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BC-Sports Showcase Digest

December 28, 2018

A look ahead to top enterprise and feature stories planned globally by AP Sports. New digests will go out each Thursday and Monday and will be repeated on other weekdays. Please note that story plans may change depending on news and other issues.

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FRIDAY, Dec. 28

BKC--MID-MAJOR SCHEDULING SHAKEUP

Conference USA has radically altered its league basketball schedule in an effort to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament and get better seeds. The revolutionary schedule features four games that won’t be set until February, when the conference standings will determine the matchups. It’s one of a handful of mid-major leagues rethinking league schedules in hopes of having more success on Selection Sunday. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m. Friday.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s ruling last spring and Nevada, which previously had a monopoly on sports betting. The returns to date have been modest, just a tiny fraction of overall state budgets. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by noon on Wednesday.

With: US--Sports Betting for Dummies, by Wayne Parry. 1,200 words.

THURSDAY, Jan. 3

ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME

NEW YORK — Most professional esports are devoid of female players at their highest levels, even though 45 percent of U.S. gamers are women or girls. Executives for titles like League of Legends and Overwatch say they are eager to add women to pro rosters, but many female players say they’re discouraged from chasing such careers largely by toxic behavior from some male gamers. Players and executives share their experiences with The Associated Press, and detail how women might break into the elite pro ranks. By Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 3 a.m. Thursday.

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Again, if you have questions about the Sports Showcase Digest or the material listed, please reach out to Oskar Garcia at 215-446-6632 or ogarcia@ap.org.

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