There's a good chance that this stalemate is the result of two high-powered agents waiting for the other to make the first move, in an everlasting game of brinkmanship.,Now it can be told: the 30 reasons why every major-league team isn't signing Harper or Machado.,Baltimore Orioles: The whole reason Harper and Machado are such attractive free agents is that they're young enough to remain stars for years to come.,New York Mets: Sure, Robinson Cano is 10 years older, not as good as Harper or Machado, and costs a ton in his own right.,San Francisco Giants: Garlic fries are a staple at AT&T Park, and Giants owners swear Harper and Machado are vampires.

A bipartisan bill has been submitted to the Connecticut Senate that would allow sports betting at casinos located in the state.,While still subject to modifications along the way, the bill, with current working number of LCO 578, provides exclusive rights to operate sportsbooks to casinos, in particular the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods located in Montville, which the bill’s author state Senator Cathy Osten represents.,Osten noted that nearby states Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are already offering legal sports betting.,While not projecting revenues for her state, she pointed out that Rhode Island, which began regulating sports betting last November, had a seven-month revenue projection of $11.5 million.,State senator-elect Norm Needleman was quoted in the same press release as saying, “Two of Connecticut’s top-10 largest employers will benefit from this bill.

It belongs to Jim McVay, a sports executive who for the past 30 years has run the Outback Bowl, a second-tier college football postseason game featuring third-place teams.,While several bowl bosses manage other games or major events, McVay’s core duties remain as focused as they were when he took the job in 1988: negotiate contracts and sell sponsorships and tickets for one football game each year.,[Perspective: When college football powers want more coaches than rules allow, they call them analysts] The decision by the Outback Bowl’s board — a volunteer group of local businesspeople and dignitaries — to pay McVay, year after year, more than many of his peers further stands out because their bowl, historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity.,McVay, who has defended his pay in news reports as recently as last year, declined an interview request for this story, and a bowl spokesman cited a new policy that forbids Outback Bowl officials from publicly discussing compensation.,Another main reason the Outback board has more than tripled McVay’s pay over the last 20 years, according to Schember, is because McVay routinely tells them NFL teams are trying to pry him out of the bowl world.