A Tale of Two Sports Reporting Outlets
In one corner we have endless stupidstics, nonstop scrolls, useless graphics, ear-shattering sound effects, fantasy sports advertisers, daily
Plays Dunks of the Day, an annual budget of $6 billion, and Britt McHenry. In the other corner we have a band of misfits with an annual budget of $0.
It wasn’t a fair fight. Honesty and the truth always win in the end.
Let me assure both readers and employees that Lanny H Golf is not going to suffer that same fate. No, quite the contrary. Lanny H Golf is growing by leaps and bounds. Take a look at the following chart. You’ll see where some of those erstwhile ESPN readers and viewers have landed:
(To get ESPN’s graph, read the one above from right to left. Ouch!) These results show sports fans value depth and truth and simplicity. They are tired of emptiness and lies dressed up in glitz. The public has reached the tipping point.
Sports fans want steak, not sizzle. And Lanny H Golf is the best steakhouse in the world!
Van Sickle Mailbag: I’m hoping Van Sickle will address my question about the Players page at PGATour.com in the Van Cynical Mailbag due out today. In any case, if you have a Twitter account, it is darn easy to submit questions, and Van Sickle is not afraid to respond to questions a Chamblee would run from. No guarantees he’ll answer, but he won’t automatically dismiss “inconvenient” questions. And now — non-prime time for golf — is a good time to send them.
Fantasy Fantasy: This topic is captivating. There is a carveout in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act making fantasy sports betting legal. However, there is a school of thought that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 would have made fantasy sports betting illegal and that they 2006 legislation would not have overridden it.
That might come up in a court case, but it’s interesting in that we know there are a lot of Big Wheels investing in fantasy sports betting: Comcast/NBC Sports, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the owner of the New England Patriots, professional sports leagues — those are just a few that spring immediately to mind. Now, we’re talking billions. I read yesterday that the total revenue for the NFL is $10 billion a year and that revenue for fantasy betting on the NFL is $11 billion. Fantasy sports had more revenue from the NFL than the NFL did!
Those investors did not jump in without a lot of thought and legal scrutiny. They knew about the 1992 law, and they knew about the 2006 with its special provision covering fantasy sports. They would have known too that legal challenges were probably coming in the future. So were they counting on a Too Big To Fail defense?
Will lawmakers step in and make the law consistent? Will they revoke the special treatment fantasy football (illogically) gets? If they do so, it will hit the pocketbooks of several corporations (and NFL owners). It will also hit sports radio and television who are raking in the advertising dollars of FanDuel and DraftKings. It’s obvious what the right and logical thing to do is, but will they upset the apple cart to do it?
One other thing: As I’ve researched this, I answered some questions I’ve had in the past. Why is sports event legal in Las Vegas, but nowhere else? Well, Nevada got their own special carveout. New Jersey can’t offer sports event betting, so they currently have a court case seeking to remedy that matter. This is the same type thing as the fantasy sports issue, in that arbitrary special treatment is involved. You can bet on fantasy sports games of chance, but not on poker games of chance. You can bet on sporting events in Nevada, but not in New Jersey.
There is so much corruption and deception in this world.
Just gimme some truth.