“We haven’t made a final determination on whether to pursue sports betting in Pennsylvania,” Penn National Gaming V.P. of public affairs and governmental relations Jeff Morris told Perez. “In addition to the high application and annual licensing fees, the challenge will be trying to make the 34-percent tax rate work — this would be the highest tax rate in the world on sports betting. For comparison, West Virginia recently passed a sports betting law at a 10-percent tax rate, which is the range most states are considering.”
This may keep many/any sports books from setting up shop in Pennsylvania, and in turn it may keep the state’s two NFL teams, the Steelers and the Eagles, from taking full advantage of the in-stadium betting experience. (Not to mention the five other major-league sports teams in Pennsylvania.)
The key for the Broncos as they look over their 2018 schedule is no secret regardless of opponents: If Denver can’t solve its quarterback problem, it will have another down season. Defenses in Los Angeles, Houston and Arizona, just to name a few, won’t make that task any easier.
Toughest tests: Beyond the typical challenges that come with road games in Kansas City, Los Angeles and Oakland, San Francisco will present Denver it’s toughest away game in 2018. The Broncos’ home games against the Texans, Rams and Steelers, teams that figure to be strong playoff contenders, pad the schedule with even more tests for whoever starts at QB in Denver.
Biggest breaks: Drawing the Texans, Rams and Steelers at home is a break for the Broncos, who also host the Browns as part of the AFC North matchup. Four of the five non-division games on Denver’s road schedule are winnable on paper.