A 10-hour fan vote by an indoor football team in Utah asking whether the team should sign former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy ended in a "no" Thursday morning. Results on the team's app, which fans use to vote to call plays during games for the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, of the Indoor Football League, was a virtual 50-50 tie, but the team announced Thursday that 50.1 percent of voters were against Hardy being offered a contract.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council – comprised of the FIFA President and the presidents of each of the six confederations – convened this Thursday at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and agreed on a proposed slot allocation for the FIFA World Cup™ as of the 2026 edition. The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA Congress.
American sports fans are poised to wager $36.5 billion on Major League Baseball (MLB) this year, according to an estimate by the American Gaming Association (AGA) released just days before opening day. Of the $36.5 billion that will be wagered, $35.4 billion – or 97% – will be placed illegally through illicit offshore websites and sports bookies. Americans wager roughly $154 billion a year on sports illegally due to the 1992 federal prohibition on sports betting.
LeBron James has partnered with another powerful technology company. James signed an endorsement deal with Intel that will enable the tech giant to use him in a commercial that will air during Saturday's Final Four games. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 30-second spot features James hitting a buzzer-beating game winner, but a 360, slo-mo view of James hugging a teammate after the shot shows that his face turns into that of a baby as he cries with joy.
North Carolina Republican lawmakers said Wednesday night that they have an agreement with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill.'' Amid the mounting pressure from the NCAA, the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate on Thursday approved a compromise measure to roll back HB2 by a 32-16 vote, sending the legislation to the GOP-dominated House. However, gay and transgender rights activists complained that the measure still denies them protection from discrimination, and it was not immediately clear whether the plan would satisfy the NCAA.