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With Major League Baseball descending upon Los Angeles for this year’s All-Star Game, two of the game’s biggest attractions, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, will likely appear in baseball’s spotlight for the last time this season. That’s because the Angels’ dynamic duo are so far out of the playoff race, those around the league expect LA’s second team to be sellers at the trading deadline before they disappear for the rest of the 2022 season. Since the exploits of their two stars have earned them a sub .500 record so far, could the trade market be the last, best place Ohtani and Trout offer the Los Angeles Angels any value this season?

If you just follow Major League Baseball on social media, it might be easy to conceive that the Los Angeles Angels are one of baseball’s best teams. After all, their Japanese starting pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani seems to set records every time he takes the field while center fielder Mike Trout continues to march towards Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, for Halo fans, while the Angels lead the Majors in highlights, they are far behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and haven’t seen a .500 since suffering a 14-game losing streak earlier this season, a stretch that saw manager Joe Maddon fired by the franchise.

The result is having this question now start to be asked: Should the Angels trade Ohtani or Trout this year?

Any trade of Mike Trout by the Los Angeles Angels would also need to include money to offset the $34.5 Million the 30-year-old is due every season until 2030 when his current contract runs out. It is difficult to imagine a franchise would pay another team to let Trout play for them during his prime, but that money would be the only way any team would consider giving up any of their top prospects. As we know, however, prospects are like lottery tickets, with few, if any, expected to win, which would leave the Angels worse off than they are now with Trout in their lineup. There would also be the public relations hit the franchise would suffer from trading the perennial MVP candidate since Angels fans might cash out on the team and stop showing up to the ballpark. The thought of trading Shohei Ohtani does, from two standpoints, make a lot more sense.

  1.  He is on a much cheaper contract than Trout, making only $5.5 million this season.
  2. The Los Angeles Angels have serious issues with their payroll.

Ohtani is under team control for the 2023 season and, at worse, would settle an arbitration case before playing next year very motivated since he would be a free agent prior to the 2024 season.The Angels would be able to market one of the best two-way players in MLB history and let his new team battle with Ohtani on if they would use him solely as a starter or a DH; something that was never up for discussion in Los Angeles since Ohtani knows that he is how he will land his mega contract in 18 months. The question would be if Ohtani would be happy with his next team since he eliminated so many franchises because he wanted to be on the West Coast where the Japanese population is larger … so much so that the New York Yankees were never granted an audience when Ohtani was considering his options.

With $72.5 Million promised to Trout and former Washington National 3B Anthony Rendon every season from 2023 to 2026, could it be the Angels can’t afford Shohei Ohtani and NEED to trade him for younger, cheaper talent to fill out their struggling roster? Or will they really have three players earning a combined $100+ million come 2024, turning their “Big Three” into an NBA-style roster and doing what they are doing this season, which is going nowhere fast in the standings because their financial resources are tapped out by a trio of players?

If you can’t win with Shohei Ohtani setting records and you can’t afford to pay him and still be a winner, then the only value Ohtani has for the Los Angeles Angels is on the trade market. So either before August 2nd this season or during the offseason, the franchise needs to make that cold, hard decision and accept the fact that they should trade him, get as much as they can, and move on. Because with all the highlights reels he has on social media, Shohei Ohtani, at age 29, is going to command a free agent contract the likes of which few players can dream of.

 


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Just miles away from where children were killed and hours after a gunman opened fired at a 4th of July parade, the Dallas Cowboys announced they have a new sponsorship deal with a coffee company. The deal, which was announced Tuesday, drew some strong feedback because of the company’s name and the name of some of their products. Considering their less-than-ideal timing and the events of the past few weeks, should the Dallas Cowboys rethink, or even cancel their new sponsorship deal? Let’s take a look at why people are so upset.  

The Dallas Cowboys may have closed the roof to AT&T Stadium for the summer … otherwise it might be difficult to explain how, or why the franchise announced on Tuesday they have signed a sponsorship deal with the Black Rifle Coffee Company.  The coffee company, which can be found online and sold on Amazon, uses the catchphrase “The Taste of Freedom is Here,” is a veteran-owned business located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their blends of coffee include names such as “Freedom Fuel,” “Murdered Out,” “AK Expresso,” “Silencer Smooth,” among others that not only promote their brands of coffee, but the company’s pro-gun ownership views.

Tuesday saw the Dallas Cowboys under attack from people who questioned the timing of the partnership as well as the team’s need to work with a company that held such political views. Not backing down to the outrage or the pressure to end the deal, the franchise, owned by Jerry Jones, announced a joint promotional contest where the winner would receive two tickets to a Cowboys’ game and a year-long subscription to Black Rifle Coffee array of blends.

It was Jerry Jones who defended the partnership deal Wednesday by saying, “Every cup of coffee in the stadium, every bag of Cowboys coffee sold, represents a step in fulfilling the Black Rifle mission — another veteran employed, another first-responder receiving support, or another community event to help adaptive military athletes thrive in the civilian world.”

Fans replied by saying “Integrity Matters,” despite the coffee company’s mission to help veterans.

There likely would not have been a great time to make an announcement such as this; so, the only question is simply: Should the Dallas Cowboys have entered into this deal at all, or found some other company that helps veterans to work with?

Black Rifle Coffee is likely doing a fine job employing and empowering those who once served in our nation’s armed services; but having some of the names they use for their coffee would seem a bit harsh to those who have not worn a uniform or just watched the news coverage of another mass shooting taking place.

Jerry Jones has the right to work with any company he pleases even if it does cost him a few fans along the way. That’s because we, as consumers, have the right to make sure those companies we support with our hard-earned money follow the values we do. It probably would be nice if the Cowboys’ Coffee wasn’t sold right next to a company that also sells “Silencer Smooth,” but Black Rifle Coffee is not causing one more mass shooting by using that name on one of their products. So, in the end, how much people are offended by this partnership will determine if Jerry Jones is right or wrong in signing the sponsorship deal.

 


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For the 2nd time this year, some Major League Baseball fans took to social media during the 4th of July weekend to point out that four MLB teams had the holiday off. Members of the media were further outraged when it was discovered no baseball games would be played in New York City or Philadelphia, two places of importance in making July 4th America’s Independence Day. To those in the stands and in the press box, I say, “SHUT UP” and join the 21st century, where business overrides traditions and holidays are just another day on the calendar.

Baseball fans were shocked in late May when only 24 of MLB’s 30 teams took to the diamond on Memorial Day, a date when fans probably know if their teams are contenders or pretenders. This past weekend, as baseball reached the halfway mark in the 2022 season, four teams had the 4th of July off, including the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. New York baseball fans were further saddened when they saw the New York Mets fly to Cincinnati for a three-game road trip after Sunday’s game, leaving the city with only a food eating contest as its holiday competition.

Unlike Memorial Day and Labor Day, which are always observed on Mondays, July 4th moves around on the calendar from year to year, with our nation’s birthday landing on Monday this year. Because of this simple fact, it is not surprising that four baseball teams had the holiday off this year, since, with so many games to be played in so many cities, travel days are required, with Mondays and Thursdays being the most common.

Think about it: If it is normal for teams to play three games series on the road or home against a team, and there are seven days in a week, unless they are playing a rare four-game series, there will be a day off during the week. With teams normally playing three or four-game series that end on Sunday, Monday becomes the most likely days of the week for teams to have off … even when that Monday is a national holiday.

As someone who lives in New York, it is also not a surprise that the Mets were shipped out of town for just three days before returning home this coming weekend. Why, you ask?  Because the last thing the city government wants is a baseball game being played at 1:00 PM and letting out tens of thousands of fans just as they are about to close highways on both sides of the East River ahead of a firework show expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people. Nor would those in the NYPD want to have the Mets playing a night game in Queens, just as much of the holiday traffic is returning to the city while that same fireworks show is still taking place or just ending. For even a city like New York, one big event at a time is preferred, and on the 4th of July, only one is desired, which is why the city’s MLB teams are asked to take a trip or a day off on holidays.

For the older MLB fans who still think they will see teams with doubleheaders on holidays like they did in the 1960’s, please join the 21st Century and understand that unless there is a game to be made up or some other scheduling issue, all doubleheaders are part of history. Fans are lucky to see “straight” doubleheaders where only one ticket is needed since franchises want “split” doubleheaders that see the stadium opened, emptied between games, and then reopened for the second game.

As for the patriotic holidays in which Americans are suppose to fly the flag, moms are to make apple pie and the family will attend a baseball game, those days are over to everyone. Younger families are more interested in traveling than being tied down to a baseball game, and government officials are more than happy to lighten the load on their police and fire departments who are probably dealing with people hurting themselves with illegal fireworks and burning themselves on grills.

In short, Major League Baseball is already working on the 2023 schedule, and they know which cities don’t want their teams at home during three-days weekends, because those cities know when their baseball fans go out of town. So, I hope you enjoyed the holiday this year, because I am sure the players and front offices of four baseball teams enjoyed feeling like normal Americans for one day when they could enjoy the holiday as well. 

 


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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and one photo of the Houston Rocket’s practice court may be worth a thousand points to the team in the coming years. That’s because the team has added something to their practice court that may become a staple across NBA arenas during the regular and postseason. Can you guess what the Houston Rockets have added to their court; and do you believe it is a sign of things to come for the NBA and the sport in general? 

The Houston Rockets have added a four-point line to their practice court, sparking rumors that the NBA will add a four-point shot to their game in the coming years. The line, which looking at the photo, appears to begin about 24 feet off the baseline when one starts on the sideline, arcs out beyond the 28-foot mark as it reached center court, probably making the shot 30-feet or more at its longest point, right in front of the basket. Because of its distance from the hoop and the width of a court, there is no way to add a four-point line in the corners if the shot is added to the NBA. 

Would adding a four-point shot be the NBA’s way of conceding defeat to the likes of Steph Curry, who routinely takes “Logo Threes,” or would the sport do away with the three-point shot altogether since it is clear too many people are taking the shot and the art of playing basketball has been lost? I also wonder if the NBA would have rules about when a four-point shot can and cannot be attempted; because if they don’t, the sport of basketball might as well make their courts smaller because it would be rare to see any player go into the paint again except to retrieve a missed shot.

Would it be so terrible to add an element of strategy to the four-point shot?

How about only allowing them in the fourth quarter or when a team is behind by more than 10 or 15 points; with all other times the shot being illegal for teams to attempt? Also, are they really going to allow a player to attempt four free throws if fouled on a four-point attempt, or shoot a free throw for a five-point play if they make the shot?

What has me worried about the four-point shot is that the NBA might be pandering to their new sponsors, the legalized sport betting apps, who are now adding millions to their pockets. Think about it, would it be crazy to see an over/under of 300 if two shooting teams are playing each other with a four-point shot available to them for 48 minutes? How long would it take for a sharp-shooter like Steph Curry to break the 100-point barrier in a game, a point total only achieved once in NBA history by Wilt Chamberlin, who went 28-32 from the foul line in the game in which he achieved it.

Does the NBA really want their game to become a pinball game, with scoreboards reading “Tilt” after three quarters? Is the game really going to become more about who’s hot that night rather than who is a better team of five players on the court? Because if you believe Hall of Famers like Charles Barkley dislike the Golden State Warriors and how games unfold now, you ain’t seen nothing yet if you add a four-point line.

Don’t do it Adam Silver … Don’t make a bad situation worse by adding a four-point line and making any player over 6’ 8’ a dinosaur in your sport. You have already titled the rules too far toward offense by taking away the ability to play hard defense, don’t make it even more easy to score points by not requiring players to run the full 94’feet to score points at will.  Your game is already difficult enough to watch during the regular season, don’t turn it into a carnival sport. 

 


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Many might believe that Tom Brady has the perfect life — He is married to a supermodel, he has healthy and beautiful kids, and he is living out his dream of being an NFL quarterback. There could be, however, trouble in paradise for “The Goat” thanks to a new “Fox” in his life, since it appears this “Fox” allegedly has his Brady’s wife calling her lawyer. What is prompting the phone call, and could it spell the end for Tom and Gisele?

Tom Brady pretended to be a professional boxer instead of an immortal quarterback earlier this year when he retired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before, after just 40 days, unretiring to rejoin the team just one season removed from their Super Bowl championship. Shortly after his “return” to the field, Brady reportedly signed a 10-year, $375 million contract with Fox Sports to be their lead NFL color commentator whenever Brady decides to hang up his cleats and retire forever. As a result of having a retirement job set up after his playing career is over, Mrs. Brady, a.k.a. Gisele Bündchen, has been calling her lawyers to review a previously signed prenuptial agreement.

If you believe the story published by TheRichest.com website, Bündchen was talked into revisiting her pre-nup by her friends who wanted to make sure the multi-millionaire retired supermodel from Brazil “would receive a fair share of Brady’s future income” if the couple called it quits. While the story says the power couple has “an ironclad” pre-nuptuial agreement already in place, the constant urging of her friends convinced Bündchen to make the call to her attorney.

This story may sound like a non-sports website trying to make something out of nothing (Which it likely is nothing). However, we at TooAthletic enjoy juicy stories and getting to the bottom of it.

Remember two things: First, Tom Brady was dating Bridget Moynahan at the time he had a “blind date” with Bündchen, and right before he went public with his new girlfriend, Brady and Moynahan announced they were going to be parents. In short, Brady cheated on the mother of his first son, so why would any woman, even a supermodel, believe he would not do it again.

Second, It is clear from many reports that Gisele Bündchen wanted Tom Brady to retire long before this year and the reports of her fury that her husband returned to the field has been the topic of conversation in many places. Perhaps, with all this knowledge, Bündchen’s friends know that if Tom Brady goes and works for Fox Sports, Gisele may want a divorce or at the very least feel betrayed by a man who put his career ahead of her and their family.

I would be concerned about his story if I was living in Tampa Bay because websites and new outlets who don’t care about the NFL will have no issue reading tea leaves and looking for any sign that the Brady household is anything but happy. That spells one thing to me, distraction, something that Tom Brady and those around him don’t handle too well sometimes, and could make his return to the gridiron a disappointing one this season for him and the Buccaneers.

What happens in the future will be up to the husband and wife involved in this marriage; but I know one thing, Gisele Bündchen didn’t get to where she is in her life by having friends that didn’t tell her the cold, hard truth. So trust me when I tell you, if her friends are speaking out, she is listening, and Tom Brady better have a lawyer in his contacts just in case they keep talking. 

 


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It is hard to see any sporting event nowadays without most athletes praying before a game begins or thanking the Almighty afterwards for that players’ success. In a high contact, high injury sport such as football, watching players gather after games in thanks for their own health or for those who were hurt during the game is also common from high school all the way up to the professional league. Could all that change this month by way of a court ruling, and not just any court, but “THE Court?” The sports world is waiting to find out the answer to an interesting question: Should a coach lead their team in prayer?

The United States Supreme Court is poised to rule this month on a case that could affect how sports are coached across the country and may even reach the professional leagues. The case involves a high school football coach from Washington State, who, after 14 years, did not have his contract renewed by his school district. The coach, named Joseph A. Kennedy, believed he was let go because he was leading his team in prayer on the field after games in an exercise of his personal freedom of religion. Kennedy’s former employer, Bremerton School District says that their former football coach was fired because of the undue pressure of having a head football coach leading a team in prayer.

Joseph Kennedy worked as a part-time coach from 2008 to 2015 and started out praying alone after games. As time went on, players from his team asked if they could join him, with players from that day’s opponent being invited by those players to join them. Kennedy’s troubles began, according to his own social media pages, when a coach from another team complained about the postgame prayers to the school district. The coach was informed that all prayers must be “entirely and genuinely student-initiated,” and that Kennedy could not be perceived as endorsing them. This spring, the case was heard by the Supreme Court, who is expected to rule before the 2021-22 session ends.

I can’t help but think of the saying from Star Trek that: “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or of the one.”

To me, that phrase applies here because Coach Kennedy does have a right to pray after games, just not in a way that would encourage people to join him or be noticed if they do not. If the coach had taken a few minutes to pray in his car after the game, no one would care since it is a private space; but, rightly or wrongly, the perception of favoritism towards the players who joined him would be real, and being “left out” if a player didn’t is an all too real reality that any school needs to avoid, even on the football field during a voluntary activity.

While it may not be fair to Coach Kennedy and the players who joined him in prayer, the rights of all the players on both teams must be considered in this case. That means as a person representing a public school, Kennedy and coaches like him must not be permitted to pray on any field after a game of any kind. Because we are not talking about a coach or player kissing a cross after scoring a touchdown or thanking Jesus Christ after a big win, we are talking about those players who don’t want to pray in pubic or may not believe in God … and that’s why Joseph Kennedy was wrong. 

 


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Each year a number of outlets publish figures on who the highest earning soccer players are in the world. All trying to get the next scoop, some seem believable, some way off the mark.

We’ve taken a look through the most reputable lists and it will come as no surprise that two of the biggest names in world soccer – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – are the highest earners.

Even most American sports fans will recognise these two behemoths of world soccer. But who are the next biggest earners in the global game? 

Forbes reported last year that PSG pair Neymar and Kylian Mbappé were the next highest earners. Brazilian star Neymar looked set to earn $75 million alone from his playing contract. While his teammate banked around a third of that at $28 million. 

Mbappé has widely been heralded as the next biggest earner after having signed a bumper contract with PSG. It is alleged the Frenchman has landed a signing bonus of $180 million this summer. This comes on top of a new $50 million a year contract itself. 

Another player who will be hunting a fresh contract is Kylian’s compatriot Paul Pogba. The French international has recently been part of a large-scale  exodus of players at Manchester United, as the club are looking to rebuild this summer. 

United currently pay some of the highest wages in the world, despite only being sixth favorites to lift the EPL trophy next season, according to some of the best betting sites in the USA

Pogba has been touted to some of the richest clubs in the world. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG and even Manchester City are in the mix. It looks likely that Pogba will be returning to his former club, Italian side Juventus, who have had a clearout of their own.

Another player on the move is Bayern Munich’s wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international captain and topscorer has declared his desire to leave Germany after spending eight seasons at the club. 

Lewandowski is reportedly earning around $27 million a year, cited by a number of reports. Barcelona are supposedly interested in signing the striker, which could trigger a domino effect of summer transfers.

It could see another huge earner, Frenkie de Jong, leave Catalonia. Transfer rumors abound that the Dutchman is set to reunite with his former Ajax trainer Erik ten Hag, who has just taken on the reins at Manchester United. 

United are set to make de Jong one of the highest paid players in the world, a huge improvement on his already lucrative $8 million a year contract. It is unclear whether de Jong wants to depart the Camp Nou. The midfield maestro was tipped to be one of the next big playmakers in the mold of his predecessor. 

That unlikely antecedent, Andres Iniesta, is still one of the world’s highest paid soccer players. Despite being the ripe old age of 38, the World Cup winner is widely considered one of the greatest midfielders of the modern age. 

Now plying his trade at Vissel Kobe in Japan, Iniesta reportedly earns over $38 million a year, despite playing in what many would regard as a peripheral league. 

According to Statista the common factor among all the top earners in soccer is they receive the majority of their earnings through their football clubs. This is even true of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are peppered across global marketing campaigns. 

Players coming toward the end of their careers like Iniesta, Lewandowski or Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, only typically make between 4-8% of their total earnings from endorsement deals. It demonstrates that despite the global reach of the game, soccer players still rely on the big money contracts to land them the majority of their earnings year to year.

With the transfer market in full swing this summer, we could be about to see some of the biggest money moves in world soccer, and potentially some new highest earners to boot. 

 


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Major League Baseball has been in a state of change because of the new stats and analytics being created on an ever-growing basis. Some stats, such as exit velocity and launch angle have overrun offensives, with phrases such as “high leverage situations” taking over pitching staffs. There’s one older pitching stat, the save, that some people have questioned in recent years, asking if a game’s most important outs can come before the ninth inning, where closers make their living. That theory was tested by the New York Mets’ manager Buck Showalter when he used his bullpen in a different way than “the book” says to … and while the move almost cost his team a win, it also may be the prelude to a new era in baseball. This begs the question: Is Buck Showalter and the rest of Major League Baseball trying to make saves obsolete?

In the battle for the best record in the National League, the New York Mets turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Showalter, instead of waiting until the ninth inning to use Edwin Diaz, brought in his “closer” in the bottom of the eighth after taking the lead because LA was slated to send the heart of their lineup to the plate. Diaz faced Mookie Betts, Will Smith and Trea Turner and set them down 1-2-3 to maintain the lead. The Mets’ manager then used Seth Lugo, normally a setup pitcher, to try and close out the win; however, the righty gave up two runs in the ninth, forcing a tenth inning, where the Mets won.

One of the requirements of earning a Major League save is getting the game’s final out, even if that’s the only out the pitcher records. Those who create and push their data spreadsheets, however, have said for years that the most important outs of any game may not be the final ones in the ninth inning. Any baseball game may turn on events in any inning, and some managers have craved the freedom to use their “closer,” in theory their best relief pitcher, at that moment, freeing themselves from the burden of pre-determined roles for their bullpen or the agents who wish to have pitchers pad their stats for future contract negations.

Showalter had hinted during the season that he may try to do what he did; and the move nearly backfired since Lugo blew “the save” against the Dodgers, but his players picked him up with a tenth inning win. The conversation, however, still should be had: Are managers about to embark on a movement to ruin the save stat forever?

Perhaps the better question is: Should the rules for how a pitcher obtains a save be rewritten?

The theory of the ninth inning not necessarily being the most important is true in many cases. After all, a team might need a big double play or strikeout in the sixth inning to maintain a one-run lead before blowing a game open later, removing the need for a closer to earn a save. Without that big out in the sixth, however, they may not have played with a lead and changed their strategy in the later innings. I believe the save rule needs to be modernized to allow the official scorer to give it to the pitcher who recorded the most important out(s) of the game, unless that pitcher was the starter, then no save needs to be awarded. The stat, otherwise, to me, is somewhat misleading and should be kept in perspective when evaluating relief pitchers.

Buck Showalter knew was he was doing and it will be interesting to see if the manager who is leading the National League will be a trendsetter or a lone wolf. I, for one, hope that more managers follow his lead and prove that not all 27 outs in a baseball game are the same, and it’s not always the last one that is the most important to save the win. 

 


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With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup winding down and the beginning of football season still a ways off, most sports fans only have the MLB for the next couple of months. In today’s day and age, that means there will be plenty of betting interest to go along with the renewed focus on the boys of summer.

There’s nothing wrong with that either – baseball is still the most popular sport in several states. But how do you bet on baseball? We put this helpful guide together to help get you started betting on the MLB so you can keep that FanDuel or DraftKings account active.

Pick a Sportsbook

The very first decision you’ll have to make is where to place your bets, but this can be a bit tricky. You’ll need to assess what sportsbooks are active in your states, what kind of bonuses are available, and what sportsbooks have the features you want.

That may seem like a bit of a daunting task, but there are plenty of resources available to help. Many websites are dedicated to thoroughly comparing and reviewing online sportsbooks, such as SportsbooksOnline.com. Using a site like Sportsbooks Online, you’ll be able to easily find an online sportsbook that suits your needs.

Do Your Research

Now that you’re all signed up and registered with a sportsbook, you’ll be able to start betting on baseball. But not so fast – you don’t want to go off half-cocked and blow all of your money.

Do a little bit of digging on the match-up and make an informed decision first. How has each team performed recently? Did one of the teams go deep into their bullpen the previous night? How do the star players on each team typically perform against the type of pitcher they’re facing?

It takes some time, but doing this prep work will inevitably lead to better results.

The Basics of Baseball Betting: Spreads, Moneylines, and Totals

So you’re on a sportsbook, you’ve done your research, and you want to bet on the night’s Yankees-Rays match-up. But what exactly are you looking at? The three most common types of wagers are spreads, moneyline, and total runs scored bets.

Spreads – Also known as runline betting, this type of wager assigns a handicap to each team to even the playing field. If the Rays had -1.5 next to them on a sportsbook, then they would have to win by at least 2 runs in order to be considered a winning bet.

Moneyline – Fairly simple, this is just picking a team to win a given game. The odds don’t always pay out evenly, as the two teams won’t always have the same expected result in a game. The favorites pay out less in this kind of bet, while the underdogs pay out more.

Totals – This is just betting on how many runs will be scored in a game, also known as over/unders. For example, if the O/U of a game was 6.5, then at least 7 total runs would have to be scored to win if you bet on the over.

Advanced Baseball Betting: Player Props, Betting by Inning, and Live Betting

We’ve got the basics down, you can start messing around with the more advanced betting features of your sportsbook. There are tons of ways to deep dive and move past the more vanilla features.

Player Props – Many online sportsbooks provide you with a deep range of prop bets for each player during a game. You can often bet on whether a position player will hit a home run or the over/under on how many hits they will have in the game. For pitchers, you can often bet on their strikeout totals or how far the starter will go in the game.

Betting by Inning – A cool thing about betting on baseball is that you can essentially treat each inning as its own game. Online sportsbooks tend to offer you all of the basic betting features we detailed above for each inning. If you want to really predict how the game script will play out, then you should try betting by inning.

Live Betting – The age of online sports betting has popularized live betting to new heights. Here, you can react to what you’re watching and profit. Is the winning team turning to their shaky set-up man in the 8th inning? You can bet on the losing team to come back and win and get a nice return on investment.

Putting it All Together

Now that you’ve got your wagers picked out, it’s time to submit them.

You can either bet on them individually or combine multiple bets in a parlay to get some bigger payouts. Many sportsbooks also allow you to combine multiple wagers from a single game into what’s called a same game parlay. But be careful – if just one of your bets loses then the whole wager goes bust. It’s very high-risk, high-reward, so beginners may be better off sticking to single bets for the time being.

Either way, you should be well prepared to start betting on baseball now! Good luck! 

 


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During the same week that LeBron James joined the “Billionaire’s Club,” the four-time NBA champion revealed one of his “retirement” goals once his playing career is over. This goal may not come as a surprise to some, yet the location of it may. So, where does “The King” want to see his empire flourish; and will the NBA help him achieve it? 

LeBron James’ popular television show “The Shop” has produced many interesting conversations since he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. James, himself made news last week when discussing what he would like to do during his post-playing career by first joking that he thought about becoming a broadcaster after Tom Brady signed a contract with Fox Sports for 10-years, $375 million. When the conversation of his life after his playing days turned more serious, LeBron James admitted that not only does he want to be an NBA owner, a surprise to no one, but he wants to own the team that either moves to or is added as an expansion in Las Vegas. 

Despite having a checkered past with Las Vegas, (see 2007 NBA All-Star Game), the league has likely seen the success of the Raiders and the city’s first NHL pro team, the expansion Golden Knights. While often relying on fans of visiting teams to attend their games, both franchises have been welcomed to the desert; and with every league now embracing and profiting from legalized sports gambling in many parts of the country, seeing MLB and the NBA add or move teams into Las Vegas is no longer taboo, but a matter of when, not if.

From a business standpoint, Las Vegas and the state of Nevada are a much more friendly place to expand an empire such as LeBron’s than Los Angeles for one simple reason … TAXES.

With no state income taxes, people and businesses enjoy the extra profits provided by the City of Neon Lights, something that James is likely being told is costing him millions every year and was the thing slowing down his joining the “Billionaire’s Club” earlier this month.

Even though LeBron James added another comma to his net worth, even James would need help buying into the NBA since it is projected that the cost of an expansion team would be at least $2.5 billion. This would also mean that whomever James partners with would want the future Hall of Famer to be the face of the front office … something, as it was pointed out in the interview, would be difficult for LeBron James to do. The difficulty lies in James’ high profile on social media, where he comments about a wide array of topics, including other NBA players, something that even as a part-owner of a team, would be forbidden under tampering rules. James may also find that having the freedom to speak his mind as a player may not be fully embraced by other NBA owners if, or when, he is allowed to join their club since words (or tweets) can very often upset both fans and sponsors.

LeBron James has been commenting a lot on his future after basketball in recent months by talking about playing alongside his son to now discussing becoming an NBA owner. Never above trying to control his situation, I wonder how much of this talk is to manipulate the system, convince a team that if they draft his son, he will go play with them … or, in the case of team ownership, is planting a seed with the league’s owner that I will be joining you soon regardless of if you want me to or not. Regardless, it may be a few more years before James ends his playing career, giving him time to put together a group that will allow him to have a large influence over a new NBA team. However, will the NBA wait for James to retire before they expand, and should they?

The answer is YES, the league should wait, and they probably will until “The King” is ready to move his empire, since they know it would be good for business to see the NBA’s two greatest players in ownership roles.

 


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