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Masters favorite Johnson withdraws at 1st tee; New Jersey makes progress on betting effort

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The Masters started yesterday, and the favorite, Dustin Johnson, withdrew just before teeing off on the first tee.


Tiger Woods is still attracting a large amount of betting action.

Since August at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, more than 100 bets were placed on Tiger Woods to win the Masters. Out of the 108 golfers offered at sportsbook operator CG Technology, Woods attracted the 19th-most Masters bets. And not all of these seemingly risky wagers — described as “donations” by some — were small, either.

“We took a $1,000 wager on him at 50-1, after he showed some signs of life in the tournament in December down in the Bahamas,” said SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman. “Prior to him withdrawing, he was our largest liability on the [Masters] betting board. He was top five in ticket count at the time too.”

Some progress is being made with New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting.

The U.S. Solicitor General’s office has summoned the parties in the long-running New Jersey sports betting case to a meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court took the rare step of seeking advice from the Solicitor General’s staff on whether the case merits review by the highest court in the land. It was the only one of more than 130 cases that received that treatment in that session of case reviews.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, an attorney who has led the charge for sports betting in the state for eight years, tells me that he has little doubt that the timing means that the top Court will decide whether to hear the case by the end of June. The exuberant Lesniak at first suggested that the Court, if it takes the case, could decide on it this fall. But he quickly adjusted his timetable to “as early as late fall.”

A majority of NFL fans are in favor of legalizing sports betting according to a new poll.

The poll — conducted by Morning Consult — gathered the opinions of more than 40,000 NFL fans over several weeks in December and January.

The main takeaways from the poll:

  • A majority of fans of varying NFL teams support changing federal gaming laws to allow states to regulate legal sports betting.

  • A large portion of NFL team fans are likely to bet on the NFL if sports betting were legal in their state.

  • NFL team fans are more likely to watch, follow and enjoy the NFL when betting.

Legal Sports Report takes a look at what could be coming with the legal sports betting debate after recent quotes from two professional sports league executives.

Doublespeak – long a part of opaque political speech and famous George Orwell dystopian novels – has now prominently entered the debate over legal sports betting in the United States.

New comments by two prominent sports league executives rekindled memories of a contentious early skirmish in the New Jersey sports betting case.