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Friday, May 10, 2019

Baseball broadcasts might feature in-game sports betting much sooner than you think

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning and the New York Mets are clinging to the thinnest of leads. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Edwin Diaz has loaded the bases. With the game on the line, he readies for the next pitch. As he gets into his windup, a graphic pops up in the middle of your television screen.

“Will Edwin Diaz throw a strike on this pitch? Yes: -120. No: +100.”

A second after Diaz throws the pitch — a strike — another graphic pops up.

“How will this at-bat end? Out: 2/1. Strikeout: 5/1. Single 8/1. Home run 14/1.”

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is kicking himself….

 

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, broadcasts, gambling

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Minor League Baseball worried low pay will increase chance of gambling scandal

Major League Baseball’s partnership with MGM Resorts could have drastic — and potentially unforeseen — implications on Minor League Baseball. President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner didn’t want to use the term “scandal,” but expressed concern over the impact gambling on games could have in the minors.

O’Conner told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald the low pay of minor leaguers makes it far more likely they’ll be successful targets for corruption.

“Without safeguards, I would say it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ at some level,” said O’Conner about a baseball-betting transgression occurring. “Now, it may be local and small enough that it never rises to the level of a ‘scandal’ but think about this: You’re in A-ball, and you got a nice bonus but you’re making $2,000 a month, and a guy comes to you and says, ‘Hey kid, just the first pitch — throw the first pitch outside, that’s all you need to do. You’re going to throw a hundred more pitches before the night’s out, just make sure the first one’s outside.’

Sadly, if the NBA means anything, there’s a good chance that major matches will be fixed and that no one will give a care….

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, gambling, milb, minor leaguers

Monday, March 11, 2019

Banjo Hitter: PECOTA vs. Vegas 2019 - Baseball Prospectus

Pecota vs. Bovada.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2019 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Betting on baseball has finally outgrown Pete Rose

Not even halfway into his argument against Major League Baseball striking a deal with MGM Resorts on a gambling partnership, it sounds like Pete Rose is already thinking of ways to game the system.

“You’re telling me the managers have to submit their lineups to the league office so the casino can set the lines on the games?” Rose told the New York Daily News. “What happens if right before game time your starting pitcher has a cramp and has to be scratched? Is the manager gonna get blamed for that ... for screwing up the line?”

The more baseball embraces gambling, the more we’re going to hear from Pete Rose. Never mind that Rose spends a large chunk of his time signing autographs in Las Vegas just a walk away from any sportsbook, for a certain generations of fans he’ll be on the forefront of their minds every time they place a bet from their phones and walk into a ballpark. It’s a short-term side effect to MLB’s long-term plan to grow the game.

Pete Rose acting like a perpetual sociopath and reprobate? What are the odds?

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 05:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, las vegas, pete rose

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Baseball Cop - Eddie Dominquez exposes trafficking, theft, fraud, and gambling in the major leagues

“Details the shocking revelations [Dominguez] discovered as a Resident Security Agent for the Red Sox and as a member of baseball’s Department of Investigations—gambling, age and identity fraud, human trafficking, doping, domestic violence and disturbing cover-ups at the top of baseball’s hierarchy.”―New York Daily News


Lineups will go to commissioner’s office first before being made public

Peter Gammons reports that, per MLB’s gambling deal with MGM Resorts International, each team’s lineup will first have to go to the commissioner’s office rather than the team’s own public relations office or to the media. MLB and MGM announced a partnership back in November. This development is presumably so MGM can set lines before everyone else gets access to the lineups. In the past, lineups have typically been posted a few hours before game time and sent out on social media by beat writers and/or the team.

According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, lineups must be submitted to MLB for review at least 15 minutes before being released to the press and public. The league is citing integrity as the reasoning for that. In a statement, the league said, “We are updating a number of our procedures to reduce integrity risks associated with the expansion of sports betting in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last May. One new procedure is that we now ask clubs to submit starting lineups in a uniform fashion in order to reduce the risk of confidential information being ‘tipped.’”

This reeks of a disaster in the making, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner's office, gambling, lineups

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

NGC declines MLB’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has declined Major League Baseball’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games.

The league had recently submitted a written request to the NGC asking that spring training games be taken off the board at the state’s regulated sportsbooks.

In declining MLB’s request, the NGC wrote, “Based on our history and experience in regulating sports wagering, we are not inclined to prohibit our licensed sports books from taking wagers on MLB Spring Training games. We have a common goal to combat sports bribery and maintain the integrity of your sport, and are available to discuss ways we can work together in this effort.”

Major League Baseball said spring training games carried “heightened integrity risks,” in part because players are not expected to give maximum effort, and that the expansion of sports betting beyond Nevada exacerbates that risk.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2019 at 01:10 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

US sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting

Jumping to the section of most direct relevance to baseball:

The NBA, MLB and golf’s PGA Tour began lobbying individual states for direct payments, an idea widely known among legislators and lobbyists as an “integrity fee” but that the leagues prefer to call a royalty. The leagues say they deserve to be reimbursed for costs to make sure their games are free from scandal and manipulation. They also feel that outside companies making money from games should share profits with those organizing the sports.

“It obviously helps the leagues in providing compensation to us for our product,” said Bryan Seeley, a senior vice president of Major League Baseball. “It also helps defray the costs for us for integrity and regulatory costs.”

Those costs include hiring additional people to monitor games and betting activity, training players, referees and other league employees on integrity measures, developing special software and hiring outside consultants, said Dan Spillane, an NBA senior vice president. But neither of those leagues would quantify exactly how much integrity measures are costing them or how much is new spending, given that illegal sports betting has been popular in America for a long time and other countries offer legal wagering on their games.

Some of us consider “integrity fees” and “collecting money from gamblers” to be contradictory by definition, but it seems that this is not an era when we will be listened to.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2019 at 05:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, gambling, integrity fee

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Move over Red Sox: Astros the best team in baseball in 2019, according to one oddsmaker

The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series in 2018, but the Houston Astros will be better in 2019. If you have a problem with that statement, take it up with the oddsmakers.

Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas believes the Astros will win the most games during the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Yes, that’s right, it’s barely January and MLB win totals have already been released.

Is this really the sort of thing we want an organization so closely tied to MLB management to be releasing?

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Why gambling used to scare baseball and why it doesn’t anymore

In 2013, Selig gave sworn testimony about the Lovecraftian horrors that would emerge from gambling’s depths to consume baseball.

In 2018, his replacement waxed poetic about just how snugly the sport and gambling fit together.

This is how baseball stopped worrying and learned to love the casino.

Interesting read on the optics of gambling, and how technology plays in.

Greg Pope Posted: December 13, 2018 at 07:51 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Thursday, November 29, 2018

No, MLB partnering with MGM Resorts does not somehow vindicate Pete Rose

Yesterday I wrote about how Major League Baseball and MGM Resorts have become business partners, with the latter being “the official gaming partner” of MLB.

While some people’s response to that has been about what the partnership means on a practical level, the overwhelming response has been “BUT WHAT ABOUT PETE ROSE?!!!! HOW CAN MLB KEEP HIM BANNED?!! HYPOCRITES!” For a sampling of that go here and here and here and here and here and here and here and then take my word for it when I say that that sentiment was repeated a MILLION times yesterday and into today. Even people who, you’d think anyway, would know the significance of a sponsorship deal are trafficking in this stuff.

Claiming there is some connection between these two things is dumb, people. Don’t be dumb. Because being dumb is dumb.

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, gambling, pete rose, twitter

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

MLB officially gets into the gambling business and now thinks its slow pace is a selling point

The biggest revelation in baseball Tuesday wasn’t that Major League Baseball was partnering with MGM to officially get into the gambling business — that was only a matter of time since the Supreme Court decision in May that opened the doors to legalize sports betting.

The biggest revelation in baseball came during the announcement of the MLB-MGM deal and it was this: Pace-of-play isn’t that bad after all.

Yes, you read that right. Baseball’s slow pace is being propped up as a good thing after years of hearing about how it’s ruining baseball and years of developing new rules aimed at fixing it. It goes to show, when sports gambling becomes legal, anything can change.

It isn’t every day when MLB runs with two different bad ideas at the same time….

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, mgm, mlb, pace of play

 

 

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