MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY
March 11th, 2019
Welcome back hope you have a great Monday!
On This Day In Sports:
- 1912 1st Stanley Cup game to be played in 3 20-min periods, formerly played in 30-min halfs, Quebec beats Moncton 9-3 on way to sweep
- 1917 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
- 1924 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweeps Ottawa Senators in 2 games
- Oakland A’s Keep Family Entertainment First at Ballpark
Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle
- The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is opening a new area in the ballpark and calling it The A’s Stomping Ground. The new 18,000-square-foot area will come complete with an inside section that has a stage, video wall and digital interactive experiences such as races against A’s players, a simulated hitting and pitching machine, and other activities.
- The team is also announcing a monthly ticket subscription for families called the A’s Stomping Ground Family Pass, which is $79 per month for five months for a family of four. Families can add additional passes for children for $15 per month and additional adult passes for $29.
2. ESPN Offering New Sports Betting Show
Photo: Doug Kezirian on the set of “Daily Wager,” ESPN’s new program for sports wagering. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
- Doug Kezirian will host “Daily Wager,” a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app. It’s the first regularly scheduled program that is solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests.
- “A daily ESPN show is an important milestone,” said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media. “Eight states have legalized it, with many more to come, and now a Disney-owned network is placing a seal of approval on openly betting on games.”
- More wagering experts have been integrated into pregame and highlight programs in recent years. ESPN’s “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” has a popular segment called “Bad Beats,” which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.
- A Bleacher Report survey found that 63% of fans between 21 and 34 years old believe sports betting is acceptable, compared with 51% of fans overall.
3. The AAF Regular Season is Half in the Books
- The AAF was founded by former NFL seasoned executives Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian this past March and has a leadership board including former NFL players Jared Allen, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu. The league features eight teams scatted across the U.S., seven of which that have some familiar faces from the Philadelphia Eagles looking to revive their football careers. The pool of former Eagles talent includes Penn State’s former quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receiver Josh Huff who was cut from the Eagles after three seasons due to a run-in with the law.
- The AAF hosts some big-time names from the past five years of the NFL as well including third overall pick Trent Richardson, two former Titans in Zach Mettenberger and Bishop Sankey, and a few former coaches from the NFL such as Mike Singletary and Steve Spurrier.
The football is real, it’s primarily the same game you see on the NFL gridiron. AAF co-founder Bill Polian calls it “real football by real football people for real football fans.” No gimmicks. No crazy promotions. No signings for name recognition only. “What’s been gratifying is that these guys are playing as hard as can be all of the time,” Polian said. “These are hard-hitting professional games. This is professional football.”