Government Controlled Sports Wagers

February 15th, 2009 by Jon

Legalized sports gambling is coming to more jurisdictions in the United States.  This is prompting thoughts that Canadian governments need to get into the sports wagering action lest they be left outside of this lucrative revenue stream.  The argument made is the moral question is dead, failure to act will leave provincial governments out of a growing gambling revenue stream, attract more money from outside the jurisdiction in the form of tourists, and see less money from local citizens be gambled elsewhere.  No one seems to look at the other factors to be considered around this issue.

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Broadcasting Tension

February 6th, 2009 by Jon

In a post regarding an article in The Atlantic on NFL broadcasts, Jason Kottke theorizes that the advent of instant replay beyond just a television tool, but as an official part of the game, lends itself to greater drama and tension for the viewer.  Supposedly in place to correct blatant errors from stealing a team’s victory, it has become to be used to verify all calls and take away the instant release of excitement and euphoria with a score.

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Sports as Entertainment

February 1st, 2009 by Jon

I’ve long held sports as a greater form of entertainment.  To me it hasn’t been a way to pass the time like television and a lot of movies — immediately enjoyable but soon forgotten.  Nor is sports at the same level as movies at the high end of the scale in terms of a story or examination of a subject and the theater, opera or concerts.  Sports is different as most people early in their lives participate in sports and competitions and relate to watching sports as a result.  There is a civic or group pride to sports that is not found in any other form of entertainment.  When it comes to reach the largest mass of people though, the game and civic pride won’t produce the interest the leagues and networks demand.  Today it seems like the media are minimizing the sports in an effort to produce a spectacle and entertainment that will appeal to the masses in order to maximize their ratings and profits.  Look no further than the Super Bowl for the leader in producing pomp that has nothing to do with the game that is the root of the day.

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Fighting in Hockey: Hawks vs Doves

January 24th, 2009 by Jon

The debate on fighting in hockey is bubbling up again due to recent events.  Unfortunately it has become more polarized than ever with no sense or reason added to the discussion.  You are either a hard-line hawk who says any changes to eliminate fighting from the game will make it a game for sissies and increase other non-pugilistic violence.  Anyone even suggesting the current state needs to be changed is portrayed as a dove looking for the absolute banishment of fighting from the game.

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Grey Cup Scores

December 20th, 2008 by Jon

I have noticed the site has been getting a lot of search engine traffic on 2008 Grey Cup Pool scores, likely because of the Grey Cup Pool post.  Anyone coming to Overtime Central looking for quarter scores for the 2008 Grey Cup to check their pool tickets or Grey Cup square pool boards should head over to this post on cfldb.ca which has the information you are seeking.

OC Jottings

No jottings in the last 7 days. Here is a random jotting.

  • October 23, 2007
    Asper Pitches Comfy Seats → It seems Winnipeggers are happy to turn over the franchise to private ownership if it is the only way to get a new stadium with comfy seats and cup holders. #
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