NFL suspends Falcons’ Calvin Ridley for betting

Tonight in Unpacks: Calvin Ridley becomes the first NFL player suspended for play since Josh Shaw in 2019.

  • NFL Panthers suspend construction of $800 million training facility
  • SBJ set to honor Patriots owner Robert Kraft
  • Fanatics sets MLS on-site retail record in Charlotte FC home debut
  • SBJ Atlas Market Report: Philadelphia Keeps the News Cycle Smooth
  • The Dollar Loan Center arena is inspired by the atmosphere of the Golden Knights
  • Baron Davis distributes wealth in his post-NBA career
  • Op-ed: Esports regulation is urgently needed to build trust in the betting world
  • NWSL recruits Delta Air Lines as new sponsor

Did you miss today’s Morning Buzzcast? SBJ’s Abe Madkour dishes on a historic weekend in Charlotte, and more.

Falcons wide receiver Calvin Riley was suspended for at least the 2022 season after betting on games last season, according to ESPN Michael Rothstein.

the NFL said Ridley “was betting matches over a five-day period in November 2021 while on the non-football injury list while dealing with mental health issues”. Ridley walked away from football on Halloween, saying he needed to get his personal issues in order.

In a tweet on Monday after the suspension was announced, Ridley said he bet $1,500 in total and “I don’t have a gambling problem.” The NFL determined that Ridley “placed multi-legged parlay bets involving three, five and eight games that included the Falcons up for grabs,” a source told ESPN. adam schefter.

CBS Sports’ jonathan jones“Ridley got caught because he placed a legal mobile bet in Florida with Hard Rock. They notified engineering sportswho oversees betting integrity for the NFL.” Professional Football Discussion“Calvin Ridley’s situation shows that while the NFL is worried about the issues raised by going to bed with sports books, they aren’t worried enough.”

IF Albert Breer“I see people portraying Calvin Ridley as the victim here…and I mean, come on, we all understand why a sports league can’t allow their players to bet on their games, right? And why does she have to run into a player if that happens? I swear, it’s not that complicated.” NFL Net Mike Garafolo“The NFL has made it clear that it will be able to work with its playing partners to gather information about potential violations by players and team employees. That’s how Calvin Ridley was nabbed. “


Construction of the NFL Panthers‘ a state-of-the-art practice center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, “has been paused,” Sports and entertainment confirmed at Charlotte Observer.

The first phase of construction was expected to be completed in 2023, but the city of Rock Hill “has not made its initial payment, which was due in March 2021,” according to a source familiar with the matter. The company “pursued construction but never received payment from the city.”

The city’s expected investment was to “fund the project’s infrastructure, which includes roads, water and power lines, and sewers,” the source said. TS&E “will continue to pay all site workers and extend their pay by one week from the time the project is suspended.”

As to whether the entire Rock Hill project is in jeopardy, the town’s mayor John Getty says it’s a team decision. “It’s really a question for them,” he said. “That’s not my impression of our conversation.”


Robert Kraft is this year SBJ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. As Founder, President and CEO of The Kraft Grouphis vast success in sports, entertainment and event management includes six superbowl titles for the patriotsas well as $1 billion in construction and real estate development projects.

On the philanthropic level, his efforts – directly or through the Kraft Family Foundation — have totaled more than $800 million in donations to various charities and nonprofits. Kraft will be honored at Sports Enterprise Award May 18 to New York Marriott Marquis Times Squareas well as in the May 9 SBJ print issue.

SBJ Abe Madkour in this week’s Forum, the story of Kraft buying the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million, at the time the most paid for a sports team, is “one of the best stories of team ownership “.

Madkour: “It’s a saga rooted in deliberate strategy, incredible perseverance and ultimate success, and we know how the story unfolded. Affirming the vision of Kraft sitting on those old-fashioned glossy aluminum benches Foxboro Stadium, he could do better. The Patriots’ upset is one of the most impressive turnovers in sports history, and Robert Kraft has gone on to become one of the most respected and respected owners – and leaders – in the sport.”


Based at philadelphia cream, Comcast dominates sports sponsorships in the market, with more than 120 deals spanning major and minor league teams, colleges and events around the City of Brotherly Love, writes SBJ Atlas’ Michael Cupello. In addition to owning the Leaflets and Wells Fargo CenterComcast also sponsors the Phillies, 76ers, union and Eagles. Some of these pacts use the Comcast brand in the sponsorship, while others use Xfinity (some use both).

Comcast also owns the Philadelphia Fusion team in the Overwatch Leagueand plans to build an esports arena in the city to host major gaming events.

To understand the sponsorship footprints of the top 65 markets in the wehead toward Atlas SBJ.

Charlotte F.C.makes his home debut at Bank of America Stadium Saturday marked a MLS record for on-site retail sales, according to data from Fanatics quoted by SBJ Austin Karp. This includes any MLS regular season or playoff game (including any MLS Cup championship game).

Best-selling items during the game against the Galaxy included inaugural home opener commemorative gear and team jerseys. The game also marked Fanatics’ second-best game by sales at a site in which it operates physical retail (includes over 50 partners at the professional and college team levels).

Click here for more SBJ on Charlotte FC’s record debut.

The $84 million Dollar Loan Center opens tomorrow in Henderson, Nevada.as the Big West Basketball Championships get under way, note SBJ David Broughton.

The building will serve as a residence for AHL Henderson Silver Knights and the Vegas Knight Hawks Indoor Football Leagueboth owned by Dark Knight Sports & Entertainment. The Knight Hawks will make their debut on March 18 and the Silver Knights will play their first DLC game on April 2. Daktronics supplied the video cards, while Sample is the dealer.

The owners will aim to create a “modern medieval” theme, much like they did at T-Mobile Arena for Bill Foley golden knights. That of the arena Craggy Range Sports Bar & Grilloperated by Foley’s Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Groupis open to the public every day.

Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mick Akers written under the header, “Henderson hopes to cash in on $84 million loan center opening.”

Vegas Knight Hawks Indoor Football League to debut March 18

Tonight’s opinion piece comes from Eric FrankCEO of Miamigambling compliance consulting firm Chances of compliance. He asks, “Why hasn’t there been more esports betting in the US, especially when it’s becoming so prevalent elsewhere?”

Frank: “The answer seems to lie in a lack of understanding. One of the talking points across the various esports-related industries seems to be how little the industry knows about esports, from game regulators to ‘State to esports betting and casino operators. Simply put, stakeholders need to better understand the types of bets esports fans want to engage in, and the opportunity could be unlocked.’

Click here for the full contribution.

Former NBA player Baron Davis is “one of the most prolific investors and entrepreneurs among retired athletes,” according to SportTechie’s Joe Lemire. Through his company, Baron Davis Companyhe made nearly 50 public investments, founded several companies and produced multiple documentaries.

Now 42 years old, the former UCLA star “was one of the first investors for Vitamin water then started Sports and art of living in culture (SLiC), The Company of Black Santa Claus, Business in the Game (FAT), More than us and no labels.” Among his notable sports investments is Over time.

Davis recently caught up with Lemire for a Q&A about a summit he hosted during NBA All Star weekend of last month, financial advice for young NBA players and much more. Click here to see the interview in its entirety.

  • Morgan Stanley named tennis player Leylah Fernandez a brand ambassador under a multi-year deal, according to SBJ Preston limits. She will support the financial services giant’s giving back initiatives, with a particular focus on efforts to expand access to the game of tennis among underrepresented communities and diverse youth.
  • james lebron and Maverick CarterLRMR Ventures is among investors in sports media veteran Brian BedolSBJ’s latest venture, a food-focused live-streaming service, reports SBJ John Ourand. The service, called Kittchlaunch tomorrow.
  • the NWSL entered into a new multi-year sponsorship agreement with Delta Airlinesmarking the league’s first-ever airline and travel sponsor, according to SBJ Mark J. Burns.

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