Serious Proposals for Meaningful Regulation in New York
ELMONT, NY, February 2, 2016-- The New York State Gaming Commission's monthly meeting is hardly high level entertainment, especially when compared to Sunday's Super Bowl and the Christmas day release of the football film, Concussion
The current movie, starring Will Smith, depicts the story told by Frontline
in League of Denial
, a 2013 report on brain injuries in the NFL.
, the PBS documentary series, proved the NFL denied knowledge of brain injuries and that the league's head office lied about it, then denied treatment to players after they had become aware.
A payment of $765-million was the result of a settlement between the NFL and the players union, made as a direct result of concussion-related brain injuries.
Injury reports in professional sports used to be dubious but, aware that people actually bet on sports, the reports are now quite concise. A false injury report in the NFL will draw a fine from the offending team--or is supposed to, anyway.
MLB and the NBA have strict rules regarding injury reports as well. While the NHL has been an industry leader in treatment of head injuries, it continues to use the Pat Quinn methodology of reporting only upper or lower body injuries.
Quinn pioneered this type of reporting when he took over as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers for the 1979-1980 season. His reasoning was not to let the opposition know where to target his injured players. This decades old method of masking the truth has long needed an overhaul.
Just as racing’s does now.
Politicians, Residents Take Wrong Turn on Belmont Casino Issue
ELMONT, NY, January 19, 2016¬-With the Iowa Primary a fortnight away, some politicians are feeling the love, others the hate, but all with one goal in mind.
In one upper middle class village, passionate politicians, civic leaders and residents are driving the populace on both sides of one key issue: Should Video Lottery Terminals be allowed to turn Beautiful Belmont Park into the Casino on the Cross Island.
An overflow crowd estimated at 2,000 attended a rally at Floral Park Memorial High School in opposition of the planned casino exactly one week ago. On Saturday, protestors will march around Belmont Park to focus even more heat on the issue.
Many leaders and residents spoke out against the casino proposed by Nassau OTB on December 29, 2015. Even Father Tom, half of television’s “The Priest and the Rabbi” entry with Rabbi Marc Gellman, rallied parishioners at Our Lady of Victory RC Church seeking to defeat the proposal.
Residents are fine with having Belmont Park as its neighbor; they just don’t want a casino in their own backyard. Does politics get any more local than this?
Opponents don’t want “that kind of gambler” in their neighborhood or in the vicinity of nearby schools. They're using the same dog whistle language being used in the 2016 Presidential campaign: Classic NIMBY; fear of “the other” who brings crime and real estate devaluation to the neighborhood.
As expected, the casino has the support of Nassau County Executive, Ed Mangano. “Belmont Park is a logical selection as the existing gambling facility is underutilized,” Mangano said in a statement when the plan was first announced.
Mangano already has included $20 million in revenue from the casino in his 2016 budget.
But Floral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedy went on record, calling VLTs the crack cocaine of gambling. Sound like a familiar refrain?