How much time do you really want to commit to watching baseball?
October 14, 2018 7:17 AM
by Dave Dye
As exciting as October baseball can be, there’s always the question of how much time do you really want to commit to watching?
Friday’s National League Championship Series opener between the Dodgers and Brewers lasted four hours and two minutes.
Saturday’s American League Championship Series opener between the Red Sox and Astros lasted four hours, three minutes.
Neither game went extra innings.
Speed it up?
Not so fast, says Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill’s U.S. sportsbooks.
Asher called baseball the “No. 1 sport for in-play” wagering in Nevada.
That’s because there’s more time to place those bets compared to other faster moving sports.
A common baseball wager, for instance, is whether a run will be scored in a particular inning. Not only are there numerous opportunities for that type of bet during the course of a game, it also “takes a three-hour event and chops it down to 20 minutes,” Asher said during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) last week in Las Vegas.
“There’s been talk about speeding up the game,” Asher added. “I always tell anybody associated with Major League Baseball, ‘Don’t speed it up too much because it’s an absolutely fantastic betting product.’ "