Gambling experts concerned about fantasy football sites

Fantasy football is big business. Going from the office pool to the internet, where leagues pay out on a weekly basis. And that is the real concern for those who work to stop problem gambling -the easy access to these football betting sites that are gaining in popularity.
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These are the TV ad’s dominating the airwaves. For fantasy football websites, Draft Kings and Fan Duel – that offer one week leagues with the potential for high payouts.
“It is exciting,  fuels your competitive drive,” said Lance Kaster of Green Bay.
Kaster, a member of the Local 5 production crew,  has long played in fantasy football leagues with friends.
Now he competes against people around the world.
“There are leagues that only cost you $2 to enter all the way up to a few hundred dollars,” said Kaster. “For me I only enter the lower money leagues.”
“For most people, they can do it for fun no issue,” said Rose Gruber from the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. “But there is that percentage of the population where that can be dangerous for them.”
Gruber says the WCPG doesn’t have any statistics yet on who is playing on these sites and how often they are logging in, but she is urging players to be cautious.
“You don’t always know who’s at high risk,” said the WCPG’s executive director. “So even if they were a social gambler, if they have risk factors, it could turn into a gambling problem.”
Gruber says signs of a gambling problem are depression and anxiety, gambling more often and increasingly spending more money.
“You want to pay attention to that because it is a good sign they may be crossing over that line – turning from social gambling to a real problem,” Gruber said.
She fears these flashy ads, drawing thousands of people in each day, may lead some like Kaster to cross that fine line. But this young man says he has everything under control.
“It is for fun,  if I win money great, if not I lose out.  But it’s not the worse thing in the world,” Kaster said.
The council has a hotline if you have a gambling problem. It’s 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

Jarryd Hayne’s NFL debut

World reacts to Jarryd Hayne’s NFL debut

IT’S been less than a year since Jarryd Hayne announced he was leaving Australia to pursue his NFL dream — but today that dream became a reality.

These days he’s catching a pigskin instead of a Steeden in a game that values forward passes instead of penalising them, but the man from Minto in Sydney’s western suburbs showed he would never forget where he came from.

After his San Francisco 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings, Hayne posed for a photo with fans holding an Australian flag. And it sure meant a lot to him.

“That was good (posing with the flag). It was a bit emotional seeing that flag and that brought back memories, realising how far I’ve come and I guess everyone supporting me,” said Hayne.

“Even coming to the game listening to a couple of church songs, that emotion getting stirred up, realising how far I’ve come and how far my faith’s led me. It’s been a great journey, everyone back home has been incredible.”

In an emotional Instagram post, Hayne thanked all his supporters and said he was “proud to represent the flag”.

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It was not the start Hayne and his massive Australian following had been hoping for in his NFL debut though.

When he was thrown into the game late in the first quarter for his first taste of NFL football, he fumbled a punt, losing the ball and it was recovered by the Vikings.

Hayne was seen cursing as he made his way from the field for the San Francisco 49ers.

Speaking to Australian radio duo Hamish & Andy on 2DayFM 104.1 after the game, Hayne said he couldn’t have imagined a worse start to his NFL career.

“You’re just like, ‘S***. What worse could have happened?’ It was just one of those things, you just worry abut the next play and that’s it,” said Hayne.

He was adamant the mistake had nothing to do with nerves, and was pleased he managed to move on and get a first-start win.

“I was good, I felt good and I just got mixed up with the read when the ball was in the air.

“It was great, obviously I started awful but it was great to bounce back and get a couple of carries and watch the boys do their thing.”


Commentators and social media also had their say on Hayne’s horror start.

“This is a crazy game … that ball ate him up,” commentator Trent Dilfer said. “There’s a bit of wind in the stadium tonight but that is an inexcusable mistake for Jarryd Hayne.”

ESPN writer Paul Gutierrez said Hayne’s debut “was an inauspicious one, to say the least” after claiming he was a “somewhat surprising inclusion” in the active roster to begin with.

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Hayne likened his first-quarter blunder to his Origin debut back in 2007 when a pass in his own in-goal led to a Queensland try.

“I did a similar thing in Origin in my debut game,” Hayne said. “I gave away a try. I threw the ball when I shouldn’t have. It was kind of similar. Like, s***, I didn’t want that to happen,” said Hayne.

“I just had to move forward.” “I obviously was disappointed, for it to be on “Monday Night Football” in front of that many eyes.”

Hayne said it was tough to reflect on his journey because he knows he’s still got so much more to learn.

“I guess it’s tough to look back and look how far I’ve come because everything happens so fast over here,” said Hayne. “I don’t go into meetings thinking that 12 months ago I was in Australia playing another league. I’m just in there and learning and doing my best.”

While all his supporters were cheering when they found out he’d made the 49ers’ active list, Hayne revealed there was no special moment where he was told he’d be playing.

“I didn’t really find out … I got a couple of reps about two days ago and that’s when it started ticking over that I might get the call up,” said Hayne.

“It wasn’t really clear. It was just one of those things you rolled into and I was like, ‘Alright my jersey’s there, I’m playing.’”


Jim Tomsula has been reluctant to contribute to the hype about the Hayne Plane during the pre-season, but he offered support to the 27-year-old when asked about his performance.

“Sometimes things happen,” Tomsula said. “Jarryd has a mindset, in my mind, that he’ll overcome (it) … I’m very happy with Jarryd.”

Without referencing Hayne’s blunder directly, Tomsula praised the 49ers’ special teams outfit for overcoming adversity in a post-game locker room address.

“You young guys, you rookies, we’ve been talking about you for a little while now … special teams, a couple of things happened there, but you overcame it. You understand that? You overcame it, we’re fine,” said Tomsula.

“We own it, we fix it, we move on.”

49ers beat reporter Cam Inman reported that Hayne also received encouragement from special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who advised him to forget about his dropped catch and worry about the next play.


The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows summarised it best when it was confirmed Hayne was set to suit up for the 49ers.

“You can exhale, Australia,” Barrows wrote.

“Jarryd Hayne, that continent’s favourite son, is in uniform for tonight’s game against the Vikings and presumably will return punts.

“Hayne was excellent at that during the preseason, returning nine punts with an 18.1-yard average and showing an aggressive instinct common to all the best return men.

“The upcoming game, however, might be a bit more challenging.”

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, for some unknown reason, limited the celebrations to Sydney and the Australian capital.

As the 49ers announced its seven inactive players for the match at Levi’s Stadium — of which Hayne was clearly not one — the team’s website accompanied the statement with the line: “The Hayne Plane is all set for takeoff.”


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The League Season 7 Review: A Bigger Cast Leads To Better Results

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Coming into its final season, FXX’s The League needed to give its fans one last reason to stay tuned, and boy did it succeed. Creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer filled the first episodes to the brim with the classic dirty humor, Andre (Paul Scheer) jokes all around, a problematic draft day, Taco (Jon Lajoie) in his Mr. McGibblets suit and of course a few guest appearances from the NFL’s most talked about players. Season 7 of The League certainly started out with the momentum it may have lacked in the previous few opening numbers. With Season 6 ending in Andre’s favor,The League’s final run had every opportunity to present a riot of disappointment and hilarity, and if the previous season finale wasn’t enough, then the premiere is bound to tickle your fancy.

The first episode starts off with a bang. With a quick look at the final days on the beach, the crew moves forward into a different type of fantasy league setting. One that Andre, still fitted in his absurd apparel choices, can totally get behind– fantasy soccer. Not one character is thrilled at this attempt to avoid the discomfort that is football off-season, but in no time we’re back to the ragtag group of frenemies getting back together in excitement for the days leading up to the draft.

No event in each individual character’s life is dismissed. Ranging from Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) and Jenny (Katie Aselton)’s difficulty in potty training their kid, all the way to Andre receiving his brand new trophy (since the last Shiva was ultimately destroyed), the first episode of the season makes sure to give each character their due time in the limelight. Of course there is no lack of The Leagueclassy one-liners, with even a comparison of DeflateGate to Andre’s balls thrown in there, but for the majority of the opening episodes, everything runs incredibly smoothly, until Rafi (Jason Mantzoukas) gets involved.

Rafi ruins things. We know this. And as fans of The League we get why his type of humor sometimes fits nicely into the fold of the show. But the only aspect of these first two episodes that felt anywhere out of place was Rafi’s over-involvement. The first episode featured him nicely, in his classic, popping up completely out of nowhere for some quick and uncomfortable dirty input. But in the second episode, when Rafi joins in on the drafting fun, we do get a little too much Rafi time.

The League Season 7 is off to a strong, if not the strongest start we’ve seen in a while. Finally inserting more women into the storyline by bringing back Pete (Mark Duplass)’s infamous ex-wife Meegan (Leslie Bibb) we can see that the series is going to start taking big, bold turns into even more chaos than what the group often creates internally. The first couple of episodes featured a number of throwbacks, and there’s a feeling afoot that the final chapter of The League is going to continue with that theme, bringing about all the best nostalgia for its fans. But it is doing so creatively by still inserting new arcs.

Best (or worst) of all, we are getting to know a different side of Andre. As the butt of every joke, and taking the role unknowingly, we’ve started to feel a bit bad for Andre. He’s ridiculous. This is fact. But still the guy, even after winning the Shiva can’t catch a break. Andre may finally getting the respect he (sometimes) deserves. After a badass fight scene that shows off quite the impressive side of the fedora-favoring man, the group’s mouths have dropped. Is this going to be the season where Andre rules them all? With a perfectly matched woman by his side, who also seems to have her football facts down pact, Andre may be the biggest force to be reckoned with as Season 7 progresses. It’s an unlikely man at the top, but it may just be the perfect formula for The League to leave the show on its highest note yet.


The League will kick off its final run when Episode 1 premieres on FXX on September 9th at 10 p.m. ET.

Photos Courtesy of FXX.

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