NCAA Revolution Has Started; WSOP Launches Online Poker; NJ Casinos Lack Paperwork; Feds No Sports Betting in NJ

protest ncaa

Players mark gear in protest

By Tom Farrey |
In a gesture that organizers hope turns into an athlete-driven national movement, players from Georgia Tech and Georgia took the field Saturday with gear they had marked up to protest the NCAA’s treatment of athletes on issues ranging from concussions to compensation.

ESPN cameras showed that players, including Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee, wrote on their wrist tape “APU” — All Players United — in a game against North Carolina.

In Georgia’s game against North Texas, at least five Bulldogs offensive linemen joined the protest.

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter took the field with “APU” displayed prominently on his right wrist.

No announcement was made before the game, and just after kickoff a statement about the effort was released through the National College Players Association, an advocacy group that
supports NCAA reform.

Ramogi Huma, NCPA president, told Outside the Lines that the gesture was months in the making, with players from across the country having participated in weekly conference calls. He
said high-profile players on other BCS teams that compete later Saturday have expressed interest in participating as well.

Huma said players plan to continue to use their visibility on nationally televised games to draw attention to the effort, associated with the social-media hashtags #APU and

“Players will continue to wear the APU throughout the season and spread the word,” Huma said. “They’re taking the reform effort to television, which has never been done. They’ve been
using their bodies to make money for the people who run NCAA sports. Now, for the first time, they’re using their bodies to push for basic protections at the very least.”

Lee, a sophomore, scrawled APU on his left wrist tape in black marker, as did backup quarterback Justin Thomas. Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu wrote the acronym on his
right wrist, and on a towel that hung from his waist.

Others, including junior running back Synjyn Days and defensive end Anthony Williams, marked up both wrists. From the television game feed, it was unclear how many players in total
participated in the protest. None were immediately available for comment.

Also wearing “APU” was Georgia junior offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who was forced to sit out the past three years because of a failed NCAA drug test. Houston was originally
declared ineligible by the NCAA in January 2010, when he tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid that had been medically administered to Houston following a shoulder surgery he
had while in high school. The ban was lifted in July after continued protests on his part that he was clean.

Joining Houston with “APU” on their wrists were his fellow linemen Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, John Theus and David Andrews.

Huma said that in all, players on at least four teams in four different BCS conferences have expressed interest in participating in nationally televised games Saturday.

The website described the “#AllPlayersUnited Campaign Goals” as:

• Demonstrate unity among college athletes and fans in favor of NCAA reform.

• Show support for players who joined concussion lawsuits against the NCAA, which could “force the NCAA to finally take meaningful steps to minimize brain trauma in contact sports and
provide resources for current and former players suffering with brain injuries.”

• Show support for the players who “stepped up in the O’Bannon v. NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit regarding the use of players’ images/likeliness, which could unlock billions of dollars in
resources for current, future, and former players.”

• Stand behind individual players being “harmed by NCAA rules.”

Huma said “this is a campaign designed by players that gets the issue in front of people in a way they’re comfortable with.” He said the primary concern of the players he is organizing
is health and safety issues related to concussions.

The NCAA has come under fire from critics who contend the organization has not done enough to ensure that schools minimize the risk of concussions with players, by such measures as
minimizing contact during practices.

The NCPA, which is supported by the U.S. Steelworkers union, is also asking in its statement that the NCAA direct “a portion of its over $1 billion in new TV revenue to guarantee basic

Those include guaranteed scholarship renewals for permanently injured players, the promise that injured players will not have to pay sports-related medical bills, an increase in
scholarship aid by $3,000 to $5,000 per year up to the cost of attendance, and the establishment of an educational “trust fund” that players could tap into after their eligibility

ESPN’s Cara Capuano contributed to this report.


wsop onlineWorld Series Of Poker Launched Nevada Real-Money Online Poker Site On Thursday Morning

Firm Announces Date In Monday Conference Call

by Brian Pempus

The World Series of Poker will debut its real-money online poker site on Thursday morning. The poker site will be available only for those within Nevada’s borders.

“It is a gratifying and exciting day to see the WSOP online launch,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a conference call Monday morning. “From Fremont to any street in Nevada in less than a decade.”

“We want to thank the Nevada Gaming Control Board,” the firm said about the extensive licensing and testing process. The WSOP had originally planned to launch a bit earlier this

Nevada legalized online poker in 2011 and adopted online gaming regulations in December of that year. Earlier this year, the legislature acted to allow for state compacts in order to
create greater liquidity for online poker sites. Nevada and New Jersey will likely partner in the future, with some in the industry predicting it coming sometime in 2014.

Liquidity, Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, said, is a key to success for online poker. “We are very big supporters of shared liquidity. A small state like
Nevada will benefit from shared liquidity. It is in everyone’s interest to have compacts between states.” Nevada, however, he said will have a very healthy business on its own.

“This is a domino. This is the beginning of a very large online gaming business in America,” Garber said of what this crucial step means for Caesars and the industry at large.

As Bloomberg pointed out, Caesars Entertainment (CZR) stock has more than tripled this year.

So far, an offshoot of Station Casinos is the only Nevada gaming firm offering real-money online poker. Ultimate Poker launched this past spring and has been going strong.

Caesars Entertainment said it will look to be “the dominant” online poker provider in Nevada.

The firm said that it signed up 12,000 players during the WSOP in Las Vegas this summer. Live poker players were able to register in the Rio Hotel and Casino’s sprawling convention
center. Caesars offered perks for those who signed up then. However, that number pales in comparison to the 43 million people Caesars has in its Total Rewards database.

The WSOP’s poker site will launch with Texas hold’em, in addition to other games like Omaha high and Omaha eight-or-better, seven-card stud high and seven-card stud eight-or-better.

The poker site will have a number of deposit methods to start. Players can deposit via Visa, MasterCard and ACH. Players will not be able to at Caesars’ properties at launch.

The WSOP is also preparing for its own online poker championship series, but doesn’t have any plans right now for awarding bracelets from web poker events. It will first use its real-
money site to help players qualify for existing live tournament stops.

The software will be Windows and Mac compatible at launch.

There was some bad news for poker pros, however. The WSOP said it will not embrace the sponsored player model as seen in the past with many online poker rooms.


paperworkNew Jersey Casinos Lack Important Paperwork Two Months before Launch of Intrastate Gaming

By Earl Burton
According to reports out of the state, many New Jersey casinos have yet to file critical paperwork with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as the state readies to launch their full online casino gaming network in just over two months.

Meadowlands Matters writer John Brennan reports that Atlantic City casinos received a letter last week to inform them of the oversight and that the required information was needed by September 20. The letter stated that, “The Division’s review of those submissions filed to date has revealed omissions where the applicant has failed to provide important hardware and specifications relating to technology, failed to have internet service providers disclose contracts with third-party vendors and/or failed to have copies of all relevant contracts with third-party service providers.”

The letter continued, “The failure to provide such information is affecting the Division’s ability to review and approve submissions and address licensing issues necessary for the issuance of a transactional waiver or Interim Casino Authorization.” The DGE is looking to have everything in place for proper review prior to the launch of New Jersey’s online gaming
industry, which is set for November 23.

Interestingly, the information that is being sought is some of the most critical parts of the operation of any online gaming system. Such issues as hardware (physical computing) and
software (the type of program they will be running), geolocation procedures, age verification and payment processing are the most important things that the DGE hasn’t been informed of.
Other areas that the DGE is looking for information on include responsible gaming, player collusion procedures, money laundering prevention and other issues. Several of the potential
operations in New Jersey have yet to provide all of this information, according to Brennan.

The lines have been drawn in New Jersey, with each of the twelve casinos in operation having previously announced their “dance partners” for the start of gaming in the Garden State
later this fall. The powerhouse Caesars Entertainment properties – which include their namesake casino, Harrah’s, Bally’s and the Showboat – will be joining together with their
longtime partner 888 Holdings to provide their online gaming; the Trump Taj Mahal has chosen Ultimate Poker and Ultimate Gaming for their outlet, while the Trump Plaza will bring
Betfair into the online game in the United States for the first time in a few years.

The Borgata, owned by Boyd Gaming, will use the technology of bwin.Party for their offerings, while the Tropicana will employ Gamesys and the Golden Nugget will join with Bally
Technologies. Potentially the biggest partnership will be between Resorts International (and their Resorts Casino Club on the boardwalk in Atlantic City) and the online poker behemoth

Two casinos in the Atlantic City industry, Revel Casino Hotel and The Atlantic Club, have yet to disclose who they will partner with to enter into the Jersey online gaming scene. Both
have had a rather jaded past with the poker community; the Revel is planning to close its live poker room’s doors on August 15 due to a lack of players while The Atlantic Club (which
doesn’t have a live poker room) engaged in a dance with PokerStars that would have seen the online poker company buy the casino. After announcing a deal earlier this year, that
purchase was shot down in May after it became apparent that PokerStars would not get a temporary gaming license in the state.

The potential for the New Jersey online gaming scene to explode when it launches in November is palpable. With its roughly 9 million residents, it is estimated that the Jersey online
gaming market could pull in as much as $180 million in 2014 from its operation, which would be a significant shot in the arm for the Atlantic City casinos (by law, only licensed
Atlantic City casinos can offer New Jersey intrastate gaming). The offerings from New Jersey would also be groundbreaking in that it would be the first state to offer full online
casino gaming (Nevada only offers online poker at this time).

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no sports bettingPanel upholds New Jersey anti-sports betting laws

by Staff & Wire Reports

A federal appeals court dealt another blow to New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling Tuesday, upholding a ruling that the state’s betting law conflicts with federal law and
shouldn’t be implemented.

The case was heard by a three-judge panel at the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, and the state could seek to have the case re-heard by the full appeals court. But
Tuesday’s ruling more likely means New Jersey’s last chance to legalize sports gambling is to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

In March, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp ruled that some of the questions raised in the case were novel, but he suggested the best way to change the U.S. law was to get Congress to
repeal or amend the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

Tuesday’s appellate ruling, by a 2-1 majority, reinforced Shipp’s view.

“We are cognizant that certain questions related to this case — whether gambling on sporting events is harmful to the games’ integrity and whether states should be permitted to
license and profit from the activity — engender strong views,” judges wrote. “But we are not asked to judge the wisdom of PASPA or of New Jersey’s law, or of the desirability of the
activities they seek to regulate. We speak only to the legality of these measures as a matter of constitutional law … New Jersey’s sports wagering law conflicts with PASPA and, under
our Constitution, must yield.”

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Thomas Vanaskie agreed substantially with his two colleagues but differed in his interpretation of PASPA, a law that allowed state-sanctioned sports
gambling only in Nevada and three other states.

“PASPA attempts to implement federal policy by telling the states that they may not regulate an otherwise unregulated activity,” Vanaskie wrote. “The Constitution affords Congress no
such power.”

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, a leading supporter of the sports gambling effort, took Vanaskie’s dissent as a positive sign for New Jersey’s effort.

“For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favor,” Lesniak said. “That gives us hope that others, either Supreme Court justices or the entire Court of Appeals for our district, will
allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada.”

A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday, but in the past Christie has said he would go to the nation’s highest court if

Voters passed a sports betting referendum in 2011, and last year New Jersey enacted a law that limited bets to the Atlantic City casinos and the state’s horse racing tracks. Bets
wouldn’t be taken on games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state. Christie said at the time that he hoped to grant sports betting licenses by early this
year, but those plans were put on hold.

The NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA sued the state last year and claimed the betting law would harm the integrity of their games. The NCAA moved several of its
championship events out of New Jersey, though it later relented.

Attorneys for the state had attacked PASPA on several constitutional levels. They argued the law unfairly “grandfathered” Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware, which each had some form
of sports gambling at the time, and said the law violated state sovereignty and equal protection provisions and trampled the authority of state legislatures under the 10th Amendment.

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