Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, February 8, 2022 -- "Integrity"

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"The problem comes when the league is selling betting on the games as part of the product itself. MLB isn’t a third party any longer. It produced betting segments on its studio shows. It ran a daily betting show on MLB.tv sponsored by a gaming app. It had Joe Buck and John Smoltz shilling in-game prop bets for a different app during the World Series. Maybe MLB isn’t the bookie, but it’s the guy driving the bookie around while he collects."