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ARE SEVERAL STATES GETTING READY TO APPROVE SPORTS GAMBLING?

May 22, 2008

IS VEGAS-STYLE SPORTS GAMBLING HEADING EAST?

According to an article in today’s Washington Times, the state of Delaware is “on the verge of instituting sports betting.” Not only that, but New Jersey and Maryland may follow suit.

Right now, Nevada is the only state that allows legalized sports betting. In fact, there is a federal law which prohibits it in other states. Oregon, Montana and Delaware were exempted from the ban because they already had state laws on the books permitting sports betting (although there currently is no vehicle to do so,)

The state of Delaware has come to depend on the revenues it generates from gambling to fund its government. Delaware has allowed slot machines at its horse tracks for a number of years. Last year Pennsylvania legalized slot machines at 14 casinos for more than 70,000 slot machines. That Pennsylvania law has devastated Delaware. As the Times article states, “bettors in nearby states who used to travel to Delaware to gamble can stay right at home to donate their money to the one-armed bandits.”

In response, Delaware is going to legalize sports betting. It’s simply a way to make up for the lost slot machine revenue.

Last week, the Delaware state House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow betting on professional and college sports at state casinos. It now moves onto the Senate, where it likely will pass.

Naturally, the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NCAA are freaking out. The NFL placed ads opposing the law in local newspapers. The NFL last week ran an ad in the Wilmington News Journal arguing to “Keep Vegas in Vegas” and suggesting that “Sports Betting = More Problems, Not More Revenue.”

As the Washington Times points out, “It’s a losing battle.”

Delaware (and its politicians) need the revenue. What’s the NFL going to do to them? Deny Delaware an NFL franchise? Or a Super Bowl?

The bill is going to pass. That’s when, as the saying goes, all bets are off. According to the Washington Times,

The New Jersey State Assembly passed a bill in February allowing legalized sports betting in Atlantic City casinos despite the federal ban. That measure hasn’t gone anywhere, but once Delaware approves sports betting, everyone will want into the game.

Maryland is then expected to follow suit. That could lead to a flood of sports books and casinos opening in Mid-Atlantic states. If (when) the law passes, Delaware sports books could be open by 2009.

CHARLES BARKLEY: “I’M NOT GOING TO GAMBLE ANYMORE”

May 20, 2008

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Former NBA star and current TNT announcer Charles Barkley says, “I’m not going to gamble anymore.”

Barkley made the announcement during TNT’s playoff coverage last night less than a week after acknowledging he owed a $400,000 debt to the Wynn Las Vegas casino.

DISGRACED NBA REF BET ON OVER 100 GAMES

May 18, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCUSED GAMBLER AND WIFE ABUSER TIM DONAGHY

Here’s a huge story the mainsteam media is virtually ignoring.

Disgraced basketball referee Tim Donaghy placed bets on over 100 NBA games he worked in over a four year period. That’s the word from federal prosecutors in New York. A New York Post story says Donaghy bet on about half the games he worked in during the last four years of his career as an NBA ref.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERTICALLY CHALLENGED EGOMANIAC DAVID STERN

The league is obviously vey sensitive about this topic. Commissioner David Stern has continually chided reporters and interviewers who ask him about Donaghy betting on games. Stern always maintains that Donaghy has never been charged with influencing the outcome of games (a laughable position if he bet A HUNDRED games he personally worked in and no others) and also wasn’t charged with betting the games. Stern’s position is Donaghy was charged with giving information to illegal bookmakers.

 A couple of weeks ago NBA announcer Kevin Calabro was forced to come back from a break and recant his statement on the air that Donaghy was charged with betting on games. It was obvious that somebody from the league office gave him hell.

Also, ESPN (the NBA’s “broadcast partner”) pulled the AP story headlined, “Donaghy Bet on 100 Games, Prosecutors Say” off its website. The story is still on www.foxsports.com

The league’s website NBA.com also has no mention of the Donaghy story.

WYNN CASINO SUES CHARLES BARKLEY FOR $400,000 MAY FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES

May 15, 2008

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It appears former NBA star Charles Barkley’s gambling habit may have finally caught up with him.

A story in today’s Las Vegas Sun says the Wynn Las Vegas casino is suing Barkley for $400,000 in gambling debts. And, there’s even worse news for the TNT announcer

Under Nevada law, gambling markers can be treated the same as bad checks and can be CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED. The Sun says,

The casino also persuaded the Clark County district attorney’s bad check unit to open a criminal investigation. The unit has authority under state law to investigate gambling debts in the same manner as bad checks.

District Attorney David Roger said Barkley will be notified of the investigation and given an opportunity to make restitution to Wynn Las Vegas to avoid being charged with a felony.

“We prosecute cases like this every day,” Roger said. “Mr. Barkley will be treated the same as everybody else.”

In an interview with ESPN, Barkley once said he’d lost “probably $10 million” gambling.

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DID HE BEAT THE PUPPY TOO?

March 21, 2008

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THE DONAGHY FAMILY DURING HAPPIER TIMES

Yesterday on the blog we brought you the story about disgraced NBA referee, Tim Donaghy, and his domestic problems.

Donaghy’s wife, Kim, is seeking a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband. She accuses Donaghy of beating their children, threatening her and intercepting her e-mail regarding the couple’s upcoming divorce.

The messy details are in today’s Sarasota Herald Tribune.

One new piece of information: apparently police were called to the Donaghy’s residence on March 14th for a domestic disturbance. Donaghy allegedly threatened his wife in front of their children. Police responded.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report on the episode said the fight was not physical. Kim Donaghy said in court documents that Tim Donaghy has hit the children in the past.

“He is going to snap,” she wrote.

DISGRACED REF ALSO BEATS CHILDREN

March 20, 2008

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Turns out disgraced NBA referee, Tim Donaghy, isn’t only a degenerate gambler.

He’s just a degenerate. 

Donaghy, who faces prison time for betting on basketball games he worked in, has been served with a restraining order by his estranged wife.

Kim Donaghy accuses her husband of beating their children, breaking into her e-mail account and threatening to hurt her.