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MLB Lockout Could Mean Big Trouble for Sportsbooks

“(If) we hit that mid-June period and we get to the NBA Finals and there’s still nothing from MLB, sports books are going to be concerned at that point.”

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Major League Baseball’s lockout wages on with no immediate end in sight. For media outlets, it creates an immediate challenge in terms of 2022 planning. Groups have begun looking into the broader effects of a longer shut down should spring training and the regular season not start on time.

The New York Daily News on Thursday reported how a delay or significant loss of the 2022 season could hit the sports gambling industry. The story noted that the league was preparing to expand a partnership with DraftKings this coming year. Those plans could be drastically altered, or the business relationship hiccupped, if play doesn’t start until summer.

Sports Betting Dime editor-in-chief Matt McEwan was quoted in the article saying MLB could stand to lose out on a chunk of revenue if that were the case. However, the impact on various sports book’s could be less painful due to other major pro sports leagues in America embracing sports betting, just as many across the country have done.

“(If) we hit that mid-June period and we get to the NBA Finals and there’s still nothing from MLB, sports books are going to be concerned at that point,” McEwan was quoted as saying. “But they wouldn’t be setting off panic alarms. They wouldn’t crumble, but they’ll get a little worried at that point.”

“Looking to those months where it’s just baseball, I think upwards of 50% of that (money) would just get reallocated to something else that’s going on,” he added. “Golf, tennis, even table tennis, that’s what will happen there.”

The article also explained how MLB has been the slowest of the major professional leagues to embrace sports betting. It referenced an interview from earlier this year with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who mentioned how NBA commissioner Adam Silver told him to stop trying to alter baseball’s pace of play, “because baseball’s pace of game is perfect for sports betting.”

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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