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Living In A Sportsless World

Mar 19, 2020

From Texas Standard:

Whatever sporting event you were most looking forward to this spring, it is cancelled. Baseball, football, tennis, golf – for the time being, it's all done.

There are certainly more critical issues when it comes to the consequences of the coronavirus, but, for perhaps the first time ever, we're living in a sportsless society.

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Pro sports in San Antonio was the main topic of a panel discussion hosted by District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg at Hills & Dales Ice House on the Northwest Side, held on Tuesday, April 26.

Representatives from the San Antonio Missions, the City of San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the nonprofit San Antonio Sports all weighed in on the city’s present flirtation with luring a Triple-A baseball team, as well as future dreams such as a Major League Soccer team or an NFL franchise.

The Source: Is Fantasy Football Gambling?

Nov 18, 2015

The already popular online game fantasy football has grown in recent years, with an estimated 56 million playing this season. With this increase in players has also come an increase in scrutiny. DraftKings and FanDuel were recently investigated after one employee won big, possibly with insider information.

The Kansas City Royals have earned their first World Series title in 30 years, staging a dramatic Game 5 comeback to beat the New York Mets 7-2.

They took home the series four games to one.

The final game featured a stunning extra-innings turnaround. It started as a pitchers' duel: the Mets' Matt Harvey against Kansas City's Edinson Volquez.

As an absolutely impossible thing happened to Serena Williams on the way to becoming the absolutely guaranteed Grand Slam champion, it reminds us once again, on the field of play, there is no sure thing. But off the field, some things are, to coin a word: un-upsettable.

At the top of the un-upsettable list is that in American city after American city, either the voters or their elected tribunes will put up oodles of the citizens' hard-deducted tax money in order to fund a new stadium for the benefit of a filthy-rich team owner.

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56 million people play fantasy sports in the United States and Canada. This is an enormous increase for a hobby-turned industry that just three years ago boasted 33 million players. 

It was Christmas in July last Thursday when the moratorium on signing free agents lifted and Portland Trailblazer LaMarcus Aldridge signed a new max contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Senate has approved letting pro sport franchises conduct charitable raffles that include cash prizes. Half of the proceeds from the raffles would go to charity and the rest awarded to the winners.

The bill now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott for his consideration.

But even if Abbott signs it into law, the question must still go before Texas voters statewide to amend the state Constitution.