Stories by Michael Sykes

The NFL's slow embrace of sports betting

A wall of NFL prop bets
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The NFL is embracing sports betting this season in ways that it never would before the Supreme Court legalized the activity across the nation in 2018.

Why it matters: Last September, the NFL called for Congress to step in and regulate legalized sports betting. This September, the NFL is opening its season with a full-fledged casino partner (Caesars) and an official data distributor (Sportradar) for the first time ever.

Robot judges are coming to gymnastics

Judge, Simone Biles of the USA awards
Gymnast Simone Biles judges the Superstars of Gymnastics. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Controversy over video assistant referee technology (VAR) has engulfed seemingly every sport. Now, it's coming to gymnastics.

Driving the news: The International Gymnastics Federation recently approved the use of VAR in international competition — "a decision that could ultimately shift control over the sport's judging from humans to robots," writes the Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky.

Stephen Curry looks to revive Howard University's golf scene

Stephen Curry
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Stephen Curry's 7-figure donation over the next 6 years to Howard University will help rebuild its golf scene into a Division I program after decades of dormancy.

Background: Howard's championship-winning Division II golf program is said to have shut down in the 1970s, likely due to a lack of revenue driven by the sport.