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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Benny Kauff, baseball’s flashiest trash talker

Kauff was sent to the Giants farm club in Toronto, with the expectation that they would bring him back in 1921, likely when everything blew over, but the case was still not solved by the end of the season. With rumors of other fixes swirling around baseball in the wake of the Black Sox scandal, Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis certainly didn’t like this new wrinkle. He blamed Kauff for the delay in the case—though how this was his fault is still unclear—and he was suspended at the start of the 1921 season pending the results of his court case.

When the case finally wrapped up in May, the jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding Kauff not guilty. Now, you would think that meant Kauff could return to the sport, but Landis disagreed. He didn’t like the company that Kauff kept and thought that Kauff’s presence in a big league lineup would “inevitably burden patrons of the game with grave apprehension as to its integrity.”

That was it: Kauff and his hyperbolic quotes were banned from baseball. Kauff wanted to get back into the game, even countersuing Landis to plead his case. No amount of lawsuits or begging could get Landis to change his mind. Kauff was out at the age of 30 years old.

He hung around the game that didn’t want him, though. Kauff remained a scout for the next 22 years before finally, and perhaps fittingly given his outlandish outfits, becoming a clothing salesman. We’ll always have to wonder what may have come of the “Ty Cobb of the Federal League,” though.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2021 at 10:38 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Why I can’t wrap my head around baseball’s embrace of sports betting

“Go big on baseball this season,” DraftKings spokeswoman Jessie Coffield urged. “Bet $1 on your team. Win $100 if they get a hit. One hit. One hundred dollars.”

Bet on your team, I thought, as the Tigers returned to the field. But — isn’t that what earned Pete Rose a lifetime ban from baseball in the 1980s? And weren’t eight members of the Chicago White Sox banished for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series at the behest of bribe-dangling gamblers?

Though Rose proclaimed his innocence for years, he finally admitted in 2004 that he gambled on games as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, including those involving his own team. But he insisted that he only bet on the Reds to win.

The Black Sox, as they were nicknamed, were accused of having colluded with gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein. The players were found not guilty in court, but were kicked out of baseball anyway.

In 1927, Major League Baseball enacted Rule 21(d), which says that any player, umpire, club official or employee who bets on any baseball game unrelated to their performance “shall be declared ineligible for one year.” If they bet on a game in which they are involved, they are “declared permanently ineligible.”

Even though baseball spent decades seeming to abhor the very idea that anyone would bet on games, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been inching toward an association between baseball and betting for years.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2021 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Covid hit prompts Japan to rethink rules on sports gambling

Japan’s government has begun internal discussions to legalise gambling on football and baseball in a move that would create a combined sports betting market estimated at more than $65bn a year.

The secret discussions, which were described to the Financial Times by two people with direct knowledge of the situation, means that betting on Nippon Professional League baseball could be deregulated as soon as 2024.

Fuller deregulation of betting on football’s top-tier J-League, which is already partially legalised through a pools-style lottery system, could come in the same year.

The discussions break a longstanding taboo against opening up opportunities for the Japanese public to bet freely on the nation’s two most popular sports.

While political sensitivity around sports betting remains high, people familiar with the talks said that resistance to the idea had been significantly lowered by Covid-19 and the economic damage it had caused to professional sport.

In the first six months of 2020, the Japanese professional sports industry suffered a loss of $2.5bn owing to the cancellation of games and absence of spectators, according to an estimate by Kansai University.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 11:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, japanese baseball

Friday, March 19, 2021

MLB Authorizes Bally’s as a Sports Betting Partner

MLB has agreed to a sports betting partnership with casino and racetrack operator Bally’s Corporation, which previously struck deals with the NHL and NBA over the past two months.

The agreement grants Bally’s the title of Authorized Gaming Operator for the league, as well as use of MLB team branding and data for the creation of sports betting products. Bally’s will create and showcase MLB content during game broadcasts from 19 regional sports networks throughout the season, which begins April 1.

Additionally, MLB and Bally’s will implement procedures to ensure the integrity of league games. Gaming is an outlet for MLB to connect with a younger audience, as showcased by the league’s free-to-play Rally prediction app having a median user age of 33.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 19, 2021 at 05:02 PM | 52 comment(s)
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