Thiel Foundation Announces 2016 Thiel Fellows

By leveraging the power of ocean currents to

concentrate and extract plastic waste, The Ocean Cleanup is orders of

magnitude more efficient than traditional approaches that rely on boats

and nets.

Brian Truong (Boston, MA)

HelloToken

Enterprise

Software

Brian is CEO and co-founder of HelloToken, a company

that enables digital publishers to earn up to 10x more for their content

by posing simple market research questions to readers instead of serving

ads. To date, Equidate

has helped thousands of employees at private companies sell portions of

their stock to accredited investors in the absence of an IPO or

corporate sale.

“We launched the fellowship in 2011 to test a simple thesis: college

isn’t right for everyone–especially for young people who want to create

new things,” said Blake Masters, President of the Thiel Foundation. Three years later, Yellowberry has pioneered a new approach

to this market, and has expanded beyond bras to underwear, loungewear,

and activewear.

Christian Owens (London)

Paddle.com

Software

Christian

is the founder and CEO of Paddle.com, which builds infrastructure for

software companies to help companies deal with complex issues such as

payments, taxes, localization, and analytics.

Introducing the 2016 Thiel Fellows

Grace Xiao & Raul Jordan (Cambridge, MA)

Kynplex

Communication

Software

Grace and Raul are co-founders of Kynplex, a startup

that provides communication tools for scientific laboratories. Kisan

enables farmers to sell their produce directly to institutional buyers

using a smartphone, rather than going through the physical marketplace

dominated by middlemen.

Luke Sophios (San Diego)

CourseKey

Education

Technology

Luke is founder and CEO of CourseKey, a software

company that allows teachers to leverage the devices that their students

are already bringing to class – laptops, tablets, and smartphones – to

instantly create a more interactive, engaging “smart classroom”.

ABOUT THE THIEL FOUNDATION

Joey Levy (New York)

Quizr

Sports

Gaming

Joey founded Draftpot, a daily fantasy sports platform,

from his dorm room in 2014. Revlo makes it easy for

broadcasters to interact with all their fans and monetize them.

Sohail Prasad (Plano, TX / San Francisco)

Equidate

Financial

Technology

Sohail is the founder and co-CEO of Equidate, a

secondary marketplace for shares in private companies. Lunar Labs aims to bring online the 64 million

Americans–and then billions more worldwide–that don’t yet own a

smartphone.

Lexi Smith (Boston)

Carewell

Health IT

Lexi

is co-founder of Carewell, an intelligent caregiving platform that helps

caregivers take care of loved ones with dementia by using wearable

devices to learn the smartest ways to provide personalized care.

Pamela Valdes Esteva (Mexico City, Mexico)

Beek

Social

Networking

Pamela is co-founder and CEO of Beek, a social

network for millennial book lovers.

Young people now have more options than ever.”

Jesse Leimgruber (San Francisco)

NeoReach

Marketing

Technology

Jesse founded and runs NeoReach, a startup

developing influencer marketing technology for Fortune 1000 brands and

their agencies. NeoReach is currently used by industry giants such as

Wal-Mart, Amazon, and NBC.

Anthony Zhang (Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Mountain View, CA)

EnvoyNow

Local

Delivery

Anthony is CEO and co-founder of EnvoyNow, a last-mile

food delivery service focusing on colleges and universities. Beam lets viewers of live-streamed

video game sessions get involved in the game, influencing gameplay in

real time.

“In the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic change in the way young

people approach their potential,” said Jack Abraham, Executive Director

of the Thiel Fellowship. For more information, see thielfoundation.org.

Aditya Agarwalla (New Delhi, India)

Kisan Network

Agriculture

Marketplace

Aditya is co-founder of Kisan Network, an online

marketplace for the $200 billion Indian agricultural ecosystem. He is also the

co-founder of Visionary VR, a venture-backed startup building software

for creating stories using virtual reality.

Thiel Fellows receive mentorship and guidance from current and former

fellows, as well as from the Thiel Foundation’s network of technology

entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists.

The Thiel Foundation supports science, technology, and long-term

thinking about the future. Augur is built on the Ethereum blockchain

and allows users to forecast events and be rewarded for predicting them

correctly.

James Sun (Toronto, Canada)

Revlo

Social

Gaming

James is co-founder and CEO of Revlo, a fan engagement

platform for the game broadcaster Twitch. Local governments are

increasingly interested in innovation; the Lace platform helps municipal

staff to build smarter cities.

Eva Shang (Cambridge, MA)

Legalist

Legal

Analytics

Eva is co-founder of Legalist, a legal analytics and

alert platform that helps lawyers keep track of new developments in case

law so that they can represent their clients more effectively.

Ivonna Dumanyan (Kherson, Ukraine / Durham, NC)

BioMetrix

Wearable

Performance Technology; Artificial Intelligence

Ivonna is

co-founder and CEO of BioMetrix, a wearable platform for injury

prediction and prevention. By

connecting the fragmented world of scientific research, Kynplex aims to

accelerate the pace of discovery.

Matthew Salsamendi & James Boehm (Seattle, WA)

Beam

Social

Gaming

Matt and James co-founded Beam, an interactive

live-streaming platform for gamers. AppHub’s mission is to empower engineers by eliminating

tedious and redundant, time-consuming work.

Megan Grassell (Jackson Hole, WY)

Yellowberry

Apparel

Megan

founded Yellowberry in high school when she realized that tween girls

like her younger sister lacked age-appropriate options when buying their

first bras. BioMetrix is pushing the limits of connected

technology and insight-driven intelligence with a simple, skin-adhered

sensor. Their wholesome, slow-simmered bone broth is available at select

Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market locations, and several online

retailers.

Boyan Slat (Delft, The Netherlands)

The Ocean Cleanup

Environmental

Technology

Boyan founded and runs The Ocean Cleanup, a

non-profit organization that develops technologies to rid the world’s

oceans of plastic. Our message may have seemed

odd four or five years ago–some found it blasphemous to question how

well American higher education was working, and to suggest

entrepreneurship as an alternative path–but today even the colleges are

waking up; top schools are creating their own incubators, crafting more

flexible stop-out policies, and even raising venture capital funds. Beek casts aside sterile 5-star

rating systems and lets users discuss and react to books while they are

actually reading them.

Joey Krug (Knoxville, IL)

Augur

Prediction

Markets

Joey is building the world’s first decentralized

prediction market platform.

This year’s cohort was selected from more than 6,000 applications

received from around the world.

. The system evaluates athlete movement to identify injury risk

factors and inform smarter training.

Henry Hu (Hong Kong / San Francisco)

Cafe X

Food

Technology, Automation

A native of Beijing, Henry Hu is CEO and

co-founder of Cafe X, which designs, manufactures, and operates

automated robotic cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in 10 seconds.

Matt Arbesfeld (Cambridge, MA)

AppHub

Developer

Tools

Matt co-founded AppHub, a company that builds tools that

let app developers deploy and update software applications easily and

instantly.

Varden’s technology has been used to transport thousands of people, more

than any other autonomous vehicle company in the US.

To date, companies created by Thiel Fellows are together worth more than

$1.4 billion.

Samuel F. The fellowship provides young people with $100,000 to

learn by doing rather than by following conventional paths like college.

Hunter Rosenblume & Rohith Varanasi (Detroit, MI)

Lunar

Labs

Telecommunications

Hunter and Rohith

co-founded Lunar Labs, a startup that sells smartphones with no monthly

contracts and pay-as-you-go data on a per-app basis starting at just

pennies per day. “Many are applying to the program with one or

two companies already under their belts–they’ve become successful

founders before they can even buy a beer. He is now working on Quizr, a sports betting

application that launches in Europe in late 2016.

Nick Mares (San Francisco)

Kettle & Fire

Food

Nick

co-founded Kettle & Fire with his brother to bring to market the world’s

first shelf-stable bone broth made from grass-fed, pasture-raised

cattle. Through a

workforce of students who live on campus, EnvoyNow makes delivery

direct-to-dorm room, direct-to-lecture hall, and direct-to-study nook

faster and more accurate than mapping software-based delivery services

can achieve.

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Thiel Foundation today accepted 29 new members into the 2016 class

of Thiel Fellows. Poirier (Montreal)

Retinad

Virtual

Reality; Gaming

Samuel is co-founder and CEO of Retinad, the

preeminent analytics platform for virtual reality apps.

“This has been proven true–by the successes of our past fellows, by the

new applications we get every year, and by the growing numbers of young

people who are creating their own career paths outside of college, with

or without a fellowship from us.”

Alex Rodrigues (Calgary, Alberta / Mountain View, CA)

Varden

Labs

Autonomous Vehicles

Alex is CEO of Varden

Labs, a startup developing self-driving shuttles for private campuses. Retinad helps

developers create better VR content with tools such as heat maps and

user emotional tracking so that consumers can enjoy a more immersive,

personalized virtual reality experience.

Cosmo Scharf (Los Angeles, CA)

The Virtual Reality

Foundation and Visionary VR

Virtual Reality

Cosmo

co-founded The Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit organization

that produces the world’s largest event showcasing virtual reality

technology, VRLA Expo, as well as The Proto Awards, the premier

celebration for recognizing virtual reality content. In turn, HelloToken has created an engine for real-time contextual

research across millions of people.

Panashe Mahachi (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada / Mountain View, CA)

Lace

Labs

Government Technology

Panashe is

co-founder of Lace, a marketplace for cities and other municipalities to

find and purchase cutting-edge software

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Sports Rants – Sports Talk and Sports News within a Social Media Community

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Free Fantasy Sports Streak Games and Contests with Cash and Prizes

It doesn’t take a lot of time and it is a contest that a smart sports fan has a reasonable shot at winning.

The ultimate goal is to build a streak of 24 correct picks for the overall grand prize of $100,000. See the table to the right for a breakdown of the prizes.

Covers.com is a sports betting information website that runs a free streak style contest with a top prize of $100,000. If you get your pick correct, your streak goes up. Other prizes are available for smaller streaks. If you get it wrong, your streak resets to zero. Basketball and football include picking ATS (against the spread), which makes Covers.com the closest thing to actually betting on sports on this list.. You do not have to pick everyday, but you must pick once every six days to keep your streak alive.

Only having the option of picking one game a day makes this contest one of my favorites. Each day you can make one pick from a list of games that Covers.com chooses. My longest streak was seven in a row and my girlfriend had 11 in a row during basketball season. We have found that during basketball season it was much easier to find a good pick than it has been during baseball season.

Many of the picks are not just picking which team will win

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Sports :: How To Use An ATV Salvage Yard

You can save a lot of money this way as long as you know what you are doing and do not mind doing the work.. You should always thoroughly inspect any used part you are considering buying as it may not be worth it, as you may have to spend more money just to get the part in working condition.

If you are very handy, you can even buy a used ATV at a great price if it has mechanical problems and then fix it with parts from an ATV salvage yard. You should stick to places close enough for you to go to so that you can inspect any parts before you buy them.

Buying used parts can be quite economical as you can find may great parts at a faction of what they cost new. You can also use the internet to search for ATV salvage yards in your area. If you do not want to pay retail price for a part, especially one that will not be seen, you should consider looking for an ATV salvage yard in your area.

If you do not know where an ATV salvage yard in your area is, the best place to start is your local junk yard or car salvage. Always remember to inspect used parts before you buy them and yes, it is ok to haggle to get the best price while in the ATV salvage yard.

If you are a backyard mechanic and have an ATV, chances are you have considered tinkering with it to improve performance or just to make it your own. If you live in an agricultural or hunting area, or have an ATV race track nearby, chances are you can find an ATV salvage yard nearby. An ATV salvage yard is a great place to find parts to fix your ATV or to find parts to improve its performance. If you are concerned about using a used part on your ATV, you should consult other ATV owners, there are many ATV forums online whose users will be happy to give you advice.

One of the best things about buying used parts is that you can always bargain and try to get n even better deal. They will probably know of any salvage yards that specialize in ATV parts or they may even have ATV parts themselves. Most used parts are perfectly safe and will work just as well as their new counterparts. There are many places you can find parts for your ATV, and finding them can become half the fun. If you are tinkering on your ATV for a hobby or are on a budget, used parts can be very economical.

You can expect to pay less for a used part than for its new counterpart, so if you do not know what to expect price wise for a specific part look up the new price and expect to pay anywhere from 10% to 50% less, sometimes you may get an even better deal. You may also be able to get a discount if you buy more than one used part, something that rarely happens if you are buying new

5 myths of sports betting legalization

Illegal sports betting has some characteristics that can lead to problem gambling more than legal betting would.

There is simply no way the leagues could ask for a percentage piece of gambling revenue, as this would result in a huge conflict of interest. These days, most bookies provide both a phone number and website where bets can be made. This credit relationship will be hard for many gamblers to give up.

Until many of these questions are answered, it will be difficult to draw any hard conclusions about the ramifications of legalized sports gambling in the U.S. In order to grow the pie large enough, these conveniences must be provided to gamblers. If it’s legalized, there will be huge changes, but some assumptions are simply off.

The National Council on Problem Gamblers has found that problem gamblers are most often involved in illegal gambling, so moving toward a model where more gamblers are doing it legally can only help.

While it seems that the question of legalizing sports betting presently is more of an if than a when, there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding what it would look like. 1: It will result in large revenue for the leagues

I see the same trend happening if sports betting gets legalized in the U.S. 4: It will damage the sports betting business in Las Vegas

And I have heard some mention licensing fees for data, but haven’t we already covered that in lawsuits against both the NBA and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM)? In both cases, statistics and data were ruled to be public, not a private asset for which the leagues could charge a license fee.

Here’s an example. This is not how most bookies work. Some are based on a time frame, while others are based on going over agreed-upon limits. U.S. If something shady were to occur in a game around a betting proposition, raised awareness by the public about gambling in general would help highlight any improprieties before, during and after the match.

Here are the top five myths about legalizing sports betting and why they’re wrong:

Those betting with bookies have predetermined settlement terms. The experience of going to Vegas is becoming less and less about putting down a sports bet and more and more about the experience of everything else. Many bookies will allow me to get more credit and continue to gamble. (It’s common for bookies to offer rebates to their big customers.) This will be difficult for legal bookmakers to compete with.

The topic of federal legalization of sports betting has been brought up before, but it has gained steam since Adam Silver’s November New York Times op-ed and after Silver’s cover story in ESPN The Magazine’s Gambling Issue. Second, operators will need to run a cost-effective business, which may prove difficult if there are a lot of other hands to feed besides the government.

Those who believe this simply don’t understand how sports betting with a bookie works. It’s a pretty reasonable assumption that it’s easier to fix a game in an environment where most of the money wagered is impossible to discover or track by the government. The U.S. Concerts, shows, high-end nightclubs and restaurants draw people to Vegas as much as the gambling does. bookmaking powerhouse William Hill has already set up an operation in New Jersey, and MGM CEO Jim Murren has said his company is interested in expansion.

In addition, game fixing would be easier in a world where fewer people track or are even aware of things like point spreads and over/under bets. In addition, asking for a percentage based on the overall handle (total amount wagered) will cut into the margin of the sports books too significantly.

When I think about the best way to legalize sports gambling from a logistical standpoint, I get a headache.

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Once games happen, the stats are public domain. First off, the government will only legalize if it is going to get significant revenue. There are no credit checks or margin calls until it is time for me to pay. In the latter case, I set up a credit arrangement with Illegal Book B and we agree that I will pay every time I go over $1,000. Whyte, executive director of the NCPG, told my ESPN colleague David Purdum.

The thought process here is that with legalized sports betting available locally, there will be less interest in making the trek to Sin City to wager on sports. In the past two decades, although total revenue has risen, percentage of revenue from gambling has decreased from close to 60 percent to last year’s 38 percent. I am concerned that the overall pie, even with online gambling, may not be large enough for the leagues to make the money they are hoping for.

There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding legalization of sports gambling in the U.S., and it will be fascinating to watch how it unfolds in the next few years. Maybe more so.

This is the easiest myth to dispel. 3: It will put local illegal bookies out of business

The real value for them will be potential marketing dollars and increased fan engagement, not licensing fees for data or direct revenue from wagering.

In the most relevant case, CBC, the parent company of CDM Sports, a fantasy provider, sued MLBAM after being denied a new fantasy sports license. This is the type of financial recklessness associated with problem gambling.

In that time span, we all know that Vegas has flourished. District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler ruled in favor of CBC, stating that “statistics are part of the public domain and can be used at no cost by fantasy companies.” One would infer that the same would apply to legal bookmaking operations.

Furthermore, once sports betting becomes legal the negative stigma behind it will eventually disappear, which will make it a bit easier for problem gamblers to ask for help. When I lose this money, it’s gone, and I can’t bet until I put more money on deposit. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also recently said that Congress needs to hold hearings to discuss legalizing sports betting.

My answer is a solid maybe. Yes, trademark images and logos would be a different story, so I could see the leagues getting marketing deals, but I don’t see that as a huge windfall for the leagues.

At any rate, I really don’t see legalized sports betting in other states having a big impact on the sports betting business in Vegas.

Myth No. 2: It will create more “problem gamblers”

Since bookies will not have to pay taxes or licensing fees, they will be able to offer better margins or incentives to their customers. operation for the U.K. “But for the FBI knocking on our door and notifying us about Donaghy’s betting, none of the systems that we then had in place had captured any betting by Tim Donaghy.”

Myth No. In addition, customers are far more inclined to place a wager when they don’t have to put any money down.

Myth No. Sen. Those who believe that legalized sports betting will lead to more risk of game fixing simply don’t understand why games are fixed. However, there are certainly some myths that I believe can be dispelled.

“One of the things that makes sports betting so interesting is that it is probably by far the most widely participated in form of illegal gambling. In fact, there’s an argument that exposing more people to sports gambling in their native states will make the general concept of sports gambling more approachable, ultimately leading to a larger overall percentage of sports fans-turned-gamblers.. How will it be regulated? How involved will the government be? Will it be federal enforcement or on a state level?

Myth No. Vegas has had to reinvent itself as a place that is about more than just gambling. Say I set up an account with Legal Sportsbook A. Purdum, an expert on the subject, has been vocal in his belief that online sports gambling will need to be a big part of the new legalization plan, and I share his belief, as betting on a phone and computer is simply much more convenient than driving to a brick-and-mortar sports book and making a wager. But let’s say I have a bad losing streak and end up down more than $1,000. There are going to be a lot of hands in the cookie jar. This year, it is on pace to welcome a record 40 million visitors. This mirrors a similar concern that some had 25 years ago when Indian and commercial casinos began sprouting up all over the U.S.

Myth No. Are fewer people gambling because they can do it in their home state?

Silver echoed this sentiment when discussing his personal revelation in an exclusive interview with ESPN. Since sports gambling is currently something that happens in the shadows, problem gamblers are likely to hide in that shadow until it is too late.

I understand the argument that legalized sports betting could expose more people to gambling and the increased ease and access will create more problem gamblers, but I simply don’t buy it. Illegal gambling is one of the factors that’s associated with gambling addiction,” Keith S. The two biggest reasons people bet with bookies (beyond the lack of alternatives) are the convenience and the line of credit. Legalized sports betting would elevate these now somewhat esoteric notions into the mainstream conversation about sports. 5: It will create greater risk for game fixing

Las Vegas sports book operators are already looking to expand to other states. “The Donaghy controversy also made me aware how important it is that we have a way of monitoring irregular activity on our games,” Silver said. I will likely have to put money on deposit to do so

Lead Weights in Sports Racing

In horse racing the lead weights are used to ensure a more completive leas predictable race, while in car racing the added lead weight is used fine tune the performance of the car to increase an individual’s chance of winning.

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Lead weights for racing car traction and handling

In racing cars lead weights are used to help control the cars traction and handling. Horses are fully mature by the age of three, without the impost a mature horse will always win a race with a younger horse, especially over a longer course. Nuclead offers lead weights for sprts racing, x-ray rooms, lead flashing, lead bricks, lead alloy pours & sheets, lead based alloys, lead bar stock, lead bullets, extrusions, lead weights, ingots & other lead products.

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Lead weights are used to handicap horse races, to make the race more competitive.

Lead is a dense a relatively inexpensive metal. Betting can take place based on how well the horse is performing, and factors such as the horses “pace” (defined as how the horse runs a race front runner, closer etc.), how well the horse looks in the paddock and the skill of the jockey. Depending on the length of the race and track conditions decisions need to be made regarding the percentage of weight at the rear. The more weight the more of both are needed.

A well constructed race car will need to add weight to meet the rules, but the placement of the added weight can make a significant difference to how the car performs on the track. So it is key to understand how the race track will change.

The most important factor that that determines the amount of lead weight added to the saddle bag is the maturity of the horse. In sports, lead weights are used most often horse racing and car racing.

While the object of any race is to win, lead weights are used to different purpose in horse racing and car racing. Lead weights have a myriad number of uses in all industry and human activity. Under the weight for age scale the amount of lead weight the horse carries is determine by the horse’s age, its sex, the race distance and the month.

As a result of the handicapping, races become much less predicable and much more interesting. While the rules require cars meet a minimum weight to be allowed to race, this is actually a secondary factor in most cases.

In order for the racing to move, the engine needs to produce enough power and the tires have to generate enough traction. Weights are typically placed higher than rear weights in order to increase front roll and subsequently front tire traction.

o Side weight is important for handling in the corners. It is important to be able to predict how the race track will change over the race and adjust the lead weight accordingly.

o Front placed lead weights are important for steering and handling. If there rear weight is high then the handling will improve as the race goes on but the car will not be as fast in the early laps due to the increased weight.

Lead Weights for handicapping horse races

Nuclead can supply lead weights for all applications.

In addition to the weight of the jockey and the saddle, the horse carries a defined amount of lead weights in the saddle bags. This lead weight is called the “impost” and is assigned by the racing authorities based on several factors.. As the car drives into the corners, the weight will tend to transfer onto the outer tires having weight on the sides of the car will tend to keep traction on the inside wheels.

One other weight factor that needs to be considered is fuel weight. However, predicting a winner of a race is relatively easy based on the maturity of the horse and its past performance, so in order maintain a competitive betting experience many horse races are handicapped. As the race progresses the car will burn fuel so will become lighter. High traction race-tracks will obviously need less weight at the rear, but the track conditions will vary on several factors including the weather, and time into the race. Lead weights need to be carefully placed in several parts of the chassis for example:

o Rear placed weights are important for traction; the amount of weight is determined by the race track conditions. The handicappers can add additional interest by setting up races between horses with similar paces styles.

Conclusion

Lead weight plays an important part in many sports races, but not always for the same reasons.

The most important factor in the popularity of horse racing (the sport of kings), is the betting on the result. As a result, in 1855 the weight for age scale was introduced by the then steward of the Jockey Club, Henry John Rous

​Quidditch, the sport of wizards

Anna Werner attended last year’s contest, where she saw an author’s imaginary game come to life:

Then there’s the role of that little golden ball with wings, called the Snitch. “And for whatever reason, Quidditch isn’t socially acceptable yet.”

Who would have thought this sport would catch on? Well, even before any of the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies were made, author J.K. Rowling was ready to line up. Eleven years later, the game is played by thousands of athletes all over the world, although players are often asked some unusual questions, like “What is the snitch? ” “Do you wear a cape?” “How do you fly?” “Do you really use brooms?”

He also addressed an obvious concern: “I think everyone recommends wearing a cup, and no one does.”. Alex Browne and Missy Sponagle admit the broom thing takes some getting used to.

But he and his girlfriend, Missy, claim since it’s co-ed, Quidditch is great for couples.

“My specialty is throwing and tossing [players],” said Nathan.

What does the future hold for the fastest-growing sport based on a fantasy series filled with wizards and magic wands? With a little help from the Quidditch Referee of the Year, Alex Scheer, Quidditch is going pro.

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The documentary introduces Alex Benepe, one of the founders of Quidditch. In the movie “The Internship,” Quidditch is a game that’s played for laughs.

“Usually extroverted,” said Brian. And they try to ignore it and block it out. “‘Cause someone invented the sport and said, ‘You’ve gotta dribble a basketball.’ Why do you have to have a broom between your legs for this? Because it’s Quidditch!”

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The movie laid out the game, with its wizards on broomsticks (“It had to be on broomsticks, it just had to be,” Rowling reasoned), and giant hoops for goals.

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Chasers try to score in a Quidditch match.

“People get passionate about it because they grew up with Harry Potter,” said one fan.

So, is there a personality type for Snitches?

Even with all these undeniable displays of athleticism, Quidditch still doesn’t get much respect. “We like to do a lot of fun stuff. Catch it, and you end the game! But in real-life Quidditch, snitches are yellow people.

Earthbound Quidditch still has hoops and balls. J.K. “Because I’ve seen this in my head for so many years, and actually that’s the one bit I REALLY want to see!”

And yes, there will be Quidditch trading cards!

It’s even been the subject of a documentary called “Mudbloods” (a Harry Potter reference, of course).

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Dignified? Note the ball in a sock hanging off each butt. “I will be right at the front of the queue wanting to see Quidditch,” she said. “It’s absolutely amazing!”

Not so dumb after all. “We were freshman. We like to pump up the crowd.”

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out and proceeded to cast a spell over fans around the world. It’s coming!”

“I am working with a group of individuals on starting the first professional Quidditch league,” Scheer said.

“A little bit like a rodeo clown?”

“Yeah, that’s actually not too far off. Dignified rodeo clown!”

So what is the point of having the broom between your legs, if you can’t fly?

And does he enjoy it? “Yeah, you know, it’s therapeutic!” he laughed.

“You know, why do you have to dribble a basketball?” replied Browne. Snatching that “Snitch sock” still ends the game, but getting hold of it can be a real challenge.

“You get a lot of people who resist Quidditch,” said Scheer. This is gonna be so dumb!'”

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Thousands are playing an earthbound version of the game introduced by Harry Potter – and broomsticks are still a necessity.

“There are sports that are socially acceptable,” said Browne. “It’s awesome. It’s really cool!”

Quidditch, anyone? No idle question in Columbia, South Carolina, where a big championship match is underway this weekend. But it’s one of those things — you can’t fight it. He’s been playing since 2005, when a classmate at Middlebury College turned to him with an idea: “‘This weekend, we’re gonna try and play real-life Quidditch,'” Benepe recalled. “They try to fight it. Sadly, players can’t fly. And now Potter-mania has spawned another craze, one based on the high-flying fantasy game played by Harry and his friends called Quidditch, which has now jumped from the world of wizards to the playing fields of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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Yes, real-world Quidditch, complete with players “riding” broomsticks.

“I can give her an assist; she can score a goal off my pass,” said Browne. Instead, they simply hold a broomstick between their legs. Rowling’s creation became the most popular book series in publishing history, with over 450 million copies sold — and one of the biggest movie franchises in film history, with nearly $8 billion in ticket sales.

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“Quidditch has exploded into the college scene and the high school scene all over the world,” said one girl. And I just thought to myself, ‘There’s no way this is gonna work

NCAA bans championships in betting states

“As a state, Montana wholeheartedly supports its student athletes. Jack Markell, issued a statement late Thursday.

The NCAA’s executive committee made the announcement late Thursday afternoon in a five-paragraph statement. Messages and e-mails were left with several NCAA officials by The Associated Press.

There have been several high-profile college scandals, including the famous 1950 point-shaving scandal that involved NCAA men’s basketball champion City College of New York. “Importantly, Delaware law prohibits any type of sports betting on any Delaware college game. Along with the NCAA, we remain committed to protecting the integrity of collegiate sports.”

Officially, the NCAA opposes all forms of sports wagering that threaten the integrity of its games or jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the athletic community.. Tom McGonigle, chief of staff for Delaware Gov. The lawsuit filed by the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA argues that Delaware’s plan to allow single-game betting would violate the legislation because Delaware has never offered single-game betting before.

Chancellors and presidents from all three NCAA divisions approved the measure, saying it applies to “any session of an NCAA championship,” though it does not apply to states that allow parlay betting, lottery tickets, pull tabs and sports pools.

A study completed in 2003 showed 17 of 388 basketball players and 102 of 2,000 football players who were surveyed admitted they had taken money to play poorly, knew a teammate who took money to play poorly, had been threatened or harmed because of sports wagering, were contacted by an outside source to share inside information or provided inside information about a game. In May, seven former football and men’s basketball players at the University of Toledo were charged in alleged point-shaving scheme.

“Not having gotten its way in court yesterday, it is disappointing that the NCAA would take this retaliatory action,” McGonigle said. So as applied to Delaware, this new policy only serves to punish the very students the NCAA claims to be trying to protect.”

In Montana, home of Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Grizzlies, some feared the school would be barred from hosting postseason games.

Congress banned sports betting in 1992 while grandfathering four states _ Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon _ that had already offered it.

The move came one day after a federal judge denied a request by professional sports leagues and the NCAA to halt Delaware’s planned sports betting lottery until a legal challenge is resolved.

In Delaware, government officials were upset. The study included all three NCAA divisions.

This is not the first time the NCAA has used its championships to send a message.

In 2001, the governing body prohibited South Carolina and Mississippi from hosting postseason games because those states had Confederate images on the statehouse grounds.

Associated Press Writer Amy Beth Hanson in Helena, Mont., contributed to this report.

Some believe college athletes are more susceptible to gamblers because they are prohibited from getting paid for playing.

NCAA rules also ban advertising from organizations that promote gambling.

The NCAA approved a policy Thursday that would ban states, such as Delaware, from hosting championship events if they allow fans to bet on single games.

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“I applaud the NCAA for coming to a commonsense conclusion that preserves Montana’s right to host playoff and tournament games,” Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock said in a statement