With sports gambling now legal, MLB has struck a better deal with MGM Resorts than the NBA by offering Statcast data, which will surely drive betting lines:
MLB gaming deal with MGM Resorts Int'l is worth $80 million over 4 years, according to industry sources, far higher than the $25 million/3 year deal NBA has MGM. A couple of key differences in 2 deals - MGM gets exclusive use of some Statcast data and access into Japan w MLB.— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) November 28, 2018
Official comments from Rob Manfred, via ESPN:
“We are pleased to partner with MGM Resorts International, a clear industry leader in the sports gaming area, to work together on bringing innovative experiences to baseball fans and MGM customers,” Manfred said in a release announcing the deal. “Our partnership with MGM will help us navigate this evolving space responsibly, and we look forward to the fan engagement opportunities ahead.”
MLB is the third major U.S. professional sports league to partner with MGM, following the NBA in June and NHL in October, and continuing the shift in the American sports landscape.
That article also offers a “why” for the partnering:
“Agreements between sports leagues and the gaming industry enable all sports stakeholders to work together to eliminate the illegal sports betting market,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “With MLB’s announcement today, three major sports leagues now have official sports betting partners -- evidence of our continued commitment to protecting the integrity of both consumers and sporting competitions and that contracts remain preferential to statutes in all sports betting deals.”
MGM seems to have a lock on legal sports betting, so this move was probably inevitable, but it’s nice to see MLB getting a higher payout in these negotiations (although MLB will also have a higher volume of betting opportunities too).
More analysis to come on all things sports betting, I’m sure.
- The Brightline/Virgin Orlando-to-Tampa rail project has moved on to the lease negotiation phase, with the terminal expected to be in or around Ybor City.
NEW: @GoBrightline proposal for Tampa high-speed-rail station doesn't specify one site, but suggests line will come through Ybor City, and into downtown. Potential stations could be adjacent to new #Rays stadium, @GoHART terminal in north downtown, or something in between. pic.twitter.com/XkyzJ9HLW9— Noah Pransky (@noahpransky) November 28, 2018
- John Romano writes for the Tampa Bay Times about the looming Dec. 31 deadline for the Rays stadium decision and the unique perspective of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
- The Rays are not expected to release any more players from the 40-man roster ahead of the upcoming contract deadline
- Neil Solondz weighs in on the Rays pitching staff:
- Scheduling conflicts will postpone the annual Ted Williams Museum dinner until 2020
- Another former Ray gets a coaching job:
- Blake Snell’s Top 5 sneakers!
- Marc Topkin dunked on former MLB executive Tony Blengino for a write up in Forbes disparaging Blake Snell’s Cy Young win
- The Giants are shopping Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Sullivan says he’ll be cheap!
- Ken Rosenthal weighs in on Nelson Cruz’s value on the open market:
To some executives, the fact the Rays designated Cron for assignment, then lost him on waivers to the Twins when they could not trade him, bodes ominously for Cruz in free agency.
- Beyond the Box Score says Andrew McCutchen is a worthwhile investment
- The Yankees have traded a familiar name to the Cubs:
Cubs have acquired INF Ronald Torreyes from the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Chicago's 40-man roster is now at 39.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) November 28, 2018
- Grant Brisbee weighed in on the A’s stadium plans
- [insert Attendance commentary here]
BREAKING: After the smallest actual crowd in more than eight years witnessed Tampa Bay beat the 49ers at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs are offering season pass members two complimentary tickets each for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) November 29, 2018