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STATSCORE’s Betting Industry Review 27/07/2020

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  1. Athletes divided on the obligation to wear masks
  2. Moneyball pioneer praises Liverpool’s use of stats in transfers
  3. Will sports betting help Massachusetts survive the crisis?
  4. NBA restarts in the bubble
  5. Legal sports betting is making illegal wagers unpopular

Athletes divided on the obligation to wear masks

COVID-19 caused an unprecedented disruption in the world of sports in mid-Match. According to o Dr Christopher Worsham, a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the virus is still  “calling the shots”.

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The world’s top sports leagues have already come back or are gearing up to restart soon mind the pandemic. In most cases, the games are, of course, going to be held without fans in empty stadiums. Meanwhile, athletes are expressing different opinions about the need to wear masks during games. Read more

Moneyball pioneer praises Liverpool’s use of stats in transfers

‘It is brilliantly executed’ – Billy Beane, the Moneyball guru who pioneered the use of sabermetrics in baseball, praises Liverpool use of statistics in their transfer strategy.

The Reds’ clever use of data analysis to drive transfer decisions was been backed by the man who mastered such an approach in baseball.

“At Liverpool, a great example is Salah. They spent about £40m on him from Italy, which is a lot of money. At the time, people thought that was too much but as it turned out, he was worth far more than they paid for him” – Beane said. “To me, that’s a great example of exploiting a data advantage – spending a lot of money, but getting far more value out of it than what people expect” – he added.

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Will sports betting help Massachusetts survive the crisis?

A Boston Red Sox executive thinks that legalizing mobile sports betting is a “low-hanging fruit” that could help the state’s finances in these difficult times. And the state’s Governor seems to agree.

Governor Charlie Baker says he agrees that revenues from legal sports betting could help Massachusetts recover from the crisis caused by the pandemic.

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“We wanted to give Massachusetts the ability to have people play here rather than playing elsewhere. And I absolutely believe that, in addition to sort of the cross-border competition issues that would be addressed by doing something here in Massachusetts, it would certainly generate revenue and it would be something that a lot of people would be interested in here at home as opposed to doing across the border. We’d like to see that happen.” – Baker said. Read more

NBA restarts in the bubble

It’s going to be the strangest NBA playoffs in the history of the game. The league is restarting in a bubble with players from 22 teams gathered at the Walt Disney World in Florida.

The scrimmages are already on – and the season will officially restart on Thursday! How are the players and teams dealing with unusual conditions they found themselves in? Read more

Legal sports betting is making illegal wagers unpopular

The spread of legal betting across the U.S. is helping curb illegal wagers, according to new research from the American Gaming Association.

The most crucial factors in a sports bettors moving from unregulated bookies to legal platforms were confidence in having winning bets paid (25%),  awareness of legal options (%), and a desire to use a regulated book (19%). Read more

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