With legalized wagering on sporting events possibly coming soon, the unions representing the players who play the game have spoken out, in one voice.
The players associations representing Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL have issued the following statement: Given the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), representatives of the MLBPA, NBPA, NFLPA and NHLPA have been working together on the legal, commercial, practical and human consequences of allowing sports betting to become mainstream. The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs.
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The reality is (or at least seems to be) that the leagues and the unions realize that legalized betting will result in billions of dollars changing hands in a manner that allows leagues and/or unions to stick out a hand and hope it fills up. I can’t fault them for trying, but I also can’t imagine any state legislature saying anything to those who provide the basis for the betting other than, Your sports will benefit from the increased interest driven by legal gambling. It will remain your obligation to ensure that your games have integrity.
The crowd, fired up about the opportunity the Wild had to even the series, produced plenty of collective groans after difficult saves by Hellebuyck after jeering him in Game 3 with the customary Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! chant. One of Hellebuyck’s most important stops came in the opening minutes of the second period, when a 3-on-1 rush by the Wild set up Matt Dumba for a wrist try denied with a sprawling glove stop.
After a tightly whistled game here Sunday night, there were only three penalties called.
Scheifele was part of the sandwich hit with Ben Chiarot late in the third period of Game 3 on Parise that led to a broken sternum for the Wild’s all-time postseason scoring leader, a stunning setback for the home team revealed about four hours before Game 4.
The agitation in the arena spiked a little later in the first period, when the Jets kept the puck in the Wild zone after a failed clearing attempt and Kyle Connor fed Scheifele with a slick give-and-go pass for the 1-0 Kam Chancellor Youth jersey lead right before the first intermission.
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Then Hellebuyck and the Jets defense took over.