Sunday, between beer and burps, saw record Super Bowl betting.
We are now talking about tomorrow. And that New York, already so expensive, might find a way to squeeze something out of an empty toothpaste tube.
His new toothpaste? Legal mobile sports betting.
The good news is that the New York sports betting program is a home run. In no time, New York has become the #1 state for sports betting. This means dollars wagered and the number of wagers made.
The bad news? New York is not a good sport about it.
Despite the volume of shots, he lands out of bounds. Because New York additionally taxes licensed sports books at the highest rates in the country. It happens that, along with the large volume, it now results in the sportsbooks themselves losing money.
According to Yankees President Randy Levine, an early proponent of mobile sports betting, “New York’s high level of taxation is concerning. In addition to real bettors, this taxation includes promotional offers.
Who means what?
“That means you are also taxed on promotional items. Like telling you to become a member – like betting on your phone. This includes New York State which considers promotional offers as actual betting revenue. We’ve all seen the ads where the sports book says you get extra dollars for signing up and making your first sports bet.
The problem is now the following. With New York buttering up that extra bread, could those sportsbooks get grumpy? Swimming across the river? Hiking across the country? Take their action in a less taxed state? Maybe even go – oh, forgive me, Father, for I may have sinned – downtown Iowa?!
Weasel to get busted?
TONY Testa, mobster turned real estate agent, challenges Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. Boxing match. Wanting to raise charity money for Black History Month, Testa says, “I have an age advantage, so I’ll let Sammy wear head protection.” Wants to join the undercard of a women’s boxing event when champion Conor McGregor’s best friend Katie Taylor – who I don’t know – fights Puerto Rican champion Brooklyn Amanda Serrano – who I don’t know either. Madison Square Garden. Why? Who knows.
Honest about Abe
WE bought a Lincoln car, a Lincoln penny, 200 Lincoln statues, the Lincoln Memorial, the Lincoln of Mount Rushmore, Lincoln parks everywhere, 16,000 pounds on Lincoln. He’s decorated more films than Meryl Streep. Has been immortalized by Raymond Massey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Liam Neeson, Sam Waterston, Walter Huston, John Carradine, Hal Holbrook, everyone except Pete Davidson.
Now comes – spilled on Apple TV+ – a new series about old Abe. Producers swear it’s fresh. Yeah. As if he would rise to reveal that he was an accomplice of Burma-Shave? The producers invited me to find out more. So their plus? “We produced that here. Took a year. Leslie Odom is the voice of Frederick Douglass. What’s new at Lincoln? A former publicist, now a senior executive, said: “We went with David Reynolds’ book. Lots of new information. Like what? “I will ask our public relations manager to answer you.”
Their PR then shared this huge nugget: “This is awesome. Very nuanced. We return to Lincoln’s journals. To learn what?! He then recited the names of the eight producers behind this project. Awesome. Lincoln’s cabinet was smaller.
The Thing debuts on Friday. Four parts. Itch for more, try the Staten Island Advance. Maybe they know something.
Film producer Richard Donner. I’ve done stuff like “Superman,” once said, “I have a bust of Abraham Lincoln in my office. Not because of what he did for our country, but because every time I see him, I have to remember that an actor killed him.
CELEBRATE as a couple all week long on Valentine’s Day? Remember the immortal words of Bronx Poet Laureate Carlos Schwartz: “Sex over 55 can be dangerous. Always stop on the side of the highway.
Especially in New York, children, especially in New York.