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Bob Costas Takes Demetri Ravanos Behind The Scenes Of BASEketball

“At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.”

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Listeners to The Media Noise podcast with Demetri Ravanos here on Barrett Sports Media are in for a treat this week. Starting Friday, you will hear Part 1 of a 2-part interview that Ravanos did with legendary broadcaster Bob Costas (Part 2 will air November 24). 

During this interview, Costas talks about his relationship with Bomani Jones, who he works with on Back On The Record With Bob Costas on HBO, what his favorite minor league baseball team names are, and much more. But, he also gets into his role in the 1998 film, BASEketball

Costas had interacted with the Zucker brothers before and he actually was invited to do another one of their movies before, but he ultimately had to turn it down. 

“They had invited me to be part of The Naked Gun movie that includes all of the scenes at Anaheim Stadium. One of the scenes is when they pan across the broadcast booth, and again a sendup of the idea that you need a battalion of people to call a baseball game. I was supposed to be a part of that and I wanted to do it and I had some kind of conflict and couldn’t. I said to them if you ever have another project, let me know.”

However, Costas’s agent, the late Barry Frank, didn’t really want him to do the movie, but Costas wanted to give it a shot.

During this movie, Costas got the chance to work with Al Michaels in the broadcast booth. The two of them never got to work together until that point. While the two iconic broadcasters never met any of the other key figures in the movies since their scenes were shot on the last day of filming, they knew how important their scenes were. 

“They needed our scenes to tie the movie together. Without us, they didn’t have any connective tissue to tie the story to go from one part of the story to the next. At the beginning, it seems like it is fun and then they are tossing some lines our way you can’t believe even though there is one line attached to me that they use in the trailer.” 

However, the one issue that comes across is Costas and Michaels figuring out that they are both getting paid different amounts of money to be a part of the film. After Michaels threatens to leave, he ends up getting more money out of it. Neither of them knew how much they were getting until they ended up flipping a coin to determine who reveals their salary first. 

“When we take a break for lunch, Al says to me this may be going sideways. I say to Al at least it pays well. He looks at me and he says what do you mean. I said, well it’s more than fair…It turns out I was getting five times as much as he does. At least my agent who didn’t want me to do it was determined if you were going to do it, you were going to get paid through the nose. In the end, he got a little bit extra beyond what I got just so he can say he was made completely whole.”

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Bally Bet Delays NY Sports Betting Launch Until Spring

“We think that actually, the current version of sports betting is not a great business. It’s a fine business, it’s not a great business. “

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Don’t expect Bally Bet to launch in the NY Sports Betting market too soon. The Bally Bet sportsbook isn’t expected to launch until April, according to what Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim told CNBC’s Contessa Brewer.

With that targeted launch date, Bally’s will miss out on a couple huge sporting events, the Super Bowl and entire NCAA Tournament. These are obviously major time periods for the sports betting industry. However, Kim claims to be playing the long game and is okay with the fact they’ll miss out on the events.

“Oh yeah, we’re OK with that. I think that look, we have a longer-term plan and I think part of this is why maybe our plan isn’t fully being grasped by the public markets,” Kim told CNBC. “The public markets tend to be very short-term minded, what’s going to happen in the next earnings, what’s going to happen at the next, you know.

“But we think that actually, the current version of sports betting is not a great business. It’s a fine business, it’s not a great business. We think that there will be a wave of consolidation that will rationalize promotions. But more importantly, I think people will stop competing with just free money but people will start competing with product.”

Kim and Bally’s were hopeful that operators in New York would be more sensible pertaining to promotions due to the fact there are only nine licenses and the 51% tax. But it’s actually turned out to be ridiculous.

“As a New York state citizen, I thought this is great. I mean, it’s insane, it’s so… look, I think it’s kind of funny,” said Kim.

“Like literally – without casting aspersions on all of our fellow colleagues and industry participants – but you could literally open an account with one person, open an account with another person, get your free promotional money and bet separately, different ways on the same game, and you will win on one of them. Like, I don’t know why everyone’s not doing that.”

Caesars Sportsbook has given the biggest promotional offer, offering $3,300 in promos upon launching. As a result, the book was able to take a 42.7% share of the $603 million bet in the first nine days.

As of now, there are six sportsbooks live in the New York market after the BetMGM and PointsBet launchings. Three that are not: Bally Bet, Resorts World Bet, and the recently up for sale WynnBET.

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Four Major Sportsbooks Go Live in Louisiana Friday

Bettors in the state will also be allowed to bet on Louisiana college teams.

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Friday will be a great day for sports gambling in Louisiana as DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM are set to go online at 9 a.m. ET.

Nearly two years after State Senator Cameron Henry introduced a bill to legalize sports gambling and residents successfully voted in favor of the measure, Louisianans will be able to wager on this weekend’s NFL conference championship games among other sports offerings.

BetFred, which partnered with Paragon Resort Casino in Marksville, was the first retail book in Louisiana in October 2021, according to Action Network.

All but a select few parishes in the northern part of the state will participate. The parishes not allowing their residents to gamble were the ones that voted against legalizing the practice in November 2020.

Those residing in Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Sabine, Union, West Carroll or Winn, you’ll have to go to the closest neighboring parish or city to place a bet. However, those residents can create an account, deposit, and withdraw funds on either of the four available sportsbooks.

Bettors in the state will also be allowed to bet on Louisiana college teams. Residents of New York and Illinois are unable to do so for their schools.

The four sportsbooks will pay a combined 25% tax between online and in-person betting to the state. Expect plenty of money to be flowing back to the state government.

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Sports Media Rips Baseball Hall Of Fame For Barry Bonds Snub

“David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction.”

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Performance-enhancing drugs are a non-starter for some Hall of Fame voters. “Some” in this case likely means about 34% of those with a ballot. It is the only explanation for Barry Bonds not getting in.

The Hall of Fame revealed its 2022 class on Tuesday night. David Ortíz got the nod from 77% of voters. He was the only one to get more than the required 75% for induction. Bonds finished second in the voting with his name showing up on 66% of the ballots.

Bonds and Ortíz were amongst a group of candidates who were considered controversial. Based on numbers and on-field performance, they, along with Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, and Curt Schilling likely belong in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, Clemens, Ortiz, and Rodriguez have all been tied to the use of performance enhancing drugs and human growth hormone. Schilling has become something of a pariah in baseball due to his political extremism.

While cases can be made for all five men, the sports media seemed to zero-in on Barry Bonds. His exclusion drew a series of damning tweets and criticism of the Hall of Fame and its voters.

For the record, Barry Bonds is both the single season and all-time leader in home runs. He also holds the all-time record for walks and single season records for walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He is also a seven-time MVP and fourteen-time all star.

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