Joe Maddon: Use ‘Moneyball’ Stats to Teach Math

“I’d like to see fantasy baseball in schools and make it part of math class,” he explained. “If you brought fantasy baseball into school and brought in technology such as Skyping, for example. End of January, beginning of February, I would Skype a classroom here and talk about team construction. Theo Epstein does it a day or two later.

ANALYSIS/OPINION — Baseball’s rock star was in town for the baseball winter meetings, and he stopped by a youth baseball event at Gallaudet University. Kids and adults alike flocked to him, asking for autographs and photos, and hung on his every word.

No, I’m not talking about Bryce Harper, who didn’t have the District in his… [Read more…]

N.J. lawmakers respond to Super Bowl wagers by trying to legalize sports betting

WASHINGTON — In advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl, when an estimated $4.7 billion will be wagered, Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Frank Pallone Jr. introduced legislation Wednesday to let New Jersey offer legal sports betting. The lawmakers, as they did two years ago, offered different measures to achieve the goal that the state sought since its 2011… [Read more…]

Will Odds of N.J. Sports Wagering Increase Under President Trump?

WASHINGTON — The head of the casino industry’s trade association expressed optimism that incoming President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers will act to allow states to legalize sports betting.  The inauguration of the new president is this Friday.

During the campaign, Trump expressed support for legalized sports betting.

“I’m OK with it because it’s happening anyway,” Trump told Fox Sports in November 2015. “Whether you have it or you don’t have it, you have it.”

An estimated $150 billion a year is bet illegally on sports, according to the gaming association.

“We are entering a perfect storm,” said Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive of the Washington-based American Gaming Association, claims Caesars Entertainment and Borgata owner MGM… [Read more…]

Atlantic City’s Darkest Days May Be in the Past

racino slots machineOptimism from top casino executive

WASHINGTON — The chief executive officer of Borgata owner MGM Resorts International said he expects Atlantic City to stop hemorrhaging casinos and begin traveling on the road to recovery. “Atlantic City’s darker days are behind it,” MGM CEO Jim Murren said at a National Press Club luncheon Friday. “We’re going to see gradual improvement.” Atlantic City… [Read more…]

How to Find the Best Online Sports Books

Guest Post

Fans have always seen sports betting as a way of becoming more engaged with their favorite teams or sports. The online sports book, however, has broadened players’ options and horizons significantly, and now an entire global sports market is open to players, wherever they are in the world. Many traditional forms of betting on sports, whether it be on-course, at a bricks and mortar bookmaker, or even on the phone, have largely been superseded by the online sports book.

There are any number of reasons as to the rapid increase in popularity of online sports betting. Firstly, for those who take their sports seriously, it’s a chance to put your knowledge to the test and gives you the opportunity to make informed choices before making a wager, by studying records, form, recent results, etc., through the information provided by websites like SkySports. Having up-to-date news and stats from sports and leagues around the world means that no matter where you are, you can keep in the loop about what’s happening with your favorite teams and stars.

The range of bets on offer on all types of sporting events is also one of the great appeals of online sports betting. Single-event betting and parlay (or multi) bets are generally the most popular markets, but there are always plenty of prop and exotic bets on offer at the best sports books, like this site – so you can wager on whole season events, like who will be the champion, right down to in-game events such as who will be the first scorer or who will be ahead at half time.

However, you don’t have to follow a sport intimately to be able to enjoy betting on it. When the big international events roll around, like the Super Bowl, the FIFA World Cup, US Open Tennis or the World Series, even the casual fan can find enough background data and stats online, on ESPN for example, to be able to place a bet without feeling as though they’re completely in the dark. The abundance of advice and guidance on these major events means you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy getting involved.

People who are new to online betting might naturally feel a little apprehensive about signing up for a sports book, but if you choose wisely, you should have no issues with security, privacy and fairness. However, if you’re not certain about how to find the best sports book, there are a number of good review sites that give you background on how online sports betting agencies are operated and what you can expect from them (follow the link to find out more). Using a review portal before you commit will give you some peace of mind that you’re betting with a well-regulated, reputable brand, as well as information on how to go about setting up an account and the sorts of special offers that are available to new players. These Welcome Bonuses provide great value and the chance to make free bets or receive a cash bonus when you set up an account, so do your research to find out which sites will give you the best value.

For the enthusiastic punter, another advantage to online sports betting is that the biggest operators will often also run online casinos or poker rooms as well, and with these it is always easy to sync your accounts, so you can play poker, slots or bet on NFL, NBA or MLB matches all from the one playing account.

Whatever your interests, whether it’s racing, sports, poker or casino games, the online betting world is growing all the time, and is full of great opportunities if you know where to look.

No Sports Betting in New Jersey

Baseball and bat_promo_smaller WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out New Jersey’s sports betting law, once again blocking the state from expanding its gambling options to augment Atlantic City and the horse-racing industry. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that the state’s law violated a 1992 federal ban on sports betting, the Associated… [Read more…]

Fantasy Sports (DSF) Draws Attention in Alabama

So, where’s the campaign money going?

By Art Parker

Commentary

In a state that usually pits politicians against citizen’s choice, the State of Alabama is considering legislation that will legalize, regulate and tax fantasy football. Republicans have presented like bills in both the Alabama Senate and the Alabama House this month.

Alabama Seal State Representative Tim Wadsworth said on Facebook, “HB56 Fantasy Contests bill is back up for debate. Original bill gives blanket approval of fantasy games even if gambling. Amendment of bill makes any fantasy games subject to gambling laws. The motion to lay amendment on table passes. There was a motion to revote which passed. Then a motion to amend to add registration fee failed. A motion to revote and amend fee failed.” Wadsworth said, “The bill is a protection bill for fantasy operators. Bill does not regulate.”

According to the Alabama Political Reporter either HB56 or SB 114, if passed by the legislature, would require any firm wishing to operate a fantasy business to pay $25,000 to the state for the first year operating license and pay seven percent of their profits. Firms operating without a license would be subject to additional fines and penalties.

Some legislators have said they fear that the legislation, which would legalize “games of skill” versus “games of chance,” would open up gambling in the state.

Has Alabama ever had gambling? You bet.

Alabama has had pari-mutuel wagering since the early 70s, which originally began with greyhound racing-a business that once flourished in the state. Thoroughbred racing came on the scene in 1987 with the opening of the Birmingham Turf Club. Poor management forced the closing of the track after the first season. After being owned by other parties the Birmingham facility was eventually purchased by Milton McGregor, the owner of the state’s most successful greyhound track named VictoryLand. Birmingham ran mixed greyhound and thoroughbred meets for four seasons but then dropped thoroughbred racing. VictoryLand is located about twenty miles from the state capitol of Montgomery.

Around the turn of the century the Poarch Creek Indian tribe (PCI) opened up casino operations in two parts of the state with locations near the Florida line and two facilities less than ten miles from Montgomery. Over the years PCI has freely operated electronic bingo machines without government interference and without paying taxes to the state.

VictoryLand initially benefited from a constitutional amendment that allowed it to offer the same electronic games as PCI. The injection of taxable revenue into VictoryLand helped prop up its greyhound track – for a while.

But in the last five years Alabama’s political corruption has escalated to the point where the state will rival or surpass any other state in the nation. McGregor had been a political contributor to both parties in the past but was known for supporting democrats more than republicans. McGregor paid the price when former republican Governor Bob Riley, one that was not a beneficiary of McGregor campaign contributions, illegally raided VictoryLand before leaving office claiming that the track’s machines were illegal. Oddly, the same machines were being used by PCI at its locations at the same time.

VictoryLand re-opened after Riley left office believing it was on solid ground. But republican Attorney General Luther Strange illegally raided VictoryLand and confiscated cash and electronic bingo machines in the process-identical machines were being used at PCI locations when the raids took place as later proved in court proceedings. Strange has not been a beneficiary of McGregor campaign contributions. After many legal fights a state judge ruled against Strange on all legal points with most of his ruling pinpointing the Attorney General’s clear disrespect for the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In his order the judge said Strange “cherry picked” against VictoryLand by not enforcing laws equally in the state. Strange has appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court where every seat is held by republican judges led by Chief Justice Roy Moore, who landed national attention as the “Ten Commandments” judge.

The passage of the Alabama legislation is in doubt. The republicans hold a super majority and rule every inch of the State House. The people of Alabama have greatly softened their positions on gambling in the last few years, but the most notable softening has come within the ranks of republican voters. Those who voted republican have been polled and polled again. The number in favor of a lottery is above 70% and the number in favor of casino gambling is near 60%. Alabama has suffered greatly with its primitive attitude and the people have seen mountains of tax revenue leave the state to lotteries and casino locations that surround Alabama. And while the tax revenue leaves the state the Indian casinos operate inside the state and pay no taxes.

Why is this the case in Alabama? As it is often said, “It’s not what is good for the state or what the voters want. What counts is where the campaign money is going.” If the fantasy sports deal doesn’t pass it probably means that the destination of any related campaign contributions is yet to be decided.

 

-Art Parker is a regular contributor to agameofskill.com and the author of Keeneland Winning Trainers, which is published twice per year. He is the Managing Editor of The Montgomery Independent, a newspaper in Montgomery, Alabama.  The above commentary is his opinion on what is happening in his home state regarding DSF.

New Jersey’s Final Attempt to Legalize Sports Betting?

DSF player PHILADELPHIA — In what could be New Jersey’s last court battle to legalize sports betting, a dozen federal appeals judges Wednesday grilled attorneys for the state about the effort to allow Garden State casinos and racetracks to offer wagering on sports games. The oral arguments before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals capped New Jersey’s… [Read more…]

Big Game 50 Analysis from Ed Meyer

Big Game Analysis 2016 Successful handicapper and horse racing professional Ed Meyer has the tale of the tape for this Sunday’s classic Super Bowl match-up.  Ed has been following and wagering on the NFL all season long and he knows these two teams inside and out. Get his ATS and Over/Under predictions.

The 50th edition of the “Big Game” has the (14-4) Denver Broncos battling the (17-1) Carolina Panthers.  Levi Stadium is an open air venue that seats 75,000.     The latest weather forecast is for highs in the low  70’s during the day, and the low may reach 46 degrees by game time. There is no rain in the forecast.    The stadium is located in Santa Clara, California and is home to the San Francisco 49ers.  The Denver Broncos are (4-1) straight up in the last five games, and the total has gone UNDER five of the last seven games.    Carolina is (7-1) in their last eight games away from home, and they are (17-1) straight up this season.  The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games for the Panthers.    Currently the odds are hovering at Carolina  -5 ½ and the O/U is holding at 45.

 

The Broncos have been an electric team to watch this season, and they are plain nasty as underdogs going (5-1) SU and 5-0-1 ATS.    The favored team has lost four straight Super Bowls, and has only covered three from the last 14 ATS.    If you…  click here for Ed’s expert analysis and predictions.

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Sports Betting Case To Go Before U.S. Appeals Court Again

Sports betting TRENTON — New Jersey’s years-long battle to legalize sports betting will get another day in court — and experts say the outlook for the state is suddenly a positive one. Nearly two months after a three-judge U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected the state’s latest bid to legalize sports wagering at casinos and racetracks,… [Read more…]