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Friday, September 04, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2020

Rock Island Argus, September 4, 1920:

Betting Scandal on Cubs

President William Veeck of the Chicago National League baseball team, began investigation of charges made [in Chicago] today that the Cubs had deliberately lost last Tuesday’s game, which Philadelphia won, 3 to 0, and that professional gamblers “cleaned up” in a batting coup as a result. Mr. Veeck said he had no evidence to either prove or disprove the charges, but would make every effort to sift the matter.
The basis of the charged made in connection with Tuesday’s game is that Detroit, Boston, Cincinnati and Chicago gamblers are said to have placed $50,000 on Philadelphia, forcing the odds on Tuesday’s game from 2 to 1 on the Cubs to 6 to 5 on the Phillies. A few minutes before the game was called, Manager Fred Mitchell ordered Alexander to pitch, although it was not his ordinary turn. Mitchell is quoted as explaining that he sent in his star twirler “because I wanted to win that game badly.”

Yikes. That’s certainly suspicious. Thankfully, Chicago fans still have the White Sox if they want to watch a baseball club that’s unsullied by corruption.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gambling, history

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Cubs announce plans for sportsbook at Wrigley Field

A retail sportsbook, complete with betting windows and self-serve kiosks, is in the works at one of baseball’s most iconic venues, Wrigley Field.

On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs announced a multiyear partnership with DraftKings that includes plans for putting a sportsbook at Wrigley Field or in the Wrigleyville area outside of the park.

The Cubs are the first Major League Baseball franchise to commit to opening a retail sportsbook on their stadium premises.

“An increasing number of sports fans want to integrate sports betting into their game experience, and we’re excited to be one of the first to engage in developing a retail sportsbook at a professional sports venue,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a release announcing the deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2020 at 01:47 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Thursday, July 09, 2020

MLB Owners Will Look For Ways To Recover Millions In Lost Revenue

First, expansion would bring a minimum of $1 billion to be split among the existing owners. That would be the floor of what expansion owners would have to pay to become members of one of the most private clubs in the world. After all, there are currently only 30 team membership groups owning major league franchises.

Secondly, expansion would offer the opportunity to balance baseball’s two leagues to an even number of 16 teams per league. That would make scheduling and travel easier….

Baseball will no longer be shy or reticent about partnerships with legalized gambling. More and more states are permitting sports wagering through both online and in-person methods. Casinos abound and are thriving. Betting sites can be easily found and easily navigated on the internet.

The net result of the gambling explosion has not escaped the world of professional sports.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2020 at 02:20 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, gambling

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Tigers are first MLB team with official gaming partner

The Detroit Tigers announced a multi-year partnership with the sportsbook PointsBet on Thursday, becoming the first MLB team to sign on with an official gaming partner.

Michigan legalized sports betting in 2019 and this deal begins with the 2020 Tigers season.

“We are thrilled to welcome PointsBet as a gaming partner of the Detroit Tigers,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “Our incredible fans will love the unique experiences and innovative offerings that PointsBet’s personalized platform provides. We look forward to the fan-friendly enhancements this will bring to the game-day experience in and around Comerica Park for years to come.”

Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says his company offers “the most betting options in the world on MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to inject a unique and robust betting proposition into the great state of Michigan.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:46 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-25-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 25, 1920:

John A. Heydler, president of the National League, [last night] challenged Lee Magee, former Cincinnati and Chicago National League player, to explode his “biggest bomb in baseball history.”

Magee announced in Cincinnati [two days ago] that he would give out the charges on which the National League bases its action in barring him from its circuit. He added he would “show up some people for tricks turned ever since 1906, and there will be merry music in the baseball world.”
[Heydler writes in a letter to Magee’s attorney:] “No charges are pending in this office by or against Mr. Lee Magee. If I understand the position taken by him in this interview he insists that charges have been made against him by someone, that they have to do with gambling, and that he will expose himself and drag others into the matter with him. If there are any others implicated in the batters to which Mr. Magee seems anxious to plead guilty, the more quickly he names them and gives proof of their complicity with him or others, the better it will be for baseball.”

Magee: “I’ll do it! I’ll name names!”
Heydler: “Okay.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 25, 2020 at 10:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gambling, history



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