Badder Beats 16: theScore CEO John Levy and Rained Out Baseball
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An early spring opportunity to take in ultra-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays dissolves into the expanding lakes of rainwater in center field. Ah, well, at least we didn't have the bus ride back to Ft. Myers like the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
With no baseball on the field - except 15 minutes of infield practice - we dig into what became a newsy baseball day off it, with Major League Baseball putting the lean on sports betting regulators in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Mississippi, all the while adding MGM as a presenting partner for the Japan Opening Series between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. Make up your mind, MLB.
Away from the diamond and on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans continue to have an Anthony Davis problem.
John Levy, founder and CEO of theScore, which has applied for licenses to offer sports betting in New Jersey, tells us why he wants to become the first North American media company to make such a leap between content and commerce.
John Levy Interview Notable Moments
10:40: On how sports betting has "always, always been and integral part of why people love sports.”
11:10: “We know where you are, and we serve up data and content that is relevant to you.”
11:37: “People ask, ‘How are you going to compete with FanDuel and DraftKings?’ …. I wouldn’t trade our position with any of them.”