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An open mind for a new season

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As usual, it has been a quite busy silly season this summer before all starts for real. We’ve seen some exclusive trades or sign-ups: for example, Kirill Kaprizov, the Russian kid of wonder, signed for CSKA Moscow as the next step of his career.

Another good example is the German equivalent, Leon Draisaitl, who will continue his career with the  Edmonton Oilers for many years ahead now.

However, as we know, there are no guarantees for success no matter how much money you spend on a single player or a bunch of players that you really think or hope will bring glory days to the organization.

There are other factors in the calculations too that might make your team become champions, end up decently when looking at the table after the season, or fall down to the bottom.

Lucky for the KHL or/and the NHL teams that there are no relegation games as in some other leagues, but, on the other hand, there is always the pressure to deliver somehow.

Certainly, that is true, if the organization is more renowned than another and expected to be at the top year by year, and a fifth place or whatever is considered a “disaster”.

In the KHL, they have tightened the pressure to deliver financially and some of the teams have been removed from the KHL for this season, Medveṧčak and Metallurg Novokuznetsk. The first will find their luck in the Austrian based Erste Bank League and the other in the Russian 2nd division, the VHL.

The numbers of teams have been cut down and will continue to be cut down, to secure some sort of quality of the league and in the teams.

If I must comment those moves, I hope that non-Russian clubs are given more space to shine, if the KHL is serious about the plans to make it a pan-league.

However, I have chosen to be away from the silly season, only occasionally reading the news or reports if something especially important has happened. The reason for that is that I have noticed myself that I feel more excitement and keep less illusionary expectations when the season starts.

I can understand indeed the excitement to see which players are transferred, put up on waivers, or resigned. But, I feel that it blurs my view as well and too much sometimes, therefore my choice to step aside as soon as the World championship is over and regain some new perspectives from other sources of life.

You may call it keeping an open mind for a new season.

Another reason as well may be that I am more interested in the game itself, not in the players on the first hand but in how the coaching formats the team’s game on the ice, and what kind of replies may come if they are pushed back by the other team.

Or if they have the strength to push through the season and reach as high a position as possible, according to their resources.

But, if you want a really excellent read about all the KHL teams, I can warmly recommend the eminent Patrick Conway, one of the best Russian hockey experts you may find outside Russia.

https://conwaysrussianhockey.wordpress.com/

I am myself looking quite much forward to the Olympic Games. I know, I know, it is still a long time until then, but it will be interesting to see what kind of a game the teams will present without the NHL-stars.

However, I can’t really understand why the organization of the NHL refuses to let the best players in the world play for the Korean audience. Some say it is about insurance blah, blah, blah.

Let me make this clear though and once for all, that I am not a businessman in any sense as I can hardly sell candy to a smirking child with three upper-teeth, but I’d see letting the NHL players play in the Olympics as an investment for the future.

I’d like to add the comment that: Future means long-term and patience. The latter is one of the most important tools we lack today as it seems, as we all want it now and in a hurry, no matter the consequences of such short thinking.

And, I am not saying that half of the Korean country will run to the closest gear store and buy sticks and skates, but I am quite positive that someone’s eye will shine and he or she will take the first steps into the game, perhaps become the best Korean player of all times, and that might mean a lot for the coming generation of hockey players.

But that’s just me…

Nonetheless, the game on the ice in South Korea may be presented by the contributors in the best way possible, surprisingly good.

Well, the KHL season starts on Monday, the rest of the European leagues will follow shortly and then the league of all leagues, the NHL.

There are a lot of questions for the season as you may understand, but I can’t take them all, only some of them:

-Will we see SKA St. Petersburg as champions again? Or will CSKA Moscow finally grab the title after being so close the last three years when they have Kaprizov on the roster now? Or will we see another champion outside of these mentioned teams? How many goals will Mozyakin able to score this season?

-How will the fans receive the European club competition the Champions Hockey League this season, as it was, to put it nicely, lukewarm last season?

-May the Edmonton Oilers be true contenders to the Stanley Cup this season with Draisaitl and McDavid as the tip of the Oil Country’s spear?

Let us see in time how the answers will reveal themselves.

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier

-Charles Kettering, an American Inventor, 1876-1958.

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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