Thread: MLB News

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My Dad told me that kind of gambling happened in the stands when he was a kid going to A's games in the 30s and 40s. They didn't even need smartphones.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Dec 1 '18

And of course now people will be gambling on each pitch. Ball or strike? Curve or fastball?

Tipping your pitches to gamblers could be very lucrative.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 1 '18

One day fantasy pretty much amounts to gambling and MLB has been tied to that for a few years now.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Nov 29 '18

As I posted on Twitter related to Alex's posted story below, I'm old enough to remember when MLB banned Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle for being greeters at a casino in Atlantic City.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 28 '18

It appears that David Robertson and the Yankees got a tad cheap when dividing up their playoff loot. Shame on them. https://www.mcall.com/sports/baseball/ny-sports-david-robertson-yankees-employees-20181126-story,amp.html?fbclid=IwAR2CzfPdr0skt1mWauW5MSqiC2gWj9otchnMQfl-Owhky_0hHgx9c7P6Rnw

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Nov 28 '18

In other news...

 

M.L.B., Once Averse to Gambling, Strikes a Deal With MGM Resorts

For generations, baseball’s leadership has viewed gambling as the sport’s boogeyman, a threat to the integrity of the game that must be stamped out. If the lifetime bans meted out after the Black Sox scandal in 1919 and to Pete Rose in 1989 were not reminders enough, then there are the warnings posted in every major league clubhouse.

So, when Major League Baseball announced an agreement on Tuesday with MGM Resorts as the sport’s first gambling industry partner, it signaled again just how furiously sports are rushing to embrace the industry since the Supreme Court effectively struck down a federal law earlier this year that had served to ban sports betting in most states.

Baseball’s agreement comes after the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. also reached deals with MGM since July. It allows MGM to promote its gambling options on platforms like MLB Network, MLB.com and the MLB At Bat app.

Commissioner Rob Manfred viewed the arrangement as a long-term partnership that he hoped would reverse a troubling trend: declining attendance.


Attendance dropped by 4 percent last season — the fifth time in six seasons it had declined — and dropped below 70 million for the first time since 2003...


In some ways, baseball seems better positioned than other sports to draw in gamblers because of the deliberate pace, with its built-in breaks between pitches. Those pauses, far less frequent in other sports, could allow fans additional opportunities to place bets during a game. For example, a fan could bet on whether Boston’s Mookie Betts hits a single, double, home run, a groundout or a strikeout in his next at-bat.

Those types of betting opportunities might put more people in seats — and keep them there whether the game itself is compelling or not...

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 28 '18

There's no quid pro quo so a campaign contribution doesn't equal an official action by a candidate, especially when it's $5,000 and the average cost of a winning Senate campaign in 2016 was about $10.4M.  But, there's no doubt that MLB has a lot of issues on which they lobby.  Open Secrets tracks the ones their registered lobbyists report.  

That said, Hyde-Smith seems to favor slavery so paying nearly nothing to minor leaguers wouldn't faze her in the least.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 28 '18

Is it fair to guess that MLB is lobbying not just to keep its antitrust exemption but to keep paying minor leaguers a salary that works out to be below the minimum wage?

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 27 '18

Turns out it was Mitch McConnell who suggested that MLB make the contribution to Hyde-Smith's campaign because it missed a fundraiser in which it was going to contribute to either McConnell, his leadership PAC, the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, or the RNC. Yes, McConnell would have been able to accept four different campaign contributions.  He also could be asked to deliver checks to other Senate candidates or even House candidates or which both MLB and McConnell would have received credit from the campaign.  The fact that MLB PAC just cut the check without any due diligence about the candidate herself tells you a lot.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 27 '18

I'll add this as well.  Many have also commented about the separate amount reported on MLB's lobbying disclosure reports.  That's well over $1M this year.  None of this money is for political campaigns or independent expenditures.  It's for both in-house registered lobbyists salaries and benefits plus outside lobbying firms.  MLB's in-house lobbyist used to work for Senator Byron Dorgan and they use several big lobbying firms such as Duberstein Group, Ernst & Young (presumably on tax related issues), and Hogan Lovells who probably handled the FLSA lobbying.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 26 '18