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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 03, 2020 at 02:15 PM (#5974272)
An increasing number of sports fans players & their friends/family 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.
Fixed to address inevitable result.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 03, 2020 at 02:26 PM (#5974281)
No Calvinball rule change from Rob Manfred is pushing me away from baseball fandom faster than MLB getting in bed with bookmaking rackets. Baseball deserves better, not bettors.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: September 03, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5974282)
What could possibly go wrong?
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 03, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5974287)
What could possibly go wrong?

BBC: Does Football Have a Gambling Problem?

In a study of almost 350 footballers and cricketers conducted by the Professional Players’ Federation (PPF), results suggested sportspeople were three times more likely than the general public to be problem gamblers. One in 10 sportsmen interviewed by the PPF said they gambled to "fit in", one in four said they were encouraged by team-mates to do it, and nearly one in three thought their team's links with the gambling industry "encouraged" them to bet.

Scott Davies, an ex-professional footballer who estimates he lost more than £200,000 to gambling over the course of his career, told us about how he used to bet against his own team at half time. "I’d come into the changing room, take my phone out of my tracksuit bottoms, and, as soon as the the manager had finished his team talk, I’d put it down my shorts and go sit in a cubicle to put bets on the second half," he explained.

In April 2017, Joey Barton, then playing for Burnley, was suspended from football for 18 months, for placing 1,260 bets on matches between 2006 and 2016.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 03, 2020 at 02:48 PM (#5974289)
Yuck. I'm with Mr. Horse on this one.
   6. Zonk Would Do Not Much Different Posted: September 03, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5974309)
Yuck.

Does this mean I need an account to put a buck in the cup in the bleachers?

   7. Zonk Would Do Not Much Different Posted: September 03, 2020 at 03:31 PM (#5974310)
   8. Rally Posted: September 03, 2020 at 03:40 PM (#5974313)
Cubs are only behind the White Sox by a century on this one.
   9. Zonk Would Do Not Much Different Posted: September 03, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5974336)
Maybe it's because I'm not a big sports gambler in general, IDK... I do love playing rotisserie league - and I like having a little cash on the league - but other than a brief period in HS*, I don't I've actually placed more than three or four sports wagers in my life. I do enjoy table games a bit, but generally, I just use the sports book at a place to sit, have a drink, and not be losing money.

*My HS gambling foray is a sad one... The stepdad of my best friend in HS was a bit of a degenerate gambler and one fall, he started giving us parlay cards to play, give him a few bucks, and he'd place the bets for us whatever pool hall or bar he got them from. I'd bet like 10 bucks on CFB games and make stratospheric high odds picks. The 3rd week I played - I actually hit 7 out of 7 games. Sheer luck, of course, but the payout was 90-1. All Saturday night, I was on cloud 9 thinking about 900 bucks. My buddy called me with a "holy ####\", etc and told me to come over for dinner Sunday.

So, I head over for dinner the next day and it's all weird... and his stepdad hands me a hundred dollar bill mumbling a lot of doublespeak. My first instinct was obviously a whole lot of WTF, but I could see my buddy was about as miserable as a person can be, so I just mumbled thanks back.

That was the last parlay card we played and we never spoke of it afterwards.



   10. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: September 03, 2020 at 05:50 PM (#5974348)
Why the opposition to the mere presence of kiosks? Is it simply the slippery slope argument? I understand not wanting to be inundated with ads for gambling (and that this isn't exactly going to slow down that trend), but if you don't want to gamble, don't gamble. It's easy enough. I say that as a professional degenerate gambler who has managed to go my whole life without placing more than a few sports bets.
   11. The Duke Posted: September 03, 2020 at 05:56 PM (#5974350)
The end of baseball as we know it
   12. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: September 03, 2020 at 06:03 PM (#5974353)
Obviously. The better question is can civilization withstand the introduction of these betting kiosks?
   13. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 03, 2020 at 09:08 PM (#5974409)
Why the opposition to the mere presence of kiosks?


Because we love baseball, and the association with gambling cheapens it. It's the same reason we're against spiderman bases and zombie runners.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: September 04, 2020 at 04:07 AM (#5974472)
It's a shame Harry didn't live to see this.
   15. winnipegwhip Posted: September 04, 2020 at 09:22 AM (#5974484)
It's a shame Harry didn't live to see this.


Hi fans, Harry Carry back here at Wrigley Field and we are going into the top of the 7th of a 3-3 tie between the Reds and the Cubs. Up for the Reds are Bo Diaz, Ron Oyster, and the pitcher, Tom Browning. It will be interesting to see what Pete Rose does here with Browning here in the 7th.

Steve Stone: "Myron Swanson from Northwestern Pontiac Buick is at the ballpark today enjoying the game with some friends."

Harry: "I wonder what Pete Rose is going to do. Artie just told me that Tommy Helms is running the team from the dugout. Pete isn't there? Was he ejected? I didn't see anything between Pete and Ed Runge in the sixth Steve?

Steve: "I think Pete just had to run up to the concourse to take care of some business Harry. Don't forget folks when it comes time to place a wager on the game be sure to use Wrigley's own book making operation. It's in the ballpark and it is safer than your neighborhood bookmaker. All proceeds go to a good cause. Use the wagering operation that over 90% of the MLB players and their families use when they come to Chicago! Use the Cubs own, "Living the Life of Leo Betting House."
   16. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5974496)
Up for the Reds are Bo Diaz, Ron Oyster, and the pitcher, Tom Browning.

What odds can I get that one of these three will die in the process of stealing cable TV?
   17. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5974497)
Perfect timing. 100 years ago today, Cubs president Bill Veeck Sr. was investigating allegations that his team threw a game.
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 12:28 PM (#5974511)
Why the opposition to the mere presence of kiosks?


Apart from the social costs of gambling, one of the things that attracts me (and many others) to baseball and other sports is that is an arena of competition where two teams are doing their best to beat the other in some form of contest. Victory is the goal, but beyond that, the joy of an activity in which both teams are trying their hardest to achieve a common objective.

Gambling distorts that, and the greater the presence of gambling, the more it is distorted. You can see this even in fantasy sports, where many spectators don't care which team wins, as long as their fantasy players do well. That attitude is infectious. It leads to perverse incentives -- you won, but not by more than the spread, so you're a bum, and so on. The effects on the sport are always and can only be negative.
   19. Rally Posted: September 04, 2020 at 12:55 PM (#5974516)
Like the day Brian Westbrook refused to score a TD, instead going down and then letting the clock run out. His team won the game. My fantasy team lost, and those 6 points would have put us over.
   20. Walt Davis Posted: September 05, 2020 at 05:19 AM (#5974658)
Hey Cub fans! Be sure to stop by the Carmen FanZone, it's fun for the whole family! Plenty of games and activities for the kids, Mom can have a nice coffee while she watches them and Dad can wander off to catch the 6th race at Arlington while laying down an extra $100 on who the lame guest conductor will be.
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 05, 2020 at 10:43 AM (#5974665)
Hey Cub fans! Be sure to stop by the Carmen FanZone,
Heh. How long has you been waiting to finally use that one? It works well though.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: September 05, 2020 at 07:13 PM (#5974696)
How long has you been waiting to finally use that one?

Nearly 50 years now. :-)

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