It’s amazing how August is flying by here in the Tuley’s Takes home office as we move closer to the real football season. This is usually a great time to clean out the ol’ reporter’s notebook, even if that’s a misnomer. Our reporter’s notebook more often includes a sloppy stack of handwritten stats and betting trends, plus printed schedules and charts along with bookmarked websites.
Red Smith and Grantland Rice are rolling over in their graves!
I have my “Press” hat on after spending Tuesday morning on the “Best Practices for Covering Sports Gambling” panel at the AP Sports Editors conference at the Flamingo. I shared how I started my journalism career in the Chicago suburbs dreaming of being the Bears’ beat writer and how a 1990 trip to Arlington Park, which is sadly on its last legs, introduced me to horse racing and gambling — and eventually turned me to the dark side of sports betting journalism when very few were covering the industry. If we had held a sports betting writers convention at the turn of the century, we could have held it in my Saturn (how’s that for a historical reference?).
However, I also believed that sports betting was a legitimate beat, as much as covering any team or other part of the sports world, and that’s how I’ve treated it in my stints at the Daily Racing Form and on my own ViewFromVegas.com website, ESPN.com and VSiN.com. Even though sports betting was legal only in Nevada until the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that all states could decide for themselves, interest was always high in how Vegas viewed sports in regard to futures book odds and individual game lines.