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Bet365 Is Coming To The US

Kyle Scott - July 5, 2018

Big news. Bet365, the dominant player in UK betting, has reportedly inked a deal with the new Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City to power their online sportsbook.

The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, or the DGE, issued a letter approving the agreement between the two companies. The relationship has been approved until only July 31, which indicates that Bet365 has already applied for its ancillary gaming license which will allow it to potentially be the betting platform for Hard Rock in New Jersey.

This is a big deal as the likes of DraftKings, FanDuel – which will be called FanDuel Group after being bought out by Betfair – William Hill, Bet 888 and others have all moved to enter the NJ market. Bet365 would add yet another power player in the legal sports betting space.

To learn more about sports betting sites in New Jersey, check out our New Jersey sports betting guide.

FanDuel CEO Matt King Is The New CEO of FanDuel Group

Kyle Scott - July 5, 2018

FanDuel CEO Matt King has been named the new CEO of Betfair’s US based operations, according to EGR Global.

The combined firm will be named FanDuel Group.

Last month, it was announced that Betfair, a European sports gambling company, would take a controlling stake in FanDuel and use them as their US brand.

This comes as no surprise since FanDuel is already one of the leading daily fantasy sites.

They have already unveiled their FanDuel Sportsbook and indicate it will be available by the start of football season.

In New Jersey, FanDuel Group is partnered with The Meadowlands, which plans on backing the consumer-facing sports betting app in New Jersey. Obviously, this will be just the start of the company’s efforts.

LeBron Is Going To The Lakers

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2018

Fuck.

More From Woj on The Sixers Meeting With LeBron’s Agent

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2018

Woj:

A high-level Philadelphia 76ers contingent is meeting with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, on Sunday in Los Angeles, league sources told ESPN.

James isn’t expected to attend the meeting, which is the first significant chance for the 76ers to make case a free-agent case to James, league sources said. Ownership and possibly interim president of basketball operations/coach Brett Brown are expected to lead the meeting with James’ representatives, sources said.

The Sixers have the ability to sign James to a $35.6 million annual max salary, partnering him potentially with two of the NBA’s best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Brett Brown will become a hero in this town if the coach-playing-GM pulls this off.

The Flyers Are Signing James van Riemsdyk

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2018

WELCOME BACK! A truly throwback Tweet this is– Frank Seravalli reporting on JVR. It will be a five-year deal:

This is not the first time the Flyers have signed JVR to a long-term deal. In 2011, they signed him to a six-year, $25.5 million deal… and then promptly traded him away the next offseason for Luke Schenn, who was relatively useless. JVR, naturally, went on to have four near-30 goal seasons for the Maple Leafs and will now return to the Flyers, still in his prime, and add some much-needed scoring depth just any scoring at all.

It looks like the Flyers are trying again.

Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli Are Leaving

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2018

Dipshits on TV may have argued that Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli were somehow KEY COGS in the Sixers’ path forward, but those guys always felt like short-term Bryan Colangelo rental players.

Indeed they were.

Ilyasova agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Bucks, home of Donte DiVincenzo and the Greek Freak. Combined, the trio will form the Mediterranean Connection™ with a combined 21 vowels in their names. Let’s see how those results play out, Wes Edens.

Meanwhile, Marco Belinelli, upset that he, too, can’t dine on fresh tomatoes and smattering of curdled cheeses, will return to San Antonio, agreeing to a two-year, $12 million deal and giving further credence to the notion that the Spurs like just six slightly old, mostly bald players in the league.

Paul George Is Staying In Oklahoma City

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2018

Paul George will remain with the Thunder, according Woj:

That’s good news for the Sixers. George was considered all but a lock to sign with the Lakers, at least according to popular consensus, but that certainty was tamped down over the past few weeks and months. Now, the idea of LeBron and George teaming up in LA is over, and that, my friends, means the Sixers move up a few rungs on the strength of what the Lakers can’t offer LeBron.

Just as recently as a few days ago ESPN ran the headline How the Lakers can land LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George. I would presume that included George not re-signing with the Thunder, but hey, what do I know.

Meanwhile, this sentence from Lakers blog Silver Screen And Roll feels like it’s just itching to be revisited in a few days:

But while George signing with the Thunder is a blow the Lakers’ visions of a George/LeBron James/Kawhi Leonard superteam, with the most cap space in the league and the seeming inevitability that they’ll sign James, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are well positioned to pivot to other options as free agency continues.

Let’s go– King’s Landing has a Liberty Bell.

Game of Thrones Night at The Phillies Didn’t Disappoint

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2018

It was Game of Thrones night at Citizens Bank Park last night. The intros didn’t disappoint. Continue Reading

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