Adam Silver is trying to become a trend setter when it comes to help professional sports teams and leagues migrate the world of legalized sports wagering.
According to ESPN.com, Silver, during an interview with ESPN the Mag, Silver admitted that he’s been working with the other leagues to transition to a healthy relationship with sports betting.
“I have talked to the commissioners in the other leagues about [legalizing sports betting],” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an exclusive interview with ESPN The Magazine in late January at the league’s Manhattan office. “I leave it to them to make any public statements they want to make on it. I will say that certainly all of them are interested in having a better understanding of the issue, and I know have assigned people in their organizations to study intensively the issue as well.”
Silver is the only active commissioner to come out publicly in support of legalization. He wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in November that called for Congress to create a federal framework and allow states to authorize betting on pro sports.
The other major professional sports leagues are not the same page at all. Reports those with knowledge the meetings came away believing the NHL is more open to legalization than Bettman’s comments indicate. The NHL did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
When you’re an undrafted rookie kicker in the NFL, you should know right off the bat not to expect to be able to go out and buy a Rolls Royce with your first game check. In fact, a bag of rolls may be much more realistic than a $500,000 luxury vehicle. But however small Arizona Cardinals rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro‘s $1,500 signing bonus may seem in comparison to most of his teammates; he’s balling up to par with anyone else on the roster.
Although his salary is listed at $420,000 this season; the rookie minimum, his signing bonus is the only money that was guaranteed. So how would a young man who’d just attained his dream of playing in the NFL celebrate making big boy bucks you ask? The answer: Buy headphones.
“I bought some headphones,” he said. “That was kind of my big gift. That’s kind of the ratio between my signing bonus and some other guys’ — they get a car and I get headphones.”
Headphones may be a small price to pay for a kicker who is currently 15/15 on field goal attempts, so the Arizona Cardinals had better enjoy the cheap production while it lasts. If Catanzaro keeps making kicks as he’s been, they won’t be paying him the league minimum for long.
Maybe then he can really turn up and get himself a nice system to go with those headphones.
Ricky Williams says he’s given up marijuana for good this time.
Williams, who is now an assistant football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word, says “he turns down weed all the time.”
“When I go places, people offer me pot all the time,” Williams said. “And then I have to say, ‘Well, I’m sorry, I don’t do that anymore.’ And they look so disappointed.”
Williams spoke to USA TODAY Sports for a story about changes in the marijuana rules of the NFL’s new drug policy.
He says now that marijuana offered relief from pain and stress during his playing days.
“I don’t agree that it was an Achilles heel, I kind of think it was more like spinach for Popeye,” he said.
Luke Wilson In Talks To Play Roger Goodell In A Movie About How Roger Goodell Does The Right Thing In The End?
There’s a movie in pre-production based on a 2009 GQ article called “Game Brain.” The article, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, details the story of forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in former (and now deceased) NFL players like former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster. Not surprisingly, Omalu’s work was not readily accepted by the NFL — the article (and ostensibly the movie) details the pushback he faced from league doctors and officials after making his findings public.
The role of Dr. Omalu is already set — he’ll be played by Will Smith. Today, TheWrap reported that Luke Wilson, of all people, is in talks to play somehow-still-NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Notably, Goodell’s character arc is described as such (emphasis ours):
Goodell is the incoming NFL commissioner who leads a summit to investigate the connection between playing football and CTE. He eventually recognizes the connection and donates huge amounts of money to scientific research.
Roger Goodell admitting he was wrong? That doesn’t sound… right. At all. That last bit probably refers to when the NFL donated $30 million to the National Institute of Health in 2012, nearly four years after the timeline in the article ends. The official press release announcing this donation — “the single-largest donation to any organization in the league’s 92-year history” — makes no mention of Omalu or his pioneering work.
No one can deny that $30 million is a lot of money, and that it was a step in the right direction for the NFL to donate in the first place. But it’s worth remembering that the NFL and NFLPA had previously agreed to committing at least $100 million over 10 years to medical research, primarily on brain injuries. Also, Goodell made $44.2 million in a 12-month period from March 2012 to March 2013, including a bonus worth $40.36 million.
Perhaps the movie will shed light on Goodell’s learning process and how he came to understand and appreciate Omalu’s work. It probably will not show him receiving a $40+ million bonus, or him watching a video of Ray Rice beating his fiancee and then saying “Well, let’s just pretend like we didn’t see that, okay?”
Then Owen Wilson will show up as Goodell’s dead-beat brother and eat all of the Pop-Tarts, as per Owen Wilson’s usual schtick.