Sports betting in Massachusetts is ever so close to becoming legal. Both the State House and State Senate have voted to legalize the practice.
The state’s Senate approved a bill on Thursday that, among other things, would ban betting on college sports and make it impossible to use credit cards to place bets. That’s starkly different to a legalization bill that passed the state House of Representatives last summer.
Over on WEEI, Andy Gresh and Rich Keefe talked about the legislation and didn’t hold back their frustration.
“We don’t know you personally, it just seems to be that some of your actions would lead us to believe that you are a moron,” Keefe said.
The two talked about how it’s outrageous that a ban on college sports betting would be considered. Gresh blamed politics for getting in the way of something that should be more straighforward.
“If you batches of government knuckleheads pass this without college sports betting, then it’s either crooked, stupid, or a word I’m not smart enough to come up with,” he said. “So I would have to bank on these rubes, who have never bet, have no idea about sports betting, to come together and figure out that you can’t bet on college sports, here are the tax rates or whatever.”
He later added: “It’s gonna get bogged down by stupidity, that’s why I have no faith.”
Ultimately the state legislature has until July 31 to come up with a compromise. The two chambers differ on tax rates as well. The Senate version of the bill has a significantly higher tax rate applied.
Gresh just wants to be able to bet. He feels like a lot of residents are in the same boat at this point.
“Let’s just get it done, and can we be done with this for once and for all? Let’s hope so,” he said.
Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan
“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””
92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.
Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.
“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”
Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.
He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.
“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”
Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus
“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”
Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.
The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.
NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.
Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.
While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.
Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter
“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”
Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.
North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.
Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”
In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.
“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”
Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.
“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”
The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.
“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”