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U.S. Internet Gaming Bill Interruption; New Jersey Online Gambling Bill Advancement

December 22nd, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is fighting against time to find a foothold for his online poker legalization measure prior to the end of the current congressional session.  However, there is a positive movement for US based legalization of online gambling, as the state of New Jersey pushes forward to approve in-state online gaming.

The New Jersey State Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee approved several different bills related to the state’s horse racing and gambling industries.  These efforts include a bill that would legalize online gambling for state residents.  The online gambling and sports betting bills, launched by state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D), are anticipated to be voted on by the entire Assembly by the close of this year.  A move that could see both pieces of legislation become law before the end of the year if approved by the state’s Governor Chris Christie (R).

Lesniak announced to the Assembly that both bills would allow New Jersey residents to gamble online, however an earlier amendment to allow international customers to participate has been dropped.  The New Jersey online gambling bill would not modify the legality of online gaming for most of the United States.  The bill would lay down a tax rate of 15% on Internet gambling revenue in New Jersey.  Lesniak also stated, if legalized, online gambling would generate $210 – $250 million in annual gross revenues for the state. He said the measure would also create nearly 2,000 jobs.

Nevada Governor-elect, Brian Sandoval (R), supports federal efforts to legalize online poker, but there have been “no discussions of doing it on the state level” if Reid’s efforts were to fail.  Gaming industry analysts and company executives believe New Jersey’s efforts could have an impact on the national debate over online gambling.  “If this passes it could be a tipping point for online gambling,” said David G. Schwartz, director for gaming research with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. “They’ve already showed that casino gambling could be regulated and successful outside of Nevada.”  Schwartz said he expected Nevada-based gaming companies with New Jersey properties to get involved with online poker if the measure becomes law.

New Jersey lawmakers also approved a resolution that will ask voters next year to decide whether sports betting ought to be legalized in New Jersey.  “Sports gaming is a bit of a harder sell. Poker is probably a good place to start,” Schwartz said.  He cited the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act passed by Congress in 1992 as an obstacle to legalizing sports betting in New Jersey. The bill basically outlawed sports betting nationwide, except for sports lotteries in Oregon, Delaware and Montana, as well as licensed sports books in Nevada.  Schwartz said poker accounts for about 1 percent of the $10 billion in total gaming revenues annually in Nevada.  Schwartz also commented, “You never know, it could take off if online gaming becomes legal.”

2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule

December 17th, 2010
Bowl Location Date/Time Network
New Mexico
BYU vs. UTEP
Albuquerque, N.M.
University Stadium
Dec. 18
2 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
uDrove Humanitarian
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium
Dec. 18
5:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Ohio vs. Troy
New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
Dec. 18
9 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tropicana Field
Dec. 21
8 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
MAACO Las Vegas
Utah vs. Boise State
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium
Dec. 22
8 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Navy vs. San Diego State
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 23
8 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Sheraton Hawaii
Hawaii vs. Tulsa
Honolulu
Aloha Stadium
Dec. 24
8 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Little Caesars
Florida International vs. Toledo
Detroit
Ford Field
Dec. 26
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
AdvoCare V100 Independence
Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium
Dec. 27
5 p.m.
ESPN2
ESPN3.com
Champs Sports
West Virginia vs. NC State
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Dec. 28
6:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Insight
Missouri vs. Iowa
Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium
Dec. 28
10 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
East Carolina vs. Maryland
Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium
Dec. 29
2:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Texas
Illinois vs. Baylor
Houston
Reliant Stadium
Dec. 29
6 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Valero Alamo
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona
San Antonio
Alamodome
Dec. 29
9:15 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Army vs. SMU
Dallas
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Dec. 30
Noon
ESPN
ESPN3.com
New Era Pinstripe
Kansas St. vs. Syracuse
Bronx, N.Y.
Yankee Stadium
Dec. 30
3:20 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Franklin American Mortgage Music City
North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field
Dec. 30
6:40 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Nebraska vs. Washington
San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 30
10 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Meineke Car Care
South Florida vs. Clemson
Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium
Dec. 31
Noon
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Hyundai Sun
Notre Dame vs. Miami
El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl
Dec. 31
2 p.m.
CBS
AutoZone Liberty
Georgia vs. UCF
Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl
Dec. 31
3:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Chick-fil-A
South Carolina vs. Florida State
Atlanta
Georgia Dome
Dec. 31
7:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
TicketCity
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dallas
Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1
Noon
ESPNU
ESPN3.com
Outback
Florida vs. Penn State
Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ABC
Capital One
Alabama vs. Michigan State
Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1
1 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Progressive Gator Bowl
Mississippi State vs. Michigan
Jacksonville, Fla.
EverBank Field
Jan. 1
1:30 p.m.
ESPN2
ESPN3.com
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
Wisconsin vs. TCU
Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl
Jan. 1
5 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Tostitos Fiesta
Connecticut vs. Oklahoma
Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Jan. 1
8:30 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN3D
ESPN3.com
Discover Orange
Stanford vs. Virginia Tech
Miami
Sun Life Stadium
Jan. 3
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Allstate Sugar
Ohio State vs. Arkansas
New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome
Jan. 4
8:30 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
GoDaddy.com
Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio)
Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Jan. 6
8 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
AT&T Cotton
LSU vs. Texas A&M
Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium
Jan. 7
8 p.m.
FOX
BBVA Compass Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky
Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field
Jan. 8
Noon
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Kraft Fight Hunger
Nevada vs. Boston College
San Francisco
AT&T Park
Jan. 9
9 p.m.
ESPN
ESPN3.com
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Oregon vs. Auburn
Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Jan. 10
8:30 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN3D
ESPN3.com

Las Vegas NFL Rankings – Week 14

December 9th, 2010

December 9, 2010
By VI News
VegasInsider.com

The Las Vegas NFL Rankings are created by former Las Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White.  All 32 pro football teams are listed below in descending order below by power ratings created by White.

Biggest Jumps:

Jacksonville 17 to 14
Dallas 18 to 15

Biggest Drops:

San Diego 1 to 7
Miami 15 to 19

Las Vegas NFL Rankings – Week 14
Rank Team Rating Last Week
1 New England 144.2 2
2 Philadelphia 143.2 3
2 Green Bay 143.2 3
4 Pittsburgh 142.7 6
5 Atlanta 142.6 5
6 New Orleans 142.5 7
7 San Diego 142.4 1
8 New York Jets 141.6 8
9 Baltimore 141.2 9
9 New York Giants 141.2 11
11 Indianapolis 140.2 10
12 Chicago 140.0 12
13 Minnesota 139.6 13
14 Jacksonville 138.3 17
15 Kansas City*** 138.1 14
15 Dallas 138.1 18
17 Houston 137.5 15
18 Oakland 137.4 20
19 Miami 137.0 15
19 Tampa Bay 137.0 22
21 Tennessee** 136.5 19
22 Washington 135.9 20
22 Buffalo 135.9 23
24 Cleveland 135.6 25
25 San Francisco 135.4 24
26 Seattle 134.9 26
27 Cincinnati 134.8 26
28 St. Louis 134.2 28
29 Detroit**** 133.4 29
30 Denver 133.0 30
31 Arizona 129.5 31
32 Carolina 128.3 32

**Tennessee with Kerry Collins – If Rusty Smith (-4 points)
*** Kansas City with QB Matt Cassel (doubtful)- Brodie Croyle (-1½ points) starts.
**** Detroit with QB Matthew Stafford (out) – QB Drew Stanton (3rd string) – (-2 points) starts.

2010 WEEK 14: COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS

December 2nd, 2010

Source: SI

AP TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS, 2010, Week 14

Oregon

Auburn

TCU

Wisconsin

Stanford

Ohio State

Michigan State

Arkansas

Boise State

Oklahoma

DIVISION I-A COACHES’ TOP 10 FOOTBALL RANKINGS, 2010, Week 14

Oregon

Auburn

TCU

Wisconsin

Stanford

Ohio State

Michigan State

Arkansas

Oklahoma

Boise State

BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RANKINGS, 2010, Week 14

Auburn

Oregon

TCU

Stanford

Wisconsin

Ohio State

Arkansas

Michigan State

Oklahoma

LSU

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