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COVID-19’s Impact on the NBA and Basketball World

How the NBA is staying relevant

The NBA has been shut down for 72 days and will lose hundreds of millions if the season doesn’t return.

By: Quinn MacDonald

Being a professional basketball player sure comes with its benefits; Fame, status and money to name a few. They’re viewed as celebrities and inspirational icons, who are extremely talented at what they do. 

But imagine being at the forefront, or even a potential cause for the COVID-19 outbreak. How do they deal with this pandemic on top of all the added pressure of being famous?

This article breaks down what some of the top tier NBA players and the league have been doing amidst this pandemic – how they’ve been helping others and how they’ve been staying relevant.

The Beginning of the End

It all started on Wednesday March 11th in Oklahoma City. Team doctors were seen rushing onto the court to inform officials that Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Days prior Gobert jokingly touched all the reporters microphones following a press conference. Gobert’s ignorance isn’t so funny now. 

Gobert’s teammate, Donavon Mitchell, tested positive for COVID-19 and was reportedly furious with Gobert’s actions – rightfully so!

NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, immediately took action the next day and suspended the NBA for a minimum of 30 days. Which was soon followed by all other major sporting leagues as the virus became more severe. 

The Worst has yet to Come

Over the next few days several players and staff for several organizations tested positive for COVID-19. All of which had played the Utah Jazz (or teams that played against Utah) within the last two weeks. 

Brooklyn Nets star, Kevin Durant was the most notable NBA player to test positive along with three of his teammates. Durant was spotted with Toronto artist Drake just a few days prior which had the whole music industry holding their breath. 

The NBA shut down soon after, restricting players from leaving the country and implemented self-isolation protocol. At which point the NBA decided to stop releasing information about players’ health for their own privacy. 

Making the Best of it

Since then the NBA has struggled to make headlines and entertain their fans. Initially TSN and Sportsnet re-ran the Raptors Championship run which was exciting, but pales in comparison to the real thing. 

Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” documentary was a huge success, drawing in over 23 million international viewers in the first four weeks. It’s helped sports show tremendously, sparking the debate of who is the “Greatest of All-Time” (GOAT).

But the most interesting thing the NBA did to stay relevant and entertaining was the “Horse Competition” which was won by Mike Conley. It was a great way to give basketball fans some content they’ve been craving during this quarantine. WNBA and NBA players had the chance to show off their skills and personality which made for great entertainment. 

Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors kept on entertaining his fans via Instagram. Whether it’s taking part in internet challenges, or motivating others to stay in shape with workout videos, Ibaka surely made the most of this quarantine time.  

We are all in this Together

The entire world has been affected by COVID-19 and it doesn’t seem like things will be back to normal anytime soon, if ever.

There have been a ton of players giving back to the community during these trying times. NBA Stars such as Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Zion Willamson, Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and many team owners have donated money to help cover lost wages for arena staff.

Former President, Barack Obama, took to twitter to commend those players who are helping out.  There is no amount of money that could put this pandemic to ease, but it’s certainly nice to see those athletes giving back to those who’ve helped them all along.

Magic in the Air 

The latest news regarding the NBA is that they green-lighted the idea of resuming play in a central host location. And it just so happens to be in the “happiest place” in the world, Walt Disney World Resort. 

The infrastructure is perfect to host major sports with a 220-acre athletic complex that features numerous courts to host several games at the same time, hotels to lodge either 30 or 16 teams depending on if the NBA resumes the regular season or jumps straight into the playoffs.

Player health and safety is the top priority and will be closely monitored leading up to a potential return. Things are looking hopefully as the world works its way back to normalcy… whatever the new normal might be.

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Super Bowl 54 – All the Gambling and Bet Props you need to need to know

Betting Props for Super Bowl 54 – San Francisco vs Kansas City @ Hard Rock Stadium, Miami

Last year, in the US alone, $145 million USD worth of bets were placed.

By: Quinn MacDonald

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched and anticipated sporting events of the year drawing in millions of viewers. That also means there is a lot of casual and degenerate sports gamblers throwing money down on the outcome. 

What makes the Super Bowl so great is that betting sites and bookies offer hundreds of betting options, that have nothing to do with the final result of the game. This article breaks down some of the Prop Bets for Super Bowl 54.

*All betting odds are according to, Bodog, Westgate and Oddshark*

* A $100 bet at (-110) returns $190.90 / $100 at (+100) returns $200*

National Anthem – Over/Under 2 minutes (-110)

What better way to start off your Sunday sports betting than with a bet on the opening act. Demi Lovato will be performing the National Anthem for the first time in her career. The over has hit in 6 of the last 11 Super Bowls. Last year, Gladys Knight just snuck past the line, completing her rendition in 2:01. Don’t be surprised if Lovato holds that final note a little longer than usual. 

Opening Coin Toss – Heads/Tails (-105)

After the anthem, comes the coin flip. It’s considered a little more fun since it doesn’t rely on stats, betting trends and data, but more on chance. The last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl (2012) the result was heads and for the Chiefs (1970) the result was tails. In the last 6 years, tails has hit 5 of those times. Either which way, it’s a 50-50 chance.

What will the first play of the game be? – Pass or Run (-105)

Now this prop bet really depends on which team you think will get the ball first. San Francisco dominated the post-season with their run game, thanks to Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 4 TD’s in the NFC Championship. Whereas Kansas City, has arguably one of the most talented quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes, who threw 26 TD’s on the season. 

Jersey number of the first touchdown scorer – Over/Under 26.5 (-110)

For this prop you get both the quarterbacks and Chiefs RBs LeSean McCoy (25) and Damien Williams (26). Also receivers Tyreek Hill (10), Demarcus Robinson (11), Sammy Watkins (14) and Mecole Hardman (17). There’s a chance the 49ers Tevin Coleman (26) might be cleared to play too.

Halftime Show – Over/Under 7.5 Songs (-110)

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing this years Super Bowl halftime show. More viewers tune in for the show than the game itself and for the last 10 years there has been more than 100 million viewers in the United States watching. Regardless of how many songs the two will sing, it’ll be a grand performance. 

Donald Trump Tweets on February 2nd – Over (+130) / Under (-170)

Donald Trump is known for being active on Twitter and going on rants, so seeing a market on how many tweets he will send out on the day of the Super Bowl should come as no surprise. The biggest lock related to the President and his Oval Office is “Will the winning team visit the White House?” Yes (-400) and No (+250) 

What will happen to the price of Bitcoin (BTC) during the game? 

Bitcoin has been on the rise for the last decade as the leading virtual currency, but who would expect the Super Bowl to have any correlation with it. Surely someone in Vegas thinks so. The odds are; Will Bitcoin rise after the game (-130) or fall after the game ends (-105).

Commercial Props – Over (-125) / Under (-115) 92.5 during the game?

The Super Bowl is one of the greatest stages for advertising companies because there are so many people watching all at once. Companies go above and beyond to entice viewers to buy their product or service. The most interesting commercial prop would be – Will Nike release a commercial with Colin Kaepernick during the Superbowl? Yes (+900) and No (-3500)

Will a fan run onto the field during the game? 

This would be quite exciting to see but also a broadcasters nightmare. Streaking and fans making their way onto the field is usually unlikely with all the security at the venue. It is Florida after all and Vegas still has odds for that; Yes (+600) and No (-1200). 

Gatorade colour poured onto the winning coach? 

One of the most iconic moments in the Super Bowl is watching the players dump some ice cold gatorade on their coach as a form of celebration. Red is the current favourite at (+125) then lime/green/yellow (+275), clear/water (+550), orange (+575), purple (+600) and blue (+650).

NCAA National Title On The Rise

The NCAA is a billion dollar corporation (2016-2017 Revenue)

By: Quinn MacDonald

The proficiency levels for professional and college athletes are arguably on par, specifically when it comes to football. The current sports development system creates exceptional college athletes and unprepared NFL players. Watching untapped, raw talent, perform on the nation’s biggest stage is why the NCAA is so popular and entertaining.

College football has never been hotter, and viewership for the CBS package of games reached a high mark, averaging 7.103 million viewers season-to-date, the network’s best mark in 29 years

This article highlights the biggest College Football headlines during 2019 season.

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2019: The Year of the No Call and Call Back

Don’t hate the player hate the game

By: Quinn MacDonald

The now famous no-call, in the NFC Championship match
(#11) Tommy Lee Lewis decked by (#23) Nickell Robey-Coleman

2020 is nearly upon us, but there was some of the greatest sporting moments in history, during 2019. Especially with Canadians, the emergence of Bianca Andreescu and the Toronto Raptors championship, would just be scratching the surface.

But what about all the moments that didn’t come to fruition, whether it be because of skill, pure luck, a technical error or just a blatant missed call.

This article looks at the worst non-call and call back by officials in 2019.

The NFL Is Rigged Right?

It’s hard to top the excitement and controversy during the NFC championship match. New Orleans led 13-0 after the first, but couldn’t hold onto the lead before being victimized by the worst, no-call pass interference in NFL history. 

Sean Payton livid with the referees after the no pass interference call

Robey Coleman, (Los Angeles – Corner Back) even admitted to reporters following the game…  
“Oh hell-yeah” “That was P.I”
Coleman says after watching the replay for the first time

So how does something so blatantly obvious not get called? Best bet, is it has something to do with money and markets.

LA > New Orleans. 

It took NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, 10 days before releasing a statement and addressing the media

The league has worked closely with New Orleans and every other team to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. The outcome, 31 of 32 teams voted and agreed upon having pass interference being a reviewable play. 

Saddle Up

One of the biggest Sporting events of the year that needed a replay, was the Kentucky Derby. 

It’s one of the most notable horse races all around the world and apart of the prestigious triple crown. 

The horses and riders heading into the final stretch at the 145th Kentucky Derby

But after all it is the year 2019 and this Derby would be like no other. 
Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line on May 4 but was disqualified for swerving into the path of other horses, causing them a better finish. 

Second-place long shot, Country House, was awarded the win in the first Kentucky Derby ever to disqualify the winner for an on-track infraction. 
Oh and not to mention, Country House was a 65-1 payout.

Not to bad for anyone who took a little risk, the reward was certainly one for the record books.  

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Will Make History as the Dark Horse in the 107th Grey Cup

Both Teams look to end a championship drought, but don’t underestimate the underdogs.

Mike O’Shea (Grey Hoodie – Center) and the Blue Bombers celebrating the Western Division Final Victory

By: Quinn MacDonald

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a chance to end their 29-year championship drought in the 107th Grey Cup. Winnipeg heads to McMahon Stadium in Calgary to take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats; It’ll be the first time since 1984 that these two franchises face off for the title. 

Hamilton posted a league best 15-3 record, ending the regular season on a 6 game win streak. Winnipeg finished 11-7 with the second most points for with 508 points. 

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