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Gambling & Journalism

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Lugnuts, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    When Nolan Richardson held his final fiery press conference at Arkansas, he alluded to a local newspaper reporter who covered the Razorbacks getting caught gambling on the Hogs. Nolan allegedly found out about it when the reporter started asking players if they thought they'd win by X points the day before the game. X always equaled the current point spread.

    I forget the exact wording (I wish I'd saved the transcript too), but Nolan mentioned a college athlete who was kicked off the team for betting on sports and then pointed out the reporter was still on the UA beat after getting caught gambling on the team he was covering.

    Naturally, the state's media glossed over that part of the press conference. It was never discussed again.
     
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    I listened to VSIN for the first time today. It is very good radio and because the lines are about the games, they actually talk about the games. A novel concept. I learned more on my three-hour drive today than I have in years from any sports radio show.

    I do find some of the deep betting info hilarious though. Stuff like the TNF dog has beat the spread for five weeks straight. I don’t know how anyone can take a stat like that seriously. It’s completely a product of small sample size plus random chance.

    However, there are tidbits in there that a smart person should pick up on. Never occurred to me until they mentioned it the value of assessing back-to-backs as far as NBA betting is concerned. If I were a NBA bettor, I think I’d exclusively bet against teams on the back end of a back-to-back unless it was Nuggets-Knicks or something.

    But the best part about VSIN are the Musberger radio spots. Hawking male genital grooming products and one where he mentioned “no spooning with the wife tonight” were worth the price of admission.
     
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    It’s definitely an ethical concern, the insider trading aspect you mentioned in another post is legit, but there’s a more mundane concern too.

    If you’re sweating out a wager, you’re easily distracted while doing your job. It’s not professional in that sense any more than it’s professional to get distracted by anything else that takes away from your focus.
     
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  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    You aren't exactly discovering the wheel there. The oddsmakers know this as well, and the back-to-back factor is baked into the line.

    But your overall point is a great one. I have listened to RJ Bell's gambling podcasts for close to a decade, and the sports betting radio/pod is better than sports radio, because they talk about the games; not leBron vs. Jordan debates, or whether Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.
     
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Oh I figured. I'm not discovering anything at all.

    But I think the vast majority of the public is like me, a gambling novice who never thought the angles through, but unlike (legal) sports gambling for time immemorial? There's going to be far more novices in the market than ever before as more states go legal and as mobile gambling gains hegemony. It will be interesting to see how that influx of non-smart money affects things.
     
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