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Only some of the men arrested were charged with keeping a gambling house, according to a statement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.. “Until that time, we didn’t know it was happening.”
“For the youth league Super Bowl, the pot was more the $100,000,” said Dani Moschella, spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Gambling operations were run out of two local businesses — Showtime Sports in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Players in the league ranged in age from 5 to 15.
While this case involved one league, there are five youth leagues in Broward County alone.
Officers executed search warrants at the two businesses Monday. Their bonds range from $15,000 to $50,000.
Moschella said that Brandon Bivins, the coach and president of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, set up the barber shop. and Red Carpet Kutz Barbershop in Lauderhill, Fla. “We’re really hoping to get participation from parents and other people at football games to get more information.”
“If you walked through the back door [of Red Carpet Kutz], it was a bustling, very active gambling house with three windows,” said Moschella. While gamblers would mostly place bets on professional and collegiate games at these locations, detectives discovered bets were placed on youth football games as well.
Moschella said that the investigation began after the Broward Sheriff’s Office received a tip from ESPN back in May 2011, following a series the network did on gambling on youth football in South Florida.
“The investigation is ongoing and this is just the starting point,” Moschella said. The county sheriff said the arrests came after an 18-month investigation.
Moschella said the surveillance footage shot by ESPN for the program “Outside the Lines” showed people openly exchanging money in the stands based on what was happening in the games. “It looked like a barber shop but they didn’t cut hair there.”
The nine men arrested are currently in custody in Broward County Jail. According to his arrest affidavit, Bivins was also the president of Showtime Sports, the other business used as a front for gambling.
Code-named Operation Dirty Play, the investigation, authorities said, revealed that South Florida Youth Football League coaches, team affiliates, and even one team president set bets before games.
“We had no idea that it was going to be the people closest to the kids,” said Moschella.
“These kids are so precious, and to have people with criminal histories like these hanging around them, acting as mentors and coaches is disturbing,” Moschella said.
Nine men have been arrested in Broward County, Fla. But the ongoing investigation revealed that the scheme was more intricate.
According to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV, six of the nine men charged have previous felony arrests for drugs, assault, and theft.
“They brought us footage and asked us about it,” she said. and charged with felony bookmaking for illegally gambling on youth football games, as well as professional and collegiate sports. — that served as fronts for the illegal betting
Be sure to have players on your roster who are performing well and consistently.
3) No Favoritism
Avoid making team choices based on personal preferences. This will also help a long way in keeping a stable composition of the side. For this, you will have to keep a track of players, not just from your team, but the ones who have been performing well all through the season. Take calculated risks when deciding who gets to play on your team and who gets to warm the benches. Also, a professional insight will always be helpful.
5) Judicious Choices
Give preference to the quarterback (QB) of the team at the drafts. Until this happens, the outcome of you fantasy league will be-putting it modestly-terrible. It is considered to be a game of skill, and not gambling.
Fantasy football fulfills a dream of every football fan of becoming a ‘General Manager’ of a football team, albeit, virtually. In simple words, they are paid to do what you follow as a hobby. This demands choosing players on your roster judiciously.
12) Manage Every Week
Manage your team every week. This will also come in handy when changing the composition of your team.
4) Maintain Team Composition
Make the draft picks such that they are able to complete the entire team roster. This way, you can make any alterations in the team and your strategy if and when necessary. They also keep a track of various developments during the off-season. Keep a track of performances and stay updated with the latest form of the players. You are after all the fantasy manager of your fantasy team.
9) Tread with Caution
Make trades whenever you deem them to be necessary. Performance by only some of the players on your roster will not be good enough to win you the title. Also, be sure to have knowledge of the time up to which changes in a starting lineup can be made before the start of game.
Follow how well a player does or does not perform. So, remember to trade, but just not in haste.
Do You Know…
Betting on fantasy sports is legal, as it is a reflection on the knowledge a participant has about the particular sport. You can draft players of your dream team and have the team compete with other such teams. They have a view of the game from close quarters. 11) Know the System
Know how the scoring system works in your league. The players on your roster will be your best shot at claiming your league title. Besides, you end up having in-depth knowledge about the game, and always stay in the loop with the latest developments.
6) The Starting Lineup
It will be your decision to choose the starting lineup. This will help you in getting a complete idea of the status of your team and the progress it needs to make. Remember, you have to pick your team at the drafts. Keep players on the team who are supposed to be playing in the week, and give others players a rest. It will take some time for you to learn how to play like a pro. The choices for defense and kickers can follow in on the heels of this choice. They have a know-how of the details that don’t make its way to the tabloid columns. When a team is made with players of just favorites, it may be a team that may be best suited to your taste, but that will not necessarily translate into a team that will be best suited to win the fantasy league title.
Knowing how to play fantasy football will help you in not only being a part of an interesting conversation among peers, but also allow you to participate actively in a game you so dearly love. When trading, prefer a player with a better display of performance than your player. Avoid having a team with preferred players and backups having same bye-weeks.
10) All for One
The performance of your team is dependent on the performance of each and every individual player. To avoid going down this path, here are some useful tips for all you beginners.
1) The Experts’ Opinion
Know what the experts have to say about the players. Such games are not an indicator of loss of form of the player in question. It is bound to take a while to get a hang of the way in which the system functions. This will mar your ability to take decisions that are in the best interest of your team. This is a great way of staying in touch with your existent social circle, along with having an opportunity to expand it. There are various ways in which the teams are pitted against each other. Just a bad game or two is not reason enough to trade a player. This will help you in deciding the starting lineup along with the changes that need to be made on the roster.
8) Trade Players
If a player is not performing well, there is always an option to trade him. But, do not make trades in panic. Head-to-head and total points leagues are famous ones that are preferred by many fantasy football players.
Now, it may be due to the constant badgering of peers or plain and simple curiosity, you finally enter into the world of fantasy football. This will avoid stagnation in the ratings of your team.. This way, you can improve and strengthen the position of your team.
2) Don’t Drink and Draft
Alcohol, besides allowing you to make a public spectacle of yourself, will severely impediment your judgment, analytical, and reasoning skills. They can be up against each other in head-to-head leagues, total points leagues, keeper leagues, dynasty leagues, and salary cap leagues, among others. This will help in maintaining the balance of the team
Of those, 5.5 million attend in person and exactly half of those attendees are women.. Lauderdale, sees the PBR-Tyson matchup as a marriage made in heaven. This is not a rodeo. “Tough-guy food for a tough-guy sport,” he called it.
Through bull riding, Tyson said it hopes to reach moms much the same way Campbell Soup has reached them through Campbell’s partnership with the National Football League. Of those, 43 percent are women.
Turns out he’s right. “To maximize sales, you want to connect with both the purchaser as well as the purchase-influencer.”
Tyson Foods has found a novel way to reach America’s moms: through bull riding.
“Mom and her family are the focal point of our Tyson-branded advertising, messaging and product innovation,” Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman said in a statement, “and there are a lot of moms who watch PBR events.”
The company has agreed to be a sponsor of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) championships later this month in Las Vegas, including a bull-riding fan expo at Mandalay Bay Resort.
Meaning: Even if mom couldn’t give a hoof about bull riding, her son or husband might, and, to keep that influencer happy, she might buy him Tyson.
Yes, but how about for non-tough-guy moms?
Sara Muirheid, director of sales, marketing and broadcast properties for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), has numbers that back up PBR’s: Rodeos have a fan base of 31 million, she said. Campbell TV commercials showcase moms of famous players.
Becher explained why the link-up makes sense, whether or not mom is bull-crazy. This is bull riding, and the first rule is just to stay alive.”
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“It’s funny,” Muirheid told ABC News. Asked what might be the appeal of bull riding to women, let alone moms, Denise Abbott, a spokesman for PBR, noted that PBR’s market research didn’t ask fans, male or female, why they like the sport.
PBR’s own description of bull riding begins, “Buckle up. We don’t rope calves, and we don’t chase barrels. “The name of the game is incremental sales at retail,” he said. According to market research commissioned by PBR, some 25 million fans follow bull riding. “Our TV ratings are skewing higher on the female side.”
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Of the attendees, 63 percent are between the ages of 25 and 54, according to the PRCA, which sounds an awful lot like mom-country.
Scott Becher, an expert on sports sponsorship and managing director of Z Sports and Entertainment, a division of Zimmerman Advertising in Ft