Wednesday’s Lead: NBA’s and MGM’s Landmark Gambling Partnership

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NEWS: Adam Silver Eyeing Gold

The NBA and MGM Resorts inked a reported three-year, $25 million deal that will give the casino conglomerate access to the league’s official data and intellectual property. Matt Moore breaks down the nuances of the interesting-as-hell data-sharing agreement

I Got It At Ross
The NBA’s Vice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming doesn’t have the most concise title (NBAVPHoFaG), but Scott Kaufman-Ross is one of the principal architects of the league’s trailblazing gambling strategy. Matt Moore sits down with SK-R for an exclusive Q&A

Big Data = Big Win
Much like the oxpecker bird that eats ticks off a zebra’s back, the unique data-sharing relationship between the NBA and MGM will be incredibly symbiotic

Mobile Sports Betting
Somewhat lost in yesterday’s news was MGM CEO Jim Murren’s announcement that mobile betting will be available at New Jersey’s Borgata casino by the end of the week…

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GOLF: DJ Makes It Look Easy

Jason Sobel has watched more golf than almost anyone, so when he says Dustin Johnson makes playing the game look easier than anyone else ever has, it means something. Despite his insouciance (word of the day), DJ’s the man to beat this week at the Bridgestone Invitational…

Out of the Woods
As Tiger embarks on the final Akron-based edition of the WGC-Bridgestone, Sobel reminisces about the events that allowed him to move up 1,149 spots in the world ranking to qualify for this field…

Perry’s Picks
Josh Perry’s been on fire of late, and this week he’s targeting two massively underpriced favorites


Redskins: Alex Smith and Jay Gruden … what’s there not to like? Here’s why there’s value in Washington’s under, according to Danny Donahue…

Lo Duca: How does it feel getting traded at the deadline? Paul Lo Duca recounts when the Dodgers shipped him to the Marlins…

World Series Odds: The Brewers, Pirates, and Dodgers all made major additions yesterday — here’s how the trade deadline affected World Series odds

Fantasy Football: Have some passionate feelings when it comes to RB3’s? This is the podcast for you

DFS Week 1Chris Raybon breaks down the best DFS values for the first DFS slate of the season

CFB: Hook ‘Em

Tom Herman’s second season in Austin comes with Texas-sized expectations, and Collin Wilson thinks the Longhorns have the cattle to compete in the Big 12. Here’s the wager he’s targeting

Texas Tech Has A … Defense?
It sounds strange, but the Red Raiders have a good chance to win more than six games by not allowing the opposing team to score 50+ points in each contest…

Ames-ing High
After pulling off shocking wins against Oklahoma and TCU last season, the secret is out on Iowa State. That being said, Wilson still thinks the Cyclones have a good chance to exceed their Vegas win total

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