A cashless Super Bowl: Why the NFL and Visa want stadiums to pivot to digital payments

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As live sports have groped for handholds during the pandemic, Visa and the NFL have been busily collaborating on no contact fan experiences in preparation for the eventual return of spectators. Recently, Visa and the NFL announced they are — in their own words — putting “a stake in the ground for the future of live events by announcing completely cash-free for all Super Bowls moving forward,” according to a spokesperson. These efforts will take effect starting in Tampa this year.

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“Visa is one of our key partners in helping us imagine how our fans will experience the NFL in years to come,” says Renie Anderson, Executive Vice President of Partnerships & Chief Revenue Officer for the NFL. “We’re excited to announce that for our biggest event the future is here and we thank Visa

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NFL Week 13 teaser pick rankings: Taking the 49ers to keep rolling and six more teams to consider teasing

Our Teaser of the Week stayed in the win column with the Giants pulling out the outright win despite not covering the closing line and the Packers taking care of business, and the cash moves us to 7-4-1 on the year with our top two teaser options each week. And it’s a good thing we have a nice cushion heading into Week 13, because the options aren’t great.

Only two teams offer classic advantage teaser options this week, but I’m hesitant to tease the Raiders down under -3 on a road trip out east for a second straight week, even going against the putrid Jets. We dodged a bullet teasing the road Giants last week, and I’m in no hurry to try it again so soon.

I’ve done the legwork of going through all the lines as of Tuesday night and identifying the best teasing opportunities. Below, I’ve ranked all

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Will Eagles fire Doug Pederson? What about Vikings’ Mike Zimmer, Bears’ Matt Nagy, Broncos’ Vic Fangio? NFL Week 13 hot seat rankings

NFL head coaching seats are heating up, now that we’re into Week 13.

Three coaches have already been canned this season: Dan Quinn (Falcons), Bill O’Brien (Texans), and Matt Patricia (Lions).

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So who is next?

Let’s take a look at our latest hot seat rankings, which go from coolest seat to hottest.

8. Mike Zimmer, Vikings (5-6): His job security should hinge on whether the Vikings can rally and make the playoffs. If they can’t (or maybe even if they go one-and-done), he should be a goner. He just took care of business against the Panthers. He closes with Jaguars, Buccaneers, Bears, Saints, Lions. Three very winnable games. And he needs to win them.

Last week’s ranking: 5

7. Vic Fangio, Broncos (4-7): A completely expected loss last week to the Saints,

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New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks picks, predictions NFL Week 13

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The New York Giants  (4-7) and Seattle Seahawks (8-3) face off on Sunday in a Week 13 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these Week 13 NFL picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:05 p.m. Arizona time on Fox.

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CBS Sports: Seahawks a 9-point favorite in the game

John Breech writes: “The Giants have somehow turned into one of the safest bets in the NFL over the past few weeks, going 6-2 ATS in their past eight games (4-4 straight-up). Amazingly, they’ve actually been even better on the road, going 8-1 ATS in their past nine road games (3-6 straight-up).

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins picks, predictions NFL Week 13

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The Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) and Miami Dolphins (7-4) face off on Sunday in a Week 13 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these Week 13 NFL picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 11 a.m. Arizona time on CBS.

MORE: NFL playoff odds: Arizona Cardinals’ postseason chances take hit vs. New England Patriots

CBS Sports: Dolphins an 11.5-point favorite in the game

John Breech writes: “You probably don’t want to bet on an upset in this game and that’s because the Bengals are winless in their last 19 games away from Cincinnati (0-18-1 straight-up). That being said, they have done a good job of covering during that streak, going 11-8 ATS. As for the Dolphins,

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Baltimore Ravens COVID-19 outbreak shows NFL should re-evaluate plans

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Just 20 miles or so from the facility where the Baltimore Ravens sparked a raging COVID-19 outbreak, some of the best epidemiologists, infectious disease experts and public health scholars in the country have spent months offering the best possible guidance to help America beat the pandemic. 

So when you see the Ravens and the NFL postpone their game against Pittsburgh Steelers for a third time to Wednesday after nine straight days of positive tests in their organization, it almost looks like a cross-town rivalry with Johns Hopkins University, where you won’t find a lot of people who think any of this is a good idea. 

“I think it’s insane,” said Kate Grabowski, an epidemiologist and member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics group at

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NFL Week 12 winners, losers: Raiders have costly setback

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We’re at the point in the NFL season when the playoff picture starts to settle and teams who look the part start to separate from the rest of the field.

Week 12 provided some clarity, with AFC East teams like the Bills and Dolphins continuing to stack victories, while upstarts like the Raiders stumbled. In the NFC, the Buccaneers lost a key battle against the Chiefs. Given that the Saints keep piling up victories, Tampa Bay may be relegated to a wild card berth.

Meanwhile, players and coaches are making their cases for individual awards. And although he’s facing stiff competition for Coach of the Year and likely won’t be a serious candidate, the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan deserves a ton of credit for

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How the NFL playoff picture is shaping up in Week 12

The NFL will have more playoff teams this season — 14, to be exact — than ever before, so more fan bases have reason to stay tuned to the postseason race. The battle for the No. 1 seed in each conference also carries added importance because, under the new format, only those teams get first-round byes.



a female football player on a field: Taysom Hill and the Saints did just fine against the Falcons in their first game without Drew Brees. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)


Taysom Hill and the Saints did just fine against the Falcons in their first game without Drew Brees. (Butch Dill/Associated Press)

It’s even possible that the league expands this season’s playoffs beyond 14 teams if the coronavirus pandemic causes a rash of regular season games to be canceled, but for now, we’ll go with that number.

Week 12 itself has expanded by a day, now that a game with playoff implications has been moved to Tuesday after it was twice rescheduled. That’s when the Ravens are set to face the Steelers, provided Baltimore can

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NFL Week 12 – Best Bets Against the Spread From the SI Gambling Team

NFL Best Bets for Week 12

Please note: These are our FREE picks, not our PREMIUM picks which are reserved for MEMBERS only at SI Fantasy PRO. Members receive alert notifications immediately upon pick release.

OFFICIAL VEGAS WHISPERS PICKS DOCUMENTED

YTD: 188-130-2 | MLB: 79-60 | NFL: 52-41-1 | CFB: 19-17 | January-March: 38-12-2 | Casey Olson’s MMA PICKS: 188-79-5 (70% on all released betting plays)

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New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals (+6) | TOTAL: 43

Not having Joe Burrow available for the Bengals is a bummer, but I’m not convinced that it means the offense will die a slow painful death at home vs the Giants.

Cincinnati throws the second most amount of times in the NFL, and with no Joe Mixon, that doesn’t appear likely to change even with Brandon Allen taking over at quarterback. Allen

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NFL Week 12 teaser pick rankings: Packers are the clear top option and seven more teams to consider

We’re back on track with the Teaser of the Week, which moves to 6-4-1 after the Chiefs and Packers managed to cover their teased lines, and we needed the points in both instances with each team failing to cover its normal spread. Not only did we eek out a win there, but our next two potential teaser legs missed (Falcons, Vikings), so hopefully you just stuck with the top of the rankings last week rather than look for a reason not to take the Chiefs or Packers.

There’s one clear option to stick at the top of our rankings, and it’s a team that should be in every teaser this week: the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Co. suffered an overtime loss against a good Colts team last week, and now they square off against a Bears team coming off the bye. Despite having two weeks to prepare for this game,

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