Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the PGA want states that adopt gambling to cough up one percent of the action in exchange for, well, nothing. But the sports leagues are willing to take a lot less in exchange for, well, nothing. Via Patrick Anderson of the Providence Journal, the trio of leagues has slashed their request from 1.0 percent to 0.25 percent in Rhode Island.
The NFL has yet to make a move for any type of integrity fee, but the league’s constant references to the integrity of the game (even with one of the teams already slated to move to Las Vegas) seems to be the precursor to making a play not in statehouses but in Congress to get a fee aimed at giving them the money, ostensibly, to ensure that the games will have something they already should.
Under the climate created by the 2011 labor deal, the OTAs became far less intense and extensive. They nevertheless remain the centerpiece of the offseason program, giving teams a chance to implement their offensive and defensive playbooks, and to commence the process of figuring out who will earn roster spots and starting jobs. So when players who are under contract choose not to show up for these technically voluntary sessions, it’s noteworthy.
In Philadelphia, where defensive end Brandon Graham has made it clear that he wants a new deal, Graham is expected to show up, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com. However, as Graham recovers from a May 1 ankle procedure, he’s not expected to participate in the practices.