Fay Vincent softens on sports gambling, not Pete Rose

Fay Vincent softens on sports gambling, not Pete Rose

August 08, 2017 3:06 AM
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Add former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent to the list of high-ranking professional sports league executives to advocate the fiscal benefits of the national legalization of sports betting.

The news of Vincent’s comments earlier this week to ESPN gaming columnist David Purdum became of interest because of his role in the lifetime ban of Pete Rose from baseball by then commish Bart Giamatti and Vincent, who played a major role in MLB’s decision to suspend Rose for life as then-deputy commissioner.

Vincent later failed to act on Rose’s request for reinstatement after he succeeded Giamatti, who died of a heart attack after serving just five months in office as the chief of baseball, shortly after his judgement against baseball’s all-time hits leader had been handed down.

Now, Giamatti says leagues need to go after its share of gambling money and the rise of value in current franchise’s are starting to include the expected value of the clubs should legal sports gambling be put on the fast track to regulation should the Supreme Court rule in favor of New Jersey in a case that is expected to be heard in just a couple of months.

“I don’t know how the feds or the states are going to act, but the money will come to the leagues one way or another,” Vincent said. “It will go to the teams. The unions are going to want a cut of it. The amout of money is going to mean enormous increases in players’ compensation, and officials, too; I mean the entire sporting world is going to benefit enormously.”

Still, Vincent, 79, stands behind the commissioner’s office to have Rose banned from all MLB operations, though Charlie Hustle has worked on the fringes of the game over the last decade, primarily as a television analyst for FOX.

Ironically, Vincent testified in support of the PASPA in 1992, which restricts single-game sports gambling to Nevada. A law that would surely be repealed. He also said he isn’t a proponent of gambling, but money talks and the upcoming Supreme Court case is “a big deal.”

“The American public wants to bet and it’s already betting,” Vincent said. “The complexities are staggaring, but it is such an enormous amount of money, you can see why people would be grasping for it.”

CUB (+120, 7.5u20) at SF (Wed., 12:45): The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner has allowed three runs in his last 19 innings (3 starts). Kyle Hendricks hasn’t won in his last five efforts, but he’s coming in with three straight decent outings and has a fair 3.76 road ERA.

MIA (+170, 8o15) at WAS (Wed., 4:05): Adam Conley has looked pretty decent since his return to the bigs for MIA.Conley has a 2.20 ERA over five road starts this season. The Nats’ Gio Gonzalez has an unbelievable one win at home this season despite an ERA of just 2.02 at Nationals Park. He had a no-hitter in his last outing against this Miami team, losing his chance at the no-no in the ninth on the road.

HOU (-145, 9o15) at CWS (Thu., 5:10): Brad Peacock, of the Astros, has won seven of his last eight starts. Peacock is up nearly five units for his backers this season and is 6-0 on the road with a 2.83 ERA away from home. Carlos Rodon has allowed nearly a .325 avg. to the expected HOU lineup in close to 40 PAs.

LAA (+150, 8o20) at SEA (Thu., 7:10): James Paxton – the M’s default ace for now – picked up his 12th win of the season on Friday, has a 2.15 ERA at home and an overall WHIP of 1.09. The expected Angels’ lineup hits close to just .200 against Paxton in well over 100 PAs. Lefty Tyler Skaggs allows well over a .300 mark to this M’s lineup in over 50 PAs.

ATL (+140, 9.5) at STL (Fri., 5:15): Adam Wainwright goes for St. Louis at home, where he has a 7-1 record this season with a 3.19 ERA. Wainwright hasn’t lost in his last seven starts. The Braves’ R.A. Dickey has been a steady innings guy as expected but is just 1-5 with a 4.99 ERA at home. The knuckleballer has allowed a .360 mark to the bulk of this Cards’ lineup.

SD (+170, 9.5) at LAD (Fri., 7:10): The Dodgers’ Brandon McCarthy has just one win over his last eight starts, and has allowed 15 runs over his last 17 IP over four starts, but that doesn’t matter in L.A. where they are winning at a rate that hasn’t been seen in over 100 years of baseball. Clayton Richard has an ERA above 5 and a 5-12 record, including just one road win. The current Dodger lineup against LHP is hitting around .375 against Richard in over 75 PAs.

MIN (-105, 9.5) at DET (Sat., 3:10): Twins righty Ervin Santana is 8-2 with a 2.52 ERA on the road. The Tigers counter with Jordan Zimmerman, who had an impressive outing against the Yankees last week to continue his post-break success.

CUB (-110, 10o20) at ARI (Sat., 5:10): Arizona got what it was looking for in Anthony Banda in his second start last week, as he picked up the win with a quality start and struck out seven at SF. Jon Lester allows around a .300 avg. to the expected D’backs’ lineup here over around 60-plus PAs.

CLE (-170, 9) at TB (Sun., 10:10): Corey Kluber hasn’t provided a profit to his backers despite his outstanding K-rate and 0.95 WHIP. Austin Pruitt made his biggest contribution as a Ray last week with his six innings of shutout ball in a win at HOU but he still has a 5.65 ERA on the season with a 1.56 WHIP.

BOS (-155, 8.5u20) at NYY (Sun., 5): Series-ender with Chris Sale for the Red Sox and C.C. Sabathia for the Yanks. Although Sabathia is up over eight units this season for his backers, he still toils with a 5.58 ERA here at home. The expected Red Sox lineup, however, hits just a little over .200 against the veteran lefty in well over 125 PAs. Sale is even tougher against the regular Yankee lineup vs. LHP, which bats just over .150 against him in nearly 90 PAs.