1st sportsbook at major pro sports arena opens in Washington
Arena Sportsbook Guests mingle at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the William Hill Sportsbook at Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Capital One Arena in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The first full-service sportsbook at a major four North American pro sports venue in the United States opens its doors. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The first full-service sportsbook at a major sports arena or stadium in the United States opened its doors Wednesday at the home of the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Capitals. Capital One Arena is directly accessible from the William Hill sportsbook during Wizards playoff games without fans needing to leave the building. Caesars bought William Hill in April.wftv.com
Alex Ovechkin confident he will sign extension with Capitals
Bruins Capitals Hockey Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin warms up before Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass)ARLINGTON, Va. — (AP) — Alex Ovechkin said Tuesday he is confident he will sign an extension and play again next season for the Washington Capitals franchise he led to the Stanley Cup in 2018. "I want to finish my career here.”Asked when he might sign, Ovechkin joked, “Maybe we sign contract right now” after going through exit interviews. "When you think of the Washington Capitals, you think of Alex Ovechkin," wingerT.J. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportswftv.com
Ovechkin on COVID list, Caps fined $100K; Canes games off
Five players from the Carolina Hurricanes also are on the list and that team’s games were called off by the league through “at least” Saturday. The postponements were announced Wednesday, a day before the Hurricanes were set to host the Florida Panthers in their home opener. This is the first instance this season of Capitals players appearing on the NHL’s COVID-19 list, which could include those who test positive, have a potential exposure or face quarantine requirements. The league didn’t specify which team prompted that night’s postponement, although four Hurricanes players — Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen — were added to the daily COVID-19 list later Tuesday afternoon. Their past five games have been postponed during a stretch in which six Wizards players tested positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus and three others were sidelined after contact tracing determined they might have been exposed.
NBA Foundation created, pledges $300 million to Black growth
Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. NBPA President Chris Paul had said earlier in the season restart at Walt Disney World that $300 million would be the start, and now those plans are complete. All NBA team governors recognize our unique position to effect change and we are committed to supporting and empowering young Black men and women in each of our team markets as well as communities across the U.S. and Canada, NBA Board of Governors Chairman and Toronto Raptors Governor Larry Tanenbaum said. These are the three main areas of our social responsibility work at Monumental Sports & Entertainment and where we personally invest in our community, Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said. Efforts will be centered on helping people get a first job, finding careers after high school or college, then career advancement.
Small businesses extend lifeline to employees and communities battered by coronavirus
A man cleans the windows at his store on March 17, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) Angela Weiss | AFP via Getty ImagesPanic is contagious. Small companies are doing the same. He has also created an emergency support fund for employees who experience financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis and can't pay for essentials like housing. We're going to be bold, decisive and generous because employees are the most important part of our business."cnbc.com
First sports betting venue inside a US pro sports arena is planned in the heart of DC
The sports betting operation from William Hill US and Monumental Sports & Entertainment will be the first of its kind inside a U.S. sports arena. Capital One Arena is home to the Wizards, Capitals and the Washington Mystics women's pro basketball team. The planned sports book, operated by William Hill, will offer food and drinks alongside betting. "Not only will people be able to go and bet over the counter, but you can bet on your mobile phones anywhere within the arena," William Hill CEO Joseph Asher said. William Hill, founded in 1934 in Britain, established its gaming foothold in the U.S. in Las Vegas about seven years ago.cnbc.com