Pennsylvania to allow gambling in airports, truck stops and online

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Pennsylvania to allow gambling in airports, truck stops and online

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania, the nation's second-largest commercial casino state, is taking an even deeper plunge into gambling and will allow people to bet online, in airports and at truck stops.

With government leaders searching for money to plug holes in Pennsylvania's tattered finances, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed legislation authorizing a major expansion of gambling.

Under the measure, the state will become the fourth to allow offer online gambling, joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. It also makes Pennsylvania the first state to allow online play for both commercial casinos and its state lottery, as both go in search of newer and younger players.

Wolf, a Democrat, had not been enthusiastic about expanding gambling, but he entertained the idea in dealings with a Republican-controlled Legislature that saw it as a better option to balance the state's persistent deficits than a tax increase.

While lawmakers also saw a gambling expansion as a way to bring tax revenue to their districts and pet projects, Wolf had focused on ensuring a gambling expansion would not damage the state's existing tax collections from casino revenues or receipts from the struggling Pennsylvania Lottery.

"There's been a lot of pressure from a lot of places in the commonwealth to actually expand this and we do need some recurring revenue," Wolf told reporters Monday. "Again, the goal has been all along to do what's prudent, not cannibalize existing gambling revenue coming to the state, and I think what we're settling on will actually do that."

In addition to online play, the new law will allow the state to be peppered with games of chance.

Ten of the state's 12 existing casinos will be able to bid on a license for a new, smaller casino with hundreds of slot machines. Bidding would start at $7.5 million, with a table games certificate costing an extra $2.5 million, for a casino limited to 750 slots and 30 table games. Currently, the state's larger casinos can operate up to 5,000 slot machines.

Meanwhile, casinos will be able to offer interactive gambling parlors in eight airports, including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, while qualifying truck stops can operate up to five slot machine-style monitors called video gaming terminals. Only Nevada and Puerto Rico currently allow airport gambling.

Lawmakers expect the gambling legislation to produce about $200 million or more annually from casino license fees and taxes on higher gambling losses.

Pennsylvania casinos rake in more gross revenues than any other state except Nevada, according to figures from the American Gaming Association. But Pennsylvania is the No. 1 state in tax revenue from the casino industry, netting $1.4 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Pennsylvania's lottery is also one of the nation's biggest, delivering $1 billion in profits on $4 billion in sales, though its revenue has flattened.

The bill, a couple years in the making, emerged last week and won passage within 18 hours in both chambers of the Legislature despite opponents' protests that they barely had a chance to read it, warnings that it carried unforeseen consequences and complaints that it was packed with sweetheart deals for casinos and certain lawmakers' pet projects.

For instance, a provision that would repeal a long-standing limit on casino ownership in Pennsylvania could make moot a lawsuit that has held up construction of the Live! Hotel & Casino in Philadelphia.

The gambling bill passed as part of a broader package designed to break a four-month budget stalemate over how to wipe out a projected $2.2 billion deficit.

The compromise came together after House leaders dropped their long-standing demand that a gambling expansion favor bars and other liquor licensees, not casino owners.

On Monday, Wolf also signed other elements of the Legislature's package to bail out the state's finances, a $1.5 billion borrowing measure and a grab-bag of tax adjustments that could net $140 million a year.

NBC Sports Philadelphia chronicles classic Philadelphia Eagles games with multiplatform coverage

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NBC Sports Philadelphia chronicles classic Philadelphia Eagles games with multiplatform coverage

PHILADELPHIA (October 23, 2017) — NBC Sports Philadelphia looks back at legendary Philadelphia Eagles games through the eyes of the players and coaches who played them. Host Michael Barkann is joined by NFL Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger and many of the players and coaches who played major roles in the outcome as they breakdown the games.
 
In addition to the Eagles Classic Games, special editions of "Philly Sports Talk Podcast," will accompany each episode. Ray Didinger will host chat sessions on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Facebook page, with additional videos and articles available on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com.
 
"These are some of the most iconic Philadelphia Eagles games of all time," said Barkann. "We take a look back through the eyes of the players and coaches, with Ray providing his analysis, having covered many of these games for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NFL Films."
 
"The Body Bag Game" Premieres Wed 10.25 at 10 p.m. 
Interview: Seth Joyner

Buddy Ryan's ferocious defense records three sacks and two defensive touchdowns in a 28-14 home win versus the Redskins on Monday Night Football. The Eagles physically punish Washington all game long as a total of six Redskins players leave the contest to injury – including two quarterbacks. Eagles safety William Frizzell is famously remembered for turning to the Washington bench and asking, "You need any more body bags?"
 
"Ask any Eagles fan their favorite game," said Ray Didinger, "More times than not, they'll say 'the Body Bag Game.'" Played under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, Buddy Ryan's defense, including Reggie White, Jerome Brown and Seth Joyner were unstoppable."
 
Miracle of the Meadowlands 1 – Premieres Wed 11.8 at 8 p.m.
Interviews: Quarterback Ron Jaworski, head coach Dick Vermeil

With the Eagles seemingly headed for defeat against the host NY Giants, cornerback Herman Edwards scoops up a fumbled handoff from Joe Pisarcik to Larry Csonka and races 26 yards for a TD in the final 20 seconds of the play. The win helps propel the Eagles to their first winning season since 1966 and into the playoffs for the first time since 1960.
 
"All of a sudden I see a huge pile of bodies, everyone running towards the end zone, people jumping on the pile, even people standing in the end zone were jumping on the pile," said Dick Vermeil.
 
Miracle of the Meadowlands 2 – Premieres Wed 11.8 at 9 p.m.
Interviews
: Michael Vick, Desean Jackson, Brent Celek, Andy Reid

With 14 seconds remaining and the game knotted at 31, NY Giants punter Matt Dodge boots a line drive to DeSean Jackson who returns it for an electrifying 65-yard, game-winning TD. The punt return fuels the Eagles to victory and caps off a 28-point comeback, which began with the team trailing 31-10 with eight minutes left in the game.
 
"25 years in football, I've never been a part of a game like that," said Celek.
 
2005 NFC Championship Game – Premieres Wed 11.15 at 8 p.m.
Interview
: Brian Dawkins

The Eagles reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1980 season after defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 27-10, in the NFC Championship Game. Two TD passes from quarterback Donovan McNabb key the offense, while the defense clamps down on dynamic Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick. As the clock winds down to 0:00, the Lincoln Financial Field crowd begins chanting, "Super Bowl! Super Bowl!"
 
"Hold on to those memories from that game and that time," said Brian Dawkins. "Because I do, and they are good ones."

Full Eagles Classic Schedule (premieres are bolded):

October 25: Special Eagles Classic Edition of Philly Sports Talk Podcast available
10 p.m.: Body Bag Game (premiere)

October 26: Facebook Live with Ray Didinger

October 27, 9 p.m.: Body Bag Game        

November 8: Special Eagles Classic Edition of Philly Sports Talk Podcast available
Facebook Live with Ray Didinger

8 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 1 (premiere)
9 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 2 (premiere)

November 10, 8 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 1  
9 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 2

November 15: Special Eagles Classic Edition of Philly Sports Talk Podcast available
Facebook Live with Ray Didinger

8 p.m.: 2005 NFC Championship (premiere)
9 p.m.: Body Bag Game        

November 17, 8 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 1
9 p.m.: 2005 NFC Championship Game

November 24, 8 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 2
9 p.m.: 2005 NFC Championship Game

December 26, 8 p.m.: Body Bag Game         
9 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 1

December 27, 8 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 2
9 p.m.: 2005 NFC Championship game

December 30, 5 p.m.: Body Bag Game
6 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 1  
7 p.m.: Miracle of the Meadowlands 2
8 p.m.: 2005 NFC Championship

NBC Sports Philadelphia announces multiplatform coverage of the Philadelphia 76ers

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NBC Sports Philadelphia announces multiplatform coverage of the Philadelphia 76ers


PHILADELPHIA -- NBC Sports Philadelphia delivers unprecedented coverage of the Philadelphia 76ers, providing fans with the news and analysis they want, through live game broadcasts and exclusive content on multiple platforms.

From the award-winning broadcast team of Marc Zumoff, Alaa Abdelnaby and Molly Sullivan, to the expert analysis provided by NBA veterans Marc Jackson and Jim Lynam, to the insight provided by team Insider Jessica Camerato, no other media outlet provides the level of access to the Philadelphia 76ers that NBC Sports Philadelphia does.

Play-by-play broadcaster Marc Zumoff, color commentator Alaa Abdelnaby, and sideline reporter Molly Sullivan team up for 74 regular season games on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ during the 2017-18 season. Fans can also stream the games on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com or with the NBC Sports app.

A special “Sixers Pregame Live” will air on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Sixers season opener against the Washington Wizards. Marshall Harris hosts alongside Marc Jackson and Jim Lynam. “Sixers Postgame Live” airs immediately afterwards on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s first telecast is on Friday, October 20 when the Sixers take on the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. from the Wells Fargo Center. Prior to the game, Michael Barkann will host an hour-long “Sixers Pregame Live” with Marc Jackson and Jim Lynam providing analysis. “Sixers Postgame Live” airs immediately after the game.

Fans can connect with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Sixers coverage on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @NBCSportsPhilly, or by following on Twitter:
@NBCSSixers
@JCameratoNBCS
@MBarkannNBCS
@MHarrisNBCS
@AmyFadoolNBCS

In addition to its live stream of every NBC Sports Philadelphia Sixers game telecast, NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com also provides fans with even more exclusive Sixers content from Insider Jessica Camerato, video highlights from every game, exclusive interviews and podcasts including “Holding Court,” with Marshall Harris and Amy Fadool, and Marc Zumoff’s “Zoo’s Views.” Both podcasts can be found on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, Apple podcasts and Google play.