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Bad beat? Redskins' loss to Eagles so bad some bets got refunded

Bad beat? Redskins' loss to Eagles so bad some bets got refunded

The Redskins played a tight game against the Eagles on Sunday, and with less than a minute remaining, Washington held a lead.

Before a Carson Wentz miracle late-game drive and a touchdown with about 30 seconds left in the game, the Redskins were not just going to cover the six-point spread, Washington was going to win outright. Things change fast in pro football though.

Wentz connected with Greg Ward for the late touchdown, and all of sudden, the Redskins were trailing by three. Then, on a miracle Hail Mary attempt with less than 10 seconds left, Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins got hit, fumbled, and Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham ran it back for a score. 

Bradham's touchdown happened as the clock expired, and in turn, gave the Eagles a 10-point lead. That meant Philadelphia covered, not even in the last second, but with no time on the clock. As bad beats go, it was beyond brutal.

Because of the nature of the loss one online sports book offered an unprecedented refund. PointsBet offered something called their "Good Karma Payout" which wiped those bad beats off for folks that had the Redskins bet with the points. That rarely happens, but shows how bad the beat truly was. 

The NFL will offer no good karma payout. The Eagles certainly won't. After a brutal loss, maybe a few Redskins fans will feel relief though from PointsBet. 

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Ron Rivera hasn't coached a single game in Washington but he's already made a huge impact

Ron Rivera hasn't coached a single game in Washington but he's already made a huge impact

Ron Rivera hasn’t coached a single game in Washington yet. Hell, because of coronavirus, he hasn’t even coached a single practice yet. 

No matter.

Rivera is well on his way to being the most important Redskins coach since Joe Gibbs walked these halls. 

Love it or hate it, the Redskins seem to be on the precipice of changing their name, and despite being in charge of the organization for a little more than six months, Rivera is involved in that decision. 

When the team formally announced a thorough review of the Redskins' name in early July, Rivera was quoted in the statement, right after team owner Dan Snyder. 

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“This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military," Rivera said in that statement. 

Take a step back.

The head coach, that hasn't coached a single game yet, is going to work with the team owner about possibly changing an 80-year old name?

Yeah, that's how important Ron Rivera is in Ashburn. 

Publicly or privately, Rivera seems a big factor in the evolution of the Redskins organization. After the murder of George Floyd, it was Rivera that came out with a message supporting Black Lives Matter. 

And after FedEx publicly asked the Redskins to change their name — setting off an avalanche of requests from major corporate partners — it was Rivera that joined Snyder in the announcement of a possible name change. 

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It's fair to ask if Rivera is the right person for the job. After all, as pointed out earlier, he hasn't even coached a game wearing Burgundy and Gold yet. Rivera might not be steeped in Redskins history, but he has innate, natural leadership skills. Bruce Allen was steeped in Redskins history and also had leadership skills, but they were more similar to Darth Vader's. 

Rivera inspires people, ask many of his former players. And right now, that leadership is part of inspiring change at Redskins Park. 

Snyder hired Rivera to overhaul a losing, toxic culture. He's been applauded for his foresight and commitment to diversity across the NFL. Whether or not Rivera — or anyone else — expected those two changes to collide so early in his Redskins tenure no longer matters. 

The collision happened the afternoon of George Floyd's murder, and so far, Rivera has proven the man for the job. 

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One analyst explains why Redskins' financial value won't decrease with name change

One analyst explains why Redskins' financial value won't decrease with name change

As it stands now, the Washington Redskins are one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. According to Forbes, the team is worth a whopping $3.4 billion -- the 14th most-valuable franchise in all of sports, and the fifth most valuable team in the NFL.

With the team currently conducting an internal review of the moniker, it's worth wondering if a new name would hurt the value of the team. According to Randy Vataha -- the president of Game Plan LLC., which helps the service of helping people buy and sell sports franchises -- it shouldn't.

"I don't think it will really hurt the team's value ultimately," Vataha said to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay.

Vataha explained that each franchise's actual name has little to do with its value.

"We're big believers and have a lot of data that indicates that yes, branding is important, yes, names are important in a lot of ways, but what's really important is the size and the demographics of the market," Vataha said.

The analyst gave the example of New York sports franchises, such as the Knicks and Rangers, and how they are consistently two of the most valuable teams in all of sports. Why? Because they play in New York City.

"The New York teams are all the top teams in every league," Vataha said. "The NFL is a little different because of how they share revenue, but the New York teams are always at the top, not because of the names of the teams. It's because of the marketplace.

"You'll have a lot of people, you'll have a lot of social media, you'll have a lot of political commentary back and forth," Vataha continued. "But at the end of the day, the core value is decided by the size of the market and the demographics of the market."

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This past week, a report surfaced from the Washington Post that the Redskins three minority owners were looking to sell their stake in the team, citing that they were "not happy being a partner" with Redskins majority owner Dan Snyder. The three minority owners -- Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman -- make up approximately 40 percent of the team's ownership group.

Vataha said he understands both sides of the argument surrounding the team. Additionally, he said that the safest financial decision for the team would be to keep the name, despite all the public backlash they've received over the past couple of weeks.

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However, immediately after, Vataha emphasized once more that he doesn't envision the name change truly making a big difference value-wise.

"I understand the arguments on both sides pretty well," Vataha said. "But I think from the financial standpoint, the safest thing is never change it. But, on the other hand, I don't think it'll be a big hit to value any way at all."

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