Other Sports

Other Sports

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins

Listen to the full podcast here.

 

-----The United States Supreme Court may have legalized sports betting across the country, but

the debate over daily fantasy sports continues across the country on the state level.

According to the Westchester Journal News, the viability of DFS in New York is up in question

after acting state Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly recent ruled that such companies

“violate the state constitution.” Connolly “ruled in favor of anti-gambling organizations that had

challenged the state law allowing and regulating DFS, deciding the games directly violate

the gambling ban in the state constitution. The state is expected to appeal the ruling, which

would allow companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings to remain operating in New York while

the court proceedings are worked out. A DraftKings lawyer noted that the expected worst-case

scenario for the DFS operator would “involve a referendum so that the state can regulate it.”

While none of Tuesday’s elections directly impact the sports betting legislation, it’s a safe bet

that in some states, newly-elected officials will play a vital role in implementing legal sports

wagering in the next few years.

 

-------The Golden State Warriors are planning to move into their new home in downtown San

Francisco but are still being ordered to pay $40 million for renovations to Oakland’s Oracle

Arena. According to the Associated Press, authorities from Alameda County are in a battle with

 

the Warriors over debt payments stemming from a $150 million bond that the Oakland-

Alameda County Coliseum Authority took out in 1996 for basketball-centric renovations. The

team “agreed to help finance” the bond with annual payments, contributing $7.5 million per

year to date, but said that its debt obligations “end when they terminate their lease and leave

Oakland for San Francisco and the new Chase Center at the end of the season.” The city and

county still have to repay about $80 million in renovation costs at the Oakland-Alameda County

Coliseum for the Oakland Raiders, who are not obligated to help repay the money, even when

they move to Las Vegas. Next up on the Oakland pro sports agenda: the seemingly never-

ending search for a new home for the MLB Oakland A’s.

 

------Heading into the MLS Playoffs, let’s take a look back at the regular season. According to

SportsBusiness Journal, the 2018 regular season finished with an average attendance of 21,873,

coming as a 1.1% drop from last year’s number. This comes as the first year-over-year drop for

the league in the last five years, though many teams had extremely strong years. Atlanta United

FC dominated attendance figures for the second consecutive year, packing Mercedes-Benz

Stadium with over 53,000 fans per home match, a 10% increase from last year’s recording-

breaking season. The Columbus Crew finished at the bottom of the league in terms of overall

attendance and year-over-year drop-off, bringing in only 12,447 fans per match, a nearly 20%

slide from last season. Despite being “saved” from relocation to Austin, Texas, the club will

need to make some significant changes if it wants to remain in the ever-expanding league;

while MLS has no official relegation like European leagues, if it did, the Crew would be the

first club in line for demotion.