St. Louis, MO (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will reportedly void the final year of his contract on March 12. Thus, Jackson will test the free-agent market. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the news on Monday.
The former Oregon State star has spent his entire NFL career in St. Louis since being drafted in 2004. Jackson, the Rams' career rushing leader, has rushed for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns.
Forget the fact the hometown Lions authored one of the most remarkable stories in order to advance to the 2011 Grey Cup game when they became the first team in league history to overcome a 0-5 start to capture the championship.
For one, the stadium itself - BC Place - was a major selling point (the theme of the festival was "Raise the Roof") as the title game was not only its first major event since it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games but was also the building's first major event since it underwent a major renovation following the Olympics that cost over half a billion dollars to add a retractable roof and other upgrades,
BC Place wasn't the only major venue during the 2011 Grey Cup festival that had a spotlight on it.
A potential 2014 Grey Cup Festival would almost certainly utilize both venues again - definitely BC Place as serves as the regular home of the Lions - but neither building would be viewed as being a significant part of the attraction for the festival.
It's hard to say whether there will be that desire to host a large-scale party, especially since it's a party that was only here three years ago.
Vancouver, which has hosted the Grey Cup game more than any other city outside Toronto had to wait six years after hosting the contest in 2005 before they got to do it again in 2011. If they were to be awarded the 2014 game, the three-year turnaround would be the shortest for a city in over two decades since Toronto hosted the 1989 and 1992 games, respectively.
Of course, there are very few practical reasons to suggest why Vancouver shouldn't get another crack at hosting the Grey Cup again in 2014 considering the city has the infrastructure, the track record of success, the financial support from the provincial government in the form of a $2.7 million inclusion in the budget for attracting a Grey Cup, and, last but not least, a highly competitive team that will once again be a top contender to make it to the Grey Cup game if not win it all.
(Sportsbook Betting Lines) - The New York Giants have re-signed offensive tackle Will Beatty to a five-year deal. According to The Star Ledger, Beatty's deal is worth $37.5 million, including an additional $1.25 million in incentives, with $19 million fully guaranteed and a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Now, it's okay to call the league hypocritical when it releases injury reports, which players have told me only helps bettors. And it's okay to mutter something obscene when the league pretends gambling doesn't help drive TV ratings and fan interest and put money in owners' pockets. But when it supports other forms of gaming? Big Deal. The Bears should put an orange "C" on every deck of cards dealt at Harrah's in Joliet; the Eagles should slap their logo on roulette wheels at the Borgata in Atlantic City; the Dolphins should hold training camp at the El San Juan in Puerto Rico.
The NFL's problem, when it comes to the gambling world, isn't hypocrisy, it's worse: The bosses lack vision. That's why the league is picking unwinnable fights in Delaware and taking pot shots from critics after making smart sponsorship deals. Roger Goodell and his gang are acting and thinking locally rather than globally, which is rare for them, especially compared to their professional (and amateur) counterparts.
The NBA held its All Star game in Las Vegas and David Stern's kingdom didn't crumble (although the town did bring plenty of players to their knees.) I'd say it's 6 to 5 and pick 'em that Lebron will make a road swing through Sin City before his career is over.
Even the NCAA College Football Betting is more progressive on this issue than the NFL. Several years ago Rachel Newman Baker, college sports' gambling czar, opened a dialogue with Vegas bookmakers to learn about how they do business. She's visited Nevada sports books, studied their operations and listened to how they regulate action. Now she knows she can expect a call from bookmakers, who lose money when sports are fixed, if they think something sketchy is going on in NCAA games. She's not in favor of sports betting, but, as she once told me, "I know it's not going away, either."
The NFL can't seem to accept that. And until it can find peace with the idea, it'll get flack, even when it's right.
MySportsbook.com: NBA Championship Odds
With the playoffs about two months away, the top two teams in the Western Conference are the clear cut leaders to win the NBA Championship. The Dallas Mavericks have the best record in the NBA (44-9) and have been absolutely scorching since the second week of the season. What makes the Mavs’ record more impressive is the fact that they dropped their first four games of the season. Currently they have won 17 out of their last 18 and are MySportsbook.com’s favorite (2-1) to win it all. Right behind the Mavs are the Pacific leading Phoenix Suns (39-13). Last season, the Suns lost in the Conference Finals to non-other then the Mavericks four games to two. Of course the Suns were without center Amare Stoudemire who has is averaging 19.9 PPG and 9.5 RPG since coming back from his knee injury. Unlike the Mavs, the Suns have struggled a bit lately having lost their last three and four out of their last seven. Of course the main reason for their three straight loses is due to the absence of two time MVP Steve Nash, who is out with a shoulder injury. Heads-up, the Mavs have beaten the Suns in both of their meetings this season.
In the Eastern Conference, the Pistons (32-19) are the favorites to win it all at 6-1. The addition of Chris Webber seems to have been a good move for the Pistons. Since coming over from the 76ers, Webber has averaged 13.1 PPG and 7.3 RPG and the Pistons are 11-4. Even though the defending champion Heat are currently on the playoff making cusp, they are the Eastern Conference team that is getting the most action to win it all (9-1). The fact that Shaquille O’Neal is back in the starting lineup after missing 39 games probably has something to do with this. No doubt, Shaq makes a difference when in the lineup as their winning six out of their last seven would indicate.
Just because it is the All-Star break doesn’t mean that you can’t bet on NBA hoops this weekend. Be sure to log onto MySportsbook.com to bet on who you think will cut down the nets this July. Also, be sure to check out all of the lines and props for All-Star weekend. With the highest credit card acceptance rate in the industry, there are plenty of ways to cash in on the NBA this weekend.
MySportsbook.com’s NBA Championship odds:
Atlanta Hawks 1000-1
Boston Celtics 5000-1
Charlotte Bobcats 5000-1
Chicago Bulls 20-1
Cleveland Cavaliers 20-1
Dallas Mavericks 2-1
Denver Nuggets 25-1
Detroit Pistons 6-1
Golden State Warriors 250-1
Houston Rockets 12-1
Indiana Pacers 60-1
Los Angeles Clippers 45-1
Memphis Grizzlies 5000-1
Miami Heat 9-1
Milwaukee Bucks 1000-1
Minnesota T-Wolves 200-1
New Jersey Nets 50-1
New Orleans Hornets 150-1
New York Knicks 150-1
Orlando Magic 75-1
Philadelphia 76ers 1000-1
Phoenix Suns 5-2
Portland TrailBlazers 1000-1
Sacramento Kings 250-1
San Antonio Spurs 9-1
Seattle Sonics 5000-1
Toronto Raptors 35-1
Utah Jazz 20-1
Washington Wizards 25-1
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