NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants the United States to get with the times in regard to sports betting.
In an op-ed posted Thursday on the New York Times website, Silver pointed to Europe’s legal sports betting market and wrote that Congress “should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards.”
It’s the third time since taking over for former commissioner David Stern that Silver has spoken out about his support of legalized sports betting in the U.S. His latest remarks come one week before a federal judge will rule on New Jersey’s efforts to bring Las Vegas-style sports betting to its struggling casinos and race tracks.
The NBA and other major professional sports leagues, along with the NCAA, have sued New Jersey and asked for a permanent injunction to prevent the state from taking bets on sporting events.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) prohibits state-sponsored sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Nevada is the only state allowed to offer single-game wagering.
“Without a comprehensive federal solution, state measures such as New Jersey’s recent initiative will be both unlawful and bad public policy,” Silver wrote in the op-ed.
He added that sports betting is widespread and a thriving underground business, despite PASPA, but would like to see it “brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated.”
“Times have changed since PASPA was enacted,” Silver wrote. “Gambling has increasingly become a popular and accepted form of entertainment in the United States. Most states offer lotteries. Over half of them have legal casinos. Three have approved some form of Internet gambling, with others poised to follow.”
Silver emphasized the need for strict regulation to protect the integrity of the games, including “mandatory monitoring and reporting of unusual betting-line movements; a licensing protocol to ensure betting operators are legitimate; minimum-age verification measures; geo-blocking technology to ensure betting is available only where it is legal; mechanisms to identify and exclude people with gambling problems; and education about responsible gaming.”
The NBA signed an exclusive four-year deal with daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel this week, which gives the league equity in the company.
At the LA Motor Show later this month, in addition to the Cayenne GTS, Porsche will officially present the latest version of the 911 Carrera GTS, which is slated to go on sale before the end of the year.
This second-generation 911 Carrera GTS is offered in four versions (coupe or convertible, with and without all-wheel drive) and comes closer than the first to the track-going 911 GT3. With its 430hp engine, the sports car boasts 0 to 100km/h acceleration in just 4 seconds (4.2 seconds for the convertible) and a top speed of 300km/h.
The suspension has been lowered by 10mm and features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Customers can also take advantage of the Sport Chrono Package, which includes special dynamic engine mounts and other performance-focused features. Bi-xenon headlights and a special sports exhaust are also available.
In the US, the Carrera GTS Coupe will be priced starting at $115,195, and the Carrera GTS Cabriolet (convertible) at $127,095. The all-wheel drive models are priced starting at $121,895 and $133,795 respectively. The new sports cars are due to arrive at dealerships in late November, just after premiering at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
Travel startup Stayful is aiming to make online bookings even easier. Their new service, #tweetstay, lets customers book hotels in major cities with a single tweet. Just sent a quick message to Stayful’s account with the city you’re looking to visit, date and number of nights of stay and whether you want a budget, mid-range or luxe hotel. It’s simple – just write “@stayful #tweetstay I’m going to [destination] & want a[price] hotel, [arrival date], [# of nights].”
The app and social media team then promises to deliver a great hotel room at a negotiated rate of less than what you could book online.
The site offers only boutique hotels, Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City, The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Hotel Madeline in Telluride and Metropolitan by COMO in Miami.
In 2011, the car’s manufacturers Daimler AG decided that they would cease production of the vehicle due to poor sales. But the company has once again revived the cars by joining with Mercedes to deliver a revamped Mercedes S-Class. Dubbed the Mercedes-Maybach S600, the new four-door vehicle is expected to be the first of many cars released under the Mercedes-Maybach sub division. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is more spacious than the traditional model and will feature an assortment of customized options within the lavish interior. It is expected to rival Rolls Royce’s Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur upon release but aims to outdo its competitors with advanced technology. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will debut at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China auto shows later this month.
The immensely popular image editing app VSCO Cam has finally outgrown its smartphone format with the release of the long-awaited iPad version in its major 4.0 version upgrade. With it, the app will be able to utilize the vastly increased real estate of the iPad screen, allowing easier and more accurate editing of images at a higher resolution. Hailed by VSCO as the largest update since the launch of the app, the iPad version comes alongside a new history view while editing, the ability to sync pictures between devices and the introduction of VSCO Journal, a new publishing platform that encourages photography-focused blogging. VSCO Cam 4.0 is now available as a free upgrade for iOS 8 devices and can be found over at iTunes Store.