Las Vegas remains sports betting mecca, Football Manager withdraws Russian clubs and national team, and CCTV broadcasts an NBA game after an 18-month blackout – here’s your weekly Review from STATSCORE!
- Las Vegas remains March Madness mecca for sports bettors
- Infantino calls on Putin to stop the war in Ukraine
- Football Manager withdraws Russian teams from competitions
- China’s CCTV shows first NBA game after 18-month blackout
- Netflix new docu-series to track eight teams in Tour de France
Las Vegas remains March Madness mecca for sports bettors
Despite the billions of dollars bet across the US through expanding online sports betting, Las Vegas is still able to draw massive attention.
Numbers show that Nevada is still able to attract huge numbers of bettors, despite growing opportunities for wagering online. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported an unprecedented 11 consecutive months of gaming wins exceeding $1 billion.
“It’s obvious that sports betting levels here are historic and that the legalization of sports wagering in other parts of the country has done absolutely nothing but to help our business in Nevada,” said Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for Nevada Gaming Control. “The numbers speak for themselves.” Read more
Infantino calls on Putin to stop the war in Ukraine
Gianni Infantino, who has held the role of FIFA president since 2016, spoke after Russia’s men’s football team was banned from the 2022 Qatar World Cup amid the invasion of Ukraine.
“Innocent people are suffering and dying. We live in an aggressive world, we live in a divided world. But as you know I am a big believer in the power of football to bring people together and to cross-cultural boundaries” Infantino said. “Nelson Mandela said sport has the power to change the world. Football is the world’s sport, but at the same time we are not that naive to believe that football can solve all the problems, of course not.” Read more
Football Manager withdraws Russian teams from competitions
Creators of Football Manager video games have announced that Russian clubs and the country’s national team will no longer be eligible to compete in tournaments within the game.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has impacted not just the world of ‘real’ sports, but of sports-themed video games as well. How will the Football Manager change?
Here’s what has been announced on the game’s blog:
If you choose to continue with a previously created save, where your career may be many seasons into the future, you won’t notice too much difference, other than the fact that Russian and Belarussian clubs will only arrange friendlies within their own nations and play their continental competition matches at neutral venues, as will their national teams.
If, however, you decide to begin a new career, you’ll notice that a lot more has changed. For a start, Russian clubs will no longer be eligible to compete in European competitions, nor will any of the Russian national teams take part in international tournaments, qualifiers or friendly matches. Read more
China’s CCTV shows first NBA game after 18-month blackout
State-owned CCTV stopped showing NBA in October 2020 after a team official, Daryl Morey, tweeted his support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.
Viewers in China were able to watch the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday
China is the NBA’s largest overseas market, with business operations there worth more than $5 billion. Read more
Netflix new docu-series to track eight teams in Tour de France
Tour de France owners, ASO confirmed that Netflix will shoot a docu-series about the 2022 edition of the race.
The series will consist of eight episodes of 85 minutes, and will closely follow the participant of the famous race.
“This project is part of our overall ambition to make our sport more accessible and meet an even wider audience,” said ASO managing director Yann Le Moënner. Read more
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