What You Need To Know About #Draftkings & #Fanduel

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TELL LAWMAKERS YOU SUPPORT FANTASY SPORTS!

Every year 50 million Americans play fantasy sports. I am one of them. For millions of Americans like me, fantasy sports has become an important way of life. It’s about the community, the competition, and the love of the game. Ask anyone who plays and they’ll tell you the same thing: they do this because they love it. I personally oppose any measure that would move to take away that experience by restricting paid fantasy sports. And to anyone looking to end this game I say: Let us play!

Go to FantasySportsForAll.com. I encourage you to go there now:

The site fulfills two key goals:

  1. Collect petition signatures from fantasy players, affirming their right to play fantasy sports the way they want.
  2. Make it simple for fantasy players to contact the appropriate people in their states to assist with grassroots campaigns.

Here is what we are asking you to do to support our industry:

  1. Inform everyone who enjoys fantasy sports about the FantasySportsForAll.com web site, so they can add their names to the petition and contact lawmakers.
  2. Get the word out using email, tweets, and Facebook posts. Sample text is below.

Again, the FantasySportsTradeAssociation’s initiatives will only be as successful as the support you provide. The entire industry is depending on your efforts to get the word out.

In this pivotal moment, please help give us all a voice to make sure that fantasy sports remain for all.

How You Can Help

EXAMPLE FACEBOOK POSTS
Add your name to protect fantasy sports across the country—sign this petition to protect #FantasyForAll today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Across the country, the fantasy community is teaming up to protect the game we love. Add your name to protect #FantasyForAll today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

EXAMPLE TWEETS
Say you’re on our team—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition to protect fantasy sports today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t 

Retweet to spread the word—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition to protect fantasy sports now: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Take action—protect the game we all love. Sign this #FantasyForAll petition today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Join us in protecting #FantasyForAll—sign this petition today to say you stand with the fantasy community: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Stand with fantasy sports—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t


1. NY Attorney General Tells DraftKings & FanDuel…

DraftKings and FanDuel were ordered to stop accepting bets in New York as the attorney general said their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.

Source: Attorney General Tells DraftKings and FanDuel to Stop Taking Entries in New York – The New York Times


2. New York jumps On the DFS Bashing Bandwagon

One month after launching an investigation into daily fantasy sports behemoths FanDuel and DraftKings, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has now ordered the industry leaders to cease operations in the Empire State.

Source: New York Jumps On the Daily Fantasy Sports Bashing Bandwagon 


3. Which Sate Might Consider DFS Regulation Next?

Daily fantasy sports regulatory bills have been introduced in several states. Which ones are likely to be next to consider a DFS bill?

Source: Which States Might Consider DFS Regulation Next?


SKILL OR CHANCE? NEW JERSEY COULD INFLUENCE FANTASY SPORTS

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press

Nov. 9, 2015 2:00 PM ET

(AP) — Making a case they hope will resonate with states across the nation, representatives of the fantasy sports industry told New Jersey lawmakers Monday that regulators should not treat them the same way as casinos because success in their industry relies more on skill than on chance.

Their testimony to an Assembly committee was clearly aimed beyond the confines of the state: New Jersey’s gambling regulations are considered the strictest in the nation, and a favorable determination could clear the way for daily fantasy sports in much of the rest of the country as regulators look to New Jersey for guidance……(continue reading)

Source: Skill or chance? New Jersey could influence fantasy sports


5. Did You Pinball Was Illegal in NYC For Over 30yrs?

It’s kind of unbelievable to think about it now, but it’s true: America went through a period between 1940s and the 1970s when pinball was banned in many of its biggest cities.

Source: Did You Know Pinball Was Illegal In NYC For Over 30 Years?: Gothamist


6. Actual New York Corruption:

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos Resigns Amid Corruption Charges

Reuters | Daniel Wiessner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
May 11 (Reuters) – New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Monday said he would resign his leadership post a week after being charged i…

Teaching You How to #Win – NFL Week 10 Absolutes

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Fantasy Sports News

We are at a crossroads in our industry as each state continues to scrutinize daily fantasy sports as a gambling, we need each of you to help.  Effective on Tuesday November 10th, 2015 the attorney general of New York sent a notice to both FanDuel and DraftKings stating that they need to cease and desist business in the state of New York. This represents approximately 10% of all entries in daily fantasy sports, not to mention that FanDuel has their corporate office in New York City. I find it very offensive that an attorney general thinks that he can just bypass laws and determine whether a business is eligible in his state and at the end of the day I truly believe that both DraftKings and FanDuel have been working on resolutions in this manner but they haven’t come out and said anything. What I do know is that the fantasy sports trade association is doing something about this as they have dedicated counsel and officials in each state lobbying for our industry and the over 200 businesses that encompass and serve the fantasy sports community. I ask for your help and this means you @MikeandMike, you can Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and point anyone and everyone you know to visit the following:

The FSTA has built a grassroots website, FantasySportsForAll.com. I encourage you to go there now, while reading this.

The site fulfills two key goals:

  1. Collect petition signatures from fantasy players, affirming their right to play fantasy sports the way they want.
  2. Make it simple for fantasy players to contact the appropriate people in their states to assist with grassroots campaigns.

Here is what we are asking you to do to support our industry:

  1. Inform everyone who enjoys fantasy sports about the FantasySportsForAll.com web site, so they can add their names to the petition and contact lawmakers.
  2. Get the word out using email, tweets, and Facebook posts. Sample text is below.

Again, the FSTA’s initiatives will only be as successful as the support you provide. We don’t have access to your customers. The entire industry is depending on your efforts to get the word out.

In this pivotal moment for our industry, please help give our players a voice to make sure that fantasy sports remain for all.

EXAMPLE FACEBOOK POSTS
Add your name to protect fantasy sports across the country—sign this petition to protect #FantasyForAll today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Across the country, the fantasy community is teaming up to protect the game we love. Add your name to protect #FantasyForAll today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

EXAMPLE TWEETS
Say you’re on our team—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition to protect fantasy sports today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t 

Retweet to spread the word—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition to protect fantasy sports now: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Take action—protect the game we all love. Sign this #FantasyForAll petition today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Join us in protecting #FantasyForAll—sign this petition today to say you stand with the fantasy community: http://bit.ly/1knd15t

Stand with fantasy sports—add your name to this #FantasyForAll petition today: http://bit.ly/1knd15t


Absolute Must Have

Sep 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) runs the ball after a catch against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Indianapolis 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

For this first time all season, we have a WR as the #Absolute Must have for DraftKings this week and that player is Alshon Jeffery. He comes in with a projection of 25.27 and a +5.39 in our projection to spend ratio. While the Rams defense has been worthwhile from a fantasy perspective, they do give up a ton of yards and given that Jeffery is averaging 14 targets per game over his last 3, look for another 10+ catch and 100+ yard performance this week.  For FanDuel we have Aaron Rodgers as the top Must Have for week 10. Given that he is coming off playing two of the best defenses in all of football the past two weeks, on the road, he goes home to play the terrible Lions. I do suspect that move than 25% of the field will have him this week but he isn’t event he most expensive QB so he should be considered across the board.

***Reminder Must Have’s are salaries that are $7,800 and higher

 


Absolute Notable

For DraftKings we have Derek Carr as the top overall #AbsoluteNotable for week 10. He comes off a 3 game run of at least 300 yards and 3 TD’s in each of these games but this week he has the Vikings. The Vikings are playing at a high level right now but don’t forget that people are still putting up yards on them, just not rushing yards. If you need a cheap QB, Carr comes in at $5,800 and is projected to outperform this cost by at least 1.39 points this week and will get you 20 points for sure. Moving onto FanDuel, we have Alex Smith. I know, I know, what am I thinking, they are playing the vaunted Denver defense in Mile High this week. I then ask you if you recall what happened on week 2 in Kansas City? Alex Smith isn’t going to be a QB this week that gets you 30+ points but he is someone that can get you 20+ fantasy points and for the $6,000 cost, he should be one that you consider if you want to have some high cost players this weekend.

***Reminder Notables are salaries between $5,200 and $7,800

 


Absolute Sleeper

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Now our most sought after topic for each week, our Absolute #Sleeper, we have Mohammed Sanu on FanDuel. He comes in with a projection of 8.73 points and the Bengals get the Texans on Monday Night Football. Andy Dalton has been spreading the ball around and the only concern I really have here is that I think this week is going to be the AJ Green show for all the bright lights and so how many balls will get to Sanu? That said, could he get 40 yards and a touchdown, certainly! For DraftKings #Sleeper, DC*3PO has declared Alex Smith as the #1 overall #Sleeper for this week. He is projected at an 18.64 with a salary of only $5,000. I can almost guarantee that Alex Smith will be on less than 5% of peoples entries this week, so think about it. My #1 overall sleeper is Stephon Diggs for this week. He gets to play against the Raiders this week, who just gave up 49 fantasy points to Antonio Brown and it appears that Bridgewater is going to play. Another guy that shows up on our reports for this week is Nate Washington, so if you like to sweat it out on Monday nights, he might be a big boom or bust play this week as well.

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What You Need To Know About the #NBA + #NHL Last Night (11-11-15)

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1. NBA Bounce House

Westbrook keeps 20-and-10 streak alive in triple-double

Russell Westbrook’s first triple-double of the season included 22 points and 11 assists, the fifth consecutive game in which he has produced at least 20 points and 10 assists. It’s the third time in Westbrook’s career that he has put together at least five straight games of 20 points and 10 assists (he previously did it in January 2011 and he enjoyed a seven-game streak last winter). No other NBA player has strung together five consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games since Chris Paul had a seven-game streak very early in the 2008-09 season.


LeBron takes command in 4th quarter

LeBron James may have heard calls that he lesson his rate of shots late in games in order to rely on his teammates in the late stages of close games. But with an exciting game against the Jazz on the line on Tuesday night, LeBron took over. Trailing, 91-83, with just over nine minutes to play, James scored 17 of the Cavaliers’ next 28 points and propelled his team to a 118-114 victory. It marked the first time since the King returned to Cleveland that he has scored that many points and helped to turn such a large fourth-quarter deficit into a Cavs victory.


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Chris Bosh poured in 30 points and secured 11 rebounds to lead the Heat to victory, 101-88, over the Kobe-less Lakers in Miami. It was his first 30/10 (points/rebounds) game of this season and his first in nearly a year (the last one came last November 22) and his seventh in his six seasons playing in Miami. Over his seven seasons with the Raptors, Bosh had 40 games of 30 points and 10 rebounds.


What did Ryan Anderson do, for the first time in franchise history?

Ryan Anderson scored 25 points and collected 11 rebounds coming off the bench to help the Pelicans to their first victory of the season, 120-105 over the visiting Mavericks. The team now known as the Pelicans has played 1057 games since coming to New Orleans in 2002, and in all of those games, Anderson became the first player to generate at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a game that he did not start.


Galloway’s threes paying dividends

Langston Galloway’s three-point field goal gave the Knicks the lead early in the fourth quarter and New York never relinquished its advantage in a 111-109 victory in Toronto. Galloway made two of his three field-goal attempts from beyond the arc against the Raptors, lifting his season accuracy on three-pointers to 62.1 percent (18 made in 29 attempts). That’s the second-highest three-point shooting percentage in the NBA, trailing only, of all people, Metta World Peace. The soon-to-be-36-years-old Lakers forward (who made all four of his shots from behind the arc at Miami on Tuesday) has connected on seven of his nine long-range shots this season, a rate of 77.8 percent that stands in contrast to his 34.1-percent rate entering this season.


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So, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 20 points in the Celtics’ 99-83 victory in Milwaukee, but he shot a miserable 1-for-10 from three-point range. Thomas became the first player in Celtics history to take at least 10 three-point field-goal shots and make no more than one, yet still emerge from the game as his team’s leading scorer.


Hornets get badly out-rebounded, but win

The Hornets scored 63 points in the first half and held on to upend the Timberwolves, 104-95, in Minneapolis. Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb – there’s an Elias note in there somewhere – led the Hornets with 19 and 18 points, respectively, and their team was able to overcome a significant rebounding deficit (48 to 34). It’s the seventh time since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004 that it has won a game in which it had a deficit as large of 14 rebounds; oddly, six of those games have come on the road.


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Jagr, at 43, scores game-winning goal

Jaromir Jagr’s tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Panthers in their 4-3 victory over Flames. It was the first game-winner of the season for Jagr, who at 43 years, 268 days is the second-oldest player to score the winning goal in an NHL game. Jagr will have to wait more than two years before he can break the record set by Chris Chelios, who was 46 years, 24 days old when he scored the deciding goal for the Red Wings at Colorado on Feb. 18, 2008.


Athanasiou scores, and no one else does

Andreas Athanasiou, who made his NHL debut on Sunday, scored his first NHL goal against the Capitals on Tuesday and the Red Wings made it stand up in a 1-0 victory. Athanasiou is the first player to score the first goal of his NHL career in a 1-0 Red Wings victory in just over 66 years, since Steve Black did so on Oct. 29, 1949 at Montreal. Before Athanasiou, the last player to score his first NHL goal in a 1-0 game was Andy Andreoff of the Kings on March 16 last season against the Coyotes.


King Henrik has spoken: MSG impervious to Hurricanes

Henrik Lundqvist blanked the Hurricanes, 3-0, for his first shutout in nearly 11 months. Before Tuesday’s game, Lundqvist’s last shutout had been a 2-0 win at Edmonton on Dec. 14, 2014. Lundqvist made 35 regular-season starts between those two clean sheets, his longest shutout drought since a career-high 51-start dry spell from March 2012 to April 2013. Lundqvist’s victory over the Hurricanes was his eighth in a row against them at Madison Square Garden, a home-ice winning streak that dates back to January 2011. In each of the first seven wins during that streak, he held Carolina to exactly one goal!


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Jake Allen earned his second straight shutout with a 24-save, 2-0 win over the Devils in Newark, after blanking the Predators, 4-0, in Nashville on Saturday, a game in which he stopped 45 shots. It’s the second set of back-to-back shutouts for Allen in his young NHL career, having done it just over a year ago (Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, 2014) when his second straight whitewashing was also a road game against the Devils (the first of two shutouts was in St. Louis against the Ducks). Allen is the fourth goaltender in Blues history to produce two separate single-season streaks with consecutive shutouts. The others are Hall of Famer Glenn Hall, Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.


Gardiner scores a rare, late game-winner for Leafs

Jake Gardiner’s goal with 3:28 left to play in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory in Dallas. Gardiner is the first Toronto player to score a go-ahead goal in the last five minutes of regulation time since James van Riemsdyk did so in a game against the Lightning on Jan. 28, 2014, and he’s the first Maple Leafs defenseman to score such a goal since Ian White beat the Penguins with a tiebreaking goal at the 18:38 mark of the third period back on Dec. 27, 2009.


Another 2-goal game for Duchene

Matt Duchene scored two goals and assisted on another in Colorado’s 4-0 win at Philadelphia. It was Duchene’s second two-goal game this season and it came exactly one week after he scored twice in the Avalanche’s 6-3 home-ice victory over the Flames. Duchene has recorded 20 multiple-goal games since he made his NHL debut at age 18 in October 2009, only a few months after the Avs made him the third overall pick in the Entry Draft. The only 2009 draftee with more multi-goal games in the NHL than Duchene is the top pick that year, the Islanders’ John Tavares, with 27.


Hansen and D.Sedin: 1 goal, 3 assists each

Jannik Hansen and Daniel Sedin each produced a goal and three assists in the Canucks’ 5-3 win at Columbus. It was only the second time since 1997 that two Vancouver players each scored at least four points in the same road game. The other instance came in the Canucks’ 5-2 win at Edmonton on Feb. 6, 2007, when Daniel Sedin finished with three goals and two assists and his brother, Henrik, earned four assists. Henrik almost made it a trio of four-point players for Vancouver in Tuesday’s game, but he managed “only” three points (two goals, one assist).


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Jack Eichel, whose first multiple-point game in the NHL (two assists) came in the Sabres’ win against the Canucks on Saturday, made it two straight multiple-point games when he scored one goal and assisted on another in Buffalo’s 4-1 victory in Tampa. Eichel, who turned 19 years old on October 28, is the first teenager to score at least two points for the Sabres in each of two consecutive team games since Pierre Turgeon had four straight multi-point games at age 19 in 1989 (Feb. 17-24).


Preds’ backliners go on offense

Seven different players scored a goal for the Predators in their 7-5 win against the Senators and four of those seven players are defensemen: Shea Weber, Roman Jose, Matthias Ekholm andBarret Jackman. It was the first game in franchise history in which four Predators defensemen scored goals, and the first such game for any NHL team since Oct. 26, 2013, when a quartet of Coyotes d-men each scored once against the Oilers: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Schlemko,Michael Stone and Keith Yandle.


Little ties for NHL lead with 7th multi-point game this season

Bryan Little had a hand in all three of the Jets’ goals in their loss to the Wild, scoring two himself and assisting on a goal by Blake Wheeler. Little is averaging exactly one point per game this season (16 points in 16 games) but he has produced seven multiple-point games, tying the Stars’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguinfor the NHL lead.


SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau

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What Makes This Day Important to Remember

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paul_nash_-_the_menin_road1. On the Menin Road:

In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

1918

World War I ends

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, and Great Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.

On June 28, 1914, in an event that is widely regarded as sparking the outbreak of World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, was shot to death with his wife by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Ferdinand had been inspecting his uncle’s imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the threat of Serbian nationalists who wanted these Austro-Hungarian possessions to join newly independent Serbia. Austria-Hungary blamed the Serbian government for the attack and hoped to use the incident as justification for settling the problem of Slavic nationalism once and for all. However, as Russia supported Serbia, an Austro-Hungarian declaration of war was delayed until its leaders received assurances from German leader Kaiser Wilhelm II that Germany would support their cause in the event of a Russian intervention.

On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the tenuous peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed. On July 29, Austro-Hungarian forces began to shell the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and Russia, Serbia’s ally, ordered a troop mobilization against Austria-Hungary. France, allied with Russia, began to mobilize on August 1. France and Germany declared war against each other on August 3. After crossing through neutral Luxembourg, the German army invaded Belgium on the night of August 3-4, prompting Great Britain, Belgium’s ally, to declare war against Germany.

For the most part, the people of Europe greeted the outbreak of war with jubilation. Most patriotically assumed that their country would be victorious within months. Of the initial belligerents, Germany was most prepared for the outbreak of hostilities, and its military leaders had formatted a sophisticated military strategy known as the “Schlieffen Plan,” which envisioned the conquest of France through a great arcing offensive through Belgium and into northern France. Russia, slow to mobilize, was to be kept occupied by Austro-Hungarian forces while Germany attacked France.

The Schlieffen Plan was nearly successful, but in early September the French rallied and halted the German advance at the bloody Battle of the Marne near Paris. By the end of 1914, well over a million soldiers of various nationalities had been killed on the battlefields of Europe, and neither for the Allies nor the Central Powers was a final victory in sight. On the western front—the battle line that stretched across northern France and Belgium—the combatants settled down in the trenches for a terrible war of attrition.

In 1915, the Allies attempted to break the stalemate with an amphibious invasion of Turkey, which had joined the Central Powers in October 1914, but after heavy bloodshed the Allies were forced to retreat in early 1916. The year 1916 saw great offensives by Germany and Britain along the western front, but neither side accomplished a decisive victory. In the east, Germany was more successful, and the disorganized Russian army suffered terrible losses, spurring the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in 1917. By the end of 1917, the Bolsheviks had seized power in Russia and immediately set about negotiating peace with Germany. In 1918, the infusion of American troops and resources into the western front finally tipped the scale in the Allies’ favor. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies on November 11, 1918.

World War I was known as the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. Unfortunately, the peace treaty that officially ended the conflict—the Treaty of Versailles of 1919—forced punitive terms on Germany that destabilized Europe and laid the groundwork for World War II.

SOURCE: History.com/ThisDayInHistory