the Game itself will be televised on both NBCSN and CBC (if CBC is available in your area, I highly recommend it over the prior).

All-Star weekend is always a lot of fun. Don’t miss any of the action!

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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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