On January 31, 2018, the NFL announced a five-year agreement for the broadcasting rights for Thursday Night Football games. The announcement serves as the first long-term deal negotiated by the NFL to secure a network partner to broadcast Thursday night games starting in 2018.[27] The deal is reportedly worth an average of more than $660 million per year,[28] which is in addition to the $1.1 billion per year Fox already pays to broadcast NFC games on Sundays.

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Carolina got hot over the second half of the season and managed to work its way into the Eastern Conference playoff mix. Its first opponent was not a favorable one though, as the Hurricanes went 0-4 in the regular season series vs. the Capitals. Washington leaves the nation’s capital with a 2-0 series lead and after its 4-3 OT win in Game 2, I have a hard time seeing the Hurricanes mentally getting back into this series. Key players, both up front and at the back end, are playing at their best right now for the defending champs and I see no reason not to believe that that momentum won’t get carried over here as well. Additionally note that the Capitals are already 8-4 (+2.6 units) this year after playing three straight home games, while Carolina is now 16-21 (-7.3 units) this season vs. clubs with winning records. With a chance to take a strangle-hold on this series, I expect the Capitals to continue their domination of this match-up.
Japanese videogame publisher Konami launched the ESPN MLS GameNight and ESPN MLS ExtraTime 2002 soccer games. In the early 1990s, Electronic Arts games featured a logo for a fictional sports TV network, EASN (Electronic Arts Sports Network); this was soon changed to EA Sports after ESPN requested that the company stop using the similar name. In 2005, both companies signed a 15-year partnership, where the ESPN brand and personalities are integrated into EA Sports video games. Grid 2 also features prominent ESPN branding.[50]
The online arm of CBS Sports is CBSSports.com. CBS purchased SportsLine.com in 2004, and today CBSSports.com is part of CBS Interactive. On February 26, 2018, following up on the success of their online news network CBSN, CBS Sports launched CBS Sports HQ, a 24/7, online only, linear sports news network. The network focuses entirely on sports news, results, highlights and analysis.[1] (CBS Sports college sports and golf programming that it distributes over the air is generally made available for free via separate streams, as are a limited number of NFL national telecasts; the remainder requires a CBS All Access subscription to be viewed online, with CBS Sports Network programming requiring a TV Everywhere subscription.)
In a national poll released in December 2011, Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind asked voters whether they “support or oppose changing the federal law to allow sports betting” in their respective states. Just as many voters approved (42%) as opposed (42%) allowing sports betting. However, voters who already live in households where family members (including themselves) engage in sports betting had a strongly favored legalization of sports betting (71%-23%), while voters in households where sports betting is not an activity, opposed legalization (46%-36%). Peter J. Woolley, professor of political science and director of the poll commented on the findings, “Gambling has become, for good or ill, a national industry, and you can bet that politicians and casinos all over the country are closely following New Jersey’s plans.”[8]
On July 31 though, the NBA did something unprecedented. It partnered with MGM Resorts. MGM will be the official sports betting partner of the league. In exchange for $25 million, MGM will get to use league data and logos in its sports betting promotion for the next three years. The deal establishes a precedent that casino companies should pay sports leagues for certain data and content rights.

Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. The frequency of sports bet upon varies by culture, with the vast majority of bets being placed on association football, American football, basketball, baseball, hockey, track cycling, auto racing, mixed martial arts, and boxing at both the amateur and professional levels. Sports betting can also extend to non-athletic events, such as reality show contests and political elections, and non-human contests such as horse racing, greyhound racing, and illegal, underground dog fighting.
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