The NHL betting lines changed after NFL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league’s return plan for the 2019-20 season, but the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning remain the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The updated betting lines reflect a modified playoff format, according to TheLines.com, which tracks odds in the U.S. regulated sports betting markets.
The date to begin play is not yet certain, but when the NHL does resume the new format for the Stanley Cup Playoffs will include 24 teams, a round of eight play-in series, and first-round byes for the top four seeds in each conference. Boston reopened after Tuesday’s announcement at +650 on DraftKings — paying $650 profit for every $100 bet — and +600 on FanDuel. The Bruins were +550 on DraftKings and +650 on FanDuel when the season was postponed in March. DraftKings moved Tampa Bay to +700 from +750, and FanDuel’s line moved to +600 from +700.
The odds for teams in markets where sports betting is legal saw significant moves, too. The Colorado Avalanche reopened Tuesday at +900 (DraftKings) and +750 (FanDuel), changing from +1000 and +850, respectively. DraftKings moved the Vegas Golden Knights to +800 from +1000, and FanDuel moved the line to +850 from +900.
“With first-round byes, the new format gives a distinct advantage to the top four seeds in both conferences and the updated lines reflect that,” said Brett Collson, betting analyst at TheLines.com. “With so much pent-up demand for sports betting, we expect relatively heavy betting in regulated sports betting markets across the U.S. So the betting lines should continue to move before the first puck is dropped.”
Odds on other teams in legal U.S. betting markets and expected to participate in the playoffs include:
Pittsburgh Penguins (+1700 DraftKings and +2000 FanDuel, from +1200 DraftKings and +1300 FanDuel)
Philadelphia Flyers (+1000 DraftKings and +1100 FanDuel, from +1400 DraftKings and +1300 FanDuel)
New York Islanders (+3500 DraftKings and +4200 FanDuel, from +3500 DraftKings and +2900 FanDuel)
New York Rangers (+4000 DraftKings and +4000 FanDuel, from +4000 DraftKings and +4500 FanDuel)
Chicago Blackhawks (+7500 DraftKings and +10000 FanDuel, from +12500 DraftKings and +25000 FanDuel)
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Live Sports are Back with College Baseball’s Biggest Event of the Year
Posted on May 27, 2020, 9:00 am
College Baseball’s biggest event of 2020 will take place on June 4 and feature live collegiate baseball broadcasted for the first time since March!
The Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational is an invitation only, four team regional formatted tournament featuring players from elite universities all around the country, hand-picked by the CSBI coaching staffs. Notable programs including Texas Tech, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn and more will be represented. Commentary will be provided by Geoff Blum, Houston Astros analyst, and Brett Dolan, former Houston Astros play-by-play announcer.
CSBI has teamed up with Infinity Sports & Entertainment to broadcast the tournament live from Bryan / College Station, Texas. The three day event will be broadcasted via a Pay-Per-View subscription which starts at $59.95 and includes the entire six game tournament. The CSBI has also pledged five percent of pay-per-view subscriptions to No Kid Hungry.
“This is an amazing opportunity to help showcase some of the best college baseball in the country, while raising funds for a charity and helping to provide some relief to everyone dealing with COVID-19’s challenges,” said Uri Geva, Infinity Sports & Entertainment CEO.
The event has been coordinated with local health officials and will include the full quarantining of everyone; From the players, coaches, umpires and broadcast team, everyone will be secured in a local hotel for the week. All participants will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and will be checked daily for any medical conditions. The facility’s normally full stands will be empty for these games. The CSBI staff is putting rules in place to ensure player safety on the field as well.
“All of these players are beyond excited to get back out on the field after missing their spring seasons,” said Brian Nelson, Director of Baseball Operations. “We have to be smart and extra careful about how we let the players re-enter competitive play. We are putting multiple rules and limitations in place like pitch counts, innings and appearance limits. This will allow us to expand the rosters and give sufficient play time to players.”
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Pro Athletes Join Together to Provide Hope During COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted on May 26, 2020, 9:00 am
The Athletes’ Corner, a new nonprofit media platform that enables athletes to use their influence for what matters most, including providing hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced that their platform is officially live as of this week.
While the world weathers the worst of the coronavirus, the Athletes’ Corner has stepped in with their COVID-19 athlete selfie video campaign – designed to encourage, uplift, and strengthen those affected by the many trials associated with the virus. The videos can be viewed for free directly through their platform and social media channels at this time.
Many of the athletes who have created uplifting selfie videos with The Athletes’ Corner, are names you’ll recognize. They have a combined 277 NFL Touchdowns, 3,176 NBA Threes made, and 24 NFL Pro Bowl/NBA All-Star appearances. The list includes Terrell Owens, Andre Reed, Roy Williams, Lorenzo Neal, Allan Houston, Corey Maggette, Trevor Lawrence, Danilo Gallinari, Jordan Norwood, Chuck Hayes, Colby Pearson, and renowned sports analyst Chris Broussard.
The Athletes’ Corner was co-founded by former NBA Player and current Color Commentator for the Golden State Warriors, Kelenna Azubuike. He stated, “I’m really excited about the Athletes’ Corner because it’s going to give athletes the platform to talk about their faith, their family, and the things that are most important to them – changing the conversation. More substance. I think it’s going to encourage, minister to, and help a lot of people – and I’m really looking forward to that.”
The Athletes’ Corner isn’t just going to stop when COVID-19 ends; they aim to work together with professional athletes consistently to create openly faith-based and family-focused media content. The nonprofit’s founder, Brennen Creer, stated, “Our goal with The Athletes’ Corner is quite literally to change the conversation in the media. We feel like by uniting professional athletes, we can provide the world with content that uplifts, encourages, and strengthens families.”
They believe athletes’ God-given talents were meant to be shared with those that need a moment of encouragement or respite. Right now, during one of the most trying times of our lifetime, athlete-generated digital content is here to answer the call.
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Pro Athletes Take Part in ‘Champions for Charity’
Posted on May 22, 2020, 9:00 am
Turner Sports will present Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity, a blockbuster live golf competition headlined by golf icons Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson returning for a rematch, this time joined by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, two of the NFL’s greatest players of all time. The premier sports event — simulcast exclusively on TNT, TBS, truTV, and HLN — will be held Monday, May 25, at 3 a.m. HKT, with pre-match coverage available in the Bleacher Report app. It will also broadcast around the world on CNN International, reaching an additional 400 million households and hotel rooms in more than 200 countries and territories. Associated with the live telecast, WarnerMedia and the golfers will collectively make a charitable donation of $10 million to benefit COVID-19 relief. As part of the fundraising efforts, the competition will also include a partnership with the ALL IN Challenge, along with additional on-course competitive challenges for charity.
Fundraising associated with Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity will support national and local beneficiaries, aiming to help make an impact on many of the communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations will be made to organizations working across multiple areas of need including Direct Relief, which equips health workers on the front lines with life-changing medical supplies; the American Red Cross, which has adapted its everyday emergency relief efforts to work within this new environment, including providing virtual support and collecting convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment; Save Small Business, a grant-making initiative to help small business employers who are struggling due to the pandemic; and the ALL IN Challenge, an initiative that aims to eliminate food insecurity by providing food to those in need.
In partnership with the ALL IN Challenge, all four participants will have donated custom experiences that will raise millions towards the cause, with viewers having the ability to enter into a live raffle for ones featuring Woods and Mickelson during the telecast as well.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable tragedy and heartbreak,” said Jeff Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports. “We’re hopeful this event and platform will help raise meaningful funding for COVID-19 relief, while also providing a source of brief distraction and entertainment for all sports fans.”
The competition will feature Woods and Manning vs. Mickelson and Brady, facing off in Team Match Play with a Four-Ball (Best Ball) format on the front nine and a Modified Alternate Shot format on the back nine, where each participant will tee off and then the team will play alternate shot from the selected drive. The unique combination of formats is aimed to provide an entertaining mix of strategy, team collaboration and consequence to nearly every shot. As part of the competitive play, there will also be a set of on-course challenges to raise additional charitable funds.
The media agreement with WarnerMedia and Turner Sports was completed in partnership between Excel Sports Management and Lagardère Sports. Excel and Lagardère Sports are also the tournament organizers.
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Andretti and Alonso Go Digital for Legends Trophy Battle
Posted on May 21, 2020, 9:00 am
Racing legend Mario Andretti and two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso are the latest motorsport stars to join Torque Esports/Engine Media’s’ All-Star Legends Trophy event to be held Saturday on a virtual version of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Race All-Star Esports Series powered by ROKiT Phones features the leading stars of world motorsport from Formula 1, IndyCar, sports cars, and more.
The 80-year-old Andretti, a former Indy 500 winner, Daytona 500 victor, Formula 1 champion and four-time INDYCAR champion, will make his esports debut on the rFactor 2 simulated version of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alonso, who made his esports debut in the series last weekend, will now return to the virtual version of the fabled 2.5 mile oval where the Spaniard made a spectacular Indy 500 debut in 2017.
Andretti is one of seven Indianapolis 500 winners in the field – joining Emerson Fittipaldi (1989 and 1993); Juan Pablo Montoya (2000 and 2015); Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002 and 2009); Gil de Ferran (2003); Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010 and 2012) and Tony Kanaan (2013). With the addition of Andretti, the group has combined to win 13 Indy 500 crowns.
Both Andretti and Alonso have Formula 1 World titles to their credit, Andretti winning in 1978 and Alonso in 2005 and 2006. They join Fittipaldi (1972 and 1974) and Jenson Button (2009) as Formula 1 champions in the field.
The Legends Trophy aces will contest two races during Saturday’s event including a reverse grid battle for the second event.