March 07, 2017 by
The Early History of Sports Betting
Sports betting is thought to be a very old practice: the first evidence of its existence is over 2 000 years old. The first nation to be believed to indulge in this pastime were the Greeks, famous for their love of sporting activities, who used to place bets on a variety of athletic events.
The Romans then went on to usurp this Grecian habit, taking it further by rendering it a more commercial activity. They even assigned it a legal status, and bet on events like the Gladiator games. Even when this event ceased to be practiced, the gambling aspect of it survived, and went on to thrive in the various kingdoms the Romans established.
The Medieval Wagering Practices
In medieval times, some leaders frowned upon the practice of betting, and attempts were made to make laws forbidding it. This, however, only resulted in sports betting going underground, where it persisted, and underwent major evolutionary steps as new athletic activities were introduced.
Sporting Betting in England and Surrounds
Eventually gambling took off in England, with people there particularly fond of betting on horse racing events. The English took this love of gambling with them when they populated the rest of the planet, particularly the United States of America, and it was incredibly common with the inhabitants of the New World. Legal issues once again plagued the practice, however, a problematic situation that continues for American sports bettors today. Read the rest of this entry →
February 15, 2017 by
Any sports fan on the planet has been interested at testing their knowledge against the sportsbooks. Regardless whether it’s just a temporary hobby or a more professional pastime, you should be aware of the basics before taking it up. Although there are no specific rules to prevent you from placing an otherwise legitimate bet, some guidelines could help you make the most of it.
Choose Your Sportsbook
The legal regulations may restrict you in terms of land-based betting, but when it comes to online sites, there are numerous legal US gambling sites to choose from. Of course, legislation may vary from one state to the next, which is why you should check the laws from the start.
Although it may seem as if there’s no need for so many sportsbooks, you’ll soon realize that they may differ greatly in terms of regular and special offers.
Learn the Language
The next step towards betting is learning how to do it. As silly as it may seem, you need to be able to read the lines on the sportsbooks. There are a couple of segments, such as the money line and the point spread, all of which are crucial when wagering your money. Read the rest of this entry →
February 13, 2017 by
There’s no denying the fact Americans love to bet on sports. For example, there’s plenty of evidence showing that some players on the Chicago White Sox accepted bribes in order to purposely lose the 1919 MLB World Series.
The sports betting industry is now worth multiple billions annually. A lot of money is wagered in Nevada where people can legally bet on sports, but even more money is wagered offshore using online sportsbooks.
We’re not lawyers and won’t discuss the legalities of betting online because they vary by state, but there’s no federal law preventing Americans from betting on the internet and we’ve never heard of individual bettors being prosecuted.
With that being said, it’s illegal to operate an online sportsbook, which is why they’re all located offshore. There are several popular licensing jurisdictions, including Kahnawake (Canada), Curacao, Malta, Antigua and Isle of Man.
The US government also makes it difficult to operate an online bookie by having banks block transactions. This is why it’s difficult to deposit for American bettors, although there are still simple methods available.
For many years now most bettors have been using Western Union or MoneyGram to send and receive money. The one downside is the fees associated with these payment methods, which really cuts into most bettors profit margin. Read the rest of this entry →
February 11, 2017 by
On US territory, there is a specific group of states which are allowed to license sports betting, starting off with Nevada – which has the full legal package. Additionally, Montana, Delaware and Oregon also allow sports betting to a certain degree. But when it comes to New Jersey, the matter has reached a status of one of the most controversial legal cases in the country.
Back in 1992, the major professional sports leagues went to Congress trying to lobby for the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, commonly known as PASPA. This act bars all states which haven’t legalized sports betting (at the time, Nevada was the only exception, with the other three states to a limited extent) from doing so. Once the PASPA had been passed, Nevada was left to gloat in its dominance.
However, in 2012, New Jersey could no longer endure the slow failure of Atlantic City’s casinos, demanding legalization of sports betting on its territory. Their primary claim was that the PASPA is against the constitution, but once they filed this to the government officials, federal judges proclaimed it as completely lawful. Read the rest of this entry →
February 09, 2017 by
Sport is a massive part of many people’s lives, whether as something that they participate in, go to watch in person or enjoy watching on the TV. From football and cricket to rugby, athletics and American football, there are lots of sports that cross borders and are popular around the world. Then there are the weird sports you don’t know about, the ones that might not get their own TV channel or massive Facebook following…
Many fans of wrestling will have seen the big names engaged in competitions under spotlights with hundreds of fans cheering them on. Oil wrestling doesn’t have quite the same following but is popular across Turkey, Greece and parts of Macedonia. There is an annual festival in Kirkpinar, Turkey that dates back to 1357. The idea is simple – participants are covered in olive oil and have to wrest their opponent to the ground. It has recently spread to Japan and Netherlands among other locations.
Zorbing is a bit of a mixture of sports and fitness and involves people getting into giant plastic inflatable orbs and running down a gentle slope. You can also do it on a level area if you want a little more control. People race each other and there can be plenty of good natured collisions to knock your friend out of position but it doesn’t seem likely to be enrolled in the Olympics any time soon!
This one comes from Gloucester in the UK where every last weekend in May (a Bank Holiday) people gather to roll a three-kilogram wheel of cheese down Cooper’s Hill in the city. People don’t race cheeses but actually race each other and the first person to pass the finish line, after the cheese, wins the title – and the cheese. But beware – this cheese can hit 30mph so some training is required beforehand. Read the rest of this entry →
January 12, 2017 by
Technology has changed many of the aspects of being a sports fan in a positive way. It is now easier than ever to watch every part of every game, as many times as you wish. Here are five things to look forward to in 2017 as sports and technology team up to enhance the fan experience.
1. Fan Communication
Got a great question for your favorite athlete? Twitter has made it even more likely that you might get an answer. More and more athletes are responding directly to fans. Expect this to be even more the case under the tutelage of our tweet-happy new president.
2. Green Stadiums
While some metro areas worry about the infrastructure cost of a stadium, MetLife Stadium has been making some money-saving green upgrades. Much of the building was constructed of recycled metals and plastics, and the catwalk is topped with enough solar panels to light their LED light screen 25 times over.
3. Be the Ref
The San Francisco 49ers offer an app that allows you to access every play from Levi Field from every filmed angle, as soon as it happens. This lets you make the call on an out-of-bounds foot or a missed facemask. Even if you’re not at the game, a good eye and an active social media account can help you to get the attention of sportscasters and team officials. You might not change the course of the game, but you could change the post-game conversation. Read the rest of this entry →