Southern California Student-Athletes On Video Singing Nazi Song and Doing Nazi Salute

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – The Garden Grove Unified School District issued a statement on Monday, condemning the actions of a dozen student-athletes on the Pacifica High School water polo team. This comes after a video surfaced on social media showing a number of athletes giving a Nazi salute.

 

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 The video, which the district said was recorded in November of 2018, took place prior to a “off-campus student athletics banquet,” where the athletes were in a “unsupervised room at the facility.

However, the district added that the school was not made aware of the incident until March of 2019, where the schools administration, “took immediate action and addressed the situation with all students and families involved.”

The district added that both them and the school disapproved of the “offensive Nazi-related gestures,” seen in the footage.

Garden Grove Unified School District and Pacifica High School strongly condemn a video recorded last year of some students who engaged in offensive Nazi-related gestures,” said the statement released by the district.

Though the school said the athlete posted the video on Snapchat and was only shared with a small number of students, The Daily Beast has reported that one of the athletes also posted the lyrics to a Nazi marching song, played for the Germans during the second World War, on his Instagram bio before being deleted.

The roughly eight-second long video showed one of the athletes standing at the front of the room behind a podium, while the rest of the players dressed in coats and ties, appeared to be using a well-known Nazi salute.

 However, the video also showed one of the boys standing up from his seat and walking away. No adult or teacher can be seen supervising the student-athletes in the footage.

The districts statement said that though they could not comment on student discipline due to federal law, they did address the issue with the students and their families.

“While the district cannot comment on student discipline, the school did address this situation with all involved students and families,” a spokesperson for the district said. “The district adheres to strong policies about harassment and cultural sensitivity, and we condemn all acts of anti-Semitism and hate in all forms.”

This is not the first time an incident of this magnitude has occurred in the nearby area.

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In March of this year, New Port Beach school officials also issued a statement after images were posted on social media depicting a group of students partying and stretching their arms in a Nazi salute while gathered around a set of red plastic cups, which were arranged to form the shape of the swastika.

After the incident, the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum invited the students present at the party, to not only attend their museum, but also meet Holocaust survivors. The Daily Beast reports that the museum plans to take a similar approach with the Pacifica students.

I would definitely love to reach out to the principal of Pacifica High school and see if we can do the same thing we did with the Newport Harbor students,” said Beth Kean, the museums CEO, to The Daily Beast.Once you see those artifacts, you realize what these symbols like the German nationalist song really represent. That is really the best way to learn and make sure we can move forward and prevent these types of incidents from happening.”

The district has also said they have reached out to community organizers in hope that the issue of can be addressed and prevented in the future.

The district and school administrators have reached out to community organizations to provide support that will continue to ensure an anti-bias learning environment and address issues of hate,” said the statement.

 By, Luis Zuniga

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California Universities May Be Banned From NCAA Championships If SB 206 Passes

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA- NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a letter last week that college athletes from universities in California could be barred from competing for NCAA Championships, if a bill that allows athletes to be compensated passes.

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SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, was introduced by two California state senators earlier this year. The bill, which was approved by the State Senate last month, would allow athletes to earn money using their name, images, and likenesses beginning in January of 2023.

However, the bill would not allow public or private universities to pay their student-athletes directly.

Last week, president Emmert sent a letter to two State Assembly committees where he recognized the efforts that have been made to develop the bill. However, he also expressed his belief that it would have a “negative impact,” on the athletes the bill seeks to help.

“We recognize all of the efforts that have been undertaken to develop this bill in the context of complex issues related to the current collegiate model that have been the subject of litigation and much national debate,” said Emmert in his letter to the chairs of two State Assembly committees. “Nonetheless, when contrasted with current NCAA rules, as drafted the bill threatens to alter materially the principles of intercollegiate athletics and create local differences that would make it impossible to host fair national championships. As a result, it likely would have a negative impact on the exact student-athletes it intends to assist.”

Since the state senate already passed SB 206, the bill would need to be approved by the Assembly`s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee on Tuesday, when they are scheduled to meet.

If the bill is approved by the committee, it would then need to be approved by July 11 by the Higher Education Committee in order for it to remain alive for the rest of the year.

President Emmert asked the committee to, “postpone the consideration of the bill, while the NCAA reviews its rules concerning athletes` ability to make money from their names, images and likenesses,” according to USA TODAY`s Steve Berkowitz.

As it currently stands, NCAA college athletes are not allowed to receive any direct payments for their athletic talents. This includes endorsement deals, selling their autographs, and direct payments by recruiters attempting to lure an athlete towards a particular school.

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California Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said her bill would allow athletes to “earn money from their talent… while retaining amateur status,” according to the Los Angeles Times. 

In 2018, the NCAA nearly made $1.1 billion in annual revenue during the its 2017 fiscal year, which marked the first time in history that the association surpassed the $1 billion mark.

State senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) said the bill is not only a “civil rights issue,” but also a “fairness issue.”

“These men and women put butts in seats of arenas and stadiums all across the country and the universities make millions of dollars selling their jerseys and other paraphernalia…but these athletes benefit not one dime,” said senator Bradford. “This is a civil rights issue. This is a fairness issue.”

If the bill proceeds and goes into effect in 2023, the ban on California universities could potentially affect 23 NCAA Division 1 schools, which include four from the Pac-12 Conference.

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Chaos Surrounding CAF Leads To Potential Intervention By FIFA

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA—Amid recent chaos involving top leaders in the Confederation of African Football, the executive committee passed a motion on Wednesday to seek help from FIFA to run the confederations day-to-day operations, according to multiple sources.

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 Fatma Samoura, 56, became the first female Secretary General of FIFA in May of 2016, after being appointed by President Gianni Infantino.

Samoura will be directly involved in the governance of the CAF for a six-month period, while taking on the role of the “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa,” beginning August 1,, 2019 and ending on January 1, 2020.

According to an internal document seen by the New York Times, FIFA argued that in order to improve the CAF`s image and reputation, “the rule of the temporary FIFA High Commissioner for Africa would be to conduct a root-and-branch review of governance of the confederation, oversee operational management of the organization, and recommend where needed a series of reform efforts.”

This decision marks the first time in history that FIFA will be directly involved in managing a confederation such as the CAF, due in large part to the fact that the organization is not one of the more than 200 national associations that make up FIFA.

As a result, a vote by the CAF`s executive committee was required for the process to continue.

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The decision comes in the wake of FIFA`s open investigation on CAF President Ahmad following complaints of both financial and sexual harassment. He was interrogated by French authorities earlier this month as a, “part of a probe into corruption, breach of trust and forgery,” according to the BBC.

Despite being detained, President Ahmad was released and has refuted all allegations made against him, while signaling them as “false.”

According to a leaked brief, “the FIFA High Commissioner for Africa would act under the supervision of both the CAF President and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.”

Though a majority of the executive committee leaders voted in favor of a motion that would seek FIFA`s assistance, some of the members were opposed to the idea.

One member described the involvement of FIFA as a “trap,” which the confederation fell into following the lack of their own “forensic audit.”

Despite the fact that the majority of the executive committee of the CAF voted in favor of the motion on Wednesday, the CAF`S General Assembly, which is the supreme body of the organization, will still need to rule on whether or not to allow FIFA to intervene. The decision will be made at a meeting being held in Cairo next month.

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College Club Sports On The Rise

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA- When people think of college sports, they often think of the NCAA. However, a new trend has begun to spread, where college club sports have risen in not only popularity, but also in numbers. Today, California State University, Northridge Sport clubs coordinator, Nathan Warden, said sport clubs have continued to grow at the university.

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According to the NCAA`s website,more than 460,000 student-athletes- more than ever before- compete in 24 sports every year.

At CSUN alone, there are around 18 NCAA sport teams which include men`s baseball, basketball, cross country and soccer to name a few. They also include women`s basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and tennis amongst others.

However, the number of NCAA sport teams dwindles in comparison to the universities 29 official sport clubs.

Nathan Warden has been the sport clubs coordinator at CSUN for three years. As the coordinator, Warden`s job consists of scheduling, hiring coaches, managing budgets, and advising teams on how to run their clubs. He said sport club teams are larger than the universities NCAA teams in terms of numbers.

“We`re bigger than athletics in terms of the student athletes that we have,” said Warden. “We have almost anywhere in between 800 to 1000 athletes every year between all of our sport clubs.”

Though both forms of athletics compete at the collegiate level, there are some key differences between them, particularly when it pertains to the level of competition and the way teams are structured.

The NCAA was founded in 1910 and as a result, the association has had strict rules and a system in place that athletes, coaches and administration have had to follow for 109 years. Sport clubs on the other hand, tend to have a larger sense of freedom.

The student athletes and club presidents of each team have a say in the way they would prefer their organization to be ran.

“At the sport club level, the clubs are managed and led by students,” said Warden. “The men`s rugby president, as an example, will decide who they want to hire as a coach and they will set the practices and their own game schedules.”

This sort of voice and freedom allows sport club participants like Eric Sanchez, 24, to manage the workload that comes with being a college student-athlete.

“It was more of a team decision in terms of what time practices would be,” said Sanchez, a first-year member of the CSUN men`s volleyball club team. “We never actually had conflicts with exams, unless you were taking a Saturday exam because most of our games are on weekends.”

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Sanchez also said that due to the flexibility that club athletes like himself are given, they are allowed to miss practice without fear of repercussions, as long as they notify someone, and the reasoning is school related.

Though people pride themselves on earning scholarships and becoming NCAA athletes, sport club players have to not only make the team, but they must also pay fees and meet the GPA requirements set by each individual club.

According to the 2017-2018 Annual Report provided by CSUN`s Associated Students, sport clubs like the men’s volleyball club had 33 participants whose dues were $575 for the year, while the women’s volleyball club had 19 active members who paid $275 in dues per semester.

As a result of having to pay to play, participating becomes a hobby rather than an obligation for these athletes. Sanchez said that although he doesn`t think college club sports are as important, he recognizes that participating gives students a break from school and allows them to represent their university.

“I don`t feel it`s that big of an importance,” said Sanchez. “Just because you have to pay for it. It’s not something you`re sponsored for, getting for free or getting any benefit out of. It`s something you want to do for yourself.”

He also compared sport clubs to the sororities and fraternities that can be found at most universities throughout the country.

“It`s kind of like the same scenario as a fraternity or sorority,” said Sanchez. “You`re doing it to network, meet people, and enjoy something you`re going to enjoy for a long time.”

Though most high school athletes dream of becoming a division 1 player at an NCAA school and moving on to become professionals, there just aren`t enough spots for everyone. As a result, thousands of athletes are turning towards college club sports to continue staying fit, networking, and participating in a sport they enjoy.

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Is Being Average Wrong?

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Athletics are a large part of the high school experience. Coaches often adopt the saying, “you`re a student first and an athlete second.” However, teams constantly lose players to grades, making classroom performance as important as performance in the game said one high school athletic director yesterday.

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East Valley High School Athletic Director, Franklin Medrano, has been the athletic director of the school since 2015. He said the problem regarding high school student-athletes` grades begins in middle school.

“You go to middle school and you get promoted,” said Medrano. “Even if you fail your academics, you get moved on to the 7th grade or 8th grade. Once they get to high school, they come with that mentality.”

However, some places are targeting the gap in education and athletics.  For instance, Dayton public schools in Ohio lowered the academic standards for their student-athletes in 2017.

They ruled to allow athletes to participate even if they had a GPA ranging between a 1.0 to a 1.9. However, the student-athletes must not only attend tutoring after school, but they must also show improvement as the academic year progresses.

For example, if their starting grade point average was at a 1.1, they would need to improve to a 1.2 at the very least to remain eligible the following quarter.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association currently allows schools to set their own standards. As a result, prior to the 2017 ruling, Dayton schools had a 2.0 GPA as their minimum requirement for athletic participation.

However, each state is different.

For example, the California Interscholastic Federation, which is the governing body for high school athletics in the state of California, requires athletes to maintain a 2.0 GPA before and during the season. If they fail to maintain the minimum of a C average, they become ineligible to participate.

Medrano said there`s been talks with CIF about allowing student athletes to practice with the team, despite not having the minimum requirement.

“We`ve been talking about allowing our players who have less than a 2.0 practice,” said Medrano. “But not participate with the sports team,”

During a meeting with all of the athletic directors, Medrano said they received a survey with questions asking whether or not they should allow athletes who don`t meet the requirement, practice but not participate in official games. However, he said his vote was a no.

Medrano said in order for a policy like that to work, athletic directors would need to have a  full support system in place. He suggested that a committee whose task is solely to focus on the athlete’s grades would need to be formed.

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“There should be a committee that works with these students,” said Medrano. “Someone who can work with the athletes after school and check their GPA not only at the end but work with them throughout the school year.”

Though some argue a 2.0 is sufficient and are opposed to lowering the GPA requirements, others like coach Salvador Plascencia believe a lowering would benefit the athlete.

“Lowering the GPA requirement to at least a 1.75 might be a good idea,” Plascencia said. “For those students who need the extra encouragement to participate in sports and not give up hope and drop out of high school.”

It’s been reported that participating in high school sports can keep a student in school, some people think that the athletes become more popular than non-athletes. Most coaches and former athletes say high school athletics taught them valuable life lessons.

Among the most common named are teamwork, respect, dedication, hard work and being a punctual person.

However, there Is still a large debate as to what is an appropriate requirement for these students. Some argue a 2.0 teaches athletes that it`s appropriate to aim for the bare minimum, while others find it still too high.

A poll conducted on Twitter by Life Beyond the Whistle found that of 118 voters, 47 percent of them said a 2.0 should be the minimum requirement while, 44 percent said it is still too low. 6 percent said it should be up to states to decide the requirement, while only 3 percent of the voters said it should be less than a 2.0.

Though the National Federation of State High School Associations reported that nearly eight million athletes participated in high school sports during 2018, it seems that a nationwide eligibility rule must be addressed amid the recent discussions in various states.

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Officials Dismissed Bibby After State Championship Game

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Newly released emails from the Paradise Valley Unified School District indicate that officials did not dismiss former NBA guard, Mike Bibby, as their varsity basketball coach, until two days after their state championship game.

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In late February, the Arizona Republic published an article that revealed sexual assault allegations made against the former NBA star by a teacher at the school.

Superintendent James Lee and Becky Kelbaugh, a spokesperson for the district, said the district did not receive direct information from the Shadow Mountain teacher until Feb. 25, days after the basketball state championship game. However, Lee said in a statement that they would not prioritize winning a championship over doing the right thing.

We would never put allowing a coach to coach in a state championship over doing the right thing,” said Lee in a statement to 12 News. “The Phoenix Police Department directed the district not to disclose that they were conducting an investigation about the coach.”

Last month, Kelbaugh said the Phoenix police department had contacted the district in regard to allegations of sexual assault on Feb. 14, but the emails released have shown that there was no apparent disciplinary action indicated until Feb. 25, when the Arizona Republic received a copy of a restraining order against Bibby and began asking questions.

On Feb. 8, a Shadow Mountain teacher told a colleague that Bibby had assaulted her in February of 2017 on school grounds. She said Bibby grabbed her by her waste and pulled her into his car, where he allegedly groped her until she was able to get away from him.

AZ Central reports that the emails revealed this was not the first time there had been complaints made against him.

In February of 2018, several people complained over email, after Bibby was quoted in a bleacher report article.

He allegedly told his Shadow Mountain players to, “put those motherf–kers in the hole we’re gonna dig for them … We’re gonna kick their ass like we’re supposed to do.”

Though he has yet to comment on the situation, Bibby`s lawyer Donald Harris, has made it clear that he did not commit the acts he is being accused of.

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Michael Bibby did not participate in a sexual assault of any way, shape or form that was alleged by this lady two years ago,” said Harris.

Bibby, a Shadow Mountain alumnus, has been coaching there for the past six years. During his time there, he has won five state championships. He was dismissed two days after winning his fourth straight title.

He attended the University of Arizona and proceeded to play in the NBA for 14 years on six different teams: the Vancouver Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.

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Brunel University Provides Female Athletes With Sports Hijabs

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Brunel university in London announced that they have become the first UK university to provide a sports hijab for their Muslim women athletes.

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 The university`s​ decision to launch these hijabs came after a 2017 study by Sports London, revealed that “just 18% of Muslim women participate in regular sport, against 30% of the UK`s female population as a whole.”

They are hopeful that this initiative will make sports more inclusive for these Muslim female athletes.

Ranjeet Rathore, President of the Union of Brunel Students, said that despite the gap in sports participation, a lot of Muslim women were still participating.

“Of course, they were participating in sports on their own and in private, said Rathore. “But they weren’t really going out to competitions or using sport as a social tool to get involved in activities.”

Brunel`s hijab will cover the neck and hair area while leaving the face exposed. It will be made out of materials that are designed to keep the user cool while still respecting their religious values.

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Rathore said that, “the new hijab is made of really light, high-quality material which is light on the head, and contains small pores which allows the skin to breathe more easily.”

The traditional hijab is made out of cotton, which can make it hot and uncomfortable to wear while participating in sports or any physical activity.

Faith Al Saad, a business management student at Brunel thinks the new hijab will be a “lifesaver.”

The traditional hijab is basically a cloth you wrap around your head and then pin down,” said Al Saad.You can’t really run in it, it’ll literally fly off. The pins come out and it falls off – it’s not comfortable.”

She continued by stating that “the traditional hijab gets in the way. Wearing the sports hijab makes it ten-times easier.”

The hijabs that Brunel will provide for their students come in two sizes and “Brunel blue.” They will cost £15, the equivalent to about $20, which is cheaper than the hijabs launched by Nike in 2017.

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Search For Emiliano Sala And Pilot Called Off

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Officials announced on Wednesday that the search for Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot, has gone from a rescue mission to a recovery mission.

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The rescue mission had been handled primarily by the Guernsey police. However, on Thursday they said that the chances of 28-year-old Sala or his pilot, Dave Ibbotson, still being alive, were “extremely remote.”

John Fitzgerald, the chief officer of Channel Islands Air search, told BBC that he thought there was very little hope for positive news.

“Sadly, I really don`t think, personally, there is any hope,” said Fitzgerald. “At this time of the year, the conditions out there are pretty horrendous if you are actually in the water.”

“I think even the most fit person if they are in the water, would not last longer than a few hours,” said Fitzgerald.

The plane carrying Sala was flying from Nantes in Western France towards Cardiff. The plane had been flying at 5,000 feet but descended after the pilot requested to descend to a lower altitude.

Reports say that the radar lost contact with the A-46-310P Malibu aircraft at 2,300 feet before it disappeared near Channel Islands before 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening.

It is also being reported by the media in Argentina that before disappearing, Sala sent a WhatsApp voicemail where he reportedly said, “I`m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.”

Salas` father, Horacio Sala, spoke to Argentine media and said he just wants them to find his son.

“The hours go by and it makes me think of the worst,” said Horacio. “I just want them to find him.”pollo loco

Salas was in Nantes on Monday to say his final farewell to his former teammates before joining his new team in Cardiff.

His last Instagram post was a photo of himself alongside his former Nantes FC teammates with the caption, “La ultima ciao @FCNantes,” which in English translates to, “the last goodbye.”

Sala, had just moved to the English Premier League after signing a deal reportedly worth more than $19 million with Cardiff City. He was scheduled to start practicing with his new team this past Tuesday.

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Quavo, a member of the infamous rap group known as the “Migos,” has become the latest celebrity to use social media to openly invite the Clemson Tigers football team to a proper dinner

 

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 President Trump has been heavily criticized by Quavo and a myriad of other celebrities after it became known that he spent nearly $3,000 on food from fast-food restaurants like McDonald`s, Burger King, and Wendy`s during their team visit to the white house.

Quavo said that he wants to show both the President and Clemson, the way that champions are supposed to be treated.

“I wanna show Clemson Tigers and POTUS how champs are supposed to be treated,” said Quavo on his personal Twitter account. “Y`all welcome to come by the QC headquarters anytime.”

 

On Monday, a video was posted on the presidents Instagram account where he claimed that the reason he catered the food himself was as a result of the government shutdown.

“The reason we did this is because of the shutdown,” said Trump. “We want to make sure that everything is right. So, we sent out, we got this.”

This is now the longest government shutdown in US History and is partially a result of the disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over $5 billion, that Trump hopes would be used to fund a border wall alongside the Mexican border.

The dinner instantly became the headliner of major news and sports publications, and a fake quote began circulating the internet in regard to a comment that Tigers quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, allegedly made.

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“President Trump got all our favorite foods, it was the best meal we ever had,” said the alleged quote. “Then we go see the coastal elite media trashing it for not being organic vegan. We’re football players, not bloggers. This was a perfect blue collar party.”

However, TMZ Sports is reporting that the quote was something Lawrence never truly

Rather, they are reporting that he said that “it was awesome.”

“We had McDonald`s and everything. It was good!”

Clemson is coming off a dominant 44-16 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship game.

This is the second time they have visited the White House since the Trump administration has been in office.

They first met the president in 2017 following their 35-31 National Championship win over Alabama.

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MGM And MLB Form First Ever Partnership

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership with MGM Resorts and playMGM, making them the league’s first ever official gaming partner.

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The announcement was published on the MLB`s official website.

As the leagues official gaming partner, MGM will have complete access to promoting their brand across both the leagues digital and broadcasting platforms. These platforms include MLB.com, the MLB Network, and the MLB At Bat app.

MGM will also be allowed to promote their gaming options on these digital and broadcasting platforms.

Jim Murren, the MGM Resorts chairman and chief executive, believes that the newly formed partnership between these two brands will be a positive step towards addressing baseballs recent decline in attendance.

Murren said that baseball is suited very well for this type of partnership because of the slow pace of the game.

“People will be talking about the next pitch, the next out, the next inning, said Murren. “It will extend the viewership of games throughout multiple innings, regardless of the outcome or the score in that given period.”

According to a New York Times article, baseball “attendance dropped by 4 percent last season—the fifth time in six seasons it had declined.”

The league and MGM are hoping that this new form of betting will allow baseball fans to become more engaged with the product that is being placed on the field.

In recent years, fans have begun to abandon baseball for multiple reasons. Among those reasons are the length of the games and the performance levels of some of the teams.

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Though the lengths of games have been criticized, both MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and Murren believe that this will in fact work in favor of both parties.

The reason for that is because they believe that every inning or every pitch will give fans an opportunity to tune in and place a bet. A fan may decide to place a bet on whether a player will hit a home run or if a strikeout will occur during each pitching series.

Tuesday`s announcement was a step towards change in baseball. The league has been opposed to gambling for years because they fear that another incident such as the Black Sox Scandal would occur.

During this incident, eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of taking money from a gambling syndicate, to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.

This incident eventually led to the appointment of the first commissioner of baseball, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, whose job was to restore integrity to the game following the scandal.

Though the exact details of the newly formed partnership have not been released, many are wondering what percentage of money, if any, players will be receiving from this.

AUDIO: Here is Agustin Rivas, 20, with his opinion on the impact that gambling will have on baseball and its viewers.

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