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Irving Retires While Smoking Blunt On Instagram Live

“The evolution of social media gives players the outlet to voice their unfiltered thoughts and opinions on league and political matters. Irving’s video isn’t the first example of this and certainly won’t be the last.”

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Professional athletes announcing their retirement over social media is nothing new. We’ve seen it countless times from Kobe Bryant’s Players’ Tribune poem, Marshawn Lynch’s cleats on a wire and even Jared Allen riding off into the “sunset.”

But in the background of Thursday night’s mayhem surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers attempted trade of Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills, a bizarre and unexpected retirement created a buzz on social media.

David Irving, a 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman, announced his retirement from the NFL in an Instagram Live Story while verbally trashing the league and smoking marijuana.

In an NSFW rant, Irving told the world “Basically, I quit.” adding that he loves football but, “I don’t love the NFL.”

Irving was handed an indefinite suspension from the NFL March 1 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Cowboys expressed they would not be resigning him once his contract expired this offseason.

“Hell, I have concussions every day,” Irving added. “I get to see around the office how that f-ks your head up and I feel it.”

Irving entered the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. The Iowa State product was quickly signed by the Cowboys, When Irving wasn’t hampered by injuries or facing suspensions Irving was rather productive on the field racking up 12.5 sacks in 37 games over his four-year career.

It’ll be interesting to see if the AAF or XFL will be available to Irving in the future, although it appears those leagues would have to be willing to look past his recreational habits to employ his services.

The evolution of social media gives players the outlet to voice their unfiltered thoughts and opinions on league and political matters. Irving’s video isn’t the first example of this and certainly won’t be the last. However, if it will ever spark any concrete change between leagues and players’ associations is a wait-and-see subject.

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Lachlan Murdoch: ‘FOX Bet Has Been Disappointing’

“In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch.”

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FOX is the only network to have a stake in the sports betting industry. The network partnered with FanDuel to launch FOX Bet in 2019. So far, FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch has not been pleased with the results.

In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch. He called the performance thus far “disappointing.”

Sports betting is a crowded marketplace. It is possible that players are watching games on FOX and seeing advertisements for the betting app, but are choosing to trust their experience to companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and other companies that are more commonly associated with gambling.

Murdoch believes that a dispute with FanDuel owner Flutter has set FOX Bet back. The two companies have been involved in a standoff over who owns which aspects of FOX Bet and what price FOX is obligated to pay in order to acquire an 18.6% stake in FanDuel. Murdoch says everything “should be resolved by the summer.”

In March, Bloomberg reported that the app is struggling to find new players. FOX Bet is one of the betting partners of the NFL and can advertise its services during games in the fall, but its potential is hindered by only being available to bettors in four states.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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