Bill Shaikin: Rob Manfred on Sportico Live: “Sports betting is a massive opportunity for fan engagement.” He said Adam Silver told him to stop talking about pace of game, because baseball’s pace of game is perfect for sports betting (meaning wagering between pitches and innings).
Ryan Ward: Some drastic changes over the last 3 weeks in the odds for NBA MVP, via @betonline_ag: LeBron: 10/1 on April 1. Now: 33/1 MVP Fav: Nikola Jokic was 10/13. Now: 2/7 Embiid: 17/2. Now: 3/1 Steph: Off the Board. Now: 10/1 Giannis: 10/1. Now: 16/1 Harden: 9/4. Now: 25/1
Also, the leagues would add, they offered enticing marketing packages that helped betting outfits deliver a better product, from ad placements to using team logos on betting sheets. The threats, state laws and goodies worked. According to an NBA official, more than 30 sportsbooks across the U.S. and Canada have signed “official data” agreements. A spokesman for MLB said agreements were in place with 15 books. “It’s clear that the industry sees the value of using official league data and partnering with the league,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, head of fantasy and gaming for the NBA. “We still don’t have the four largest states in the country (New York, California, Florida and Texas) with mobile sports-betting legislation even passed, so I think it’s certainly too early to make a determination of whether this meets our expectations. We’re certainly pleased with where we stand with the industry right now.”
Ryan Ward: According to @SBD, Andre Drummond has the best odds to be trade before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday: – Andre Drummond: -150 – Aaron Gordon: +110 – Victor Oladipo: +125 – Evan Fournier: +150 – LaMarcus Aldridge: +155
Clutch Points: After signing Blake Griffin, the Brooklyn Nets have surpassed the LA Lakers as the odds on NBA Championship favorites for the first time all season, via @betonline_ag. Nets 13/5, Lakers 14/5, Clippers 11/2, Jazz 7/1, Bucks 8/1, 76ers 12/1, Suns 25/1, Nuggets 28/1, Celtics 33/1, Heat 33/1 pic.twitter.com/1eGlRVtMXG