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Report: Pandemic Cut Tribal Gaming Payments by 80%

Tribal gaming payments to Wisconsin’s general fund declined by nearly 80% last fiscal year as the pandemic forced tribes to close their casinos, hotels and restaurants, according to a report released Thursday.

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Tribal gaming payments to Wisconsin‘s general fund declined by nearly 80% last fiscal year as the pandemic forced tribes to close their casinos, hotels and restaurants, according to a report released Thursday.

Wisconsin tribes have signed compacts with the state that give them the exclusive right to offer gambling in exchange for payments to the state. The money is divided between the state general fund and programs that benefit tribal members, such as revitalizing native languages.

The analysis from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum found that tribes funneled only $5.3 million to the state general fund in the year that ended June 30. That’s down from $26.2 million in the previous year.

The state Department of Administration initially estimated the tribes would send about $27 million to the fund in 2021 but now projects they will send nothing. Tribal gaming payments represent less than 0.2% of the $18 billion in revenue that goes into the state general fund each year.

The tribes appear unlikely to cover budgeted appropriations for benefit programs for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. State agencies are authorized to spend up to $29.7 million but that will likely mean they’d have to pull money from the general fund to make up for gaming revenue losses.

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The tribes appear unlikely to cover budgeted appropriations for benefit programs for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. State agencies are authorized to spend up to $29.7 million but that will likely mean they’d have to pull money from the general fund to make up for gaming revenue losses.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2021-02-04/report-pandemic-cut-tribal-gaming-payments-by-80

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Donovan Mitchell Out for Jazz vs. Grizzlies Game 1 with Ankle Injury

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will miss Sunday’s Game 1 of his team’s playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies …

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will miss Sunday’s Game 1 of his team’s playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder noted Mitchell, who has been sidelined since April 16 with a sprained right ankle, has declared himself “ready to go” and isn’t pleased with the decision to be held out of the series opener:

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Quin Snyder says Jazz medical staff met with Donovan Mitchell after shootaround and decided to hold him out of Game 1. He acknowledged that Mitchell, who declared himself “ready to go” when he talked to media post-shootaround, isn’t pleased with the decision.

The Jazz can’t withstand Mitchell being absent for any lengthy period of time during the postseason if they are going to win the title. This is a team that sees a wide-open championship window with the Lakers as the No. 7 seed and no other contender having proved themselves under the playoff lights.

Getting Mitchell a clean bill of health will be paramount in Utah’s title hopes.

In the meantime, Utah will rely on Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles in ball-handling roles. That formula was enough to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference down the stretch of the season, and it will need to be again to hold on to home-court advantage in the series against the Grizzlies.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder noted Mitchell, who has been sidelined since April 16 with a sprained right ankle, has declared himself “ready to go” and isn’t pleased with the decision to be held out of the series opener:

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NBA playoff play-in matchups set: Lakers will face Warriors, Wizards complete improbable run

The NBA play-in game matchups are set, with Hornets-Pacers and Wizards-Celtics in the East, and Spurs-Grizzlies and Warriors-Lakers out West.

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Sports Seriously: The NBA Play-In Tournament is fast approaching. Mackenzie Salmon and Analis Bailey explain how the tournament will unfold. USA TODAY

The NBA play-in game matchups are set.

The Los Angeles Lakers needed help from Denver on Sunday to avoid the play-in game, but didn’t get it. Though the Lakers defeated New Orleans 110-98, the Blazers beat the Nuggets 132-116, cementing the Lakers in seventh place in the Western Conference.

The Blazers stayed out of the play-in game format with the victory and are the No. 6 seed. Dallas, Portland and the Lakers all finished 42-30, but the Mavericks won the overall tiebreaker because they won the Southwest Division. The Blazers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lakers because of their 2-1 advantage in the regular season.

Now, the Lakers will play Golden State in the tantalizing seventh-place vs. eighth place play-in game with the winner grabbing the No. 7 seed and the loser needing a victory in the final play-in game to make the playoffs as the eighth seed. It’s possible the defending champion Lakers don’t make the playoffs.

Designed to create excitement, make more games meaningful and curtail tanking, the play-in game format added intrigue to the final days of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Teams either tried to avoid or make the play-in game.

The Warriors defeated Memphis on Sunday and finished a game ahead of the Grizzlies with a 39-33 record. Had Memphis won, it would’ve ended in eighth place. Instead, the Grizzlies are ninth and will play San Antonio in a play-in game.

Washington defeated Charlotte on Sunday, earning eighth place with a 34-38 record and will play seventh-place Boston in an Eastern Conference play-in game on Tuesday. The Pacers defeated Toronto and will get the ninth spot and a matchup against the 10th-place Hornets in the other East play-in game.

The Wizards produced a memorable end to their regular season. They were 17-32 on April 6 and in 13th-place in the East. The playoffs did not seem probable. But Bradley Beal kept scoring, Russell Westbrook racked up triple-doubles and the Wizards started winning.

The Wizards finished the season 17-6, the second-best winning percentage in the league in the final six weeks of the regular season.

How the play-in game format works

The seventh-and eighth-place teams play each other and the winner earns the No. 7 seed. The loser of that game plays the winner of the 9-10 game. The winner of that game becomes the No. 8 seed. To give the teams that had a better record during the regular season an advantage, teams 7-8 need to win just one play-in game to advance and teams 9-10 need to win two games.

When does the NBA play-in start?

The play-in games take place Tuesday-Friday with the 16-team, best-of-7 playoffs beginning Saturday.

Here is the play-in game schedule (all times Eastern):

Tuesday

Eastern Conference

Tenth-place Charlotte vs. ninth-place Indiana, 6:30 p.m., TNT

Eighth-place Washington vs. seventh-place Boston, 9 p.m., TNT

Wednesday

Western Conference

Tenth-place San Antonio vs. ninth-place Memphis, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Eighth-place Golden State vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m., ESPN

Thursday

Eastern Conference

Ninth-10th winner vs. 7-8 loser, 8 p.m., TNT

Friday

Western Conference

Ninth-10th winner vs. 7-8 loser, start time TBD, ESPN

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Designed to create excitement, make more games meaningful and curtail tanking, the play-in game format added intrigue to the final days of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2021/05/16/wizards-reach-play-game-after-improbable-run-east-matchups-set/5121227001/

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