Expect more football than Fortnite as sports betting comes

NFL & NBA Updated Schedules and Degenerate Gambler DD

Edit: I'm a POS forgot about MLB. Season starts July 23. Added link and info in schedule below.
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Was posting this in the "what your moves tomorrow" thread but I got carried away. So figure post my Bullshit here.
The moves I am planning to make and the conjecture I am erroneously calling DD are detailed below.
All focused around the sport book services, online casinos etc for next couple days and weeks.
DKNG - GAN - BETZ - IGT - MGM - SGMS - PDYPY etc etc
Dates for NFL / NBA / MLB season opening and schedule info below
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Like every dumbass who thinks they sound insightful loves to say, "Americans are starved for entertainment and sports."
Another obvious thing everyone here knows based on the fanatical participation in this glory hole of a sub:
Americans are going through gambling addiction withdrawal.
They need to get right.
Well the fix they need is practically here.
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NBA
Tomorrow July 8:
All NBA teams will be checked into their Mickey and Minnie hotels and prowling the on-site facilities (aka the Orlando Covid Bubble) acting like the responsible gentleman that they are. I wonder if ladies of the night are on their way there now, or if they are already there incognito in Donald and Goofy costumes.
This means no more uncertainty. American sports will be back on the media radar.
News spots, YouTube assholes, woke social media posts, all will have NBA content.
DKNG and other gambling and fantasy platforms are going to start advertising hard.
DKNG promos will be on every PJ trader's/boomer's favorite cable news shows.
Daily fantasy targeted ads will be on your Reddit feed and on your wife's boyfriend's Instagram.
This will be the first time since their IPO in April that they will be pumping ads for biz so hard.
Crazy visibility.
You know who else is gonna talk about the NBA, MLB, and NFL starting???
🇺🇸 Trump
plus
Everyone on CNBC - Jim Cramer morning and afternoon - Faber - LeBeau - Kernen - Kernen's co host babe - The young dork who pisses Kernen off every morning
They will be falling all over themselves to show us that they are cool sport guys.
And that they know about cool sport guy gambling companies.
These tickers are gonna get alot of free stonk news airtime.
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1.5 Weeks from now
July 22:
NBA scrimmages start
NBA beer virus scrimmage schedule
Major ad buys for NBA fantasy and betting will start the week before the scrimmages and run through until the season starts.
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July 23: MLB regular season starts
MLB beer virus season schedule
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2.5 weeks from now
July 30:
NBA Season Starts NBA beer virus schedule
This leads right to the main event for all degenerate gamblers and fantasy players
🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈 NFL SEASON 🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈
3.5 weeks from now
August 11
NFL 53 man roster cut date
The NFL preseason is cancelled
That is actually good for fantasy football, don't have to worry about injuries as much so can draft as early as you want.
So fantasy will be going full force, and DKNG will keep hitting us with the ads.
Three weeks of drafts and talking heads pumping NFL.
7.5 weeks from now
September 10
First NFL game
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Conclusion:
Im going all in tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.
I cashed out all my calls and positions mid morning today. I am going to try my best to not drop all $ in one session.
Big picture - my moves:
Calls:
GAN, IGT, MGM, SGMS, PDYPY
Tomorrow through early next week will pickup an irresponsible amount of Calls exp 8/21 and 11/20
Gay Stock purchases:
DKNG
I am going to buy a Honda Civics worth of DKNG stock over next two - three days
Why not calls? Well I am not sure when it's going to leap and volatility is high.
DKNG was at $43.75 on June 22.
Down 30% since then.
$30 now.
Its going to blow by $50 and to $70 and maybe more by the time we are at the start of the week 2 of the NFL season (September 17).
BETZ
I will periodically throw money at BETZ tomorrow through the end of July.
Will use it to stop myself from impulse buying something stupid like HTZ or NKLA calls or TSLA puts.
I dunno why but the BETZ ticker just seems kinda gay to me.
Note: To clarify the above. I am a tard. Smart for a tard, but still a tard.
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Psycho Betting and Stats 301-Degenalytics Question

!!!!DISCLAIMER:!!!!
Before you even start watching this for entertainment and see if you get offended by this un-P.C. content. Don't be a pussy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igsb3ejgbL8
If you can't handle it, leave this thread. If you can, then you may proceed to the next level.
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📰📜Story📜📰:
I've been scatter-brained, ire-filled, soul-searching and lost after a 7-day Degen Marathon that brought a shit load of misfortunes. I used to hate social media, but I've learned how to wield the soc. med. sword like a fucking Degen Jedi. I'm going to promote an honest cause where I seek to be victorious in the end. Just you watch you fucking doubters, haters, blockers, scammers. How much grit and intellect would the average fucking person have to endure what I've gone through in the last fucking 48 hours and still come out alive with a sense of greater purpose?
Had about $400 to $500 in righteously earned bonus dollars earned through impossible grinding degen mission that came pretty close to accomplishing (91%).
I would have had some imaginary >$600 BR by now, but instead the roll-over deadline caused the entire deposit to be forfeited and I manage to salvage some $100.
Due to a bonus rollover scheme, 80U of my balance was stuck in bonuses and if I fail to accomplish the roll-over by the deadline, it all gets forfeited.
With a $500-$600 balance, I could have somewhere at $900-1000 by now after a 20-2 W-L record on European football on Wednesday.
How did I get that record yesterday, by sampling a bunch of solid pre-game picks and live betting using my own fucking brain. I consult with the finest in capping. With $10-$20 bet sizes, That would have put me up maybe $15x16 = +$240 at minimum. $1000 was the imaginary bank roll. As of today, betting with $1 units, after Monday-Wednesday's successful run, while Tuesday was a -$50 blip, I converted $100 to about close to $200 (40U).
🤪🤑Psycho Betting🤑🤪:
I learned the art of psycho betting. Taking some well-advised 10U and 30U psycho bets that put my bankroll up a significant amounts, but a big loss does the opposite. Yesterday I manage to hit 4 grand 30U slams in a row, however many on juiced lines, so each $30 bet one returns about $15-20. Thus my bankroll grew nearly +100 units and sits close to $200 from the initial $100 I manage to salvage after that bonus robbery.
If you want to fucking learn the art of Psycho-Betting to the extremest and be successful at it, fucking put in $100 in Bovada (remember to use money that you can afford to lose) and get that fucking bonus for the purpose of looting the bookies in a successful vengeance scheme. This guy is a fucking Artillery: https://twitter.com/GoTimeCappers.
Fucking hit more than 4x30U grand slams yesterday and some 10-20U cherries on top. I tailed his free picks and other through consultation [Haha fucking reddit/sportsbook will probably ban me for promoting another tout, :)].Of course with my $1.5U size on a crippled bank roll, I cannot grow it to as much as I wanted to using GoTime's techniques. I would have been at another +$400 if I had $6 units. It's a high risk and high reward system, but if you are confident with your picks you go big on it. If you lose it, then you grind back with smaller 10U and 20U bets to try to get back to part to be able to do another 30U bet. The goal is to be like 2-1, 3-0 on 30U grand slams a day. There is some level of sustainability and back up plans to execute in case the 30U bet did not work out. It is very improbable for you to lose 10 in a row on well researched picks that the experts in the community have common agreement on. A lot of the times, the lines shift to reward you less for the pick since big money is already on the pick.
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!!!!!DISCLAIMER: DO NOT READ BEYOND HERE IF YOU HATE MATH OR HAVE AN IQ OF < 89!!!!!
Use the chart on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQ_classification
Here is a Nice Calculation to do:
📚📑💻Stats 301 Question in Degenalytics💻📑📚**:**
Lastly I asked anyone in the past few days to do a Stats 301 question with Degenalytics Context: To fucking determine the probability that an avg Joe with a $100+100 Bonus Bank-roll or $500 + 250B bank roll can actually pull off the $3000/$7500 grind in some number of N months betting with supposedly 2 full months of real sports (N-2) getting Obliterated by COVID-19. I want you to give me an analytical calculation or a simulation of your work and give me all the possible scenarios.
Then give the final verdict of if that number converges to 0.000% or 100.00% that the average Joe would succeed his false-hope mission for a successful rollover.
In other words think of it like this: If the average joe bets his entire bank roll 12 or more times (roll-over is not x10 because of bookie juice), what is the probability that he will still end up in the green? Also assign a tilt probability factor that the Average Joe would go on some emotional tilt spree to end up bust again? And make it even harder by eliminating 2-3 full months of real sports (N-2.5) and having to bet on Bovada's limited shitty ass lines and shitty live odds.
If you fucking want to eliminate the -2.5 months, then allow the average joe the freedom to bet on N months of e-sports [hahah] and see where that goes.
I had a bad experience betting on e-sports for 2 months and only end up -15-20U. I'm not saying that I lost because I suck at e-sports betting or I tailed the wrong people. The Bovada lines are super shitty and limited. Most of the time, on live esports, all you see are dashed out lines as if they fucking know what the rigged result is and prevent people from doing hedge bets or try to bet opposite spreads when they are winning to guarantee an insurance 1-1 with minimal damage incurred to their bank-roll. The live betting experience on e-sports on the Bovada platform is so bad that you are guaranteed to lose in the long run. Fucking hell Bodog/Bovada even offered me a $250 deposit on 100% bonus after the Rudy Gobert day in Mid March. They advertised the joys and wonders of getting rich betting off esports.
I was so tempted to deposit, however I kind of over-slept and missed out on the dead-line so they closed the bonus offer. Pretty good relief that I did not fuck-up my real credit card and bank account by falling for that scam again. It was an accidental Grace of God moment to fucking avoid that E-sports deposit marketing scam.
BONUS Questions:
A: Calculate the number of months needed and number of successful bets required for the conservative degen 1u bettor to grind out the roll-over playing
$2.00 tug of war with the bookie.
B: Calculate the odds that a professional capper who knows how to adjust unit sizes (1u-5u), do parlays once a while, will succeed the roll-over in some
N-2.5 months or add some e-sports to have fun to keep the N factor.
C.1: Calculate the conditional probabilities for the bettor succeeding in the mission if on the first few days of betting:
i) He loses bet 1 for about $20.
ii) Wins bet 1 for about $20 to earn $17.5.
iii) Goes on a 3 game losing streak
iv) 5 game losing streak
v) Positivity case: The guy got lucky and nearly doubled his bank roll on a decent run from day. Up +100U or $200. [I'm sure that out of bad discipline the average Joe would still go -200U in the long run with a pretty high probability.]
C.2: Determine the mathematical scheme on how the Bookies can use your first few losses to eventually put you in a 60+:40- (Greater than 60% locked in bonus, less than 40% of your deposited money). Bonus:Locked funds ratio.
The Jinx-King answer: It converges to zero [hahaha], but I really am interested in know what other scenarios math and stats people have come up. And your mathematical approaches and formulae used to generate possible scenarios and probabilities. But I think it is safe to say that for the average Joe,the answer is 0.00% success rate. Bodog/Bovada knows this exactly and refuses to put a hiatus on the roll-over deadline. Instead they keep it going so that people can try to wager on e-sports and lose their entire bank roll. They are only interested it getting 100% of your locked funds so that they can buy expensive cruises, yachts, beach mansions, resort packages, etc in Aruba or some other tropical place. Where you got millions of desperate Americans, Canadians in struggling economies with lost jobs and zero positive cash-flow. About 10% or so or perhaps even more deposit money into off-shore gambling websites hoping they can roll-over their bank-roll some ridiculous number of times and make a few bucks to put food on the table.
In fact, it makes matters worst being jobless, having zero cash flow and having locked funds in scamming bookies. If you are not good at casino or sports-betting games, you would have:
A: Lose your entire deposit for failing to grind it out properly.
B: Not grind it out on time on whatever dead-line the roll-over was.
C: Even if you did successfully grind that shit out using conservative 1u betting and play $2 tug of war with the bookie, you will end up just wasting your time grinding it out for hours and hours on end. It would have been better for you to fucking find a job at some farm helping out with harvesting crops or work in meat plants so that food does not go to waste. I bet you I can make more money than your $2 tug of war in one a day picking off cans and bottles off the streets in some exercise walking/running/biking + collection routine then selling it to the recycling center for $0.05-0.25 a unit. Trust me at my university, I spot maybe about 50-200 empty/partially driven cans and bottles left on desks, lecture halls, the floor, libraries, work areas, etc. Supposed that I harvested that shit, I would be making $5-$20 a day collecting it all and going to the recycling center once every week.
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⚖Conclusions⚖:
The fucking company knows this COVID-19 closure shit and want to use it to their advantage to continue to rob millions of their customers. Last week, I tried to call customer service, chat help, email, etc. and management has spoken to plead my case to delay the roll-over dead-line in a pro-rated time frame so that customers with locked balances can resume betting with their full balance when Game 1 of any Major League Sport actually returns. They give me the same bull-shit over and over saying they decline my request. For what reason?
  1. The terms and conditions written in fine print for accepting the bonus conversion challenge. "Rules are Rules."
  2. They were aware my deadline of June 22 at 19:23 ET was approaching soon. They knew I was on a mission to salvage my bank roll before they yank out the 60-75U trapped in bonus balances (i.e. Ghost money). By the end of it, I realize I made a foolish mistake. Most of my wins were just from bonus money and I was rewarded $0.00 on righteous wins on expired bonuses.
Therefore Bonus money only earns bonus money which put my entire bank-roll in a 80:20 ratio where the bookies control 80U in ghost money. By the end of the roll-over deadline, they get to yank out 80U of my balance at the deadline and left me with about $100 (20U) bank roll to regrind.
  1. They knew I was winning consistently making solid picks.
During my 110 hour marathon over the brutal grind of losing more than 70 hours of work, leisure and recreation; 35 hours of sleep; to a fucking impossible grind of trying to roll over some 60% of $7500 on sports I have little knowledge of capping (i.e. E-sports, Table Tennis, European football) after a few days of studying the game, I was picking up my stride to grind it to 91%. They fucking knew that if I had another day to grind, they would be coughing up +$600-800 of withdrawable balance to my account.
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Bio:😎📚🎓👨‍🎓
I am a Fucking PHD Candidate (2-6 months from graduating and not having to pay another round of BS tuition) who does a shitload of mathematics, statistics, simulations, mathematical physics, wrote scientific papers. I've won T.A. Awards, Government/Provincial/Institutional level scholarships, Conference presentations, with even Undergrad honors back in the day. DM me if you need a fucking CV to prove my fucking credentials.
Why am I able to write a lot of shit? Because my fucking brain operates on some max level Intel Xeon chip on overclock mode and I cannot do much to shut it down other than going to sleep. They only way is to write articles that I think might benefit the community.
I have a crazy interest in sports and Degen'ing. I love to fucking put action on sports games, be proud about making the correct calls on the outcome of games before it happens, and then boast to my circle of competitive friends about who's the fucking Boss. As tabboo as society think us degens are, I think this absolute BS. There is a pure enjoyment in watching sports and having action on it. It is nice to get paid beer money to cover a round for your buddies, or earn that rent money over a successful night of betting on shit you actually enjoy watching. Fuck I rather make $300 for one evening of enjoying sports rather than working a 9-5 dull job to try to afford rent/mortgage. If I can fucking pay off all my monthly expenses in 3 fucking successful nights of 3 hr sessions of sports matches, that would be ideal. I would take the lather over a 9-5 rat-race grind.
Overall I am "PRO" in the debate for local single sports betting bookies to be established in Canada. Get these fucking scamming off-shore books like bodog/Bovada who contribute only contribute "Bagel" to the Canadian Economy, but instead make it worst by scamming the masses of hard working or desperate people to leak out some sum of billions of dollars of national GDP. Probably the same applies to all American States, that people should not have to cough up their hard earned $$$$ to off-shore scamming bookies. I shall write an article about this later to justify my arguments later.
Ultimately I my goal is to obliterate or negate the influence of all the cons, scamming bookies, and false touts out there who are just interested in stealing people's $$$. To write out full studies on exposing their schemes in an objective lens.
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Calling me out: (Think I cannot track these pussy downvotes? I know you cowards 😂😜😎)
If you think I'm full of BS, then send me a personal DM to have a 1v1 argument the same way that Stephen A debates sports with Max Kellerman. You can downvote me or flame me with empty hate talk all you want on public threads. But don't be a fucky pussy by avoiding a debate with me. Trust me, I'm going to win and be the last one to state a real point that you will have no comeback for [haha]. Lastly, if you are open to discuss or debate with me about some issues, do some resarch/exploration, betting strategies, etc., I would love your collaboration in some projects I got going on.
Ultimately, I should help every honest worker strive towards Degen success or if not, just to purely enjoy putting action on sports games. If you are too full of yourself, then you are on your own, I bid thee adieu, and wish you all the best. However you will be absolutely declined to all services and counsel I work to provide to friends for free.
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Social Media📺🎬
Some extra Resource to how I got to this point in my mission.
Here it is for starters:
June 23, 2020: The Impossible Pursuit Reddit/sportsbook/Brag and Bitch (Tuesday)
June 24, 2020: Doubling Bank roll and rewarded Bagel: Reddit/sportsbook/Brag and Bitch (Wednesday)
June 24, 2020: How can you win 5 in a row and lose it all simultaneously? Reddit/sportsbook/What is your most impressive win?
Full Twiiter: https://twitter.com/jinxking0p5
All my media: https://twitter.com/jinxking0p5/media
Discord: ????? To be solved.
Challenges: Got a few right in progress now and a couple of drafts I am working on.
The Jinxking Crusade (In progress): https://twitter.com/jinxking0p5/status/1275516258822131714?s=20
Turns out many people cannot withdraw anything out of Bovada/bodog due to some website glitches. Will try to recover a bankroll to attempt a withdrawal, however I am likely to have the same issues too. They will make some lame excuse to not give me a cheque. Definitely no point of pursuing anything in bovada/bodog if they refuse to give you withdrawables. The goal is to get their website off outta here. As well as get them out of advertisements. They definitely pulled off some "Get the fucking money and run scheme" and you will likely not see your money again. GG
The Jinxking Challenge (In progress): https://twitter.com/jinxking0p5/status/1275661929940467713?s=20
Want to expose a bad tout who over prices the service and has a mediocre record? Tail and fade to call their their BS or mediocre non profiting record out. Also good for finding legitimate winners too. This will be a mission to expose shitty touts on Twitter the way Penn & Teller exposes BS in the market.
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A very English problem, a very real conspiracy and a plea for help

I thought I’d bring to your attention the current plight of Wigan Athletic, an English football (soccer) team who play in the Championship (1 league below the Premier League). A brief history below but please bear with me until we get to the recent news featuring the actual conspiracy to defraud by Dr. Choi Chiu Fai (Stanley).
Wigan Athletic were elected to the football league in 1978 and after many years gained promotion to the Premier League in 2005 until they were relegated in 2013.Along the way Wigan got to the League Cup Final in 2005 losing to Manchester United and won the FA Cup (the holy grail of English football) by beating Manchester City in 2013.
The success of Wigan Athletic is mainly down to a local businessman, Dave Whelan. Whelan took control of the club in 1995. It was Whelan’s passion, financial input and backing of various managers that saw Wigan elevated from a lower division club to a club who competed from 2005–2013 in the Premier alongside the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool Manchester United, Manchester City etc... Wigan also qualified for the Europa Cup (old UEFA cup) for 2014-2014.
Whelan sold the club to the Dr. Choi Chiu Fai owned International Entertainment Corporation (IEC ) in 2018 and it was announced that Former Everton boss Joe Royle and his son Darren will now join the board. Darren was to replace David Sharpe (Whelan’s Grandson) as chairman, while Joe was to become a director. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41636508
IEC are a Hong Kong-based, Cayman Islands-registered company which owns a hotel and casino in the Philippines.
It is believed that Darren Royle introduced the Whelan family to IEC and has connections to KB88 a betting company based in the Philippines who are Wigan's shirt sponsors, the relevance of this will become apparent later.
When Whelan sold the club to IEC, the club was in a very good position financially and at the point of sale was debt free.
The conspiracy:
As with all UK football the impact of the Covid outbreak saw Wigan and all other top-tier teams without revenue from gates and matchday purchases, however the league was resumed on the 20th June without fans and Wigan just above the relegation zone. Despite their lowly league position Wigan restarted their season with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield. They then went on to beat Blackburn 2-0 (27th June) and Stoke City 3-0 (30th June). These results gave Wigan Athletic a boost up the table and left them eight points clear of the relegation zone with six matches left to play.
In the month of June, Wigan Athletic were sold again to Next Leader Fund LP. Their major shareholder is Dr. Choi Chiu Fai the same man who is the majority shareholder and chairman of IEC who sold the club to NLF. Initially NLF was majority owned by the same majority owner of IEC, Dr Choi Chiu Fai, with Au Yeung as a minority shareholder until Au Yeung was announced as the owner of more than 75%. In doing so NFL agreed a loan from IEC for the amount of 24.36 million pound sterling. The loan attracted an interest rate of 8% rising to 20% if the loan wasn’t repaid within a year or if the club defaulted on payments. The English Football League applies a deduction of 12 points for any club going in to administration (this is important). This will be applied at the end of the current season if Wigan Athletic finish above the relegation zone or in the next season if Wigan Athletic get relegated. Currently a 12 points deduction puts Wigan Athletic firmly at the bottom of the league and makes them favourites to be relegated
After the takeover had been agreed and ratified by the English Football League (EFL) the club was put in to administration, this was 7 days after the deal was done. The reasons for the club being put in to administration was stated as Covid, Brexit and loss-making finances of the Championship.
Wigan Athletic fans rallied around to investigate Choi and Yeung to see what they could dig up and one Wigan fan confronted EFL chairman Rick Parry and secretly filmed him saying that administration was linked with a bet in Philippines on Wigan being relegated. A single bet may be stretching it a bit but playing the exchanges knowing that at least one club is guaranteed to go down is not. As unbelievable as it sounds it does look like the plan was to cash in on Wigan Athletic being relegated but after we restarted the season with 3 straight wins lifting Wigan right out of the relegation zone the only option open to them was to put the club in to administration guaranteeing that Wigan would have 12 points (equal to 4 wins) deducted.
We know that Dr. Choi Chiu Fai (Stanley) is a high stakes poker play and a major gambler and that he has been involved in quite a few ‘dodgy dealings’ in the past. He also appears in the Panama Papers ( https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/12163042 ) but so far our efforts to track down Au Yeung haven’t been that successful. It should also be noted that for someone to own a football club in England they need to pass a ‘fit and proper' test administered by the EFL. I cannot see a reason that even a cursory glance at the takeover would not have raised multiple red flags.
We now have the support from our local MP and the leader of the opposition but I cannot express in words how much this club means to the community, a true family club left devastated by Dr Choi Chiu Fai and Au Yeung. I reach out to the autists, fellow conspiracy people and justice seekers to help us fight this and dig up all you can find.
We are all working hard to raise funds to try and get the club through to the end of the season but all I'm asking for is any information you may have on the main protagonists or associates (unless of course you want to donate). We hope that we can survive as a club and plan to use all the relevant evidence we can gather to help us to to appeal the 12 points deduction.
I realise that there is a large contingent from across the pond and we play football with different shaped balls but any help at all will be really appreciated. I'd also appreciate any suggestions on how we could get the information of our current plight to more people.
Links:
Rick Parry video : https://twitter.com/i/status/1278729830645850113
Request for investigation : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53309675
Fan lettesummary : https://twitter.com/JayWhittle6/status/1278616643724328960/photo/1
Crowdfunder : https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/official-wigan-athletic-football-club-fundraiser
TLDR: Help wanted in investigating a dodgy loan\betting scam relating to an English football club involving Hong Kong businessmen(?) and a very suspect review of the owner by the English Football League.
PN: I had to create a new account as I can't login with my old one (not that I ever had anything worth posting).
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10 years of gambling addiction comes to a close.

Hello,
I thought I would essentially start my journey by posting here so I can get my thoughts written out in black and white. Ultimately my journey began fairly common to others in the UK. I was 17 years of age starting to become interested in going to football with friends and putting on accumulators mostly multiple £1 bets or the odd £5 ones never spending more than £10-£15 pounds over the course of the weekend. Like most I have the fond memory of winning big and still had the screenshot of it until recently when I moved onto betting online when the gambling apps started coming out thick and fast rather than going into the bookmaker shops themselves. £2.50 I had placed on a 250/1 double and at the age of 18 I thought I had won the lottery I did not gamble all the money away I spent it enjoying myself and going out with friends and continued spending small with gambling.
Not long after this it turned into going to the casino every other weekend for something to eat, drink and of course bet. I remember going with a few friends and one of them was starting with £800 which he had in cash. I had never in my life seen this much money in cash before and was just blown away by it. I cannot even remember on the night if he won or lost money all I can remember is that wad of cash and thinking that is what I want to be like and be able to afford to bet that amount. Long story short of course my friend at the time ended up become extremely addicted to gambling as I realised over the years to come.
Roll on 5 years later I have lost endless amounts of money by throwing away my wages every single day. Gambling online week after week, month after month and in turn year after year. Some of the moments that stick out in my mind were when I would sit up and wait for pay to come into my bank at 02:00am when I had work the next day and it would be lost within an hour or 2, an entire months hard work of getting up 5 times a week doing a job for 8-10 hours a day all gone in usually no time at all. Unfortunately for me this is when the real trouble would start. When this would happen I would instantly turn to payday loans to essentially replace my lost wage to live on for that month. I would usually be fairly good I will still gamble but I would try and keep some for getting through the month regarding transport and food etc. Of course the time would eventually roll round where I would need to pay the high interest loan off and it would be sidelined as I had just been paid and the mentality was I can win the money back, pay off the loan and life would be good back to square one. The reality is, the true meaning of square one is something that no real gambling addict has experienced for years. The average person would be fairly unhappy living pay cheque to pay cheque month after month and having no savings, where as I would bite your hand off to be back in that situation debt free and a clean slate.
Unfortunately for me I was extremely good friends with a very disciplined person who I looked up to for all things gambling, the truth is he was a winner and he used to tell me " A good gambler is judged on how they lose not how they win " If you can lose money and accept it and go to your bed knowing you placed a good bet or even a bad bet and it lost and put it behind you and go again fresh the next day you are doing something right. I on the other hand was the chase your loses type. I could not face losing money and it was either win it back there and then or lose the lot and deal with that instead.
My story I feel is a little different from others because at one point I actually had success where I was not working and quite literally gambling for a living (if you can believe that). I essentially saved up and won money creating a fairly large bankroll. I had a spreadsheet where I documented every bet I placed, unit sizes, odds and all the rest and the truth is it worked. I have been an avid follower of a very niche sport all my life my knowledge is very high regarding that particular sport if you mix that in with when I discovered bookmakers starting to offering odds on it that was that I knew my goal. I had a little group where I would post the picks to and obviously done well from it. I experienced having accounts limited and closed by bookmakers while getting the emails saying " The traders have decided as a business decision we regret to inform you we are closing/limiting your account ". Now when you receive emails like this it does something to your ego, you absolutely know you are hurting their business plan of having a full customer base of losers and they no longer want your business. I began starting buying accounts off friends in order to access specific bookmakers so I could place my bets etc. It was a great time and a very successful one. Sadly it did not last, when I was doing this 95% of my time was spent researching, reviewing footage and genuinely digging for all information I could get. The other 5% was looking for the best available odds and placing my bet. I was much more sensible with my stakes because I had a clear head and a free mind to actually think correctly on what I was doing.
Not long after this I began ultimately spending more money than I was making causing a sort of panic to make more but instead of putting more effort into studying my niche sport which I was consistently winning on and looking for a good spot, I would turn to chance and pure luck. Goals bets in football on any random game inplay, Roulette, Blackjack etc etc etc. I would happily place an £800 spin on roulette yet my maximum bet on my niche sport would be £125. A pick where I would be on the value side with a genuine edge against the bookmaker, a bet where I would be placing it at odds of 6/4(2.50) and the bet would close at 8/11(1.72). Utter madness. I put this down to the state of mind I was in. When I was researching I was not getting drawn in by a gambling website I had my little plan in place and I carried it out. I was on gambling websites briefly to place the bet and then log off. But when I was sat on betting sites looking for a bet it would just completely spiral out of control.
I am currently 27 years old and I feel like I have been gambling CONSTANTLY for almost 10 years, which sadly I ultimately have been. I am in debt and although coming out and admitting it to people who care about me there are still secrets I cannot share regarding money owed out etc. I have decimated my credit score, have registered with almost every bookmaker going and I have closed multiple bank accounts over the years that were absolutely littered with betting transactions. I recently found an old statement from 2012 and it was such a surreal situation thinking what age I was back then and yet my bank statements look identical to this day.
I have not posted this for sympathy or anything like that the main reason for posting today is mainly to help other people and for closure. I always take everything with a pinch of salt online like most do but believe me when I say I have experienced every aspect of gambling. The lowest lows of losing, the highest highs of winning big(lucky), the thrill of being extremely disciplined and focused on making money consistently, closing accounts and saying never ever again to finally having accounts limited as mentioned previously for winning.
The bottom line when it comes to gambling is you just simply CANNOT win over your life time so why are you doing it? You are essentially paying a direct debit throughout your life to all these different betting companies for a bit of dopamine to be released in your brain. I manged to clear my debt and had about £10,000 saved £5,000 bankroll and was on cloud 9 and look where I am at now. I have £100 in my bank for the essentials and about £10,000 in debt just 3 odd years later. I have carried on for so long to try and re-live the dream I thought I had but the hard hitting reality is even when I was doing well I was constantly fighting against being banned from shops and having accounts online limited and closed. Even when you win you cannot win for long so it is pointless. I am a risk taker at heart and can be very impulsive which for a gambler is a non starter. It will NEVER end well if you have these types of traits as you could do well for months or years being disciplined but one day that IMPULSE will burst through your body and overcome and ruin all your hard work.
This might come across like I am bitter about the situation but I am not. I actually feel a real sense of relief typing this up today, usually when I read these sorts of posts from other users and it is day 1 for them for quitting gambling I skip over it because I think yeah, you will be back at it tomorrow or when you next get money, not very supportive but it is the truth none the less for most I feel.
One thing that is happening right now within the gambling industry is safer gambling adverts especially in the UK. I realised that what they are doing is the same as what sugary food product companies done with regards to their food stuffs being deemed unhealthy they were ultimately asked to remove certain products but instead they turned it round as said they would introduce more healthier, lower sugafat alternatives instead which resulted in just adding more of their products to the market. That is EXACTLY what the gambling firms are doing just now they have been told about the harm it is doing and have been told to essentially lower the amount of exposure to children/adults alike with these adverts and their response is not to reduce the amount but to introduce safer gambling when the fun stops, stop adverts just increasing the amount of times their logo appears on your screen through multiple more adverts.
Anyway, I would like to think at least one person reads this and it makes them think twice. Maybe somebody who is 18 and has just began gambling or maybe somebody who is similar ages to myself or even older who can relate to my experience in anyway.
If you have managed to read all of this then well done, If I came across a post browsing on this after a loss and seen it was this length I would not bother, I would skip to the end like my impulsive personality would command me to do which is a little reminder as to why I am posting this in the first place being a compulsive and impatience gambler.
To end on a positive note my gambling journey comes to an end today. I am 27 years old and have been at it from 17 and enough is ultimately enough for me. My new goal has been laid out prior to writing this in regards to avoiding temptation, paying off what I owe and what to do with my wages going forward.
I wish anybody reading this who is struggling all the best and if you have any intention to quit and have stumbled across this sub-reddit then it is time to quit or else you would not be here and you know it. As for anybody who reads through this and still gambles themselves then maybe take a look at what you are doing and if you can honestly look yourself in the mirror and admit you have no problem then great and good luck with what you are doing.
If you want to maybe ask more about my situation in relation to your own, have any questions or are just looking for somebody to listen to your story then feel free to message me.
Thanks,
LD.
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[Event] Saudi Arabia sets up Gambling Commission

It is not a secret that the official religion of Saudi Arabia is Islam, and according to Islamic Law, gambling is forbidden. There’s a large quantity of rather secular citizens residing in the country, and they would enjoy the freedom to gamble whenever they please.
Camel racing is both popular and legal in Saudi Arabia. Prizes are even awarded to winners, however, bets may not be placed on these matches legally. Regardless, bets are often placed on camel races and the illegal purses can get quite hefty. It is not unusual for winning camels to be sold for stud at prices above $130,000.
Besides camel racing there is Horse racing, Cock and Bull Fighting, Falconry competitions, Football matches and Card Games that have a culture of gambling even though all are still illegal. If players would like to gamble without having to worry about the law, online gambling is their only option, but this is now no longer the case.
The Gambling Commission will be set up as an executive non departmental public body of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on responsible for regulating gambling and supervising gaming law in KSA. It's remit covers arcades, betting, bingo, casinos, slot machines, and lotteries, as well as online gambling.
The stated aims of the Commission are to keep crime out of gambling, and to protect the vulnerable. It issues licences to operators, and advises the government on gambling-related issues. It also collaborates with the police over suspected illegal gambling.
All companies seeking permission to engage in this activity would require special permission from the Commission prior to operations. More information can be saught from Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
[S] First to recieve a permit is primary donor of the Gambling Commission, Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud, Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Holding Group, of one of the largest groups in the world, having a very diversified portofolio. A meeting is arranged with Roger Marris, CEO of The Ritz Club London, to create a branch in Riyadh.
This Opulent private club and casino with limo service, restaurant and bar indulgently decorated in gold and red will be the first of it's kind in the whole of GCC, making even Dubai jealous. It will be a luxurious private members' club and casino open 24 hours. We expect elite members of the community and its neighbors flock here for enjoyment [Secret within Secret] and money laundering purposes [/SwS] [M] couldn't think of a better way to structure it. [/M] and this should generate traction for people to spend more in Oman guarantee some economic prosperity in the future years.
Other businessmen closely related and friendly with the Senior Members of the Gambling Commission coordinate with William Hill, Ladbrokes, and Coral to set up agency agreements.
Whilst Alcohol is still technically illegal, Al Waleed bin Talal has been given the Green Light by King Salman to go ahead, since changes are on the way. [/S]
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10 years of gambling addiction comes to a close.

Hello,
I thought I would essentially start my journey by posting here so I can get my thoughts written out in black and white. Ultimately my journey began fairly common to others in the UK. I was 17 years of age starting to become interested in going to football with friends and putting on accumulators mostly multiple £1 bets or the odd £5 ones never spending more than £10-£15 pounds over the course of the weekend. Like most I have the fond memory of winning big and still had the screenshot of it until recently when I moved onto betting online when the gambling apps started coming out thick and fast rather than going into the bookmaker shops themselves. £2.50 I had placed on a 250/1 double and at the age of 18 I thought I had won the lottery I did not gamble all the money away I spent it enjoying myself and going out with friends and continued spending small with gambling.
Not long after this it turned into going to the casino every other weekend for something to eat, drink and of course bet. I remember going with a few friends and one of them was starting with £800 which he had in cash. I had never in my life seen this much money in cash before and was just blown away by it. I cannot even remember on the night if he won or lost money all I can remember is that wad of cash and thinking that is what I want to be like and be able to afford to bet that amount. Long story short of course my friend at the time ended up become extremely addicted to gambling as I realised over the years to come.
Roll on 5 years later I have lost endless amounts of money by throwing away my wages every single day. Gambling online week after week, month after month and in turn year after year. Some of the moments that stick out in my mind were when I would sit up and wait for pay to come into my bank at 02:00am when I had work the next day and it would be lost within an hour or 2, an entire months hard work of getting up 5 times a week doing a job for 8-10 hours a day all gone in usually no time at all. Unfortunately for me this is when the real trouble would start. When this would happen I would instantly turn to payday loans to essentially replace my lost wage to live on for that month. I would usually be fairly good I will still gamble but I would try and keep some for getting through the month regarding transport and food etc. Of course the time would eventually roll round where I would need to pay the high interest loan off and it would be sidelined as I had just been paid and the mentality was I can win the money back, pay off the loan and life would be good back to square one. The reality is, the true meaning of square one is something that no real gambling addict has experienced for years. The average person would be fairly unhappy living pay cheque to pay cheque month after month and having no savings, where as I would bite your hand off to be back in that situation debt free and a clean slate.
Unfortunately for me I was extremely good friends with a very disciplined person who I looked up to for all things gambling, the truth is he was a winner and he used to tell me " A good gambler is judged on how they lose not how they win " If you can lose money and accept it and go to your bed knowing you placed a good bet or even a bad bet and it lost and put it behind you and go again fresh the next day you are doing something right. I on the other hand was the chase your loses type. I could not face losing money and it was either win it back there and then or lose the lot and deal with that instead.
My story I feel is a little different from others because at one point I actually had success where I was not working and quite literally gambling for a living (if you can believe that). I essentially saved up and won money creating a fairly large bankroll. I had a spreadsheet where I documented every bet I placed, unit sizes, odds and all the rest and the truth is it worked. I have been an avid follower of a very niche sport all my life my knowledge is very high regarding that particular sport if you mix that in with when I discovered bookmakers starting to offering odds on it that was that I knew my goal. I had a little group where I would post the picks to and obviously done well from it. I experienced having accounts limited and closed by bookmakers while getting the emails saying " The traders have decided as a business decision we regret to inform you we are closing/limiting your account ". Now when you receive emails like this it does something to your ego, you absolutely know you are hurting their business plan of having a full customer base of losers and they no longer want your business. I began starting buying accounts off friends in order to access specific bookmakers so I could place my bets etc. It was a great time and a very successful one. Sadly it did not last, when I was doing this 95% of my time was spent researching, reviewing footage and genuinely digging for all information I could get. The other 5% was looking for the best available odds and placing my bet. I was much more sensible with my stakes because I had a clear head and a free mind to actually think correctly on what I was doing.
Not long after this I began ultimately spending more money than I was making causing a sort of panic to make more but instead of putting more effort into studying my niche sport which I was consistently winning on and looking for a good spot, I would turn to chance and pure luck. Goals bets in football on any random game inplay, Roulette, Blackjack etc etc etc. I would happily place an £800 spin on roulette yet my maximum bet on my niche sport would be £125. A pick where I would be on the value side with a genuine edge against the bookmaker, a bet where I would be placing it at odds of 6/4(2.50) and the bet would close at 8/11(1.72). Utter madness. I put this down to the state of mind I was in. When I was researching I was not getting drawn in by a gambling website I had my little plan in place and I carried it out. I was on gambling websites briefly to place the bet and then log off. But when I was sat on betting sites looking for a bet it would just completely spiral out of control.
I am currently 27 years old and I feel like I have been gambling CONSTANTLY for almost 10 years, which sadly I ultimately have been. I am in debt and although coming out and admitting it to people who care about me there are still secrets I cannot share regarding money owed out etc. I have decimated my credit score, have registered with almost every bookmaker going and I have closed multiple bank accounts over the years that were absolutely littered with betting transactions. I recently found an old statement from 2012 and it was such a surreal situation thinking what age I was back then and yet my bank statements look identical to this day.
I have not posted this for sympathy or anything like that the main reason for posting today is mainly to help other people and for closure. I always take everything with a pinch of salt online like most do but believe me when I say I have experienced every aspect of gambling. The lowest lows of losing, the highest highs of winning big(lucky), the thrill of being extremely disciplined and focused on making money consistently, closing accounts and saying never ever again to finally having accounts limited as mentioned previously for winning.
The bottom line when it comes to gambling is you just simply CANNOT win over your life time so why are you doing it? You are essentially paying a direct debit throughout your life to all these different betting companies for a bit of dopamine to be released in your brain. I manged to clear my debt and had about £10,000 saved £5,000 bankroll and was on cloud 9 and look where I am at now. I have £100 in my bank for the essentials and about £10,000 in debt just 3 odd years later. I have carried on for so long to try and re-live the dream I thought I had but the hard hitting reality is even when I was doing well I was constantly fighting against being banned from shops and having accounts online limited and closed. Even when you win you cannot win for long so it is pointless. I am a risk taker at heart and can be very impulsive which for a gambler is a non starter. It will NEVER end well if you have these types of traits as you could do well for months or years being disciplined but one day that IMPULSE will burst through your body and overcome and ruin all your hard work.
This might come across like I am bitter about the situation but I am not. I actually feel a real sense of relief typing this up today, usually when I read these sorts of posts from other users and it is day 1 for them for quitting gambling I skip over it because I think yeah, you will be back at it tomorrow or when you next get money, not very supportive but it is the truth none the less for most I feel.
One thing that is happening right now within the gambling industry is safer gambling adverts especially in the UK. I realised that what they are doing is the same as what sugary food product companies done with regards to their food stuffs being deemed unhealthy they were ultimately asked to remove certain products but instead they turned it round as said they would introduce more healthier, lower sugafat alternatives instead which resulted in just adding more of their products to the market. That is EXACTLY what the gambling firms are doing just now they have been told about the harm it is doing and have been told to essentially lower the amount of exposure to children/adults alike with these adverts and their response is not to reduce the amount but to introduce safer gambling when the fun stops, stop adverts just increasing the amount of times their logo appears on your screen through multiple more adverts.
Anyway, I would like to think at least one person reads this and it makes them think twice. Maybe somebody who is 18 and has just began gambling or maybe somebody who is similar ages to myself or even older who can relate to my experience in anyway.
If you have managed to read all of this then well done, If I came across a post browsing on this after a loss and seen it was this length I would not bother, I would skip to the end like my impulsive personality would command me to do which is a little reminder as to why I am posting this in the first place being a compulsive and impatience gambler.
To end on a positive note my gambling journey comes to an end today. I am 27 years old and have been at it from 17 and enough is ultimately enough for me. My new goal has been laid out prior to writing this in regards to avoiding temptation, paying off what I owe and what to do with my wages going forward.
I wish anybody reading this who is struggling all the best and if you have any intention to quit and have stumbled across this sub-reddit then it is time to quit or else you would not be here and you know it. As for anybody who reads through this and still gambles themselves then maybe take a look at what you are doing and if you can honestly look yourself in the mirror and admit you have no problem then great and good luck with what you are doing.
If you want to maybe ask more about my situation in relation to your own, have any questions or are just looking for somebody to listen to your story then feel free to message me.
Thanks,
LD.
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Hopefully my story as an 6 years clean addict will give you some hope/motivation

I found this sub as a Reddit suggestion probably because I'm an alcoholic as well. Licked my gambling problem 6 years ago before Reddit even existed, or at least it wasn't mainstream. Here's my story and how I did it.
I remember my first in-over-my-head moment when I was in college in 2000. I had probably $50 to my name and bet $200 on some random football game. It lost of course so I had to send the cash via mail to my brother. It never got there so I was out $440. I was not an addict at this point.
Welcome online poker around 2004. Got my first job and my gambling had its ups and downs but mostly downs. Never ridiculous losses. Still not an addict.
Then I got a really high-paying job (almost 6-figures) for a 26-year old and was living alone out-of-state. That's when I became an addict. I was just about to buy a house and interest-free, barely any down-payment loans were all the rage (watch the movie "The Big Short"). Decided to play online 3-card poker one night and COULD NOT LOSE. It actually got so weird I started screen capping every hand because I thought they were going to invalidate my winnings. And then something amazing happened...I hit a Royal Flush with $500 on the Player's Plus, Ante, & Play lines. Paid out like $25k or something like that. I cashed out that night with over $35k. Reworked the mortgage and put every last cent of it towards the down-payment of my new house. I was flying high.
At 29 years old I got an even better paying job. From then until about 33 I probably lost about $100k at live casinos but mostly online.
At 33 years old I was just about to get married and I "manned-up". I drove to the AC Commissions Office or whatever it's called and put myself on self-exclusion from everything. The woman there asked me what time-period I wanted, 1, 3, 5 years?...to which I replied "life-time". She said, "are you sure, because you'll never be able to take yourself off".
Best move I ever made!
In those last 6 years I've gotten the itch (about once a year maybe less) and tried logging into online casinos but luckily was turned down. I must admit I've been to the casinos 2x since and won both times ($800 & $400), but always kept it under $1k in order to avoid suspicion. And the only reason I went was because I had long-distance family in and they wanted to make a trip out of it. If they weren't there, I wouldn't have gone, and I only brought $200. Left my credit cards home. I'm not claiming this is the best path for everyone but this is my story.
I estimate that I've probably saved myself over $200-300k since the self-exclusion. Do I miss it the adrenaline rush? Of course. But I knew my family and personal history and knew it was just going to get worse.
I always think about what life would be like if I could self-exclude from my other vices (drinking mostly). Think about if you were on a deserted island with no booze, you'd have no choice but to quit. Self-exclusion does just that. Are there ways around it? Probably but I don't care because I've almost 100% been clean for 6 years.
Start there ladies and gents. I know I'm not a perfect person and still have some demons to work out, but gambling ain't one of them. I hope my story helps someone.
Edited: I thought more about my losses that led up to my self exclusion and they were definitely higher. Changed from $50k to $100k.
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What a USL D1 league might look like

TL;DR: Man with too much time on his hands goes deep down the rabbit hole on a concept this sub already didn’t seem that enthusiastic about. If you really want to skip ahead, CTRL+F “verdict” and it’ll get you there.
Two days ago, u/MrPhillyj2wns made a post asking whether USL should launch a D1 league in order to compete in Concacaf. From the top voted replies, it appears this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
But I’ve been at home for eight weeks and I am terribly, terribly bored.
So, I present to you this overview of what the USL pyramid might look like if Jake Edwards got a head of steam and attempted to establish a USSF-sanctioned first division. This is by no means an endorsement of such a proposal or even a suggestion that USL SHOULD do such a thing. It is merely an examination of whether they COULD.
Welcome to the Thunderdome USL Premiership
First, there are some base-level assumptions we must make in this exercise, because it makes me feel more scientific and not like a guy who wrote this on Sunday while watching the Belarusian Premier League (Go BATE Borisov!).
  1. All D1 teams must comply with known USSF requirements for D1 leagues (more on that later).
  2. MLS, not liking this move, will immediately remove all directly-owned affiliate clubs from the USL structure (this does not include hybrid ownerships, like San Antonio FC – NYCFC). This removes all MLS2 teams but will not affect Colorado Springs, Reno, RGVFC and San Antonio.
  3. The USL will attempt to maintain both the USL Championship and USL League One, with an eventual mind toward creating the pro/rel paradise that is promised in Relegations 3:16.
  4. All of my research regarding facility size and ownership net worth is correct – this is probably the biggest leap of faith we have to make, since googling “NAME net worth” and “CITY richest people” doesn’t seem guaranteed to return accurate results.
  5. The most a club can increase its available seating capacity to meet D1 requirements in a current stadium is no more than 1,500 seats (10% of the required 15,000). If they need to add more, they’ll need a new facility.
  6. Let’s pretend that people are VERY willing to sell. It’s commonly acknowledged that the USL is a more financially feasible route to owning a soccer club than in MLS (c.f. MLS-Charlotte’s reported $325 million expansion fee) and the USSF has some very strict requirements for D1 sanctioning. It becomes pretty apparent when googling a lot of team’s owners that this requirement isn’t met, so let’s assume everyone that can’t sells to people who meet the requirements.
(Known) USSF D1 league requirements:
- League must have 12 teams to apply and 14 teams by year three
- Majority owner must have a net worth of $40 million, and the ownership group must have a total net worth of $70 million. The value of an owned stadium is not considered when calculating this value.
- Must have teams located in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones
- 75% of league’s teams must be based in markets with at a metro population of at least 1 million people.
- All league stadiums must have a capacity of at least 15,000
The ideal club candidate for the USL Premiership will meet the population and capacity requirements in its current ground, which will have a grass playing surface. Of the USL Championship’s 27 independent/hybrid affiliate clubs, I did not find one club that meets all these criteria as they currently stand.
Regarding turf fields, the USSF does not have a formal policy regarding the ideal playing surface but it is generally acknowledged that grass is superior to turf. 6 of 26 MLS stadiums utilize turf, or roughly 23% of stadiums. We’ll hold a similar restriction for our top flight, so 2-3 of our top flight clubs can have turf fields. Seem fair?
Capacity is going to be the biggest issue, since the disparity between current requirements for the second-tier (5,000) and the first tier (15,000) is a pretty massive gap. Nice club you have there, triple your capacity and you’re onto something. As a result, I have taken the liberty of relocating certain (read: nearly all) clubs to new grounds, trying my utmost to keep those clubs in their current markets and –importantly--, ensure they play on grass surfaces.
So, let’s do a case-by-case evaluation and see if we can put together 12-14 teams that meet the potential requirements, because what else do you have to do?
For each club’s breakdown, anything that represents a chance from what is currently true will be underlined.
Candidate: Birmingham Legion FC
Location (Metro population): Birmingham, Ala. (1,151,801)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Legion Field (FieldTurf, 71,594)
Potential owner: Stephens Family (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Birmingham has a pretty strong candidacy. Having ditched the 5,000-seater BBVA Field for Legion Field, which sits 2.4 miles away, they’ve tapped into the city’s soccer history. Legion Field hosted portions of both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 1996 Olympics, including a 3-1 U.S. loss to Argentina that saw 83,183 pack the house. The Harbert family seemed like strong ownership contenders, but since the death of matriarch Marguerite Harbert in 2015, it’s unclear where the wealth in the family is concentrated, so the Stephens seem like a better candidate. The only real knock that I can think of is that we really want to avoid having clubs play on turf, so I’d say they’re on the bubble of our platonic ideal USL Prem.
Candidate: Charleston Battery
Location (Metro population): Charleston, S.C. (713,000)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Johnson Hagood Stadium (Grass, ~14,700)
Potential owner: Anita Zucker (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Charleston’s candidacy isn’t looking great. Already disadvantaged due to its undersized metro population, a move across the Cooper River to Johnson Hagood Stadium is cutting it close in terms of capacity. The stadium, home to The Citadel’s football team, used to seat 21,000, before 9,300 seats on the eastern grandstand were torn down in 2017 to deal with lead paint that had been used in their construction. Renovation plans include adding 3,000 seats back in, which could hit 15,000 if they bumped it to 3,300, but throw in a required sale by HCFC, LLC (led by content-creation platform founder Rob Salvatore) to chemical magnate Anita Zucker, and you’ll see there’s a lot of ifs and ands in this proposal.
Candidate: Charlotte Independence
Location (Metro population): Charlotte, N.C. (2,569, 213)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (Turf, 15,314)
Potential owner: James Goodnight (reported net worth $9.1 billion)
Notes: Charlotte ticks a lot of the boxes. A move from the Sportsplex at Matthews to UNC-Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson stadium meets capacity requirements, but puts them on to the dreaded turf. Regrettably, nearby American Legion Memorial Stadium only seats 10,500, despite a grass playing surface. With a sizeable metro population (sixth-largest in the USL Championship) and a possible owner in software billionaire James Goodnight, you’ve got some options here. The biggest problem likely lies in direct competition for market share against a much better-funded MLS Charlotte side due to join the league in 2021.
Candidate: Hartford Athletic
Location (Metro population): Hartford, Conn. (1,214,295)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Grass, 38,066)
Potential owner: Ray Dalio (reported net worth $18.4 billion)
Notes: Okay, I cheated a bit here, having to relocate Hartford to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, which is technically in East Hartford, Conn. I don’t know enough about the area to know if there’s some kind of massive beef between the two cities, but the club has history there, having played seven games in 2019 while Dillon Stadium underwent renovations. If the group of local businessmen that currently own the club manage to attract Dalio to the table, we’re on to something.
Candidate: Indy Eleven
Location (Metro population): Indianapolis, Ind. (2,048,703)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lucas Oil Stadium (Turf, 62,421)
Potential owner: Jim Irsay (reported net worth of $3 billion)
Notes: Indy Eleven are a club that are SO CLOSE to being an ideal candidate – if it weren’t for Lucas Oil Stadium’s turf playing surface. Still, there’s a lot to like in this bid. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what current owner and founder Ersal Ozdemir is worth, but it seems like there might be cause for concern. A sale to Irsay, who also owns the NFL Indianapolis (nee Baltimore) Colts, seems likely to keep the franchise there, rather than make a half-mile move to 14,230 capacity Victory Field where the AAA Indianapolis Indians play and expand from there.
Candidate: Louisville City FC
Location (Metro population): Louisville, Ky. (1,297,310)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lynn Family Stadium (Grass, 14,000, possibly expandable to 20,000)
Potential owner: Wayne Hughes (reported net worth $2.8 billion)
Notes: I’m stretching things a bit here. Lynn Family stadium is currently listed as having 11,700 capacity that’s expandable to 14,000, but they’ve said that the ground could hold as many as 20,000 with additional construction, which might be enough to grant them a temporary waiver from USSF. If the stadium is a no-go, then there’s always Cardinal Stadium, home to the University of Louisville’s football team, which seats 65,000 but is turf. Either way, it seems like a sale to someone like Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes will be necessary to ensure the club has enough capital.
Candidate: Memphis 901 FC
Location (Metro population): Memphis, Tenn. (1,348,260)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Liberty Bowl Stadium (Turf, 58,325)
Potential owner: Fred Smith (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Unfortunately for Memphis, AutoZone Park’s 10,000 seats won’t cut it at the D1 level. With its urban location, it would likely prove tough to renovate, as well. Liberty Bowl Stadium more than meets the need, but will involve the use of the dreaded turf. As far as an owner goes, FedEx founder Fred Smith seems like a good local option.
Candidate: Miami FC, “The”
Location (Metro population): Miami, Fla. (6,158,824)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Riccardo Silva Stadium (FieldTurf, 20,000)
Potential owner: Riccardo Silva (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: Well, well, well, Silva might get his wish for top-flight soccer, after all. He’s got the money, he’s got the metro, and his ground has the capacity. There is the nagging issue of the turf, though. Hard Rock Stadium might present a solution, including a capacity of 64,767 and a grass playing surface. It is worth noting, however, that this is the first profile where I didn’t have to find a new potential owner for a club.
Candidate: North Carolina FC
Location (Metro population): Durham, N.C. (1,214,516 in The Triangle)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Carter-Finley Stadium (Grass/Turf, 57,583)
Potential owner: Steve Malik (precise net worth unknown) / Dennis Gillings (reported net worth of $1.7 billion)
Notes: We have our first “relocation” in North Carolina FC, who were forced to trade Cary’s 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park for Carter-Finley Stadium in Durham, home of the NC State Wolfpack and 57,583 of their closest friends. The move is a whopping 3.1 miles, thanks to the close-knit hub that exists between Cary, Durham and Raleigh. Carter-Finley might be my favorite of the stadium moves in this exercise. The field is grass, but the sidelines are artificial turf. Weird, right? Either way, it was good enough for Juventus to play a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara there in 2011. Maybe the move would be pushed for by new owner and medical magnate Dennis Gillings, whose British roots might inspire him to get involved in the Beautiful Game. Straight up, though, I couldn’t find a net worth for current owner Steve Malik, though he did sell his company MedFusion for $91 million in 2010, then bought it back for an undisclosed amount and sold it again for $43 million last November. I don’t know if Malik has the juice to meet D1 requirements, but I suspect he’s close.
Candidate: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Location (Metro population): Pittsburgh, Penn. (2,362,453)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Heinz Field (Grass, 64,450)
Potential owner: Henry Hillman (reported net worth $2.5 billion)
Notes: I don’t know a ton about the Riverhounds, but this move in particular feels like depriving a pretty blue-collar club from its roots. Highmark Stadium is a no-go from a seating perspective, but the Steelers’ home stadium at Heinz Field would more than meet the requirements and have a grass surface that was large enough to be sanctioned for a FIFA friendly between the U.S. WNT and Costa Rica in 2015. As for an owner, Tuffy Shallenberger (first ballot owner name HOF) doesn’t seem to fit the USSF bill, but legendary Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Hillman might. I’m sure you’re asking, why not the Rooney Family, if they’ll play at Heinz Field? I’ll tell you: I honestly can’t seem to pin down a value for the family. The Steelers are valued at a little over a billion and rumors persist that Dan Rooney is worth $500 million, but I’m not sure. I guess the Rooneys would work too, but it’s a definite departure from an owner in Shallenberger who was described by one journalist as a guy who “wears boots, jeans, a sweater and a trucker hat.”
Candidate: Saint Louis FC
Location (Metro population): St. Louis, Mo. (2,807,338)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Busch Stadium (Grass, 45,494)
Potential owner: William DeWitt Jr. (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Saint Louis has some weirdness in making the jump to D1. Current CEO Jim Kavanaugh is an owner of the MLS side that will begin play in 2022. The club’s current ground at West Community Stadium isn’t big enough, but perhaps a timely sale to Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. could see the club playing games at Busch Stadium, which has a well established history of hosting other sports like hockey, college football and soccer (most recently a U.S. WNT friendly against New Zealand in 2019). The competition with another MLS franchise wouldn’t be ideal, like Charlotte, but with a big enough population and cross marketing from the Cardinals, maybe there’s a winner here. Wacko idea: If Busch doesn’t pan out, send them to The Dome. Sure, it’s a 60k turf closed-in stadium, but we can go for that retro NASL feel and pay homage to our nation’s soccer history.
Candidate: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Location (Metro population): Tampa, Fla. (3,068,511)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Raymond James Stadium (Grass, 65,518)
Potential owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: This one makes me sad. Despite having never been there, I see Al Lang Stadium as an iconic part of the Rowdies experience. Current owner Bill Edwards proposed an expansion to 18,000 seats in 2016, but the move seems to have stalled out. Frustrated with the city’s lack of action, Edwards sells to one-time San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who uses his old NFL connections to secure a cushy lease at the home of the Buccaneers in Ray Jay, the site of a 3-1 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda during the United States’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Breather. Hey, we finished the Eastern Conference teams. Why are you still reading this? Why am I still writing it? Time is a meaningless construct in 2020 my friends, we are adrift in the void, fueled only by brief flashes of what once was and what may yet still be.
Candidate: Austin Bold FC
Location (Metro population): Austin, Texas (2,168,316)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 95,594)
Potential owner: Michael Dell (reported net worth of $32.3 billion)
Notes: Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC has some unexpected competition and it comes in the form of tech magnate Michael Dell. Dell, were he to buy the club, would be one of the richest owners on our list and could flash his cash in the new first division. Would he have enough to convince Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (I’m not kidding, that’s its actual name) to go back to a grass surface, like it did from ’96-’08? That’s between Dell and nearly 100,000 UT football fans, but everything can be had for the right price.
Candidate: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Location (Metro population): Colorado Springs, Colo. (738,939)
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Falcon Stadium (FieldTurf, 46,692)
Potential owner: Charles Ergen (reported net worth $10.8 billion)
Notes: Welcome to Colorado Springs. We have hurdles. For the first time in 12 candidates, we’re back below the desired 1 million metro population mark. Colorado Springs actually plans to build a $35 million, 8,000 seat venue downtown that will be perfect for soccer, but in our timeline that’s 7,000 seats short. Enter Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. Seems perfect except for the turf, right? Well, the tricky thing is that Falcon Stadium is technically on an active military base and is (I believe) government property. Challenges to getting in and out of the ground aside, the military tends to have a pretty grim view of government property being used by for-profit enterprises. Maybe Charles Ergen, founder and chairman of Dish Network, would be able to grease the right wheels, but you can go ahead and throw this into the “doubtful” category. It’s a shame, too. 6,035 feet of elevation is one hell of a home-field advantage.
Candidate: El Paso Locomotive FC
Location: El Paso, Texas
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Sun Bowl (FieldTurf, 51,500)
Potential owner: Paul Foster (reported net worth $1.7 billion)
Notes: God bless Texas. When compiling this list, I found so many of the theoretical stadium replacements were nearly serviceable by high school football fields. That’s insane, right? Anyway, Locomotive don’t have to settle for one of those, they’ve got the Sun Bowl, which had its capacity reduced in 2001 to a paltry 51,500 (from 52,000) specifically to accommodate soccer. Sure, it’s a turf surface, but what does new owner Paul Foster (who is only the 1,477th wealthiest man in the world, per Forbes) care, he’s got a team in a top league. Side note: Did you know that the Sun Bowl college football game is officially, through sponsorship, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl? Why is it not the Frosted Flakes Sun Bowl? Why is the cereal mascot the promotional name of the football game? What are you doing, Kellogg’s?
Candidate: Las Vegas Lights FC
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (2,227,053)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Allegiant Stadium (Grass, 61,000)
Potential owner: Sheldon Adelson (reported net worth $37.7 billion)
Notes: Sin City. You had to know that the club that once signed Freddy Adu because “why not” was going to go all out in our flashy hypothetical proposal. Thanks to my narrative control of this whole thing, they have. Adelson is the second-richest owner in the league and has decided to do everything first class. That includes using the new Raiders stadium in nearby unincorporated Paradise, Nevada, and spending boatloads on high profile transfers. Zlatan is coming back to the U.S., confirmed.
Candidate: New Mexico United
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Isotopes Park – officially Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park (Grass, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Maloof Family (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: New Mexico from its inception went deep on the community vibe, and I’ve tried to replicate that in this bid. The home field of Rio Grande Cr---I’m not typing out the whole thing—Isotopes Park falls just within the expansion rules we set to make it to 15,000 (weird, right?) and they’ve found a great local ownership group in the Lebanese-American Maloof (formerly Maalouf) family from Las Vegas. The only thing to worry about would be the metro population, but overall, this could be one of the gems of USL Prem.
Candidate: Oklahoma City Energy FC
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (1,396,445)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Grass, 13,066)
Potential owner: Harold Hamm (reported net worth $14.2 billion)
Notes: There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow and it says it’s time to change stadiums and owners to make it to D1. A sale to oil magnate Harold Hamm would give the club the finances it needs, but Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (home of the OKC Dodgers) actually falls outside of the boundary of what would meet capacity if 1,500 seats were added. Could the club pull off a move to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma – home of the Oklahoma Sooners? Maybe, but at 20 miles, this would be a reach.
Candidate: Orange County SC
Location: Irvine, Calif. (3,176, 000 in Orange County)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Grass, 43,250)
Potential owner: Arte Moreno (reported net worth $3.3 billion)
Notes: You’ll never convince me that Rangers didn’t choose to partner with Orange County based primarily on its name. Either way, a sale to MLB Angels owner Arte Moreno produces a fruitful partnership, with the owner choosing to play his newest club out of the existing Angels stadium in OC. Another baseball conversion, sure, but with a metro population of over 3 million and the closest thing this hypothetical league has to an LA market, who’s complaining?
Candidate: Phoenix Rising FC
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (4,857,962)
Time zone: Arizona
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): State Farm Stadium (Grass, 63,400)
Potential owner: Ernest Garcia II (reported net worth $5.7 billion)
Notes: We’re keeping it local with new owner and used car guru Ernest Garcia II. His dad owned a liquor store and he dropped out of college, which is making me feel amazing about my life choices right now. Casino Arizona Field is great, but State Farm Stadium is a grass surface that hosted the 2019 Gold Cup semifinal, so it’s a clear winner. Throw in Phoenix’s massive metro population and this one looks like a lock.
Candidate: Reno 1868 FC
Location: Reno, Nev. (425,417)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Mackay Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: Nancy Walton Laurie (reported net worth $7.1 billion)
Notes: The Biggest Little City on Earth has some serious barriers to overcome, thanks to its low metro population. A sale to Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie and 1.6 mile-move to Mackay Stadium to split space with the University of Nevada, Reno makes this bid competitive, but the turf surface is another knock against it.
Candidate: Rio Grande Valley FC
Location: Edinburg, Texas (900,304)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): McAllen Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Alice Louise Walton (reported net worth $45 billion)
Notes: Yes, I have a second straight Walmart heiress on the list. She was the first thing that popped up when I googled “McAllen Texas richest people.” The family rivalry has spurred Walton to buy a club as well, moving them 10 miles to McAllen Memorial Stadium which, as I alluded to earlier, is a straight up high school football stadium with a full color scoreboard. Toss in an additional 1,500 seats and you’ve met the minimum, despite the turf playing surface.
Candidate: San Antonio FC
Location: San Antonio, Texas (2,550,960)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Alamodome (FieldTurf, 64,000)
Potential owner: Red McCombs (reported net worth $1.6 billion)
Notes: I wanted to keep SAFC in the Spurs family, since the franchise is valued at $1.8 billion. That said, I didn’t let the Rooneys own the Riverhounds based on the Steelers’ value and it felt wrong to change the rules, so bring on Clear Channel co-founder Red McCombs. Toyota Field isn’t viable in the first division, but for the Alamodome, which was built in 1993 in hopes of attracting an NFL franchise (and never did), San Antonio can finally claim having *a* national football league team in its town (contingent on your definition of football). Now if only we could do something about that turf…
Candidate: San Diego Loyal SC
Location: San Diego, Calif. (3,317,749)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) (Grass, 70,561)
Potential owner: Phil Mickelson (reported net worth $91 million)
Notes: Yes, golf’s Phil Mickelson. The existing ownership group didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to meet requirements, and Phil seemed to slot right in. As an athlete himself, he might be interesting in the new challenges of a top flight soccer team. Toss in a move to the former home of the chargers and you might have a basis for tremendous community support.
Candidate: FC Tulsa
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (991,561)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: George Kaiser ($10 billion)
Notes: I’m a fan of FC Tulsa’s rebrand, but if they want to make the first division, more changes are necessary. A sale to Tulsa native and one of the 100 richest men in the world George Kaiser means that funding is guaranteed. A move to Chapman Stadium would provide the necessary seats, despite the turf field. While the undersize population might be an issue at first glance, it’s hard to imagine U.S. Soccer not granting a waiver over a less than a 10k miss from the mark.
And that’s it! You made it. Those are all of the independent/hybrid affiliates in the USL Championship, which means that it’s time for our…
VERDICT: As an expert who has studied this issue for almost an entire day now, I am prepared to pronounce which USL Championships could be most ‘ready” for a jump to the USL Prem. A reminder that of the 27 clubs surveyed, 0 of them met our ideal criteria (proper ownership $, metro population, 15,000+ stadium with grass field).
Two of them, however, met almost all of those criteria: Indy Eleven and Miami FC. Those two clubs may use up two of our three available turf fields right from the outset, but the other factors they hit (particularly Silva’s ownership of Miami) makes them difficult, if not impossible to ignore for the top flight.
But who fill in the rest of the slots? Meet the entire 14-team USL Premier League:
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Miami FC
North Carolina FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
New Mexico United
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC
San Diego Loyal SC
Now, I shall provide my expert rationale for each club’s inclusion/exclusion, which can be roughly broken down into four categories.
Firm “yes”
Hartford Athletic: It’s a good market size with a solid stadium. With a decent investor and good community support, you’ve got potential here.
Indy Eleven: The turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is no reason to turn down a 62,421 venue and a metro population of over 2 million.
Louisville City FC: Why doesn’t the 2017 & 2018 USL Cup champion deserve a crack at the top flight? They have the market size, and with a bit of expansion have the stadium at their own SSS. LCFC, you’re in.
Miami FC, “The”: Our other blue-chip recruit on the basis of ownership value, market size and stadium capacity. Yes, that field is turf, but how could you snub Silva’s chance to claim victory as the first division 1 club soccer team to play in Miami?
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh sacrificed a lot to be here (according to my arbitrary calculations). Their market size and the potential boon of soccer at Heinz Field is an important inclusion to the league.
Saint Louis FC: Willie hears your “Busch League” jokes, Willie don’t care. A huge market size, combined with the absence of an NFL franchise creates opportunity. Competition with the MLS side, sure, but St. Louis has serious soccer history and we’re willing to bet it can support two clubs.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: With a huge population and a massive stadium waiting nearby, Tampa Bay seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up for the USL Prem.
Las Vegas Lights FC: Ostentatious, massive and well-financed, Las Vegas Lights FC is everything that the USL Premier League would need to assert that it didn’t intend to play second fiddle to MLS. Players will need to be kept on a short leash, but this is a hard market to pass up on.
Phoenix Rising FC: Huge population, big grass field available nearby and a solid history of success in recent years. No brainer.
San Diego Loyal SC: New club? Yes, massive population in a market that recently lost an absolutely huge sports presence? Also yes. This could be the USL Prem’s Seattle.
Cautious “yes”
New Mexico United: You have to take a chance on New Mexico United. The club set the league on fire with its social media presence and its weight in the community when it entered the league last season. The market may be slightly under USSF’s desired 1 million, but fervent support (and the ability to continue to use Isotopes Park) shouldn’t be discounted.
North Carolina FC: Carter-Finley’s mixed grass/turf surface is a barrier, to be sure, but the 57,000+ seats it offers (and being enough to offset other fully-turf offerings) is enough to put it in the black.
Orange County SC: It’s a top-tier club playing in a MLB stadium. I know it seems unlikely that USSF would approve something like that, but believe me when I say “it could happen.” Orange County is a massive market and California likely needs two clubs in the top flight.
San Antonio FC: Our third and only voluntary inclusion to the turf fields in the first division, we’re counting on San Antonio’s size and massive potential stadium to see it through.
Cautious “no”
Birmingham Legion FC: The town has solid soccer history and a huge potential venue, but the turf playing surface puts it on the outside looking in.
Memphis 901 FC: Like Birmingham, not much to dislike here outside of the turf playing surface at the larger playing venue.
Austin Bold FC: See the other two above.
FC Tulsa: Everything’s just a little bit off with this one. Market’s slightly too small, stadium has turf. Just not enough to put it over the top.
Firm “no”
Charleston Battery: Small metro and a small potential new stadium? It’s tough to say yes to the risk.
Charlotte Independence: A small new stadium and the possibility of having to compete with an organization that just paid over $300 million to join MLS means it’s best for this club to remain in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: When a club’s best chance to meet a capacity requirement is to host games at a venue controlled by the military, that doesn’t speak well to a club’s chances.
El Paso Locomotive FC: An undersized market and a turf field that meets capacity requirements is the death knell for this one.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Having to expand a baseball field to meet requirements is a bad start. Having to potentially play 20 miles away from your main market is even worse.
Reno 1868 FC: Population nearly a half-million short of the federation’s requirements AND a turf field at the hypothetical new stadium makes impossible to say yes to this bid.
Rio Grande Valley FC: All the seat expansions in the world can’t hide the fact that McAllen Memorial Stadium is a high school stadium through and through.
Here’s who’s left in the 11-team Championship:
Birmingham Legion FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
Memphis 901 FC
Austin Bold FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FC Tulsa
With MLS folding the six affiliates it has in USL League One, the league is a little bit thin (especially considering USSF’s requirements for 8 teams for lower level leagues), but seems definitely able to expand up to the necessary numbers with Edwards’ allusions to five new additions this year:
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
Union Omaha
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta
FC Tucson
Format of Assorted Leagues – This (like everything in this post) is pure conjecture on my part, but here are my thoughts on how these leagues might function in a first year while waiting for additional expansion.
USL Premier – We’ll steal from the 12-team Scottish Premiership. Each club plays the other 11 clubs 3 times, with either one or two home matches against each side. When each club has played 33 matches, the top six and bottom six separate, with every club playing an additional five matches (against each other team in its group). The top club wins the league. The bottom club is automatically relegated. The second-bottom club will enter a two-legged playoff against someone (see below) from the championship playoffs.
USL Championship -- 11 clubs is a challenge to schedule for. How about every club plays everyone else three times (either one or two home matches against each side)? Top four clubs make the playoffs, which are decided by two-legged playoffs. The winner automatically goes up. I need feedback on the second part – is it better to have the runner-up from the playoffs face the second-bottom club from the Premiership, or should the winner of the third-place match-up get the chance to face them to keep drama going in both playoff series? As for relegation, we can clearly only send down the last place club while the third division is so small.
USL League One – While the league is so small, it doesn’t seem reasonable to have the clubs play as many matches as the higher divisions. Each club could play the other six clubs four times – twice at home and twice away – for a very equitable 24-match regular season, which would help restrict costs and still provide a chance to determine a clear winner. Whoever finishes top of the table goes up.
And there you have it, a hypothetical look at how the USL could build a D1 league right now. All it would take is a new stadium for almost the entire league and new owners for all but one of the 27 clubs, who wouldn’t feel that their property would be massively devalued if they got relegated.
Well that’s our show. I’m curious to see what you think of all of this, especially anything that you think I may have overlooked (I’m sure there’s plenty). Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe and well.
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GPAQ – The SPAC that could be the next DKNG and NKLA from r/wallstreetbets at Wed Jul 1 07:26:22 2020

Tl;Dr: GPAQ seems to have high meme potential and there could be a huge pump in Sep when nfl season starts + the 100-year celebration. All in on GPAQ/GPAQW as you would get free 1.42 shares if you hold through the merge which was already passed on 6/30, so zero risk.

So I’m trying to think which SPAC could be the next meme like DKNG and NKLA and I begin to GPAQ could be the next meme game. Also, since the merger has already been passed, your warrants won't go to zero.

Background: The sports industry is very lucrative, and the largest 4 sports leagues revenue is around 32 Bn a year in 2015 and the NFL makes around 13 Bn which is the largest (see Investor Presentation /IP P.8). If you try to invest in the sports industry is unlikely that you could directly invest in the teams/leagues and you could only invest indirectly onto sports equipment producers such as Nike, Underarmour, etc.
But now, The NFL, the largest moneymaker in the sports league are giving us a direct way to invest in their facilities which is the Hall of Fame Village.

GPAQ would be an ultra-low float stock: When DKNG and NKLA starts to trade DKNG has 13% public float or 43 mil tradable while nkla is 5.7% or 23 mil tradable.
GPAQ, on the other hand, would have around 8.6% public but only 2.6 mil tradeable float, the Sponsor would retain 2.0 mil or 6.6% float, but they would not be able to enter the market for at least 170 days. HOFV would retain around 85% float when it starts to trade since they already put 250 mil into building the stadium and a few football fields which is phase 1(IP p. 26).
The crazy low public float means that is is much easier to pump GPAQ to the moon, GPAQ valuation is also way lower then dkng and nkla which is currently around 400 mil compare to NKLA 20 Bn and DKNG 11 Bn market cap., making HOFV much easier to be pumped by sports fans and FOMO especially when the Centennial celebration would be happening in HOFV.
Pump opportunities:
  1. The Investor Presentation doesn’t show the estimates revenue for Fantasy sports, e gaming and sports betting (p.4), if Ohio could legalize sports betting in Aug or Sep it would send HOFV up more and potential betting cooperation with Caesars Entertainment or even plans to build a sports casino on HOFV would be very positive news
  2. The NFL 100th anniversary Centennial celebration in sep would be held at HOFV, this would be a 3 day promotion and there should loads of people to watch the TV about it. Meaning that NFL would be giving out a free 3-day ad promo video about the village. This would be a great opportunity for HOFV and the NFL to hype their own village and tell their fans to dump money into HOFV, so I would most likely hold it till then.

Here are some unique benefits in investing into GPAQ:
  1. This should be the first SPAC that I have seen with Tax deferral of capital gains benefits, and reduction in capital gains tax if you hold for 5 years (IP p.28). This may lead to some people who are short term traders become a long term buy and hold investor=further lower stock float
  2. GPAQ and GPAQW holders now could gain 1.42 new shares/share purchase rights when the merger is completed (IP p.4). Again, I never see this on other SPACs yet, I don’t know how it will affect warrants/stonk holders but it should allow GPAQW holders to buy 1.42 shares @ 11.5 with redemption @ 18.

Risks:
  1. Stonks going down- Stonks only go up you retard, but even if there is a long dip you could hold for a while ,those warrants won’t expire for like 5 years until it hits 18, so you have high gain potential and a long time to wait if it go tits up. Besides, the HOFV would already finish phase 2 or even 3 and the NFL should make up something in those 5 years, so your stonks/warrants are safe.
  2. Founders has 6.6% float- but they would not be able to sell for at least 150 days - 1 year, if you afraid those founders will pull out a Branson style SPCE dump you should be fine, at least in 2020.

Appendix:
Investor presentation, IP:
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgadata/1708176/000121390020013714/ea122496ex99-1_gordonpointe.htm
Centennial celebration:
https://www.profootballhof.com/events/nfl-centennial-celebration/

Disclaimer: I may or may not be a retard but I’m definitely an autist, I have never watched a single NFL sports match or liked sports at all, never been to the land of the free and I heard canton is a dump.
I'm also a former gay beatanker gang member and has warrants @ 2.05 in GPAQW
Do you own further DD if necessary
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Win, Win, Win then Lose Everything *need advice*

Hey everyone, I’ve been using this reddit for a while, mainly to make myself feel better by hearing about others similar (or in many cases, very much worse situations). I’ll give you a short background on myself and gambling;
Since I was about 5 years old I’ve been exposed to gambling. My father bet, my family bet, and anyone close to me gambled. I always knew they lost money but for me it seemed different. After I got older around 16-17 I started gambling on fantasy football leagues. $20 here and $20 there for the potential return of hundreds was amazing. I won a few of those and even won my freshman year of college March madness tournament that raked in $500+! Soon after this I found a bookie that offered online wagering. I won some and loss some, but my weeks never ended with winning or losing more than $200. One week I even won $900 betting NBA, NHL, and NFL was my speciality (I’m a favorites whore to say the least lol) On top of the world and thinking I knew what I was doing I started to increase my wager size. Soon after I realized that my EV (expected value) became negative placing sports wagers and I turned 21 with about a clean slate and $4K saved up. Good summer job that raked in nearly $12k last summer and then I started to go to the casinos...
While I had everything under control and never lost more than $400 in a night and won as much as $1200 in my first night gambling at Atlantic City, I still felt positive that I could beat the house. I knew I loved gambling but never admitted I had a problem. I was winning money for Christ’s sake, but I. Was. Addicted.
Over the last 9 months I was going to the casino 5-6 nights a week. I thought I had things under control by cashing out when I hit my goal $200/300/400 and trying to leave when I would lose my cash I brought with me (usually max $350) BUT I COULDNT ACCEPT A LOSS. I’d say about 75% of nights I would cash out up my goal, but on bad nights...I’d hit the ATM 3 or 4 times until my withdrawal limit of $1000 was reached that night. Going home pissed off and sad was the worst but it made me appreciate winning so much more..and I always seemed to make it back. One night I lost $950 and the following week I won 6 nights in a row pocketing more than $2000. The casino I regularly used told me I was up close to $7000 on their rewards system since I was using them, and I’ve been to casinos across NY, WV, and even PA never being down or up more than $500, but I did have my go to casino which had me UP.
Starting in January things took a turn for the absolute worst. I lost $2500 in 2 weeks at my favorite casino and resorted back to online gambling. I started to win $1000+ a week and some weeks I would lose $1200+ but I still had money in my bank to keep me afloat. A few bad weeks and I started really stressing. My savings hit about $3000 and I graduated college a year ago. Student loans started to hit and my gambling to pay these off got more severe. I started making stupid plays and betting more than anyone should ever have to on basketball lines, tennis sets, and even volleyball. My bank account hit $1500 from the $15k I had less than 9 months prior (rent, student loans, and other expenses was what I attributed it to, but I know I’d have a lot more $ if I didn’t gamble)
Covid-19 quarantine hits and there are no casinos, no sports, and nothing to gamble on. I start going stir crazy as I am 100% addicted. Fanduel and DraftKings offer casino Promotions with their RNG platforms!?
I make my deposits and start winning instantly. $1000 here and $1800 on one of my best nights. I now have $4500 in my bank and can finally relax, right?? No. I start increasing my bets and the random number generator (RNG) turns into a rigged number generator. I start depositing more and more to try and make back the money I had at one point and the system keeps taking my money. One night I deposited $1600 into my account and lost it all. A couple weeks later and trying to stop gambling here and there, but only being successful for 5-6 days at a time before relapsing, I need help.
I want to stop gambling but I feel like that is who I am. I no longer have the funds to gamble and my bank account is at $1000 that I can’t touch. I have 2 jobs right now bringing in close to $2500 a month. I just want to be happy and enjoy life again without the urges to gamble but it’s too accessible. Gambling is a losing hobby, you lose money, friends, relationships, but most importantly your mind. Where do I go from here? How do I stop gambling for longer than a week? What’s life like on the other side of gambling? ...these are questions I ponder everyday. Thanks for reading and I wanted to thank you all for sharing your stories.
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What do you guys think of investing in DraftKings? (DKNG)

Hey guys,
What are your thoughts on Draftkings (DKNG)?
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Personally, I am interested in buying DKNG's shares as I am interested in the emphasis they have on betting on eSports, as well as Fantasy Football and even the results of Television shows. It's pretty innovative compared to other gambling companies if you ask me. They also have a large market share in the American online gambling industry, along with FanDuel.
I think that as more American states beegin to legalize online sports gambling, that can only be a good thing for DKNG. I think that this is further strengthened by what is happened with COVID-19, as more people will be thinking of staying inside rather than going to casinos.
DKNG's revenues have almost doubled YoY, although they are yet to make a net profit as they are focusing on attaining customers at the moment. However, I'm not sure how much I should be concerned about this, as their revenues tell the tale that they are providing a good business model.
Anyway, that's my amateur DD. What do you guys think about DraftKings?
Thanks for reading and interested to hear your comments :)
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GPAQ – The SPAC that could be the next DKNG and NKLA from r/wallstreetbets at Wed Jul 1 08:13:57 2020

Tl;Dr: GPAQ seems to have high meme potential and there could be a huge pump in Sep when nfl season starts + the 100-year celebration. All in on GPAQ/GPAQW as you would get free 1.42 shares if you hold through the merge which was already passed on 6/30, so zero risk.

So I’m trying to think which SPAC could be the next meme like DKNG and NKLA and I begin to GPAQ could be the next meme game. Also, since the merger has already been passed, your warrants won't go to zero.

Background: The sports industry is very lucrative, and the largest 4 sports leagues revenue is around 32 Bn a year in 2015 and the NFL makes around 13 Bn which is the largest (see Investor Presentation /IP P.8). If you try to invest in the sports industry is unlikely that you could directly invest in the teams/leagues and you could only invest indirectly onto sports equipment producers such as Nike, Underarmour, etc.
But now, The NFL, the largest moneymaker in the sports league are giving us a direct way to invest in their facilities which is the Hall of Fame Village.

GPAQ would be an ultra-low float stock: When DKNG and NKLA starts to trade DKNG has 13% public float or 43 mil tradable while nkla is 5.7% or 23 mil tradable.
GPAQ, on the other hand, would have around 8.6% public but only 2.6 mil tradeable float, the Sponsor would retain 2.0 mil or 6.6% float, but they would not be able to enter the market for at least 170 days. HOFV would retain around 85% float when it starts to trade since they already put 250 mil into building the stadium and a few football fields which is phase 1(IP p. 26).
The crazy low public float means that is is much easier to pump GPAQ to the moon, GPAQ valuation is also way lower then dkng and nkla which is currently around 400 mil compare to NKLA 20 Bn and DKNG 11 Bn market cap., making HOFV much easier to be pumped by sports fans and FOMO especially when the Centennial celebration would be happening in HOFV.
Pump opportunities:
  1. The Investor Presentation doesn’t show the estimates revenue for Fantasy sports, e gaming and sports betting (p.4), if Ohio could legalize sports betting in Aug or Sep it would send HOFV up more and potential betting cooperation with Caesars Entertainment or even plans to build a sports casino on HOFV would be very positive news
  2. The NFL 100th anniversary Centennial celebration in sep would be held at HOFV, this would be a 3 day promotion and there should loads of people to watch the TV about it. Meaning that NFL would be giving out a free 3-day ad promo video about the village. This would be a great opportunity for HOFV and the NFL to hype their own village and tell their fans to dump money into HOFV, so I would most likely hold it till then.

Here are some unique benefits in investing into GPAQ:
  1. This should be the first SPAC that I have seen with Tax deferral of capital gains benefits, and reduction in capital gains tax if you hold for 5 years (IP p.28). This may lead to some people who are short term traders become a long term buy and hold investor=further lower stock float
  2. GPAQ and GPAQW holders now could gain 1.42 new shares/share purchase rights when the merger is completed (IP p.4). Again, I never see this on other SPACs yet, I don’t know how it will affect warrants/stonk holders but it should allow GPAQW holders to buy 1.42 shares @ 11.5 with redemption @ 18.

Risks:
  1. Stonks going down- Stonks only go up you retard, but even if there is a long dip you could hold for a while ,those warrants won’t expire for like 5 years until it hits 18, so you have high gain potential and a long time to wait if it go tits up. Besides, the HOFV would already finish phase 2 or even 3 and the NFL should make up something in those 5 years, so your stonks/warrants are safe.
  2. Founders has 6.6% float- but they would not be able to sell for at least 150 days - 1 year, if you afraid those founders will pull out a Branson style SPCE dump you should be fine, at least in 2020.

Appendix:
Investor presentation, IP:
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgadata/1708176/000121390020013714/ea122496ex99-1_gordonpointe.htm
Centennial celebration:
https://www.profootballhof.com/events/nfl-centennial-celebration/

Disclaimer: I may or may not be a retard but I’m definitely an autist, I have never watched a single NFL sports match or liked sports at all, never been to the land of the free and I heard canton is a dump.
I'm also a former gay beatanker gang member and has warrants @ 2.05 in GPAQW
Do you own further DD if necessary
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NFL & NBA Updated Schedules and Degenerate Gambler DD from r/wallstreetbets at Wed Jul 8 02:43:47 2020

Was posting this in the "what your moves tomorrow" thread but I got carried away. So figure post my Bullshit here.
The moves I am planning to make and the conjecture I am erroneously calling DD are detailed below.
All focused around the sport book services, online casinos etc for next couple days and weeks.
DKNG - GAN - BETZ - IGT - MGM - SGMS - PDYPY etc etc
Dates for NFL / NBA season opening and schedule info below
😃
Like every dumbass who thinks they sound insightful loves to say, "Americans are starved for entertainment and sports."
Another obvious thing everyone here knows based on the fanatical participation in this glory hole of a sub:
Americans are going through gambling addiction withdrawal.
They need to get right.
Well the fix they need is practically here.
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NBA
Tomorrow July 8:
All NBA teams will be checked into their Mickey and Minnie hotels and prowling the on-site facilities (aka the Orlando Covid Bubble) acting like the responsible gentleman that they are. I wonder if ladies of the night are on their way there now, or if they are already there incognito in Donald and Goofy costumes.
This means no more uncertainty. American sports will be back on the media radar.
News spots, YouTube assholes, woke social media posts, all will have NBA content.
DKNG and other gambling and fantasy platforms are going to start advertising hard.
DKNG promos will be on every PJ trader's/boomer's favorite cable news shows.
Daily fantasy targeted ads will be on your Reddit feed and on your wife's boyfriend's Instagram.
This will be the first time since their IPO in April that they will be pumping ads for biz so hard.
Crazy visibility.
You know who else is gonna talk about the NBA and NFL starting???
🇺🇸 Trump
plus
Everyone on CNBC - Jim Cramer morning and afternoon - Faber - LeBeau - Kernen - Kernen's co host babe - The young dork who pisses Kernen off every morning
They will be falling all over themselves to show us that they are cool sport guys.
And that they know about cool sport guy gambling companies.
These tickers are gonna get alot of free stonk news airtime.
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1.5 Weeks from now
July 22:
NBA scrimmages start
Major ad buys for NBA fantasy and betting will start the week before the scrimmages and run through until the season starts.
2.5 weeks from now
July 30:
NBA Season Starts
This leads right to the main event for all degenerate gamblers and fantasy players
🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈 NFL SEASON 🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈
3.5 weeks from now
August 11
NFL 53 man roster cut date
The NFL preseason is cancelled
That is actually good for fantasy football, don't have to worry about injuries as much so can draft as early as you want.
So fantasy will be going full force, and DKNG will keep hitting us with the ads.
Three weeks of drafts and talking heads pumping NFL.
7.5 weeks from now
September 10
First NFL game
🙏🙏🙏
👍🏿 🍆💦
Conclusion:
Im going all in tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.
I cashed out all my calls and positions mid morning today. I am going to try my best to not drop all $ in one session.
Big picture - my moves:
Calls:
GAN, IGT, MGM, SGMS, PDYPY
Tomorrow through early next week will pickup an irresponsible amount of Calls exp 8/21 and 11/20
Gay Stock purchases:
DKNG
I am going to buy a Honda Civics worth of DKNG stock over next two - three days
Why not calls? Well I am not sure when it's going to leap and volatility is high.
DKNG was at $43.75 on June 22.
Down 30% since then.
$30 now.
Its going to blow by $50 and to $70 and maybe more by the time we are at the start of the week 2 of the NFL season (September 17).
BETZ
I will periodically throw money at BETZ tomorrow through the end of July.
Will use it to stop myself from impulse buying something stupid like HTZ or NKLA calls or TSLA puts.
I dunno why but the BETZ ticker just seems kinda gay to me.
Note: To clarify the above. I am a tard. Smart for a tard, but still a tard.
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Notable Black People in the Bitcoin Community

Notable Black People in the Bitcoin Community
We are now in an era where most people on the street have heard of Bitcoin and understand the very basics of what a cryptocurrency is. However, when many people think about users of Bitcoin, there’s a stereotypical person who comes to mind. As the Black Lives Matter movement begins to take hold and sweep the nation demanding change, many people of color are quick to discount Bitcoin, but the reality is, there are many notable black Americans who abundantly use and support the currency as well as advocate that Bitcoin is for everyone.
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Bitcoin is for Everyone

When discussing Bitcoin in general, many people believe it’s only for those anti-government libertarians who want to engage in illegal activities, but there’s simply no truth in that statement. Bitcoin is simply a money transfer system backed by a public ledger and quantifiable technology. Have you ever used a pre-paid card? A payday loan? Or a currency exchange booth? Chances are, you have, and if so—well Bitcoin has the potential to offer a cheaper version of all of these currency services if used to its full potential. Shawn Wilkinson, the founder of Storj (a cloud storage service) advocates its massive potential especially in online microloans. He thinks that cryptocurrency as a whole has a lot of power to change the way even the most impoverished communities use money, regardless of race.

Edwardo Jackson

Edwardo Jackson is perhaps one of the most notable black Bitcoin enthusiasts out there. In fact, he is so passionate about the currency, he currently runs a blog called Blacks in Bitcoin. Jackson is a Las Vegas resident and professional poker player, but found his love of Bitcoin while he was a writer for Upworthy in 2013. Jackson believes Bitcoin is still in the early adoption phase and thinks that now is most definitely the time for anyone who is thinking of getting into it to buy in. Currently, Jackson has developed his own blockchain based technology known as CD3D which is a decentralized app-based token which you can use in a game where instead of betting on sports, or the outcomes of elections, you vote on actors and actresses and win money based on their box office performance. This game is still under development and you can check the CinemaDraft websites for updates on when it may be opened for play. Jackson prides himself in his Bitcoin knowledge and wishes to educate everyone about it, so much so, he even hands out his personal phone number to anyone who asks so they can call him if they have questions.

Richard Sherman

You read that right, Richard Sherman, NFC Championship playing defensive back, is a Bitcoin fanatic! Sherman was born in Compton; California and it became clear early on he was destined to be a sports player. He achieved many high school records not only in football, but also as part of his school’s track team. Sherman received a scholarship to attend Stanford university where he played on their team from 2006-2010. In 2011, Sherman was signed by the Seattle Seahawks and played with the team for many years until 2018 when he signed a 39-million-dollar contract with the 49ers. He is very public about his love of cryptocurrency and his many investments in the technology field, so much so, he even takes Bitcoin for payment in his online store for all of his Seahawks and 49ers merchandise.

Reggie Middleton

Reggie Middleton is an American entrepreneur and CEO of Vertiseum. Middleton’s claim to fame began in the early 2000’s as a financial writer for the Huffington Post. In 2011, he left his job there to start his own company and blog, Boom Bust Blog. He was an early adopter of Bitcoin, citing that its ability to be quickly, and largely, transferred making it one of the best methods of currency currently on the market. He also advocates how safe and cheap it is to transfer Bitcoin as opposed to using cash or the banking system, which has many caveats and difficulties as well as rising costs. Just think, to make a transfer from one bank to the other you either need to withdraw cash and physical drive it from one bank to another to avoid massive fees. If fees don’t scare you, you can wire the money, but this still takes gas, time, and often times there are limits on the amount you can transfer. Bitcoin solves all of these problems. Middleton loves crypto currencies so much, he founded Vertiseum, an Ultracoin technology. Although the legalities of his ICO are currently under scrutiny, Middleton still stands behind his advocacy of cryptocurrencies and posts many YouTube videos educating the public on the many uses of them in everyday life.
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Black Influencers to Follow

Want to learn more about Bitcoin before you dive right in? Understandable! There are many influencers of color who know a lot about the cryptocurrency world! Check out Dr. Boyce Watkins, a financial scholar who offers numerous courses in cryptocurrency for beginners as well as an internet club for investors. He also runs Financial Juneteenth, a cryptocurrency group specifically for black investors and it is currently one of the largest cryptocurrency-based communities on the internet, so make sure you pay it a visit!
Lamar Wilson is another notable influencer, widely known for building his own blockchain company Hijro, as well as a cryptocurrency wallet, back before it was even cool! He contributes abundantly to the Financial Juneteenth group listed above, as well as teaches a class about investing in cryptocurrencies on the Black Business School site.
Also follow Ian Balina, a man famous for his unique approach to ICO’s thanks to his analytics background and former employment at IBM. He currently leads a global cryptocurrency investor syndicate, and posts content on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Balina’s content is so revolutionary that he has been featured in numerous articles in many different magazines, most notably Forbes and Huffington Post.
If after following all of these people you are still a little lost when it comes to cryptocurrency, don’t worry! It’s a confusing field at first. Just remember that cryptocurrency is for everyone and it make take time to learn about the ins and outs of the high-level technology. There are many websites which offer free guides you can take advantage of to help you find your way. So, subscribe to a few of them, investigate your questions, and you’ll be a cryptocurrency pro in no time!
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What Are Football Parlays. The theory with point spreads is that a wager on either team to win a football game is as close to a 50/50 shot as possible. You’re not actually betting on which team will win the game, you’re betting on which team will “cover the spread”. The NFL is looking for a sports betting expert who will help lead the professional football league into the future with expanded legal gambling on sports. The World's Online Gaming Authority Since Football betting- more on football betting. Bettors can bet on different events within the game that is being played, besides them betting based on the results of the match. A good example will be betting on Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to score first in the game’s first half. Players can also choose to bet on him to score more than one goal. Expect more football than Fortnite as sports betting comes to Washington state tribal casinos by Gregory Scruggs on March 26, 2020 at 7:06 am March 26, 2020 at 7:06 am Comments Share 15 Tweet Image: ‘clubpaf_madrid_febrero_16_15’ by Paf – Games Sport Casino is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Which Is Better, Pre-Match or In-Play Betting? That depends on the sort of bet you want to place

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