Newsletter: Bettors Insider, Vol. 1, No. 16, 3/4/19
Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn and center Robin Lopez fight for a loose ball with Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Matt Marton)Associated Press

Newsletter: Bettors Insider, Vol. 1, No. 16, 3/4/19

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Sports betting at Yankee Stadium? Could happen

While California, Texas and Florida may not push sports betting across the finish line, bringing sports betting to New Yorkers is getting a lot of attention in the state legislature.

Included is a proposal to make sports betting available at stadia and arenas like Yankee stadium and Madison Square Garden.

Sports betting could begin late this spring in the Catskill Mountains as early as late spring pending approvals.

The big issue in New York is whether mobile sports betting would be allowable without amending the state constitution. That could take a few years.

Full story here.

ESPN to launch sports betting show March 11

As sports betting legislation makes its way around the country, ESPN is debuting a daily hour-long show dedicated to sports betting on ESPNEWS on March 11.

“Daily Wager” will air weekdays at 6 p.m. and be hosted by betting analyst Doug Kezirian, who hosts the network's betting podcast.

More here.

RIP Al Shrier, Temple SID extraordinaire

  • From the Philadelphia Inquirer's Mike Jensen @jensenoffcampus: "RIP to an absolute legend. Al Shrier, who passed away overnight, was such a good man, a mentor to so many during his extraordinary run as SID at Temple. Philadelphia lost a titan."
  • From Mike Kern @mikekerndn: "Al shrier was great friend to so many. He was temple. A throwback to other eras. He will be missed. There will never be another like him. I was so lucky to have known him so well. He helped me along the way. Cant thank him enuf for that."
  • From the Inquirer's Joe Juliano @joejulesinq: "Al Shrier impacted hundreds (thousands?) of people during his time at Temple, so kind and caring to all of us. He mentored me when I entered Temple and helped me countless times well after I graduated. I'll never forget him.  #RIP"
  • From Temple basketball star Dawn Staley @dawnstaley: "MR. AL SHRIER is truly a Philly legend of all legends. May you rest among the angels in heaven my friend. Wings earned!"
@TempleOwls on Twitter

Phillies World Series Futures Odds drop again

According to OddsShark this morning:
Odds to win the 2019 World Series:

  • BOS/HOU/NYY +600
    LAD +700
    PHI +850

Bettor Bits

  • A tweet from BFawkesESPN: @TaylorTwellman⁩ spoke w/MLS commish Don Garber tonight. Garber on sports betting: "If people are going to do it, you might as well ... find ways that the league could use it as a marketing tool to have people engage more with our players and our clubs.
  • @FanDuel tweeted: Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has a "crush" on Kyler Murray, according to @peter_king. Oakland has the #4 pick in the NFL Draft
  • That's adorable.

Fantasy Stat Line of the night

@NBAFantasy on Twitter

Because you can bet on anything....

@OddsShark on Twitter

Today's Schedule

  • 9 am - Boop's COUNTDOWN TO 68: All the NCAA Men's Hoops teams who still have a chance to Dance
  • 10 am - Robert Mims on the Bryce Harper signing.
  • 10 am - Mick McMudder's horse racing selections from Parx.
  • 10 am - Boop's Single Digits (BoopStats for the digital attention span) (Single Digits will also give you an early peek at Boop's Quickie Quiz, which posts at noon on Twitter @BoopStats.)
  • 1 pm - 5 pm - NHL, NCAA and NBA Basketball picks.
  • 6 pm - Boop's Philly Props pick.

Weekend Results

Hey, it's always nice to win, but sometimes with betting it's better not to lose. Have fun, get the heart rate pumping and end up about how you started. This past weekend, some of came out ahead, but no one picking human athletes came out behind. Well, Mike Kern did not pick the winner of the Honda Classic, but that's news too. Mark Eckel, however, did have the winner of the Pennzoil 400.  Craig Dietel went 5-3 with his NHL picks. Boop Vetrone went 5-3 with Philly Prop bets.  Chris Garrity had three winners Saturday at Fountain of Youth Day at Gulfstream. All of our basketball pickers - pro and college - Greg Frank, Mark Eckel and the Ivy Teaser all came out ahead.

We'll try to do even better today.

Good luck at the tables, windows, kiosks and apps.

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