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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    The winner is Ballys, paying Sinclair $85 MM over 10 years and giving them ownership stake in the betting company.

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/18/sinclair-broadcasting-to-rename-sports-channels-after-ballys-casinos/

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    Wonderful. I guess Pete was just ahead of his time.

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    Sinclair sounds like a slimy bunch.

    I wrote that back on May 17 and my opinion hasn’t changed. I don’t like gambling at all so the thought of having to watch their Bally’s promos and junk on the game broadcasts stinks.

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    I don’t like gambling at all so the thought of having to watch their Bally’s promos and junk on the game broadcasts stinks.

    I feel the same way. I do not like the inroads that gambling has made into sports. It reeks of opportunity for bad things to happen.

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    https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/fox-sports-midwest-intends-to-become-a-bookie-joint/article_1d97a7cb-aae3-567f-a494-7111aa8d3f77.html

    But what is clear is that there will be much more than a name change, that gambling will be emphasized on the telecasts. And it won’t be just guys giving their picks on games. The plan is to have interactive betting on the TV screen or mobile devices on which the games are being seen, with Bally’s — through Sinclair — serving as the bookie.

    This part of the article makes me sick. I might actually give up on watching the games if there’s crap showing up on my screen in game about betting. I’m not interested in watching baseball that looks like horse racing.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Don’t worry. When Sinclair gets all this additional gambling revenue, they will surely lower fees to carry their networks. (and if you believe that…)

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    Brian, what are the chances reality is catching up with WCBW and his ‘off shore Interests’ from those TCNB discussions.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    From the P-D:

    Sinclair president and CEO Chris Ripley said Thursday that what now is known as Fox Sports Midwest, as well as other regional sports networks Sinclair owns nationwide, will be available for customers to purchase independently.

    ”We have a pretty aggressive plan,” he said. “It will happen next year.”

    But indications are that offering could be later than sooner, so consumers should not expect that option to be in place if the Blues are back on the ice in January — or possibly even by the beginning of the baseball season next spring.

    https://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/relief-may-loom-for-those-shut-out-of-fox-sports-midwest/article_011b329f-e099-5c98-b69f-ab112d2944e6.html

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    Since MLB seems to be tacitly approving Sinclair’s headlong dive into gambling I wonder if this will put pressure on MLB to revisit their stances on Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose?

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    I highly doubt it. This is the next step in an evolution. For example, back in the summer of 2019, MLB announced DraftKings as its official authorized gaming operator, expanding a partnership that began in 2015.

    https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/07/25/draftkings-becomes-authorized-gaming-operator

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    I understand that allowing fans to gamble during the games is different than players or managers gambling on the games but it is still a bad look to me. It is like the organizer of an Alcoholics Anonymous group bringing booze to the meetings.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    It does not look like progress is being made.

    (As an aside, Derrick Goold was asked about alternatives to watch FSM in his chat last week and suggested MLB.TV. However, that would not help for in-market fans because the local team’s telecasts are blacked out…)

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    And here we go…

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    All of this confuses me. Question for anyone: I have direct TV. Will I be able to get the Cardinal games like I always have in the past?

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    Euro DandyEuro Dandy
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    Times are a changin. Older generations derived sports interest from franchise and player loyalty. Same with NCAA as players stayed in school four years and teams had an identity fans related to. Not the same now with free agency in pro sports and NCAA frequent transfers, one and dones, etc. My son tells me a lot of people his age (millennials) need a little skin in the game to build interest enough to follow it. Within-game betting adds to that. I live in VA where betting is just getting started. The first three sportsbooks have just received their licenses to operate in the last week or two. I have been reading some of the buzz about it.

    It’s similar to what’s happening to the stock market. Barriers to entry are gone (low/no cost brokers, fractional share purchases, markets driven by short term speculation/hope rather than company valuation). Ready available of highly leveraged 2x and 3x derivative-based commodity and sector funds for day trading. Short term trading vs investing. Really it’s gambling for most and it has definitely had an impact.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    No cutover date, other than “in the coming months”.

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    I gave up trying to find games on TV a couple years ago. I’ll sometimes tune in KMOX if Shannon is on.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Grays, I understand the situation and I am sorry that I had to take your post down, but I do not want it to appear that this site is condoning illegal methods to view pay content.

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    no worries!

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