It’s hard to believe but up until a few months ago, making a friendly bet with a colleague on the outcome of the Superbowl in America could have landed you in hot water. That was thanks to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, first made law in 1992.
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Under the terms of the act, betting on sports was prohibited in all but two states. The law was not without opposition, but it was really only in 2009 that a real campaign to have it overturned started. New Jersey spearheaded this campaign.
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As you will see in the infographic originally published on NJGames that battle was hard fought. However, it was worthwhile. A few months ago, the United States Supreme Court declared that PASPA was unconstitutional. The court decided that whether or not to legalize betting was something that should be left to the legislature of each individual state.
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How The Situation Stands Now
It is still early days, but 23 states have since opted to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting. Of these, only seven have had the bills successfully passed so far, but that will no doubt change with time.
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The other 24 states seem to be sitting on the fence about the issue; they have not attempted to make any changes yet. So far, Utah is the only state to have come out in opposition to the change. The state is morally opposed to the concept so don’t expect to see changes there soon.
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How Could States Benefit?
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You might wonder what all the fuss is about. After all, what difference could a few bets make anyway? Well, if you are looking at extra tax revenue in the region of 15%, quite a bit. States are expected to get a boost of around $3.4 billion dollars per annum. Then, of course, there is the boost to the economy and the creation of jobs.
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In the long term, this somewhat emotive issue could boil down to a rough calculation of the potential financial benefits that accrue.

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With baseball season underway and NBA and NHL playoffs approaching, it’s a wonderful time of the year to be a sports fan. The weather is getting nicer and you will want to be out and about after being confined to your homes (depending on your climate) for the past few months. With all that great sports action and the need to be away from your television, something has to give. Or does it?
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CBS Sports has a solution for you so you will be able to hit the golf course, soak up the sun at the beach or whatever you desire while staying staying up to date on the latest sports news and scores. Simply download their Sports App to stay on top of your favorite teams and/or sports.
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The Nba app is perfect if you are looking to see if the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on another crash course to meet in the NBA Finals. You can follow along to monitor Russell Westbrook’s historic season. No matter what your interest is, the CBS Sports app is perfect for your needs.
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There is something special about the start of the baseball season. The Chicago Cubs lifted their curse last year. Will they repeat? Will the Cleveland Indians take it to end their drought? With so many day games played throughout the course of the season, the CBS Sports app is perfect to stay on top of the busy schedule while you are at work or on the go.
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CBS Sports App features:
★ Every major sport: MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, MLS Soccer, Golf, Tennis, NASCAR, NCAA and more!
★ Fastest news, scores and stats – you’ll see the difference when you know the latest big plays and the final scores before your friends with the CBS Sports App
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★ Watch sports directly on your device
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Plus, everything else you need to be in the know:
★ Scores, news, standings, stats, tweets and more for every major sport from high school to the pros: Football (NFL, NCAA), Basketball (NBA, NCAA), Baseball (MLB, NCAA), Hockey (NHL), Soccer (All Major Leagues), Golf, Tennis, Auto Racing (NASCAR, Formula 1) & more
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Download the app on iTunes or Google Play today.

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Playing sport can be a lot of fun, it is a great way to keep fit, be social and competitive. Very few sports come without risk, and many come with injuries as part of the package, no matter how hard we may try and prevent it. Our legs, and knees in particular, are the areas that are particularly prone to injury for a number of reasons. With that in mind, here are some top tips for how we can look after our bodies during and between workouts to prevent any long-term damage to our knees.
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Runners Knee
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Just like tennis elbow and joggers’ nipple, giving it a friendly name doesn’t make these conditions any more pleasant. The biggest cause of knee problems among runners is because of the sudden and constant impact every time the foot comes into contact with the ground with every stride. The shock of this reverberates up the leg, causing damage to the knee area, while you may not notice it at first, it can build up over times and cause severe problems along the way. Padding your shoes with orthotic inserts can be an ideal solution to this pressing issue. They are the ultimate shock absorber, preventing all damage to knee area, meaning you’ll be able to run regularly without any pain or discomfort.
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Knee Sleeves
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Because of how much natural bodyweight out knees have to carry on a daily basis, it is not usual for athletes to suffer injuries or tears to their ACL’s, PCL’s, MCL’s, meniscus and cartilage. Anybody prone to weightlifting in the gym (especially dead lifting) is prone to any of these injuries at any point because of the extra weight and strain they are putting on the knee area. That is where a number of athletes have started wearing knee sleeves in the gym. Knee sleeves offer the strength and support of a traditional knee brace, but they are lightweight like a kneepad, but they thinner and cling tighter to the leg. This means that you’ll hardly realize you’re wearing them, as they offer you the maximum flexibility in your knee, which is crucial for squats, and something that a traditional kneepad doesn’t offer. Because they sit so tight to the knee, they encourage an increased blood flow which leads to a faster recovery between workouts.
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Stretching
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Never underestimate the importance of stretching before and after any match, event or training session. It is very common for many athletes to completely skip stretching and just get on with it, but that is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Stretching your muscles before any type of physical exertion is known as warming up for a reason, and exercising or playing sport without any form of warm-up is among the leading causes of serious injury. Stretching ahead of any physical exertion increases blood and nutrient supply to all muscles, improves your flexibility and increases their elasticity, reducing your likeliness of pulling a muscle or any form of serious injury.
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Equally, it is just as important to stretch and warm down following exercise. When we suddenly stop being active, it can mean also mean the force that pushes blood around out body also stops. This can result in a build up of lactic acid in our muscles which can cause a great deal of swelling and pain. So make sure you never miss a warm down or stretching opportunity when exercising.

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Steve Harmison

30 November 2016

Steve Harmison
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One of England cricket’s finest fast bowlers in recent years, Steve Harmison has an impressive wicket taking record for the national team as well as playing a crucial role in the memorable Ashes victory in 2005, and has now transferred his sporting skills to managerial duty at Northern League Division One side Ashington. Steve Harmison can be booked for personal appearances at private and corporate events or for brand endorsements through MN2S Talent Agency.
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After making his test debut in 2002, Harmison showed early promise as a strike bowler for England, and gave his most impressive performance to date on the 2003-04 tour to the West Indies as the highest wicket taker in the series. He continued this run of fine form into the 2005 Ashes series, where he was instrumental in England’s series’ victory, particularly when he took the key final winning wicket of Australian Kasprowicz at Edgbaston, and was resultantly named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
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After the 2005 Ashes, Harmison continued to give strong performances for England, feared by batsmen worldwide for bowling at high speed with a high degree of bounce, all the while maintaining the ability to swing the ball. The legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has spoken highly of Harmison, commenting, “On his day, he is one of the most awkward bowlers [to face] in the world”.
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Displaying sporting talent as a child, Harmison played football for his local club Ashington, the club he now manages, before deciding to focus on cricket as a career. His first selection for England was in k200 for the tour to Zimbabwe, but he did not make his debut until August 2002 against India at Trent Bridge. Although he attracted criticism for his sometimes wayward bowling, when on point his pace and bounce made his tricky to face, and he responded to critics early on with his man of the match performance against Bangladesh in winter 2003-04 taking 9 wickets for 79 runs.
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After his international cricket career, Harmison now lives in Ashington, close to the team’s home ground. His brother, James, plays centre back for the side and his father, Jimmy, used to be Ashington boss and a Yeovil Town defender. The club is understandably close to his heart, playing in the ninth-tier Northern League, the oldest league in the world, established in 1889.
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Despite the grandeur of a Downing Street reception and MBE after the famous 2005 series victory, Harmison has never strayed far from his local club, training with them during time off from his cricketing duties in order to stay fit for forthcoming national tours. Despite better qualified candidates on paper, Harmison was appointed manager on the day of his interview, and turned around Ashington’s losing streak which had seen them heading for relegation.
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Steve Harmison’s impressive career across different sports and different playing and managing duties make him an intriguing character to book to appear at a private or corporate event as an after dinner speaker. His can entertain an audience with an insider’s perspective in the England national cricket team, and also tell tales of his time with Ashington AFC. To book Steve Harmison, please contact an agent at London based booking agency, MN2S.

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When you think about local sports media personalities for the Twin Cities, the first name that pops in your mind, for better or worse, is Sid Hartman.  Sid has been around so long he is more than a sports journalist, he is an institution.  Sid began writing for the Minneapolis Daily Times in 1945 and to this day maintains a popular column in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune.  He can also be heard on WCCO Radio.

Sid is a very polarizing figure.  To say his columns shade a bit on the homer side is a vast understatement.  He hardly ever has anything negative to say about the local sports teams, even when at times they were more than deserving.  Hello Kevin McHale and the Timberwolves!  Though he appears, at times, in bed with the local teams, I think deep down he is just a fan.  He lives and breathes the local sports scene and drinks the Kool-Aid.  There are plenty of jagged personalities in the area, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and I think it’s OK to have someone with a positive outlook.

One of the cooler features of his columns is how he tracks local athletes, no matter where they are playing.  With Sid you don’t need to ask “Where are they now?” because he let’s you know how the local kids are doing in the European leagues, the Minors, you name it.

Something that isn’t as endearing is his constant name dropping.  He has been in the business a long time and has forged some great relationships with some prominent sports figures over the years.  Whenever he gets the opportunity he will refer to Coach Bobby Knight as a close, personal friend.

Whatever your feelings for Sid the sports journalist are, Minnesotans should be forever indebted to him for being instrumental in the foundation of the most successful franchises in the state’s history.  That’s right, the Minneapolis Lakers.  He was instrumental in bring the Lakers to Minneapolis and even had a part in the signing of George Mikan.  How many local sports personalities can claim that kind of involvement in a local sports team?  I can count them on one finger.

He has been there for Minnesota sports fans as the Lakers dynasty left and as the Timberwolves got their start.  He was there when the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins, for both of their World Series, the near contraction, and the resurgence.  He was there for the Purple Peater Eaters, the ’98 Viking team that came oh so close, and for Adrian Peterson’s brilliant start to a career.  He was there when the North Stars left town and when the Wild brought hockey back to the State of Hockey.  For over sixty years Sid has been there for all of the monumental Minnesota sports moments.  That makes him an easy choice for Minneapolis’ top local sports media personality.

So who is the best/worst local sports media personality for your market?

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