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Pitching Gambling

from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Back to the Garden, where Rosen, apparently ordered to enter without his dignity, was forced to bang away some more in pursuit of more suckers.

Over a DraftKings graphic encouraging viewers to “Place Your Bets Now,” Rosen was stuck reading ad copy about how one could still win money betting this game. Rosen:

“Here are the DraftKings live odds. Download the top-rated DraftKings app and bet live during the game. Plus, for the first two games of the season, when you place a $25 bet on any hockey game, you get a free $10 bet.”

Not for a second would anyone who has experienced Rosen’s straight-arrow approach since he began calling MSG’s Rangers games in 1984 believe he personally endorses in-game gambling on hockey, or any other kind of sports gambling.

He deserves better. But at 73, Rosen must remain a company man, and if that now includes being a gambling shill, so be it. It doesn’t matter if he takes his orders from Gary Bettman — pronounced “Bet, man!” — or Jimmy Dolan, who has fought substance addictions, Rosen doesn’t fit the role of a bad-odds cash hustler.

I’d never put Rosen on the spot to ask him to defend himself.

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Down River Dan's avatar

Glad you posted this Paul, because I can’t believe how many ads for draft kings and other online sports betting and casino sports books I am bombarded with lately. On TV, radio, and streaming services I must see 9-10 per day without exaggerating…..I find the whole idea of sports leagues in bed with this industry a little distasteful….but hey..a bucks a buck right gary

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Posted by Down River Dan on 01/16/21 at 02:30 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I just don’t understand how you can have legal betting on a sport that doesn’t allow any transparency with player injuries. People with knowledge of these injuries can have insider information which if it is illegal in the stock market, but legal here? Hello slippery slope.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/16/21 at 02:58 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Advertising during football games has been obnoxious this season as well. I enjoy blackjack and horse races once or twice a year but there’s no chance I would bet on sports. It would take the fun away for me in just kicking back and watching games.

Alas, I have learned to tune it out, just like the Aaron Rodgers commercials.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/16/21 at 05:36 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

In other news, Pete Rose has been appointed deputy commissioner of sports betting for the NHL.  Per NHL policy contract details remain undisclosed.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/17/21 at 03:01 PM ET

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I’m pretty sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. The NHL (and other leagues) have just begun their partnerships with the gambling industry. They all want to use this as a way to keep the viewer engaged in the game. Pretty soon I expect we’ll see a ticker of prop bets that can be placed “now”. They also want to make it so people can easily place bets from within the arenas.

I’m really not against sports gambling but the partnerships between the leagues and the big casinos just feels wrong. I quit watching a lot of football because fantasy football became too intertwined with the broadcast. I hope gambling doesn’t become the same thing.

Posted by evileye on 01/18/21 at 10:26 AM ET

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