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Will The Seminole Tribe Budge On Sports Betting?



In numerous states all over the United States of America, legalized sports betting has brought in huge amounts of tax revenue. That tax revenue has plugged up holes in state budgets and allowed states to invest in and fund projects that they would have had no other means of supporting. There have been queries and quibbles about addiction issues and gambling-related crime – and those issues aren’t going to go away any time soon – but most people agree that the relaxation of the laws that apply to sports betting has been a good thing for the country as a whole. 

One state that’s yet to cash in its chips, so to speak, is Florida. While sports betting has been going on all around the Sunshine State, there’s been little progress made in any attempt to allow it to happen here. There are a few reasons for that, and most of them relate to the rights of the Seminole Tribe and their stance on the issue. Right now, they have absolute exclusivity on all casino games. Wherever it’s legal to play slots, roulette, blackjack, or any other casino game in Florida, it’s the Seminole Tribe who allows it and profit from it. The Seminole Tribe does not currently have the infrastructure nor the capability to offer sports betting or open sportsbooks, and so if it were allowed to happen in Florida, their monopoly would be over. Quite understandably, they’re not keen to see that happen. 

There was a fleeting attempt to bring legislation on the issue of sports betting to the table in Florida last year, but it got nowhere. Surprisingly, it’s already back on the table, and this time it may get a lot further down the line. It’s something of a legislative wildcard, but we could plausibly see legislation introduced as early as March that would pave the way for sports betting companies to move into Florida before the end of the year. If they’re able to do so, it’s thought that there may be enough bettors in Florida for the state to rival the multi-billion dollar income of New Jersey when it comes to taxable gambling revenue. It would be a huge change – but it would be a huge change that could make Florida a whole lot richer. 

We should note that the proposals that are being brought to the table in March won’t just cover sports betting in person, but would also seek to allow sports betting through the internet. This would be consistent with the way that gambling takes place in the rest of the world. In Europe, the majority of successful online slots websites have adapted to serve customers accessing their site using mobile phones. Some 2020 slots site have even released specialized mobile slots to better accommodate the way in which their customers interact with them. If mobile slots are replacing online slots, mobile sports betting will inevitably replace in-person sports betting sooner rather than later. If Florida is going to move to allow sports betting, it would make sense for the state to get ahead of the curve and allow for the internet rather than making one law, and then having to come back and revise it a year later. 

While the content of the proposals is currently unknown, what is known is that they’re a collaborative work between Sen. Travis Hutson, Senate President Bill Galvano, Speaker Jose Oliva, and Rep. Mike LaRosa. This isn’t Hutson and LaRosa’s first rodeo when it comes to gambling. Prior to the failed attempt to bring sports betting to the masses last year, they were also involved in a failed gaming bill in 2018. They’ll be hoping that it’s a case of third time lucky when they make their push in a few weeks’ time. 

Whatever the politicians come up with, they may have a hard time persuading Gov. DeSantis that their proposals are even worth his time to read. He’s on record as saying that he’s against any broad expansion of Florida’s existing gambling provisions. It’s hard to imagine any sports betting proposal that couldn’t be classified as a broad expansion, and so it’s going to take a significant change of heart from the Governor for him to support any change in the law. Without him, it’s highly unlikely to go anywhere. 

While DeSantis is likely to be against the proposal, it might be the case that there’s a better chance of passing a sports betting law now than there has been in the past, and that’s because the state’s long-standing agreement with the Seminole Tribe is currently suspended. The Seminole Tribe withdrew their estimated £350m-a-year revenue payment to the state because they felt that the state wasn’t doing anything to shut down unregulated and unapproved games at horse and dog racing tracks, and so the terms of the agreement don’t currently apply. If the state were to make a move on sports betting right now, they wouldn’t need the Seminole Tribe’s approval to get it over the line. Perhaps even more enticingly for politicians, it also wouldn’t take long for sports betting to plug the large hole that’s been left in the state’s budget by the withholding of the Seminole Tribe’s payments. 

Even if that is the case, though, nobody can be quite sure of the mood of Floridian voters when it comes to allowing more gambling in the state. If by means of persuasion, the Governor could be persuaded to accept the proposals, the matter would still have to be put to Floridian voters by way of a referendum. The only way to avoid such a referendum would be to make the proposals part of a compact with a Native American tribe – such as the Seminole. That might make finding an agreement with the Seminole a better option after all. 

As we can see from all of the above, the road ahead is a complicated one, and it won’t be solved quickly. Given the amount of money being made in smaller states than Florida, though, change probably is inevitable. Legalized sports betting is coming to Florida – it’s just a matter of how, when, and who gets to run it.


Hell’s Kitchen And New York Liberty Host Block Party At Block Party



The new musical Hell’s Kitchen will be the presenting sponsor of the New York Liberty’s game today July 16th. As a celebration of New York culture, Hell’s Kitchen and the New York Liberty will host a free open-to-the-public Block Party for fans on Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the Ticketmaster Plaza at Barclays Center. The New York Liberty continue to underscore their intentional focus to bring together its passionate community and fanbase.

To emphasize the unique intersection of sport and theater, the Block Party will include a meet and greet with select cast members of Hell’s Kitchen, special performances from the New York Liberty Entertainment team and the Brooklyn Elite Jumpers Double Dutch, exclusive giveaways from Keys Soulcare and American Express, food vendors and more!

The festivities will continue during the New York Liberty’s game against the Connecticut Sun, where the Liberty aim to build upon the historic momentum experienced throughout the 2024 WNBA season. During the game, there will be a special halftime performance choreographed by Hell’s Kitchen’s choreographer Camille A. Brown and associate chorographer Rickey Tripp featuring the New York Liberty mascot, Ellie the Elephant, and dance team, as well as an on-court giveaway where two fans will have the chance to win tickets to an upcoming Hell’s Kitchen performance.

Ali is a 17-year-old girl full of fire – searching for freedom, passion and her place in the world. How she finds them is a New York City coming-of-age story you’ve never felt before – Hell’s Kitchen, a new musical from 16-time Grammy® Award winner Alicia Keys, whose songs and experiences growing up in NY inspire a story made for Broadway.

Rebellious and stifled by an overprotective single mother, Ali is lost until she meets her mentor: a neighbor who opens her heart and mind to the power of the piano. Set to the rhythm of the 90s, Hell’s Kitchen is a love story between a mother and daughter.  It’s about finding yourself, your purpose, and the community that lifts you. Come remember where dreams begin.

The “powerhouse cast” is led by Tony Award® winner Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tony Award® winner Kecia Lewis and Chris Lee. Hell’s Kitchen is directed by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif, with choreography by four-time Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown, a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Kristoffer Diaz – and the music of Keys, featuring new songs and her greatest hits.

The Hell’s Kitchen Original Broadway Cast Recording is available now via Alicia Keys Records/Interscope Records on streaming and digital platforms worldwide with a physical release to follow.

Hell’s Kitchen lottery tickets are available through a digital lottery the day before the performance at The digital lottery opens at at 12AM (ET) one day before the performance with winners announced that same morning at 10AM (ET), with a second announcement of additional winners that afternoon at 3PM (ET). Winners may purchase up to two tickets at $39 each (inclusive of $5 service fee), subject to availability. Seats may be partial view.

A limited number of in-person Hell’s Kitchen rush tickets will be available on the day of each performance for $39 per ticket when the Shubert Theatre box office opens. Maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability. Seats may be partial view. The box office opens Monday through Saturday at 10AM (ET) and Sunday at 12PM (ET).

Tickets for Hell’s Kitchen are available at and Tickets can also be purchased at the Shubert Theatre box office. Ticket prices range from $59-199.

Season ticket memberships and single game tickets for New York Liberty home games at Barclays Center are on sale now via Ticketmaster. To learn more and view additional ticketing options such as group tickets and ticket plans, visit

The performance schedule for Hell’s Kitchen is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7PM, Wednesday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM.

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Tracking Progress: 8 Ways a Golf Handicap Chart Can Motivate Your Game




As golfers, we all strive to improve and excel on the course. But sometimes, it can feel like we’re stuck in a rut, unable to make significant progress.

This is where a golf handicap chart comes in. It is a powerful tool that can not only track your progress but also serve as a source of motivation for your game.

A handicap chart can provide both a sense of accomplishment and a roadmap for future success. So, let’s dive into how this simple yet effective tool can take your golf game to the next level.

1. Clear and Objective Measure of Your Progress

Having a clear and fair measure of your progress is crucial when it comes to improving your golf game. This is where a golf handicap chart comes in, as it provides an accurate and unbiased representation of your performance over time.

By keeping track of your scores and calculating your handicap, you can see how you have improved and identify areas where you may need to focus more attention. This can act as a motivating factor, as you can set goals and strive to lower your handicap over time.

2. Act as a Benchmark for Comparing Your Performance

This chart is a numerical representation of a player’s skill level, calculated based on their past performances. As players strive to improve their handicap, the chart becomes a measurable standard to track their progress. Each time a player hits the course, they can refer to their handicap and see how it compares to their previous scores and those of other players.

This not only motivates them to work harder but also allows them to celebrate their improvement when they see their handicaps decrease. It serves as a constant reminder of where they stand and encourages them to push themselves to reach new levels of excellence.

3. Identify Patterns in Your Game

A golf handicap chart can be a powerful tool for improving your game. One way it can do so is by helping you identify patterns in your game. By recording your scores and comparing them over time, you can see trends and patterns emerge.

This can give you insight into what areas of your game need improvement and where you excel. For example, if you struggle with your iron shots but excel at putting them, you can focus on honing your iron game to see a significant improvement in your score. These patterns can also serve as motivation, as you can set goals to break certain patterns and achieve better results on the course.

4. Promotes Healthy Competition

A golf handicap chart is not just a tool for keeping track of your scores in the game, it also serves as a motivator for improving your game. By promoting healthy competition, a handicap chart encourages golfers to constantly strive for improvement and push themselves to play better. It serves as a benchmark for players to see where they stand in comparison to others, fueling their drive to excel.

Additionally, by leveling the playing field, a handicap chart stimulates healthy competition among players of different skill levels, making the game more enjoyable and fair. This promotes a positive and competitive spirit, ultimately leading to improved performance and a love for the game.

5. Incentivize You to Participate in Tournaments

The chart provides a way to track a player’s progress and improvement over time, giving them a tangible goal to work towards. By incentivizing players to improve their handicaps, the chart can push them to take part in tournaments to showcase their skills and compete against fellow golfers.

Additionally, many tournaments need players to have an official handicap to take part, making the chart a necessary part of the process. This added motivation can push players to practice more, fine-tune their skills, and ultimately improve their game.

6. Reminder of Your Dedication and Hard Work

A golf handicap chart is not just a mere record of your scores and progress in the game, but it is a powerful tool that can motivate and inspire you to keep pushing yourself further. One of the ways it does so is by serving as a constant reminder of your dedication and hard work. Every time you look at your handicap chart, you will see the steady improvement and progress that you have made through your determination and effort.

This will not only boost your confidence but also remind you of the importance of consistent practice and dedication in achieving your goals. It serves as validation of your commitment to the game and can be a powerful motivator to keep pushing yourself to become a better golfer.

7. Visual Representation of Your Progress

Taking golf lessons can greatly improve your game, but it can be difficult to measure your progress without a visual representation. This is where a golf handicap chart comes in. By tracking your scores and using a course handicap calculator, you can see a visual representation of your progress.

This can be extremely motivating, as you can see the improvements in your game and set goals for yourself. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see your handicap decrease, driving you to continue working towards improving your game. A golf handicap chart can be a powerful tool in motivating you to continue taking golf lessons and improving your skills on the course.

8. Act as a Source of Accountability

Having a golf handicap chart can be a crucial tool in improving your game. It not only allows you to track your progress and identify areas for improvement but also serves as a source of accountability. Seeing your handicap decrease or increase can motivate you to take your game more seriously and work towards consistently improving.

Additionally, sharing your handicap with other golfers can also create a sense of healthy competition and push you to strive for better scores. It forces you to take ownership of your game and hold yourself accountable for your performance.

Motivate Your Game by Tracking Progress With Golf Handicap Chart

Using a golf handicap chart can have numerous benefits for golfers of all skill levels. From tracking progress and identifying areas for improvement to creating motivation and setting goals, a handicap chart is a powerful tool for improving your game. Don’t hesitate to start using one today and see the positive impact it can have on your golf journey.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a golf service chart and elevate your game to the next level!

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Tales From Hollywood With Gary Springer Part 2



“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is  filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. This is part 2. You can watch part 1 here.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Gary Springer about his son Nick who got Spinal meningitis at 14, went on to be a Paralympian and who died in 2021. We also talk about “Beyond The Raging Sea”, the gripping account of two athletes who embarked on the World’s Toughest Row- 3000 miles across the Atlantic- takes a harrowing turn, mirroring the ordeal of refugees crossing dangerous sea.
We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

Rommel Gopez, Suzanna Bowling, Gary Springer

Rommel Gopez and the Hotel Edison have also added billboards that are in front of the lobby to let guests know what is happening.

I am so grateful to my guest Gary Springer.

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

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Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple



It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.




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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and LA28 Announce New Guild Initiative




 Guild, the leader in opportunity creation for America’s workforce, today announced a historic partnership with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild will serve as an Official Education, Skilling & Career Mobility Provider of Team USA and LA28, providing a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Team USA athletes to receive education and career development opportunities with personalized one-on-one coaching to support athletes in building competitive careers alongside their athletic achievements.

With athletes dedicating so much of their time to training and traveling for competitions, they often have to put their athletic ambitions ahead of education and career development. At the point when an athlete transitions from their elite athletic career, it’s common that they find themselves out of pace with their non-athlete peers professionally, and needing to come up to speed to compete on a whole new playing field. Guild’s partnership delivers a more seamless transition from competition to long-term education and career planning, and Guild’s tailored approach ensures Team USA athletes are set up for long-term success.

Team USA athletes who have met defined eligibility requirements as members of Team USA in the last 10 years can use Guild’s Career Opportunity Platform™ to access a learning marketplace of flexible, tuition-free education and skilling programs. And, just as they rely on the guidance of their coaches and support systems in their athletic training, athletes will have access to personalized one-on-one coaching to support them across their entire education and career journey. Purdue Global is the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network, and eCornell is the preferred provider of professional education.

“Guild’s vision for a future of work that works for everyone aligns with LA28’s commitment to supporting the whole athlete, from their performance to their total well-being,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer. “As we prepare for the LA28 Games, we’re thrilled to partner with Guild to provide tools and opportunities to positively impact Team USA athletes.”

“As an athlete, I’ve dedicated the majority of my life to reach this moment in my career and my education has remained a key pillar and priority throughout my training,” said Daniella Ramirez, Paris-bound Team USA Artistic Swimmer. “It’s incredible that through this program, Guild will make opportunities available to current and future Team USA athletes who are also driven by their educational pursuits and might otherwise have to sacrifice one or the other.”

“Guild, the USOPC, and LA28 share a fundamental belief that career pathways and access to education are key to the holistic development of athletes. We are proud to be a partner in offering Team USA Athletes something they truly deserve — access to tuition-free education and career support opportunities,” said Bijal Shah, Guild’s CEO. “At Guild, we recognize that talent is everywhere — but opportunity is not. We must afford talent the opportunity to rise, and no one understands that better than Team USA. We’re excited to be by their side to help them achieve their career goals.”

Guild’s differentiated solution meets the various needs of the diverse Team USA athlete community. The variety of offerings in its learning marketplace include programs like Purdue Global’s Bachelor’s in Health Information Management or Organizational Management and Master’s in Management and Leadership. With these programs, athletes can advance the skills they developed in sports and further their career opportunities through programs that build upon credentials to go further faster.

“The USOPC and LA28 are committed to advocating for Team USA athletes – as they prepare to represent the United States on the global stage, and in transition to careers after retiring from competition.” said Carrie White, USOPC Vice President of Athlete Development and Engagement. “As part of that commitment, we recognize the responsibility of providing the Team USA athlete community access to education that meets their ambition and supports them well beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guild has a proven record of driving outcomes and long-term success for those it serves and the initial reaction from Team USA athletes to this education and career development opportunity has been incredibly positive. We are excited to share it with the entire athlete community.”

Purdue Global is proud to join Guild as the preferred online university and degree provider of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network.

“Purdue Global welcomes Team USA athletes to move forward in their career by earning a degree they can be proud of from our catalog of offerings,” said Frank Dooley, Chancellor at Purdue Global. “Our team is uniquely qualified to assist Team USA at all stages of their athletic and professional careers.”

eCornell is supporting Guild’s partnership as the preferred provider of professional education of the Guild & Team USA Learning Network. With over 200 certificate programs — all designed to address today’s most in-demand skills, athletes can choose a program that fits their interests to advance their careers. Additionally, all certificate programs are developed by Cornell’s renowned faculty and can be completed online, on the athletes’ schedules.

“eCornell is honored to be a part of Team USA athletes’ professional growth and development outside of their field of competition,” said Paul Krause, Executive Director of eCornell. “Our short-form certificate programs are designed to build skills in real time, applying to where the athletes are today and stacking to support their goals tomorrow.”

You can learn more about Guild’s partnership with Team USA here and see how it will come to life over the next four years here.

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