NASCAR Season Looks to Rev Up Attention

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After 13 years the three car is back and it hasn't been a popular decision among many NASCAR fans.

Unlike many sports, NASCAR kicks off its’ season with its’ biggest race. The Daytona 500 is far and away the ‘Super Bowl’ of stock car auto racing and later today it will be run for the 56th time.

In the years since Dale Earnhardt’s death, NASCAR has seen a slow decline in popularity. While there was a decent surge for a brief period of time, the fact remains that since the death of racing’s most popular and feared driver, NASCAR just hasn’t been the same.

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Can Jeff Gordon return to his once dominant ways in NASCAR?

It lacks rivalries and it lacks great personalities. Jeff Gordon was once the driver many fans loved to hate but his success has waned significantly and he is almost liked more because he hasn’t won consistently in several years. Dale Earnhardt, Jr is consistently the most popular driver on the Sprint Cup circuit yet he has not come close to reaching the success his father had. He has yet to win a championship to this point.

The most successful driver in NASCAR is Jimmie Johnson yet he isn’t exactly the type of personality that rallies new people to the sport. Drivers like Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart are love-hate types of guys while the young up and coming guys have yet to really leave their mark.

NASCAR has decided to make changes to the chase at the end of the year in the hopes that the new format will create more drama and bring in more fans. These are the same reasons that they instituted a ‘chase’ for the cup in the first place. If you’ll remember, the Winston, now Sprint Cup was won by the driver who earned the most points over the length of the season.

Because there were scenarios that eliminated most chances of a dramatic ending in the final race, NASCAR felt they had to do something to make it more interesting. Thus the chase was born.

The good news for NASCAR heading into today’s 500 is that the sport is being discussed in a wide range of circles. Some of that discussion is positive while some of it is not.

I have to admit I was surprised that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gave his blessing to bring back the number three car. His father’s number has not been driven since his fatal accident at Daytona in 2001. Rookie Austin Dillon was given the opportunity to drive the three-car and took immediate advantage by taking the pole position for today’s race.

The decision to bring back the three-car has not been popular as many Earnhardt fans see it as a slap in the face to the deceased champion. I concur with them as the number was supposed to have been retired.

Also in the news has been Richard Petty’s continued whining about Danica Patrick who he says will never win a race. As far as I know he might be right but he comes off as a cynical, pompous ass for constantly going after her. The 76-year old said he’d like to race her one-on-one and I would tune into to see that because I have no doubts he would lose.

Lastly is Denny Hamlin and his opportunity to make history today. Nine men before him have won the unlimited, one of the duel races but have been unable to win the 500. Should Hamlin pull it off today he would be the first in the history of the event.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Matt Kenseth will go off as 10/1 favorites today while Johnson, Hamlin, Harvick, Stewart and Kyle Busch go off at 12/1. Pole-sitter Dillon will take odds of 15/1 with him at the start. Keep an eye on Kenseth who had a great year in 2013.

Sunday NCAA Lines for College Basketball

It might be Sunday but there is a good slate of games in college basketball to wager on. SMU heads to the northeast to tackle Connecticut, while Michigan State visits arch rival Michigan in a rematch. These two matchups are the most intriguing of the Sunday lineup.

When Michigan State hosted Michigan earlier this season, both teams entered the game on a roll. The Spartans were on an 11-game winning streak, while the Wolverines had won 8 straight.

The game was won by Michigan 80-75 as a 5-point road dog. Since then, both teams have not played as well as they had prior to their head-to-head game. Since that game, neither team has been able to win two straight games.

Michigan is currently a favorite by 3.5 points on betonline and topbet and the point total is sitting on 137 on Bovada and sportsbook.com.

After being in the top 10 of the Power Ratings for much of the season, the Spartans are now sitting at No. 18. Much of that is thanks to a number of injuries to their best players. Adreian Payne missed the game versus Michigan earlier in the season, but will play in this one.

However, Branden Dawson is out with a fractured hand. Keith Appling the point guard is playing with a sore wrist and has a hard time even to shoot, let alone have a high shooting percentage. Over his past two games played, Appling has hit just 1 of his 3 shots.

At the same time, Michigan with a lineup of three guards seems to play better as a team without Mitch McGary. He has been sidelined since January 7 after having back surgery.

Both teams play excellent defense and each is holding its opponents to less than 65 points a game. The winner is a tough call, while the game looks to be almost certainly an UNDER pick.

Pick: Michigan and the UNDER – Michigan has better offense and that slight advantage will be big in such a defensive struggle. Appling’s injury also limits the Spartans on the offensive end.

In the other intriguing matchup, Southern Methodist is the underdog to Connecticut by 7.5 points. On January 4, SMU defeated Connecticut 74-65 in the first game between the two teams. The point total went OVER as Bovada had the game at 133.5 points.

The pace of the first game between the two schools suggests the UNDER for this game, as free throws late pushed it OVER in the first game.

Both teams are very tough on defenses and can stop their opponents from scoring. In addition, SMU has to travel a long distance and will have an early tip off time of 2 pm.

That could add to the fact the game looks like a strong UNDER choice.

Pick: SMU plus the points and the UNDER

Key Trades Before I Get to Some of Tonight’s NBA Action

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Curry and the Warriors look to stay in the race out West as they entertain the Nets.

Before we get to a few of tonight’s games I need to discuss a few of the moves that have already been made in the National Basketball Association prior to the trade deadline.

I have to believe the move that will create the biggest impact is the one done between the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers shipped out nine-year veteran Danny Granger who has missed over 100 games the last couple of seasons with leg and knee issues.

The Sixers will also get a 2015 second round pick along with Granger.

For their part of the deal, Indiana gets Evan Turner and center Lavoy Allen, but without question, Turner is the major piece of this move. He brings his 17 points per game average to Indiana and immediately gives them another scoring threat which they desperately need to match their defensive abilities.

Another key factor which applies to both teams is that they both significantly help their own salary caps. Indiana lowers theirs a bit while the 76ers, along with other moves, have put themselves in position to be major players in free agency.

It’s extremely possible they could add two very large contracts and still have enough to build around that nucleus. The ultimate question of course centers on whether or not Philadelphia is a ‘destination’ city. LeBron James didn’t pick Miami just because of Heat after all….

On to tonight’s games…

Brooklyn (+6.5) at Golden State – The Nets continue their road trip out west by visiting Golden State who sits in the seventh spot just a half game ahead of Dallas. Brooklyn is just 5-5 over their last ten but did make a move in an effort to stay in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. The Nets acquired Marcus Thornton from Sacramento for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.

The Warriors have won two straight out of the All-Star break and can’t afford to stumble in the competitive Western Conference playoff race. Golden State is 17-10 at home while the Nets are well below .500 on the road. Six and a half is a lot to give but I like the Warriors to cover.

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Randolph is doing his part to keep the Grizzlies alive in the Western Conference.

Memphis (-2) at Charlotte – The Grizzlies are streaking at the right time as they are on the cusp of entering the top eight out West. They’ve won four straight and are 7-3 over their last ten ball games. Also streaking a bit is Charlotte who has won three straight and is also winners of seven of their last ten.

Memphis is one game behind Dallas for the eighth spot while the Bobcats have gotten themselves into the seventh spot in the East. The thing to look at here is the road record of Memphis (15-9) vs. the home record of Charlotte (14-14). Despite giving two points away from home, the Grizzlies impressive play on the road has me liking them to cover tonight in Charlotte.

Dallas (-3) at Detroit – There was a lot of expectation that the Detroit Pistons would welcome a new coach after the firing of Maurice Cheeks and would go on a run. Well, they’ve gone on a run alright it’s just that its’ of the losing variety. The Pistons are 5-5 in their last ten games and have dropped three straight.

Dallas has worked itself into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference but is just a game ahead of Memphis who has won three straight. The Mavs have been a pretty good road team at 14-14 while the Pistons are five games below .500 at the Palace. I like Dallas to cover.

 

Syracuse vs Duke, Daytona 500 and Olympics Top Weekend Sports Charts

A number of different sporting events highlight the weekend for bookmakers online and in Vegas. The Daytona 500 is attracting bettors, while the Duke-Syracuse rematch lost a bit of luster thanks to both teams being beaten during the week.

The Daytona 500 has seen huge interest from bettors on Bovada and topbet, with the many props available for the Sunday race in Florida.

Denny Hamlin took the Sprint Unlimited earlier in the week and that has helped hype the annual event that starts the official racing season for NASCAR.

Most books, such as sportsbook.com and betonline, will see the vast majority of their handle starting late Friday and running through the race on Sunday.

The Syracuse at Duke rematch is set for Saturday night in Durham, North Carolina at the Cameron Indoor Stadium. In the first game between the two teams this season, Syracuse outlasted Duke in overtime 91-89.

However, this matchup has not had the drawing power this week thanks to both teams losing in the run up to the game. Syracuse overlooked a weak Boston College team and was beaten.

Duke lost a close, tough battle on the road at Chapel Hill versus its archrivals the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Odds makers at Bovada called the game anticlimactic since both teams lost games during the week. Syracuse’s loss was its first of the season and will see then fall out of first place when Monday’s AP top 25 is posted.

Currently on betonline, Duke is -4.5 while the point total is sitting on 138.

The online sites have the United States favored over Finland in the bronze medal game for the Olympics. On sportsbook.com, Canada is favored to win on Sunday in the gold medal game in on hockey over a tough team from Sweden.

Vegas books cannot write odds for any of the Olympic Games events due to a federal law that does on allow betting the Olympics in Nevada. Nevertheless, there is talk that the law will be changed or rescinded all together. That would help bookmakers, as the Olympics are a popular betting venue for bettors around the globe.

The NBA season keeps rolling along with 8 games on its schedule for Saturday, including an East West matchup when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Golden State Warriors.

On Sunday, bettors will have a number of good matchups to choose from. The Los Angeles Clippers travel to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Chicago Bulls revive their rivalry against the Miami Heat in South Florida. Houston visits the biggest surprise in the league this season, Phoenix.

NFL Surpassing NBA as “League With the Most Issues”

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Ray Rice is just the latest NFL player to embarrass the league.

Remember when the National Basketball Association was the professional sports’ league that was loaded with thugs and gangsters and druggies? Do you remember when Latrell Sprewell choked his coach P.J. Carlesimo and Allen Iverson was complaining about ‘practice?’

The culture was so troublesome that former Commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code so that players didn’t look like rap stars while traveling and sitting on the bench.

Funny how we see and hear little about these things in the NBA now isn’t it? Perhaps this is because the NBA has been replaced by the National Football League in this rather dubious area.

Just this week, the NFL suspended Washington Redskins’ tight end Fred Davis indefinitely for repeated substance abuse and of course the bigger story has been out of Atlantic City.

Baltimore Ravens’ star running back will be in court Tuesday on assault charges stemming from an incident at a casino in New Jersey. Allegedly, Rice struck his fiancé in an elevator and the blow left her unconscious.

Surveillance video shows Rice pulling his clearly unknowing fiancé out of the elevator before a security official comes over. At that point, Rice shows his disgust realizing things are about to get worse for him.

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The NFL has always had its' issues even with Bears' QB Jim McMahon.

Whether he will be charged with a felony or not is uncertain but either way it’s another black eye for the NFL.

I don’t want this to sound like the NBA has suddenly become angelic because it hasn’t by any stretch, but we cannot deny the fact that the NFL has clearly become a much greater mess.

If you think the improper behavior by pro football players is a new thing, it isn’t. There was Paul Hornung of Green Bay who was suspended for gambling and there was Jim McMahon of the Bears who mooned a helicopter prior to Super Bowl XX.

The bigger problem though is that the NFL is continuing to enable a culture that it said it was trying to get rid of in the first place. If you recall Roger Goodell’s first priorities then you know one of those was to clean up the league.

Goodell believed that swifter and more stringent punishments would curb poor behavior but instead it has only gotten worse.

What many will not say is that the NFL has allowed the thug culture to flourish within its’ ranks and I’m not talking about Richard Sherman.

When you take young men who have been raised in difficult, often father-less or parent-less environments, you raise the chances of them not behaving properly. This is far from just a black issue too because it has spread to white players as well.

I believe it was really Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson who brought this to football when they started to realize that they cared less what kids did off the field and cared more about what they did on it.

Miami’s rise to prominence in the 1980’s was fueled by players from less than desirable situations, but they could play faster and better than other kids and that’s what mattered.

Obviously these players eventually made their way into the NFL and the trend has continued. People wonder why coaches and teams give players so many chances after making poor choices and the answer is simple.

If they can play at a high level then they are worth keeping around. The NBA has figured out how to maintain a much better image in recent years and the NFL would be well suited to look into their method.

Good Lines On Friday Night NBA Lineup

Friday night’s NBA calendar has 10 games. The season is winding its way towards the playoffs and teams have made their trades as the NBA trade deadline expired on Thursday night.

NBA coaching staffs now have to find a way to win with the rosters they have. Here is a look at three of the games on tonight’s NBA lineup.

Cleveland at Toronto

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 22-33 straight up and 25-30 against the spread, while Toronto is 29-25 SU and 32-21-1 ATS.

Cleveland looks to have turned the corner and is headed in the right direction. The Cavaliers have covered in six straight games following a skid of six games.

Cleveland is 3-0 over its past three games on the road. The team has won two consecutive games straight up with wins over Philadelphia and Orlando, while limiting all five of their past five opponents to 99 or fewer points.

Toronto had a three-game winning streak snapped by Chicago on Wednesday. Since going 6-0 SU at home, Toronto is 4-3 SU as well as 3-3-1 ATS over its past 7 at home.

This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. Last season the teams were 2-2 in four games head to head with the UNDER cashing in 3 of the 4 games.

Pick: On Bovada and topbet the Raptors are favored 7.5 points, I like Cleveland to cover.

Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis

The up-tempo high scoring Los Angeles Clippers visit the defensive-minded Memphis Grizzlies in a Western Conference matchup.

The Clippers are 37-19 SU and 31-25 ATS, while the Grizzlies are 30-23 SU and 24-28-1 ATS.

This is a rematch of the first round of the playoffs last season. The Grizzlies lost the first two games of that series, but won four straight to knock the Clippers out of the postseason.

This season the road team has won both games with the teams splitting the first two.

The Clippers lost their last outing on Tuesday to San Antonio by 10 points at home. It was the fifth game that went OVER in their past six games.

Memphis has won three straight games, but is only 2-5 against the spread over its past 7 games. As an underdog at home, Memphis is 2-6 against the number and 1-7 SU.

Pick: Los Angeles is favored by 2 points on betonline and sportsbook.com. I like the Clippers less the points to cover.

 

San Antonio at Phoenix

The San Antonio Spurs visit the Phoenix Suns in a Western Conference showdown. The Spurs are 40-15 straight up and 27-28 against the spread. The Suns are 32-21 SU and 35-17 ATS.

San Antonio is 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in its current nine-game road trip that ends tonight in Phoenix. The Spurs defeated both Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers during the trip, both as the underdog.

Tony Parker will miss due to an injury, while Tim Duncan will sit out to rest for the second consecutive game.

Phoenix is one of the NBA’s biggest surprises, but cannot figure out a way to defeat the Spurs. Phoenix is 0-2 SU this season versus San Antonio and has lost four straight at home against the Spurs.

The Suns are 3-3 SU over their past 6 games at home, but 7-3 SU over their past 10 home games versus opponents from the Western Conference.

Pick: The line has San Antonio favored by 1 point. I like the Suns as Parker and Duncan will be out.

NBA Slate Highlighted by LeBron vs. Durant

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Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City welcome LeBron and the Heat in a must-see game.

The National Basketball Association is now past the All-Star Break and unlike hockey and baseball, the NBA’s big draw is not held at the mid-point of the season. It’s actually held well into the second half of the season.

Most teams have about 30 games remaining as the push for playoff positioning begins. New Commissioner Adam Silver has decided to put his mark on the NBA already by calling for a new age minimum.

Currently, players have to be a year out of high school (or 19) before they can enter the NBA Draft. This has of course led many great players to play ‘one and done’ in the collegiate ranks. Silver would like to see the age moved up to 20 years old.

He believes this will help both the college game and the professional game as well. Movement on this issue can’t happen until the NBA Players’ Association names a new executive director. Even when that happens, I suspect there will be great debate over the issue as there always has been.

We’ll keep an eye on that as it continues to gain some momentum but as for now, let’s check out tonight’s NBA slate.

Miami (+4) at Oklahoma City – The Heat returned from the All-Star Break and promptly put a beat-down on the Mavericks behind 42 points from LeBron James. I don’t think this is an outlier either. Miami knows that catching Indiana for the top seed in the Eastern Conference is necessary for hopes of a three-peat.

Both OKC and the Heat enter the game on 8-2 streaks and both are winners of their last three games. Some will look at this as a battle between LeBron and Kevin Durant who many feel has had a better year so far than the ‘King.’

Look for the role players to have just as much impact this evening and I expect this game to go down to the wire so take Miami getting four.

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Can Knight lead the Bucks to a second-straight win against Denver tonight?

Denver (-3) at Milwaukee – The Bucks opened their second half of the season with a surprising win over Orlando. The win earned Milwaukee their tenth win of the season and improved their home record to 6-21.

The good news might not end there though because now slumping Denver visits them riding a five-game skid while going 3-7 over their last ten contests. The Nuggets are essentially out of the playoff hunt with 30 games to go as they sit 6.5 games out of the eighth and final spot out West.

Call me crazy here but I love the Bucks tonight at home getting three points.

Houston (+2.5) at Golden State – The Rockets come to Northern California riding a seven game winning streak. Houston is also mired in the middle of the playoff pack in the Western Conference with the Clippers and Trail Blazers. All three are six or 6.5 games behind first-place Oklahoma City.

Golden State has been average recently and the 5-5 stretch in their last ten games bears that out. The Warriors have to be careful here over the next few weeks because of their current position in the Western Conference standings.

They are currently tied with Dallas for the seventh/eighth spot eleven games behind OKC.  One game back is Memphis who has won three straight and seven of ten.  A poor stretch by the Warriors could result in them dropping out completely.

Given the way Houston is playing and the fact they are getting 2.5 tonight, I love the Rockets in Oakland.

 

Duke is Chalk on the Road at Chapel Hill

Rivalries exist at every stage of sports from high school to the pros. One of the biggest in college sports is renewed tonight when the Duke Blue Devils visit Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The game was originally scheduled for last week, but was delayed thanks to Mother Nature freezing the south and cancelling the game. However, they will finally take to the hard court on Thursday in what should be an action packed game.

Duke enters the game ranked No. 6 in the nation at 21-5 SU and 17-9 ATS. The Heels are unranked but are 18-7 Su and 14-11 ATS.

Duke is 10-3 in ACC play and has the fifth best mark ATS in the country. The Blue Devils are 8-1 ATS over their past 9 games, with the only loss ATS during this period a win over Maryland 69-67.

Jabari Parker the freshman sensation for Duke continues to impress in each game. Parker is now averaging 19 points and more than 8 rebounds per game. Sharing the offensive load for Duke is Rodney Hood who averages 16 points per game and Quinn Cook who is averaging 12 per game.

North Carolina is 8-4 in the ACC and has improved of late. Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks lead the offense for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina is 7-0 SU and ATS over its last 7 games played, which will make for a great matchup in tonight’s game at Chapel Hill.

Most sportsbooks including Bovada and sportsbook.com opened the line on this game with Duke -1.5. Others such as topbet and betonline had the game originally at Duke -2 but have been bet down to the -1.5.

The Tar Heels started slow this season, but have recovered in fine fashion. In the preseason poll, North Carolina was ranked in the top 5 in the nation, but is currently unranked.

Duke has had success against tough opponents this season. The Blue Devils have beaten Michigan State, Kentucky and Louisville. However, the Blue Devils lost to Syracuse on February 1 in overtime in the Carrier Dome.

Some bookmakers have North Carolina sitting at -1.5 a three-point difference from most other lines, flipping the line to North Carolina.

North Carolina will look to force the pace of the game and make it faster than Duke likes to play. The OVER has cashed in seven of the past nine outings for North Carolina.

However, Duke is 6-1 against the number in its last 7 games in Chapel Hill and the UNDER has cashed in 5 of the past 6 games between the two teams in Chapel Hill and 8 of the past 10 overall between Duke and North Carolina.

I like Duke and the UNDER.

NFL Teams Will Pressured to Add Sam, Martin

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You can book it that Roger Goodell will want to see Jonathan Martin picked up and Michael Sam drafted to avoid negative publicity.

The National Football League, despite enormous popularity, is facing crises on several fronts. First and foremost to the league is the issue of player safety and making the game safer overall. Just yesterday morning a new study was revealed that said helmets actually do very little to prevent concussions. The research showed they provided as little as 20% reductions in head injuries.

I have my own theories on that study but that’s for another time.

The NFL is also facing problems with consistency in its’ officiating ranks. This is no small issue either. NFL officials last year not only missed many calls but more importantly, they erred when trying to actually correct them! This has created a tremendous backlash from fans that are already tired of seeing their teams play in London and are horrified at the direction the game is going. ‘Flag football’ is most commonly used…

Now the NFL has its’ hands full with a two very hot button social topics and they cannot afford to fumble the fumble on either one of these.

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Martin will be in a camp this summer whether that team thinks he can play or not.

First is the Richie Incognito – Jonathan Martin bullying saga which came to a head on Friday when the Wells’ Report was released to the NFL and to the general public. I have no problem going on record in saying that I believe Incognito is done playing football in the National Football League. Yes, he has many supporters, but teams will not want the drama and media attention that having him on the roster would bring.

Jonathan Martin is in a whole different situation. Roger Goodell and his minions in the league office know they have a potential time bomb on their hands with Martin’s future in their league. Although this bomb doesn’t start ticking until free agency kicks in on March 11th, the real test will be in the summer when teams are looking to fill rosters in anticipation of training camp.

Can the NFL afford to have Jonathan Martin sitting out? Absolutely not! Imagine how it would look if a young man who was bullied and harassed were no longer in the league. It would look bad to the general public regardless if whether Martin can actually play or not.

Take this conversation and spin it forward to this May’s NFL Draft. One of the young men that will be on each and every board in each and every war room will be an openly gay man. Prior to his announcement, Michael Sam was projected to be selected anywhere from the third to seventh round. In the hours after his coming out, his stock dropped by as many as 60 positions on some draft boards.

Now imagine the draft as it enters its second day and here is this celebrated, brave young man who is a pretty darn good football still on the board. Do you really think Goodell wants this PR nightmare?

It could get worse though… What if Sam enters day three, which is the final day of the draft and he still hasn’t been taken by any of the league’s 32 teams. That PR nightmare I mentioned will look like a storm of epic proportions for Goodell. Why you may ask? Because if no one drafts a young man who was believed to be a very draftable player prior to his announcement then it will look very much like the NFL has learned nothing from the Martin case and will continue to look homophobic in the 21st century.

Scoff all you want, but I guarantee you this; Jonathan Martin will at least be in camp with a team and I also believe Michael Sam will be drafted. That’s the power of Roger Goodell and the NFL folks.

New Jersey Appealing to Supreme Court for Sports Betting

The State of New Jersey appealed to the United States Supreme Court in what is thought to be a long shot in its effort to overturn a ban by the federal government on sports betting in 46 of the 50 states. The state has asked the high court to declare the federal ban unconstitutional.

The state has a ruling from a federal appeals panel that went against them and due to that is appealing to the nation’s highest court asking them to consider two questions.

The question are if the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection act usurps a state’s authority and is a violation of the 10th amendment and does granting permission in only four states to conduct betting on sports violate equal sovereignty?

The federal panel ruled that the law in New Jersey allowing betting on sports conflicted with its federal law limiting sports betting in only four states – Oregon, Nevada, Montana and Delaware.

In 1991, New Jersey had a chance to become the just the fifth state to have legalized sports gambling but did not act upon that opportunity during a prescribed period of time.

The odds of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the argument are low and the odds are even much longer that they would side with New Jersey.

Sites online such as the reputable Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbooks.com fall under a different law since they are websites on the Internet.

Legal experts said the Supreme Court has been favoring the rights of states of late and even though they consider it a long shot for New Jersey, some believe the big boards might one day be in the Atlantic City casinos and other places throughout New Jersey.

The state has sued the four major professional sports leagues. The NFL, MLB, NBA , NHL and the NCAA say the perception of the integrity of the game could be compromised by betting that is state sanctioned on the sports. The U.S. Department of Justice has joined in on the litigation siding with the four sports leagues and the NCAA.

New Jersey voters, in a referendum that was non-binding in 2011 approved legal sports betting in the state. The proponents of sports betting believe it will help the 11 casinos in Atlantic City and the four racetracks in the state.

The supporters said that sports betting would also provide new sources of revenue from a large pool of money currently flowing to illegal bookmakers that are allied with organized crime.

The overall opinion is that the state has less than a 50% chance of the Supreme Court hearing its case and even less of a chance of winning.

Anyone want to place a bet on the futures on this? Time will tell what happens on this but one is certain for any of your sports wagering needs all you have to do is click Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com or betonline and anyone of the four will provide you with an array of different wagering options.