The Supreme Court Just Made Sports Gambling Legal

After a multi-year battle, sports gambling is now (potentially) legal nationwide. Each state is now permitted to allow betting on sports, the Supreme Court announced Monday morning, provided the state's lawmakers are in favor of the action.

The justices voted 7-2 to overturn the 25-year-old law. New Jersey governor Chris Christie had long pushed for gambling to be legalized in his state.

General reactions seemed to fall along the lines of “this is historic” and “it's about time,” but others noted this action puts the NCAA in a weird conundrum, as individuals could now freely bet on collegiate sporting events and the athletes remain uncompensated.

The NCAA released a vague statement about making adjustments in the wake of this decision.

DraftKings, one of the entities that have long hoped to capitalize on the legalization of sports gambling, was quick to the trigger.

The NCAA and four major pro leagues had successfully blocked Christie and New Jersey in the lower courts. Christie, who left office in January, has pushed for this legislation since 2012.

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Joel Embiid Swagger Back, 76ers Avoid Elimination; LeBron James Sweeps Raptors | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Pierce Simpson, and Adam Caparell discuss the 76ers avoiding elimination against the Celtics, with T.J. McConnell having a career night and Joel Embiid getting his trash-talking swagger back. Was the Game 4 win a turning point for the Sixers? 

Also, the LeBron James-led Cavs completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a blowout. Did Toronto stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry give up? And do either the Celtics or Sixers stand a chance against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, will the Rockets close out the Jazz in Houston? And was Game 4 proof that — unlike in past years — the Rockets can win when James Harden has a subpar performance now that he has CP to help carry the scoring load and Clint Capela holding things down on D?  

Next, will the Warriors close out their series with the Pelicans? What can New Orleans do to win and force a Game 6 back in Louisiana? Plus, with a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Finals seeming inevitable, Gil questions whether coach Mike D’Antoni can make playoff adjustments to hang with Golden State.

In “Fair or Foul?” the team weighs in on the Pistons firing head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. Gil breaks down what his old coach is like and why there’s a limit to how long he can work with a team. Also, the crew debates whether the timing of the firing is foul, and if it was wrong to saddle the next coach and executive with the roster and contracts that SVG was responsible for. Plus, will the Pistons be improved and make the playoffs in the next couple years?

After Kylia Carter, mother of former Duke basketball star Wendell Carter, compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery, Gil and the guys respond to the analogy, as well as the idea of free labor and education in college sports. 

Finally, the team reacts to Icelandic powerlifter and “Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Björnsson, who plays “The Mountain” on the hit HBO series, winning the World’s Strongest Man competition. Hibachi turns the heat way up on powerlifting as a sport before sharing what he would do if he were as big and strong as the athletes who compete by pulling trucks and lifting boulders.

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Special Host Terrell Owens; Joel Embiid High Tweets; Hassan Whiteside Rants | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode, 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens fills in as #OutofBounds host and talk immediately gets spicy as Adam and Pierce go in on Loyola-Chicago fan Sister Jean. The conversation stays hot after the intro, when T.O. reveals what he’s planning for his HOF speech…. Reining it in a little, the guys discuss the best bets to make on tonight’s NCAA final between No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Michigan. Whether you want a straight winner, spreads, or fun prop bets, gambling man Adam Caparell has you covered. Moving on, OOB discusses Michigan coach John Beilein’s belief that Michigan will one day officially honor the incredibly impactful Fab Five, whose sporting achievements were vacated after an investigation into players getting paid. Should they be recognized despite violations? Should Chris Webber, who accepted money and reportedly has a rift with the other four stars, be included? And is there any point in vacating and pretending games didn’t happen when violations occur? Next, the team responds to Heat center Hassan Whiteside’s rant about his playing time and T.O. explains what happens when players beef with coaches and how that differs from drama between players. Finally, after Sixers star Joel Embiid sent some tremendous tweets about Kansas catching an L, being high on painkillers, and Rihanna while in the hospital recovering from surgery, T.O. and the guys debate The Process’s method of hollering at Ri-Ri (Pierce’s imaginary boo) and which NBA players would be the most fun to hang out with. Plus, outspoken T.O. describes what it would have been like if Twitter had been a thing during his NFL prime.

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Malcolm Jenkins Supports Meek Mill; Shaq Solves School Shootings; Tourney Picks! | Out of Bounds

For gambling man Adam Caparell, the start of #MarchMadness is like Christmas — or whatever other day makes you so excited you can’t sleep at night. As the NCAA tourney kicks off, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew react to the brackets that former president Barack Obama tweeted out yesterday and compare them to their own. Plus, for all you degenerate gamblers, OOB makes picks for some choice prop bets you can get rich with. Next, Gil and the gang discuss Eagles safety and Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins speaking out on behalf of incarcerated Philly rapper Meek Mill at a panel on criminal justice reform. While the consensus is that athletes using their voices is a good thing, Agent Zero has some thoughts on probation violations and shares his own experience stemming from his gun charge. Speaking of guns, the solution Shaq gave to school shootings on a radio show is not a ban on assault rifles but more cops in schools. The guys have some strong feelings about the Diesel’s idea and break it down like prime Shaq used to body other big men in the paint. Finally, with Julius Peppers signing a deal that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history in his 17th season, the team debates the risk vs. reward of such a long football career. Gil takes us inside the mind of athletes when weighing riches, fame, glory, and passion for the game against potential serious health consequences, plus makes an argument that Peppers won’t be the only non-QB to stack so much in the changing NFL. 

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Jose Altuve Trump Death Stare; Ray Allen on Boston Beefs; Contract Clapbacks! | Out of Bounds

The Hibachi is turned all the way up, so be careful not to burn yourself on his hot takes! Today on #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the guys react to the Houston Astros’ White House visit, and specifically Jose Altuve’s awesomely awkward meeting with President Trump. Will the AL MVP’s headline-making, passive-aggressive shade thrown at the Donald start a trend of disapproving champions accepting invites so they can stare daggers at him? Plus, Gil has a suspect theory on what’s behind Altuve’s range of uncomfortable facial expressions. (Feel free to take your complaints up with him directly.) Next, the team discusses the NCAA excluding ref Ted Valentine from the tournament as punishment for turning his back on UNC’s Joel Berry II earlier this season. Surprisingly, “TV Ted” has a defender on set, and the debate gets cooking. Then, with excerpts of Ray Allen’s forthcoming book shedding light on Celtics beefs, OOB takes a look at what the future Hall of Famer has to say about Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. What follows may be Gil’s most ludicrous argument ever, but you decide if both he and Rondo are out their damn minds. Finally, after both Evan Turner and Richard Sherman responded to criticism of their contracts, the gang gets into pocket-watching in “Fair or Foul?” And, for all you sneaker heads, Gil breaks down sports contracts and ownership in terms of Yeezys, so you don’t get these money moves twisted.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Drug Drama; Sherman Switches Sides; Most Annoying Duke Players | Out of Bounds

Gilbert Arenas makes a triumphant return to #OutofBounds with absolutely no chill! The team kicks things off with the 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket, discussing which schools were done dirty, which ones are likely to pull of upsets, and which team the guys like to win it all. Gil takes issue with the NCAA letting teams like struggling Oklahoma slide in on the strength of early wins and explains why Sooners star Trae Young is in trouble come pre-draft workouts. Next, OOB tackles vengeful cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed with the rival 49ers shortly after the Seahawks cut him. Gil weighs in on the revenge factor, incentive-based contracts, fans burning jerseys, and how the 49ers view Sherman’s outspokenness in the wake of the Colin Kaepernick protest drama. In other NFL news, the crew reacts to the viral video that appears to show superstar Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and an IG model with a blunt and some coke. Opinions vary on what the substances are and what the fallout may be, and Gil shares a weed-tastic story of an old girlfriend to illustrate his point, plus breaks down why you’ll never see him in a viral video. Finally, following Grayson Allen’s latest dirty dickhead incident (add a hip-check to his list of trips), bitter Duke hater Gil and the boys list the most annoying Dukies ever. The words are strong and so are the cases they make!

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The NFL is getting something right for a change?! Word is the league’s competition committee is serious about changing its confusing and controversial catch rule. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss that, as well as some other potential rule changes that they don’t all support (not everybody gives AF about player safety, apparently). Then, following LeBron’s comments that the NCAA is “corrupt” and young players need a viable alternative to college and overseas leagues, the team talks about how realistic it is for the G League to become a farm system. In discussing his experience at the University of Arizona, Gil learns that he may have violated a whole gang of rules, before explaining why he hates Duke and Coach K with a passion. Next, the guys look ahead to the weekend’s big Celtics-Rockets primetime matchup in “In Play” and wonder if Boston’s stout D can stop Houston’s roll, and Gil explains his problem with Kyrie Irving. Finally, in the wake of the California State Athletic Commission punishing former UFC champ Jon Jones for his second positive steroid test, OOB checks his excuses and tries to decide if he’s the most disappointing athlete to squander their talent.

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LeBron James Calls Out ‘Corrupt’ NCAA

LeBron James did not play college basketball, and clearly he did not need to. He was an impact player in the NBA straight out of high school. The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, LeBron went on to win the 2004 Rookie of the Year award.

LeBron was one of the lucky top prospects who was able to declare for the NBA Draft straight from high school. Since 2006, draftees have been required to be at least 19 years of age and be one year removed from high school in order to be declared eligible.

The “prep-to-pro era,” which began with Kevin Garnett, ran from 1995-2005. A number of standout NBA players made the leap straight from high school—LBJ, Big Ticket, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Dwight Howard, among others.

As long as top prospects are forced to play college ball, shady practices will be associated with the recruiting process. A number of programs, including Louisville and Arizona, have recently come under fire for going to crazy and illegal lengths to lure top recruits. In light of those stories, the broken NCAA system is a talking point around the hoops world.

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Tuesday, LeBron expressed his point of view—that the NCAA, which capitalizes off the players, is corrupt.

Many believe the “one and done” system has harmed both college hoops and the pros, and it looks like the progressively minded NBA commissioner Adam Silver might change that rule in the near future.

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The number one question is, “Can the Feds get us?” If you’re Jay Z, nah, but it appears government agents could take some big college hoops programs down. Following the revelation that an FBI investigation found potential violations in a number of high-profile schools, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew wade into NCAA hypocrisy and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy’s assertion that the NCAA is the worst organization in sports. Plus, Gil shares the advice he’d give his son about playing college ball. Next, in “Fair or Foul?”, the OOB team decides if LeBron was wrong for accusing NBA refs of being biased. Since officials call the game differently for Bron because of his exceptional size and strength, it’s not an easy answer. The King James talk continues as Gil and the guys reflect on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich comparing him to Black Panther as a role model for kids, and wonder if all Pop’s praise for LeBron amounts to tampering. Finally, in the wake of Russell Westbrook saying Zaza Pachulia is dirty and intentionally landed on his leg on Saturday night, Gil defines “dirty” versus “physical,” re-enacts what Zaza did, talks payback, and tells a story about the dirtiest player he went up against. 

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What Injury Says About Kawhi Leonard; Is Anthony Davis Talking Too Big? | Out of Bounds

Spurs doctors have reportedly cleared Kawhi Leonard to play but the star guard is holding himself out and Coach Pop doesn’t expect him to play again this season. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss Kawhi’s lengthy absence with a quad injury and what it’s revealed about him and the Spurs. Next, Gil and the guys react to Anthony Davis’ assertion that the Pelicans would have run through the Western Conference playoffs if fellow New Orleans big man Boogie Cousins hadn’t injured his Achilles. But seeing as Boogie is in a wheelchair now…are the Pels’ wings clipped? Moving to the NCAA, in “The Pull-Up” Gil gives career advice to Trae Young, the Oklahoma guard whose fire freshman season has cooled TF off. Finally, with a report that the Warriors and Kings will play a preseason game in Seattle, the OOB gang wonders if and when the Emerald City will get the Sonics back, before the conversation gets messy determining which cities without an NBA team deserve one and which NBA cities should lose theirs. 

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