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The Michael Holley Podcast with DraftKings CEO Jason Robins

The Michael Holley Podcast with DraftKings CEO Jason Robins

On this episode of The Michael Holley Podcast, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins joins the show to discuss how he got his start in the business, what it was like to create a startup in the fantasy industry, the biggest obstacles he has faced, and the best concert he has ever been to.

1:10: What's the easiest money that Robins has ever made?

2:20: Holley and Robins discuss how Robins got so into fantasy, and why the fantasy draft is the best part of participating in a fantasy league.

5:00: Robins talks about what he wanted to be when he grew up and how he got into statistics and fantasy sports.

6:10: Robins recounts choosing his path while attending Duke.

8:40: What was the moment that Robins figured out that he figured out he wanted to start his own company?

11:00: Why it was the right time to start DraftKings.

12:20: An idea Robins had that never would have actually worked out.

14:00: Were you ready for all the attention you received after DraftKings took off?

15:35: What it was like dealing with controversy surrounding the business.

16:55: Robins offers his takes on the media and media coverage.

20:25: The future of legalized sports betting.

22:05: The best thing that DraftKings does right now.

24:34: How the Patriots have fared versus the spread recently.

25:20: The best concert Robins has ever been to.

25:55: The best Beatles album.

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NFL Rumors: Could Patriots videotaping investigation punishment come soon?

NFL Rumors: Could Patriots videotaping investigation punishment come soon?

Stop us if you've heard this before: An investigation into a Boston-area sports team has dragged on longer than expected.

The NFL launched its investigation into the Patriots back in December after the Bengals caught a New England staffer videotaping their sideline from Cincinnati's press box during a Week 14 game.

The Patriots issued a statement addressing the incident and footage of their film went public, but the league still hasn't concluded its investigation more than two months later.

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A verdict could be coming soon, however, as The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports the NFL is "getting closer to wrapping up" its investigation.

From Volin:

Last week, NFL Security completed what was believed to be the final interview with a Patriots employee. Now the security officials must write up their report, then hand it up the chain of command, where it will eventually land on the desk of commissioner Roger Goodell, who will approve of a final course of action.

There's still no precise timetable for that course of action, per Volin.

Head coach Bill Belichick has maintained that his football staff had no connection whatsoever to the illegal videotaping, but New England still could face punishment in the form of a fine and/or loss of a mid-round draft pick.

Will that punishment come before Major League Baseball concludes its never-ending investigation into the 2018 Boston Red Sox? That's anyone's guess.

Patriots' Bill Belichick went to Middle Tennessee State to scout this draft prospect

Patriots' Bill Belichick went to Middle Tennessee State to scout this draft prospect

Bill Belichick's "No Days Off" mentality was on full display Monday as he was seen at Middle Tennessee State's campus to scout defensive end Tyshun Render.

Belichick stood amid plenty of rain to watch Render work out. Check out the scene in the photos below.

Render was not among the draft prospects invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, so it makes sense that Belichick would stop in Murfreesboro, Tenn., before heading to Indianapolis.

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The senior defensive end set career highs with 36 solo tackles, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and five passes defensed in 12 games for Middle Tennessee in 2019. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 256 pounds. The Patriots had one of the league's best defenses last season, but you can never have enough quality pass rushers, and Render had a solid 2019 campaign.

Render is projected as a Day 3 prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft, so if he's selected, it likely will happen in the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh round. The Patriots are expected to have as many as 12 picks (including compensatory selections) in April's draft, including eight on Day 3.

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