Sami Sparber
Feb 1, 2023 - Sports

Boston rents are still high, for now

Data: Moody's Analytics; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

In the fourth quarter of 2022, the average asking rent in Boston was $2,942, up 11.8% from a year earlier, per economic research firm Moody's Analytics.

Why it matters: Affordability concerns are starting to weigh down the booming rental market.

Steph Solis
Feb 1, 2023 - Sports

The first (legal) bets in Massachusetts

Former Olympic hockey player Angela Ruggiero (center) shows her ticket alongside former Red Sox player Johnny Damon (right) by Encore's betting windows. On the left is Rep. Aaron Michlewitz.

Olympian turned market research executive Angela Ruggiero (center) shows off her first bet, alongside other local champions and legislators. Photo: Encore Boston Harbor

Steph here. I watched sports fans, loyal Encore customers and iconic athletes place their first legal sports bets in the Boston area.

Why it matters: For sports fans and casino regulars, yesterday’s launch was the culmination of a years-long wait.

Steph Solis
Jan 30, 2023 - Sports

Sports betting in Massachusetts, explained

A handful of kiosks appear in front of Encore's sports restaurant, On Deck, and are roped off and not operational until the state's sports betting launch on Jan. 31.

Encore stationed a handful of its kiosks in front of its sports restaurant, On Deck. These kiosks are offline when there’s an event at the nightclub across the hall. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

Tomorrow's in-person sports betting launch couldn’t come soon enough for countless Boston sports fans and underground bettors. If you can’t tell the difference between a point spread and a moneyline, here’s what to know.

Why it matters: Boston is a major sports city and, by some accounts, a hotspot for underground wagering.

Mike Deehan
Dec 16, 2022 - Politics

Making sense of Charlie Baker's new NCAA gig

Baker greets a UMass hickey player in 2019. Photo: Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images

Gov. Charlie Baker is taking the helm of the organization that operates college sports next year.

Why it matters: The retirement-averse governor will get to administer the NCAA, a huge national organization, without having to be involved in the gutter of the partisan politics he's made clear he disdains.

Mike Deehan
Nov 21, 2022 - Sports

Where to watch the World Cup in Boston

Not pictured: An American flag made of lights in the patio. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

It's once again the time when Americans suddenly get way into soccer for a few weeks.

What's happening: The World Cup is on and the U.S. Men's National Team starts the road to glory this afternoon with a match against Wales at 2pm.

Mike Deehan
Nov 18, 2022 - Sports

"Yuck Fale" returns to Allston

Harvard Crimson safety James Herring celebraters a turnover against Ivy League rival Penn last season. Photo: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

One of the country's oldest sports rivalries is back tomorrow as the Harvard Crimson take on the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium.

What's happening: The 138th meeting between the bitter enemies will kick off at 12pm.

Steph Solis
Oct 24, 2022 - Sports

Massachusetts online sports betting rollout in question

Illustration of the football, money tongue, and basketball emojis.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Nearly two-dozen companies have expressed interest in a temporary online sports betting license in Massachusetts, confirming suspicions that regulators will have their plates full as they review applications and roll out the industry by March.

Driving the news: Regulators gave prospective applicants until Oct. 17 to fill out a "scoping survey" to indicate their interest in the license.

Steph Solis
Sep 26, 2022 - Sports

Massachusetts hits sports betting snag

Chris Cipolla of Draft Kings, right, speaks at a podium in front of members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, left.

DraftKings' Chris Cippola, right, speaks before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

Massachusetts regulators are wrestling with a gap in the new sports betting legalization law.

What's happening: The law allows for temporary licenses, but doesn't cap them or stipulate how they should be awarded.


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