Brian Steinberg, provided by Published 9:45 am PDT, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Photo: John Locher/AP/Shutterstock Photo: John Locher/AP/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: John Locher/AP/Shutterstock Media’s Big Bet: Sports Wagers Will Keep Viewers Watching TV 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Doug Kezirian is surrounded by numbers on his new ESPN program. They aren’t sports scores. If you want home runs, touchdowns or three-pointers, you’ll have to go somewhere else. Each weekday afternoon, Kezirian talks to people like Preston Johnson, a Las Vegas sports handicapper with a master’s in sports psychology and a beard so big it could host its own … [Read more...] about Media’s Big Bet: Sports Wagers Will Keep Viewers Watching TV
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By Dan Gelston Associated Press Published 5:35 AM EDT May 5, 2019 Dover, Del. — NASCAR is making its first big play in the world of expanded legal sports betting, hoping a sports data partnership will lead to gamblers being able to bet during races on much more than just who gets the checkered flag. Genius Sports has become the exclusive provider of NASCAR data to licensed sportsbooks, officials announced Friday. "NASCAR is one of those sports that I think has an enormous opportunity to present an exciting betting product, particularly in-game," said Genius spokesman Chris Dougan. Genius Sports will develop an official NASCAR gambling offering for legal sportsbooks, using NASCAR's official data feed. The exclusive deal lets Genius Sports help books provide up-to-the-minute odds and a slew of traditional wagers and prop bets. More: Michigan International Speedway has big plans for 2019 NASCAR races More: For Josef Newgarden, Detroit Grand Prix is part of 'peak' to … [Read more...] about Data deal could lead to more betting in NASCAR
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:39 PM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Warren Sharp, who runs the esteemed football analytics site SharpFootballStats.com, tweeted out a revealing graphic on Wednesday that compared every NFL team’s annual spending in free agency to the amount of games they won for the seasons 2012-18, against every other team in the league. The biggest budget busters, the Jacksonville Jaguars, exceeded what the average NFL team spent in free agency in six of the last seven seasons, yet won more games than their peers just once, in 2017. Several teams spent far less than average over the course of the study. Neither the Green Bay Packers nor the Pittsburgh Steelers ever came close to crossing the spending mean, yet both are considered among the most stable organizations in football. The New England Patriots, unquestionably the NFL’s best team over the last seven years – and the team the Lions have tried desperately to copy in their latest quest to … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions free agency: Overpaying doesn’t work too much
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Feb 25, 2019 Big dudes running the 40-yard dash in underwear! Little dudes trying to bench press the bejesus out of 225 pounds! And, of course, kickers and punters trying to do anything! Yes, it’s finally here. The NFL scouting combine kicks off Tuesday in Indianapolis, when we get to see the future generation of stars take part in the closest thing sports has to a livestock auction. At this point, is there really much need for the combine? With so many other tools available to NFL teams like pro days and private workouts and official player visits, not to mention each team’s massive scouting department and the ability to watch game film from every snap of every player’s career, I'm starting to think NFL teams need a centralized operation to guide their judgment. When was the last time you heard a team say, “We weren’t going to draft this guy. But man, he was off the charts in the … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL combine predictions: How tall is Kyler Murray?
By David Downey | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: December 14, 2018 at 2:36 pm | UPDATED: December 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm A long-anticipated off-track horse race venue is expected to open in Norco around New Year’s Day, now that it has a license from the California Horse Racing Board. The Derby Room still needs a liquor license, said Casey Zolnier, one of the owners, but that should come in the next week or two. “We should be open right around the first, but we don’t have a set date yet,” Zolnier said. “New Year’s Day would be a safe bet.” Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten said the board voted 4-0 Thursday, Dec. 13, in Los Alamitos to give Lake Elsinore-based California Horse Racing and Sports, LLC the green light to operate a “mini-satellite wagering facility.” Zolnier and his partners are poised to open The Derby Room quickly because they have completed a $500,000 renovation of … [Read more...] about The Derby Room horse-race betting venue gets license, plans to open January in Norco