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Arizona Bowl Director Defends Barstool Partnership

The executive director of the Barstool Arizona Bowl defended the bowl’s decision to partner with Barstool amid criticism.

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Erika Nardini, Dave Portnoy, and the team at Barstool Sports are always able and willing to defend themselves against criticism from their usual suspects. On Tuesday, it was Kym Adair, executive director of the Barstool Arizona Bowl, who was defending Barstool Sports after some criticized the bowl’s decision to partner with the sports media entity.

“Sometimes people say stupid things that they probably regret,” said Adair, according to KOLD News 13. “They change, they grow, they evolve. It’s a completely different company led by women looking to empower women.”

The Arizona Bowl is in its seventh year, having previously been sponsored by NOVA Home Loans from 2015-2019 and Offerpad for 2020. The game pits teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences on New Years Eve from Tuscon, the home of the Arizona Wildcats.

Some of the criticism coming the bowl’s way are allegations of sexism against Barstool. Adair cited the company’s female CEO, Nardini, and other high-level positions held by women while saying the conversation should be more about why more sports media companies aren’t headed by women.

“This is a great company. I stand behind it and I’ll tell you the person standing next to me at the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl will be my daughter, and I’ll be proud to have her there.”

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Dan Le Batard Takes Jab at Jeff Garcia Amid Mina Kimes Drama

“We’ve moved nanometers closer to equality when this cruel Twitter ecosystem rushes to defend @minakimes.”

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Dan Le Batard took to Twitter, as did many in the sports media industry, in defense of Mina Kimes after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia put out a social media post calling Kimes a “joke.”

Garcia was upset with Kimes’s negative opinion on current 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He rationalized his reasoning by pointing out Kimes has never played the game and therefore does not know what she is talking about.

Garcia’s emotions seem to have gotten the best of him. While his intent was to defend Garoppolo and his former team, it was a direct shot at Kimes and her professional career. At least that was the portion the national media was going to focus on.

Le Batard was upset with this and stated that remarks like this mean that we as a society have “moved nanometers closer to equality.” He then insulted Garcia’s career by stating the 49ers won games despite his quarterback play rather than because of it, saying he was in the minority group of “49er QBs who have won despite the play of the 49er QB.”

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Bally Bet Delays NY Sports Betting Launch Until Spring

“We think that actually, the current version of sports betting is not a great business. It’s a fine business, it’s not a great business. “

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Don’t expect Bally Bet to launch in the NY Sports Betting market too soon. The Bally Bet sportsbook isn’t expected to launch until April, according to what Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim told CNBC’s Contessa Brewer.

With that targeted launch date, Bally’s will miss out on a couple huge sporting events, the Super Bowl and entire NCAA Tournament. These are obviously major time periods for the sports betting industry. However, Kim claims to be playing the long game and is okay with the fact they’ll miss out on the events.

“Oh yeah, we’re OK with that. I think that look, we have a longer-term plan and I think part of this is why maybe our plan isn’t fully being grasped by the public markets,” Kim told CNBC. “The public markets tend to be very short-term minded, what’s going to happen in the next earnings, what’s going to happen at the next, you know.

“But we think that actually, the current version of sports betting is not a great business. It’s a fine business, it’s not a great business. We think that there will be a wave of consolidation that will rationalize promotions. But more importantly, I think people will stop competing with just free money but people will start competing with product.”

Kim and Bally’s were hopeful that operators in New York would be more sensible pertaining to promotions due to the fact there are only nine licenses and the 51% tax. But it’s actually turned out to be ridiculous.

“As a New York state citizen, I thought this is great. I mean, it’s insane, it’s so… look, I think it’s kind of funny,” said Kim.

“Like literally – without casting aspersions on all of our fellow colleagues and industry participants – but you could literally open an account with one person, open an account with another person, get your free promotional money and bet separately, different ways on the same game, and you will win on one of them. Like, I don’t know why everyone’s not doing that.”

Caesars Sportsbook has given the biggest promotional offer, offering $3,300 in promos upon launching. As a result, the book was able to take a 42.7% share of the $603 million bet in the first nine days.

As of now, there are six sportsbooks live in the New York market after the BetMGM and PointsBet launchings. Three that are not: Bally Bet, Resorts World Bet, and the recently up for sale WynnBET.

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Four Major Sportsbooks Go Live in Louisiana Friday

Bettors in the state will also be allowed to bet on Louisiana college teams.

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Friday will be a great day for sports gambling in Louisiana as DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM are set to go online at 9 a.m. ET.

Nearly two years after State Senator Cameron Henry introduced a bill to legalize sports gambling and residents successfully voted in favor of the measure, Louisianans will be able to wager on this weekend’s NFL conference championship games among other sports offerings.

BetFred, which partnered with Paragon Resort Casino in Marksville, was the first retail book in Louisiana in October 2021, according to Action Network.

All but a select few parishes in the northern part of the state will participate. The parishes not allowing their residents to gamble were the ones that voted against legalizing the practice in November 2020.

Those residing in Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll or Winn, you’ll have to go to the closest neighboring parish or city to place a bet. However, those residents can create an account, deposit, and withdraw funds on either of the four available sportsbooks.

Bettors in the state will also be allowed to bet on Louisiana college teams. Residents of New York and Illinois are unable to do so for their schools.

The four sportsbooks will pay a combined 25% tax between online and in-person betting to the state. Expect plenty of money to be flowing back to the state government.

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