After several weeks of getting caught up on this season’s college basketball teams here in the Tuley’s Takes home office, March is finally here and we’re ready for the conference tournaments and the main event, March Madness. We can’t wait to be betting on NCAA Tournament games and tracking the progress of our brackets.
I’ve been covering the Las Vegas sports betting scene for more than 24 years (Thanksgiving weekend will make it a quarter century) with the last 4.5 years writing this column for VSiN. I’ve long believed that sports betting is a legitimate journalistic beat, even back when I was on the copy desk at the Daily Racing Form. Even though DRF was the “horseplayer’s Bible,” we knew there was a big crossover between sports bettors and those playing the ponies. And even though sports betting in the United States was only legal in Nevada, we knew there were bettors from coast to coast engaging in this activity and craving this kind of content. I was proud to be brought on at ESPN.com in 2011 as they recognized the turning tide in sports betting in this country, and now of course with VSiN.
The question I get asked the most (well, besides inquiries about my dog-or-pass philosophy) is: “How do you come up with your column ideas?”