Wednesday, May 23, 2018

As of today, it is now illegal to be on the field and protest the National Anthem in the NFL...

They just fucking admitted it...

The #NFLBoycott was, as far as the NFL is concerned, the main reason ratings are down.

(Even if it's not accurate...)

Because, by a unanimous vote of the owners (those choosing to vote -- Jed York of the 49ers abstained, at minimum) today, the NFL has just made the practice of kneeling or any other protest on the field during the National Anthem illegal.

Players (and other team officials) now have but two options:
  • If they remain on the field, the should "stand and show respect" which was in the rules has now, as the White Right has demanded, been replaced by MUST "stand and show respect" during the National Anthem.
  • But it is their option to leave the field, should they so elect.
The penalty will be a team fine.  However, it is not known how much the fine would be, and the owner might pay it anyway.  (The New York Jets have already announced they'll gladly just pay the fine -- players on the Jets will be allowed to kneel on the field if they so choose.)

As a number of media outlets have reported already, this raises a number of red flags:
  • On occasion, a "game time decision" injury will need last-minute evaluation and treatment during the National Anthem and other pre-game events.  This will now force players and teams to probably have to explain why any player has left the field.
  • Will players who leave the field, especially visiting players, be subject to harassment (or worse!!!) for doing so?
  • The NFL never consulted with the NFLPA on this process.
I'm going to tell you something, and it may shock a lot of you.


There, I said it.  Come at me.

I recall one of the last Twitter messages I believe I responded to before the White Right had my account softlocked last October.

It was a White Right idiot claiming that a significant fraction (I believe it was over half.) of the players in the league were felons.

Nothing is going to satisfy these pieces of shit until their bloodlust is literally satisfied -- and many Blacks are taken to the 50 yard-line at halftime and...

You can figure out the rest.

Something happened this week which probably says more about television than it does about the WWE...

The fucking piece of shit got paid.

And I guess, given present reports, that could mean either Vince McMahon OR Dana White...

There's been much discussion, in both professional wrestling and MMA circles, as to the new television deals that UFC and the WWE would get.

They're huge, apparently.

Reports indicate:
  • UFC to ESPN:  5 years, $1.5 billion.
  • WWE Raw will stay on USA, but NBC Universal (USA's parent) loses Smackdown to FOX, 5 years, $1.025 billion.
There is no word yet on the fate of Raw, but it sounds like that'd be at least another billion.

That number for just Smackdown is more than double, effectively, what NBCU paid for Smackdown in 2014 (all US TV deals totalled $160 million a year.

April of 2014, Smackdown drew an average 1.9 rating and 2.72 million viewers, according to SC Scoops.

April of 2018, Smackdown drew 2.47 million, 2.95 million (Smackdown after Wrestlemania 34), 2.8 million, 2.55 million.

2.69 million average.

And that justifies more than doubling the TV deal...  WHY?

I can really only see two angles on this:

First, it pays to be a friend of the Piece of the Ultimate Shit. 

Second, if stagnant ratings over five years allows that degree of an explosion in the TV contract, that means networks are having trouble finding and retaining relevant product.

That could have it's own ramifications.  Stay tuned.

State Senate President Sweeney, you are correct -- and therein lies your problem...

Interesting that I had to go all the way to the NHL page on ESPN to find it, but the next page in the legalization of sports gambling seems to cut right to the core of one of my "bad news" concerns.

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney has urged the states to reject demands from the leagues for an "integrity fee" off the top of all bets on that league.

Sweeney said the following in a letter to all 50 states:
"Essentially, the leagues are asking to be paid to allow games to be played fairly,'' Sweeney wrote. "Ironically, they are calling this extortion attempt an `integrity fee,' even while fully aware that providing participants a stake in the volume of betting would amount to what could more accurately be called an 'anti-integrity fee.'"
You are so correct, it's frightening, State Senator Sweeney.  And that's your problem.

In saying this, you recognize the leagues' powers to rig games (and probably their legality -- I'm trying to recall if the Mayer in question of the Spygate lawsuit legalizing league game-rigging was a New York lawyer or a New Jersey one).

But you hit the nail square on the head here.  They're basically asking to be paid to make the games fair, knowing they are making massive bank on the fact they are not!

Want a possible slice of proof?

I do, if I can find a way to properly get my thoughts together on the subject, talk in depth about the Las Vegas Golden Knights and their Western Conference title and all-but-certain Stanley Cup.

Tonight is Game 7 in the East.  What I was checking on the ESPN NHL page was the standings.

Four NHL teams had more points in the regular season than Las Vegas' 109.

Tampa Bay was one of them.

End of 1 period in Game 7 in Tampa?  Washington leads 1-0.

Washington was NOT one of the four teams.

If Washington wins, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is Memorial Day...  in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Something tells me the pissants are going to do it too...

The NFL is in it's Owner's Meetings this week, and my good friend has come up with another report of a disturbing possible proposal for next season.

It is no secret that the National Anthem protests of the last two seasons are an acrimonious subject at these meetings.

One proposal, Sports Illustrated reports, wants to force all players to stand for the Anthem, under pain of a 15 yard-penalty and probably a fine...

Two protestors, Eric Reid and the man who started all this (Colin Kaepernick) are currently suing the NFL for collusion for being blackballed out of the NFL because of these protests.

The proposal also states that the home team of the game would determine whether both teams would be forced to come out of the locker room for the Anthem.

If they do this...

Hell, why not go all the way?  Ushers throw out any and everybody from the game who doesn't swear fealty to the United Oompa-Loompas of America...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mr. Saban, I think that might've been the guy's POINT on the way out...

Well, you knew it had to happen.

Nick Saban, coach of Alabama, finally had enough this week at Central Florida's claims of the national championship:

He said this, according to USA Today:
"“If you honor and respect the system that we have, (despite) some of the imperfections that you understand that the system has, then you wouldn’t do something out of respect for the system that we have,”"
Ding-dong.  And you don't realize the entire point of the likes of the AD and former coach of UCF with what they've claimed, do you??

They DO NOT honor and respect the system -- NOR SHOULD THEY!

In fact, what Saban fails to do is the only real claim he would have left if he actually wanted to make a point that is central to the exercise:  He would then have to, publicly, come out and state that UCF and the other (what I call) FBS-II schools play a lesser form of football and have no right to any place at the table whatsoever.

So, Nick...  Care to make that claim??

Or are you going to ignore that, like you would the times that your school (even if you weren't the coach) almost got death-penaltied?

End Michigan State University. $500,000,000 is just the START. -- and why it needs to be just the start.

To state that a $500 million acceptance of a settlement is an idea of how bad this USA Gymnastics/Dr. Nassar incident actually is is an understatement.

Sacred cows are going to have to go.  It's that simple.  There are entire institutions, central to the American experience, that are so tied up in sexual assault and #MeToo and all this stuff that they are going to have to be taken down.

More and more, it appears that the US Olympic Committee, part and parcel, is one of them.

Shut the University down (because we all know the athletic programs won't get touched -- that $500M will either be tuition or education cuts...)


If you want to see how bad things are getting...

The child molester pitcher who was exposed at Oregon State just before the College World Series?

Sports Illustrated is trying to rehab the fucker now, and Deadspin caught them at it.

That, and the Detroit Lions hiring Matt Patricia as head coach after his problems left Diana Moskovitz with one comment:  "It Sure Seems Like Nobody Running Any Sports Team Knows How To Run A Basic Background Check".

To which I say:  DUH...

I would express serious doubts that you could create a championship team in either major sport in this country (football or basketball) with a strict no-criminals policy.

The reason nobody running any sports team knows how to run a basic background check is that check would screen out enough of the top-flight athletes that what you would have left over would not be of sufficient quality.

And I do believe this is intentional, especially as it relates to sexual assault, rape, sodomy, and the use of those and similar in hazing rituals:  It is meant to remove humanity and create a machine-like atmosphere which will spur them on to greatness.

Basic background checks would remove so many of these athletes from the fore that you would not be able to make a proper team or league with what's left.  (This is why everyone's laughing at Vince McMahon's "no criminals" edict for the new XFL/No Blacks League.)

When is someone going to have the bravery to question the entire legitimacy of the sports machine in this country vis-a-vis what is allowed to be done by these athletes to their "lessers" and make it stick where it counts???

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Big Ruling Comes Down: Sports Betting is LEGAL. The Good News...

(Doing two posts on today's Supreme Court ruling.)

Today was a long-awaited day in the annals of American sport.  There was much debate, and there will be much debate.

The Supreme Court, however, ruled 7-2 today that the Federal law prohibiting sports gambling in the other 49 states (than Nevada) was unconstitutional.  They have made it a state question (barring a Congressional act that can pass Constitutional states-rights muster), and the states can now legalize and regulate sports betting as they legally see fit.

According to the Washington Post, New Jersey, who brought the lawsuit, is planning to have Monmouth Park be the first non-Nevada sportsbook -- and to have them open in two weeks.  (New Jersey passed a referendum to legalize sports gambling seven years ago.)  Many are seeing it as a way to supplement horse racing, some are seeing it as a way to augment Indian casinos...

The article also states seven other Eastern states could legalize within 90 days, before the football season starts.

Contrary to what many believe I might think, this is a good decision.  A VERY good decision, though not without it's possible potholes (which I will explain in my next post).

The first reason it's a good decision:  The entire concept of protecting the integrity of professional and amateur sports in this country is, both in legal theory and in practice, a farce.

I could come out and basically say "Mayer", as in Mayer v. Belichick, New England Patriots, and National Football League, and end that discussion right now.  That abomination of a decision legalized rigging of American sporting events, as long as the league or sanctioning body was the party doing so.

Any thought of "protecting" the "integrity" of American sports in the face of that decision should've been ended, and instantaneously.  It is understood, especially by this reader of Dan Moldea's Interference, why some would believe that going back to more localized books would create problems.

However, it's time to understand the reality:  Pressure to ensure the integrity of sport must come from without, not from within.  That's one reason this is a good decision.

Second:  The leagues, though final arbiters of where fixes occur, will often take into account Vegas lines and handles and use Vegas as a partner in fixing games.  This decision, eventually, removes or stunts that partnership.

How many times have we watched sporting events and seen blatant attempts to cover the spread (or not cover the spread, over, under, whatever...)?  This is going to make that much harder.

Third:  I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this.  I think this might actually force teams like the Miami Marlins and all to become competitive.

I know I'm probably stepping in it on this one.  I get that.

One of the main models a lot of people eventually see going over this is the concept that, eventually, you will be able to go to your sporting event, punch up your site of choice on your smartphone, and bet the event -- including in-play, almost certainly.

How's that going to work with blatantly non-competitive teams?  I'm the first to understand (largely because people who know more than me on the subject tell me this, and they're right!) about how every team makes money and the like.

Especially if the league gets their 1% (each of the leagues wants 1% of their league's betting, as an "integrity fee", which might push the realistic "even money" bet from 10-11 to 9-10), isn't it finally going to be in the leagues' best interests to force teams who clearly are skimming off the merchandising, etc. money to get as many warm bodies in and not have the following be the model, as Commissioner Blinded By The Light seems to want out of Major League Baseball these days?

Stay tuned, this one's about to get messy.