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- Louisiana launches mobile sports betting
- Infantino says biennial World Cup could save Africans from death in the sea
- Still no deal between MLB and MLBPA
- NHL players to miss Beijing Olympics due to Covid. Will new stars emerge?
- Barcelona is looking for new sponsor, Spotify is among candidates
Louisiana launches mobile sports betting
Legal sports betting at Louisiana onsite casinos started in October, and 67 million wagers were made at sportsbooks during November and December. Now, mobile betting is also available in the state.
Mobile sports betting is available since Friday, January 28.“It’s going to be huge,” Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Johns said “I can’t tell you have many people ask me about this every day.”
Among the first to offer online wagering through their apps are FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetFred and BetMGM. Read more
Infantino says biennial World Cup could save Africans from death in the sea
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has addressed European politicians saying that his plan for a World Cup every two years could stop African migrants from finding “death in the sea”.
Speaking at a Council of Europe assembly, Infantino claimed that countries outside Europe needed greater access to national football competitions to prevent drastic consequences. “We need to give opportunities, to give dignity. Not by charity but by allowing the rest of the world to participate. Maybe the World Cup every two years is not the answer. We discuss it.”
The idea of a World Cup every two years has been widely rejected by European and South American federations as well as the big clubs. But it enjoys unanimous support among the 54 African federations.
FIFA’s president remarks provoked immediate criticism. Ronan Evain, executive director of Football Supporters Europe, tweeted: “How low can Infantino go? Instrumentalising death in the Mediterranean to sell his megalomaniac plan is beyond words.” Read more
Still no deal between MLB and MLBPA
The league and the players association have still not agreed to terms on a new CBA, but some progress in the talks has taken place.
MLB and the MLBPA are still far from agreeing to terms on a new CBA. The two parties have met three times in January, but haven’t reached an agreement on key issues.
Players have been locked out since December when MLB entered the ninth work stoppage in its history. The league’s spring training is scheduled to start in February, and the regular-season opening day is planned for March 31. Read more
NHL players to miss Beijing Olympics due to Covid. Will new stars emerge?
Ice hockey stars such as Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin won’t take part in the Olympics due to the NHL’s December decision, which was related to disruption of the league schedule caused by the pandemic.
The league had initially agreed to let players travel to China for the Olympic Games, but then withdrew this permission due to the pandemic’s disruption of its season and a growing number of postponed games.
Canada’s team will be led by former NHL players, including Eric Staal (age 37), David Desharnais (age 35), Daniel Winnik (36), and Adam Cracknell (36), supported by young talents such as Owen Power (19). Read more
Barcelona is looking for new sponsor, Spotify is among candidates
The Japanese company Rakuten see their contract with FC Barcelona end on June 30th and there’s no intention on their part to renew the sponsorship agreement.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the deal wouldn’t just involve the Swedish streaming service becoming the main brand sponsor of Barcelona’s shirt, but could also include renaming the Camp Nou stadium. Read more
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