Cuban: Value of sports teams will double
Yes, legalized sports wagering will help sports leagues — even if they don’t get the clumsily-named money grab known as an “integrity fee.” Increased interest in the various sports will create more value. Substantially more value.
Regardless, the ability to bet will pump up all pro sports, with the NFL perhaps at the forefront.
The Kentucky Derby is the marquee event in horse racing, but, the way Bob Baffert sees it, the Preakness Stakes is more fun.
The Preakness is always my favorite leg in a sense because it’s more relaxing,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. It’s almost like you’ve been working so hard trying to get to the Derby. It’s been going on for months. Finally the Derby is over. Now everybody can settle down, take a deep breath. You come in here (for) the second leg, you get to watch the Derby winner. Down deep, the public wants to see the Derby winner win because it’s exciting. They want to see if this could be the (Triple Crown winner) one again. So it makes it exciting.”
Now all of a sudden, he gets a mistake, and Gary’s hits ’em out of the ballpark when you make a mistake to him. So that’s what gets me excited. When he’s controlling the zone, he’s on the short list of deadly hitters, and that’s what we’re starting to see more and more.
Sanchez was deadly in his first two big-league seasons, hitting .299 with 20 homers and 42 RBIs in a 53-game rookie season in 2016 and then .278 with 33 homers and 90 RBIs in 122 games last year.
This year, despite hitting for a low average, Sanchez has been productive, and that’s what matters to Boone.
I really don’t get caught up in average, Boone said. “I’m looking at OPS, on-base percentage, at-bat quality.”
Sanchez has improved his at-bats by being a smarter hitter of late.