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It’s not fair to the teams and their fans



We are about to see the playoffs in various leagues including NHL and the KHL, and a lot of the teams are well-known for us; some happen to be new in the title race and then there is a small percent that has no chance whatsoever to reach the playoffs.

A lot can happen of course for every team, but, I have been watching one team quite closely and I as well as other eyes have noticed that in that team nothing has been as it should be.

On the contrary, a lot of things have gone wrong.

The odd thing for this development is that this particular team I have in mind is normally a playoff team and should be even this year.

But, they have been struggling since the start of the season and it is still – in this writing moment – far from sure that they will be among the top 16 who will be fighting for the title this season.

My thoughts have been on this case since the fall and recently some sort of enlightenment has come through a source who told that in this team there are one or several people who play through the season and then aim to move elsewhere.

And they are doing nothing for the team but spreading around the hogwash along the corridors inside the venue where they play and tearing down the spirit of the team.

I know by my own experience that these kinds of things happen everywhere, not only sports teams, also in other workplaces, offices and varied kinds of social convents.

But, the result is always the same: demoralization for the team and its members.

People begin to feel bad about the situation, some are tending to be sicker than usual, some afraid to go to work because they never know if they are going to be stabbed in the back, openly or in the dark.

And those who are spreading around the claptrap often complain that they are treated unfairly, especially in a hockey or a sports team in general, and most of all that they are not given enough time on the pitch or the ice.

The problem here is that this kind of players/people have to show that they are so much better than the rest of the team when the chance comes. Some might be able to back up their talking but a lot have nothing but a big mouth.

No scoring, no assists and quite a lot of time in the penalty box. That is all that those yappers have along with a too-big hole in the face.

Some teams put that kind of players on the waivers as soon as possible, but some are forced carry them throughout the seasons because of the contracts and the legalese.

Otherwise, the teams might lose too much money if they release such a yapping player sooner than planned.

But, as I see it, a team loses much more in the end than several hundred thousand dollars, Euro or whatever the currency might be if they have to pay after all, and are also stuck in a greater mess when those players finally leave.

If we are thinking closely about these kinds of situations we ask the question:

Is it fair to your team you support, if you look at the whole thing from a fan’s point of view?

From a player’s point: is it fair to the team and to all players who really try to make something good and honestly try to win every game?

And, to the coach and the GM: would it be fair to the team, to the fans and to the sponsors who support the team financially to have these yappers on the payroll?

The obvious answer would be of course: No, it wouldn’t be fair. Not under any circumstance.

A lot of things could be done to prevent these kinds of situations occurring in the first place, like signing such a contract that they must leave immediately if they’re caught destroying a team’s spirit totally.

But, I also do understand more than well that the scouting is not an exact science and no matter how deep we try to get to know another person: we never will entirely get to know their inner mind or their true nature.

However, I’ll let these words end this Sunday piece, words that every sportsman, athlete, and leader should perhaps put up on the door to the locker room:

We want people that fit in our locker room. As I said, it’s all about teamwork.

-Bob McNair
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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.


The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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?



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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