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Announcing: BetPhoenix.ag Releases New Mayweather-McGregor Fight Prop Bets

Online Sportsbook Tempts Bettors With More Options For Mayweather-McGregor Super Fight

San Jose, Costa Rica: Today, BetPhoenix.ag, a major online sportsbook, announced they have released new proposition bets on the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight.

In line with the expectations this fight has created and the millions of dollars wagered on this event, BetPhoenix.ag is offering bettors more unusual prop bets not available at any other sportsbook. Read More

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Social Media Killed The Message Board Star

Forgive the overly cheesy paraphrased reference to a 1980’s one-hit wonder.  It does, however, cover the subject of the following ramble.  This won’t be yet another sports-related blog as the vast majority of those paying any attention to Washington Redskins content have taken a leave of absence until the regular season draws near.  And who could blame them?  Being a Redskins fan is exhausting.  It wasn’t the subject matter of the song but Stevie Wonder described what it’s like being a Skins fan in a few verses:

You took me riding in your rocket, gave me a star
But at a half a mile from heaven you dropped me back
Down to this cold, cold world

So, when fans exit message board forums stage left even at the first sign of the end of the Redskins season it’s not only unsurprising but understandable and expected.  It’s also unsurprising when forum staff do the same.  For them it’s not only the emotional drain but also the mental drain of months of (often) thankless work.  It takes a lot to keep a forum operational, much less to keep one active and growing.

For website administrators the challenges are greater still.  There is no off-season for a website trying to survive and carve out a niche in what is an overly-saturated market.  There are, literally, tens of thousands of sports websites all trying to be unique in some small yet meaningful way.  That’s the result of competing with one another for traffic.  If competing with the specific niche of other Redskins sites wasn’t enough of a challenge the internet has recently presented a new one: Social Media.

What used to be unmatched quality and ethics in print journalism has been replaced with instant gratification.  Print media is struggling to survive in a digital age.  Long form media is struggling to survive in a 140 character limit age.  Many would rather speak but not be spoken to or talk but not listen or digest information in bytes small enough for toddlers.  Social media leads old school journalists to believe the world is coming down with a severe case of attention deficit disorder.  If social media is any indicator the vast majority of people stopped reading this two or three paragraphs back.

But social media serves a purpose.  It’s a manner of disseminating more information to more people more quickly than is possible even with huge, established sports media outlets.  Very few are concerned with the lack of ethics in social media.  Everything is regurgitated.  Nothing is vetted.  No one gives a crap.  Two seconds after they’ve read some complete nonsense they’ve moved on to the next hot topic.

Ideally, the solution would be to combine the best of social media with the best of traditional print media and the best of message board forums.  Each has its merits and its caveats.

Here is where it gets personal.  I’ve been webmastering and administrating websites for twenty-five years.  I began venturing into message boards back in the days of AOL and dial-up, even before the marvel that was the 56k modem.  I love everything about creating a site and equally importantly, creating the sense of community that goes along with it.  I love receiving member opinion on how to make a site better, although admittedly not all of it is practical or even possible.  I love working to make a site grow and adapt with the times.  Having said that, I’m at a complete loss for how to effectively counter the migration of so many good members to social media.

If a site has social media in the forms of facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. will members actually spend any time reading the articles and blogs or posting in the forums?

This site has lost quite a few members over the years to something else which has occupied their limited “me” time.  Any number of life circumstances may have contributed to their leaving.  This site isn’t alone in that.  Every sports website is suffering.  I’d like to know why.  Is it social media alone?  It it life circumstances such as marriage, children, job changes, etc.?  I’m reluctant to throw a poll up because I’d like some level of detail in the answers.

If you’re spending less time on traditional sports media sites and you’d like to tell me why I’d love to know, not for the purpose of judging but solely for the purpose of knowing if it is possible to change and adapt a site to the social media age.  I don’t mind fighting lost causes.  I’ve been married.  I’m familiar with losing battles.  If it is impossible to meet the “needs” of the masses with a traditional website not to fret.  This one isn’t going anywhere.

 

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Brandon Banks Sighting

For those Washington fans that may not know, former Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks is now earning a paycheque in the Canadian Football League. After three years with Washington, Banks made the jump to Canadian Football last year, and will probably never look back.

This week he signed a 3-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Banks spent last year with Hamilton, where he nearly stole the Grey Cup in the waning moments with a 90-yard punt return, unceremoniously called back for a penalty. That close call, and the promise of job security, made re-signing with the TiCats an easy decision for Banks. Read More

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Working the Week 1 NFL Odds: Part I

Do you gamble? I love to gamble. Well on football anyway. For me it isn’t about winning money, its just about being right. Ego trip. That isn’t to say that on the instances where my payoffs have been big, that I wasn’t happy; but rather to take note of the fact that the sense of accomplishment probably out-weighed the financial gain.

So the start of another NFL season and the Redskins’ first game, is just part of the rapture that I get to enjoy this week, with the other part being that I get to start shuffling money. You see, I know when I am looking at the NFL Week One Odds that even if I win big this week or at any point, there’s always a good chance that I’m NOT going to win. It’s the nature of the beast. So if I look at my gambling winnings and losses as “shuffling” – it’s a good way for myself personally to make sure that I always bet responsibly. Read More

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A Last Cheers To My Friend

Despite the jubilation that I expressed today in the “Another Washington Redskins Season Is Upon Us” piece, I got very emotional and choked up when I read it back to myself. I started to reflect back to that time when I had nothing but summer magazines to fill a football offseason with in the late eighties and early nineties, and my mind was immediately filled with memories of a good friend. Back in those dog days, I talked football with pretty much only one guy, my friend Paul. Paul was the biggest Cleveland Browns fan that you ever did meet. It saddens me greatly to write that in a past tense, but you see, he died of a heart attack a couple of weeks ago.

He was just 45 years old.

He was the biggest football fan that I know, or ever knew. I would even say that in the early days, despite liking different teams, Paul’s level of fandom greatly inspired my own, and to start this site in the first place. I wanted to get to Paul’s level of knowledge, though I never will. Read More

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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Jailed

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last night. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Its fun to guess what the controlled substance might be, when you look back at the pics that the guy tweeted during the playoffs…

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Virginia Destroyers Season Ticket Renewals

The UFL’s Virginia Destroyers have officially opened their 2012 season ticket renewal portal.

Any 2011 season ticket holder wishing to renew their tickets, can do so by visiting the website and logging in. Read More

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More Redskins Camp Pictures from Mozelle!

More Redskins Training Camp Photos thanks to Skins Family Member Mozelle Meyers – @Sportsgal5_2000 on Twitter:

No Kicking Controversy here

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UFL Turning Corner?

Yesterday, the United Football League released their full 2012 football schedule. The press release comes fresh on the heels of the league’s announcement that CBS Sports has picked up the TV rights for the entire season. Don’t look now, but things might be starting to turn the corner for the still-new football league. After a tumultuous 2011 season that saw the schedule re-written several times and then ultimately shortened to save money, the league has some work to do to re-gain the confidence of their fans.

Entering its fourth season, the league will gain a big boost both in familiarity and that confidence, from the new television deal. Read More

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UFL Schedule Announced

The United Football League released their official schedule today.

As per their press release last week, CBS Sports will be televising the games.

“We’re pleased to partner with the UFL and bring more live football to CBS Sports Network,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network.  “Fans have an appetite for football at all levels and we’re excited to showcase the UFL.”

Here is the full regular season schedule (All times Eastern) : Read More

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