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Bookmakers work to generate interest

Amid the dog days of the MLB season, bookmakers are howling a lonely tune and pointing to August as their most challenging month of the year.

They cite a variety of factors tied to vacation time; the absence of regular-season NFL, NBA and NHL games; the fatigue of baseball betting; and a lack of enticing options. Bettors traditionally use the time to save up for the fall blitz of football wagering. 

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While books routinely retain more funds than they pay out, Las Vegas SuperBook Vice President Jay Kornegay said their profit share — known as “the hold” — is down during this time. 

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves.

It doesn’t help that the leading options for bettors are increasingly one-sided baseball matchups. 

“We know to set the odds high on those games, but they’re still betting them, ‘Give me the Braves, Mets, Yankees and Dodgers … ,’ and they’re usually all winning,” Kornegay said.

Tipico Sportsbook spokesman Sunny Gupta says 60% of his shop’s action this month is also on baseball. 

“During these dog days, we’ve focused our efforts on providing the best experience for live baseball by allowing users to bet on the next pitch, next inning, next three innings and, of course, the result of the game,” he said. 

Shrewd bettors aren’t entirely adverse to supporting teams playing out the string, as long as the underdog’s pitching is quality. 

On Monday, bettors attached to the Miami Marlins against the playoff-contending San Diego Padres and reaped the rewards because Cy Young Award candidate Sandy Alcantara was on the mound. 

The Marlins, a +112 home underdog, rode Alcantara’s arm to a shutout victory. 

Here are other wagering options for the August “dead period.”

WNBA postseason numbers

  • Las Vegas Aces at +175
  • Chicago Sky at +220
  • Connecticut Sun at +380
  • Seattle Storm at +550
  • Washington Mystics at +900
  • Dallas Wings at +4000
  • New York Liberty at +6000
  • Phoenix Mercury at +9000

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John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt Now Available for Pre-Order at WWE Shop

WWEShop.com has a new John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt that’s now available for preorder. And yes, it’s actually called a “Title Belt” on the website.

Fans can purchase their own for the cost of $999.99. It’s expected to ship starting Friday, September 23. Here are the title details from WWE Shop:

Product ID: 4997093
Material: 100% Zinc Alloy – Plate; 100% Leather – Strap
Title belt weighs approx. 6.17 lbs.
1st side plate measures approx. 4.5” x 4.5”
Main plate measures approx. 10.25” x 10.25”
2nd side plate measures approx. 3.875” x 3.875”
Snap fasteners
16 Gems represent John Cena’s 16 WWE World Championships
Spinning front plate reminiscent of John Cena’s custom championships over the years
Box measures approx. 18.687” x 10.687” x 12.75” (without handle) and weighs approx. 21.164lb (with title belt)
Includes exclusive sweatband set (100% Cotton), rally towel (100% Cotton) and box (100% MDF; 100% Metal Hardware)
Suitable for waist sizes up to 46”
Towel measures approx. 17” x 12”
Strap measures approx. 51.188” x 11.625”
Imported
Brand: WWE Authentic

Celebrate 20 years since the debut of one of the most legendary figures in all of the WWE by grabbing this John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt, including an exclusive rally towel and sweatband set. The gems in the spinning plate represent the 16 World Championship titles that Cena gained during his time dominating the WWE. Many of the graphics of the belt pay homage to iconic career moments, such as “U Can’t C Me.” Any true fan of “The Doctor Of Thuganomics” will have this piece proudly displayed in their fan cave.




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Show for sports collectibles and memorabilia hosted in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Sports fans and enthusiasts gathered Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Bangor for a daylong sports collectibles and memorabilia show. 

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. and wrapped up around 3 p.m.

Dan Parks is the organizer of the event. He said Saturday’s event was the biggest show they’ve had since starting back up in February. 

The shows are held every two months at the Elks Lodge and give sports lovers a chance to sell and trade their cards and other collectible items.

Parks said trading cards seem to be rising in popularity again in recent years. 

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, we saw kind of like a dying out of it. The card companies kind of mass-produced a lot of stuff, so there was a little bit less interest. We went through this time period where there really wasn’t much of an interest and over the last two years, three years we’ve really seen a resurgence of the collectibles hobby,” Parks said. 

Parks said the next collectibles show will be held in October.


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JJ Watt Responds to Fan Selling Merchandise to Pay for Funeral

This is why we love sports.

NFL star JJ Watt recently saw that a fan in Houston was selling some of her merchandise to help pay for her grandfather’s funeral and that is when he stepped in.

The Arizona Cardinals star, who once played for the Houston Texans, responded to a woman’s Tweet and told her to not sell anything.

He would go on to say that he would help cover her family member’s funeral expenses.

Since the story and Tweets surfaced, some on social media are questioning the woman’s story. There are allegations that suggest that the woman may be formulating a scam.

We will dive into that after we acknowledge what the NFL star was willing to do upon seeing the original Tweet.

Here’s her original Tweet and Watt’s response.

Now, let’s get to the scam part of this story. Some on Twitter are saying that the same woman here has asked for help in the past, with funeral expenses.

Still, if this is a scam, it does not overshadow the generosity of JJ Watt. We have covered a number of stories in the past where Watt has stepped up for people that are in need of help.

Here are a few Tweets that have surfaced claiming Simpson was attempting to scam others on social media.

 

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Final Four 2023: Downtown Houston to be busy with 4 college semifinalists in town, 2 Rockets games planned

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The college football season has yet to kick off, but here in Houston, we’re focused on college basketball’s postseason. That’s because Houston is preparing to host the NCAA Men’s Final Four next year.

When NRG Stadium hosts college basketball’s marquee event from March 31 through April 3, 2023, it will be the third time in 12 years Houston has done so, which is more than any other place on the planet during that time.

“The compact footprint downtown, the development downtown,” Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, noted when explaining why the NCAA continues to bring high-profile events to Space City. “Some of the construction was underway when we were here in 2016. All that is completed now. The campus for ancillary events for four teams to be downtown is as good as we find anywhere in the country. NRG Park is just a fantastic venue with its own space and great activation out there. It’s a great place for the Final Four.”

Gavitt paid a visit to Houston on Wednesday with corporate partners for a “familiarization tour” ahead of next year’s event. He says the planning process is “ahead of pace” from where the NCAA is historically at this point, crediting the Local Organizing Committee and the four host institutions for that.

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What’s different from when Houston hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2016? All four teams will stay in downtown hotels.

“Last time we were here, that wasn’t the case,” Gavitt explained. “Some of the teams were in the Galleria area. But just having that much more capacity downtown to create that incredible buzz (is important).”

Adding to that buzz, the Rockets will play two home games in downtown Houston’s Toyota Center on Final Four weekend. The Rockets will host Detroit on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and the Lakers on Sunday April, 2 at 6 p.m.

But what if local families aren’t interested in basketball?

There are so many different events that go on outside of the games. The March Madness Music Festival, Fan Fest, Final Four Dribble – they’re either free or low-cost.

There will be so many activities for families to engage socially and do things interactively. That’s a great weekend to experience all of that. In addition, as of Nov. 1, organizers will be seeking as many as 3,500 Houstonians to volunteer at the Men’s Final Four to commit to two shifts.

SEE ALSO: Houston is in a ‘fantastic spot’ 1 year out from hosting the 2023 Final Four

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Bookmakers work to generate interest

Amid the dog days of the MLB season, bookmakers are howling a lonely tune and pointing to August as their most challenging month of the year.

They cite a variety of factors tied to vacation time; the absence of regular-season NFL, NBA and NHL games; the fatigue of baseball betting; and a lack of enticing options. Bettors traditionally use the time to save up for the fall blitz of football wagering. 

POSTSEASON:  MLB announces 2022 playoff schedule 

HELP ON THE WAY:7 injured MLB stars who could reshape baseball’s World Series march

While books routinely retain more funds than they pay out, Las Vegas SuperBook Vice President Jay Kornegay said their profit share — known as “the hold” — is down during this time. 

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves.

It doesn’t help that the leading options for bettors are increasingly one-sided baseball matchups. 

“We know to set the odds high on those games, but they’re still betting them, ‘Give me the Braves, Mets, Yankees and Dodgers … ,’ and they’re usually all winning,” Kornegay said.

Tipico Sportsbook spokesman Sunny Gupta says 60% of his shop’s action this month is also on baseball. 

“During these dog days, we’ve focused our efforts on providing the best experience for live baseball by allowing users to bet on the next pitch, next inning, next three innings and, of course, the result of the game,” he said. 

Shrewd bettors aren’t entirely adverse to supporting teams playing out the string, as long as the underdog’s pitching is quality. 

On Monday, bettors attached to the Miami Marlins against the playoff-contending San Diego Padres and reaped the rewards because Cy Young Award candidate Sandy Alcantara was on the mound. 

The Marlins, a +112 home underdog, rode Alcantara’s arm to a shutout victory. 

Here are other wagering options for the August “dead period.”

WNBA postseason numbers

  • Las Vegas Aces at +175
  • Chicago Sky at +220
  • Connecticut Sun at +380
  • Seattle Storm at +550
  • Washington Mystics at +900
  • Dallas Wings at +4000
  • New York Liberty at +6000
  • Phoenix Mercury at +9000

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John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt Now Available for Pre-Order at WWE Shop

WWEShop.com has a new John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt that’s now available for preorder. And yes, it’s actually called a “Title Belt” on the website.

Fans can purchase their own for the cost of $999.99. It’s expected to ship starting Friday, September 23. Here are the title details from WWE Shop:

Product ID: 4997093
Material: 100% Zinc Alloy – Plate; 100% Leather – Strap
Title belt weighs approx. 6.17 lbs.
1st side plate measures approx. 4.5” x 4.5”
Main plate measures approx. 10.25” x 10.25”
2nd side plate measures approx. 3.875” x 3.875”
Snap fasteners
16 Gems represent John Cena’s 16 WWE World Championships
Spinning front plate reminiscent of John Cena’s custom championships over the years
Box measures approx. 18.687” x 10.687” x 12.75” (without handle) and weighs approx. 21.164lb (with title belt)
Includes exclusive sweatband set (100% Cotton), rally towel (100% Cotton) and box (100% MDF; 100% Metal Hardware)
Suitable for waist sizes up to 46”
Towel measures approx. 17” x 12”
Strap measures approx. 51.188” x 11.625”
Imported
Brand: WWE Authentic

Celebrate 20 years since the debut of one of the most legendary figures in all of the WWE by grabbing this John Cena Legacy Championship Collector’s Title Belt, including an exclusive rally towel and sweatband set. The gems in the spinning plate represent the 16 World Championship titles that Cena gained during his time dominating the WWE. Many of the graphics of the belt pay homage to iconic career moments, such as “U Can’t C Me.” Any true fan of “The Doctor Of Thuganomics” will have this piece proudly displayed in their fan cave.




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Show for sports collectibles and memorabilia hosted in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Sports fans and enthusiasts gathered Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Bangor for a daylong sports collectibles and memorabilia show. 

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. and wrapped up around 3 p.m.

Dan Parks is the organizer of the event. He said Saturday’s event was the biggest show they’ve had since starting back up in February. 

The shows are held every two months at the Elks Lodge and give sports lovers a chance to sell and trade their cards and other collectible items.

Parks said trading cards seem to be rising in popularity again in recent years. 

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, we saw kind of like a dying out of it. The card companies kind of mass-produced a lot of stuff, so there was a little bit less interest. We went through this time period where there really wasn’t much of an interest and over the last two years, three years we’ve really seen a resurgence of the collectibles hobby,” Parks said. 

Parks said the next collectibles show will be held in October.


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JJ Watt Responds to Fan Selling Merchandise to Pay for Funeral

This is why we love sports.

NFL star JJ Watt recently saw that a fan in Houston was selling some of her merchandise to help pay for her grandfather’s funeral and that is when he stepped in.

The Arizona Cardinals star, who once played for the Houston Texans, responded to a woman’s Tweet and told her to not sell anything.

He would go on to say that he would help cover her family member’s funeral expenses.

Since the story and Tweets surfaced, some on social media are questioning the woman’s story. There are allegations that suggest that the woman may be formulating a scam.

We will dive into that after we acknowledge what the NFL star was willing to do upon seeing the original Tweet.

Here’s her original Tweet and Watt’s response.

Now, let’s get to the scam part of this story. Some on Twitter are saying that the same woman here has asked for help in the past, with funeral expenses.

Still, if this is a scam, it does not overshadow the generosity of JJ Watt. We have covered a number of stories in the past where Watt has stepped up for people that are in need of help.

Here are a few Tweets that have surfaced claiming Simpson was attempting to scam others on social media.

 

30 famous people you might not know were college athletes

Stacker dug deep to find 30 celebrities who were previously college athletes. There are musicians, politicians, actors, writers, and reality TV stars. For some, an athletic career was a real, promising possibility that ultimately faded away due to injury or an alternate calling. Others scrapped their way onto a team and simply played for fun and the love of the sport. Read on to find out if your favorite actor, singer, or politician once sported a university jersey.




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College Football Playoff Board Discusses Moving Sport From NCAA – NBC 7 San Diego

Between conference realignment, frequent player movement and NIL deals, college football has undergone significant changes in the past few years. It appears that this could only be the beginning, though.

The College Football Playoff (CFP) board held a virtual meeting on Monday to begin discussing the possibility of restructuring how college football is governed, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

According to Thamel, the idea discussed was that major college football would be run by an governing body outside of the NCAA.

There was no specific governing body discussed, but one option would be with the CFP taking over control. The CFB board, which consists of 11 college presidents and chancellors, currently oversees the postseason playoff and other marquee bowl games.

While the conversation is significant, Thamel mentioned that this is just the first step of the discussion process and that nothing is imminent.

Stay tuned, because more changes could be coming to college football.


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