Stories by Michael Sykes

MLB's deal with Sportsradar presents data privacy questions

Jesse Chavez of the Cubs pitching
Jesse Chavez of the Cubs pitching in spring training. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Major League Baseball has inked a new multi-year deal with Sportsradar to make the firm its exclusive gatekeeper for betting data across the globe, starting with the 2019 season.

Why it matters: This deal could pave the way for in-game betting opportunities in baseball — the sport most ripe for live wagering with so many stops and starts between pitches. Sportsradar will get that data seconds before other non-MLB feeds do.

Junior college football's cloudy future

The Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton played JUCO football. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Troubling financials, negative press and NCAA rules have put the future of junior college football (or JUCO) on shaky ground. Several programs have shut down in recent years, and the fear is that this trend will continue.

Why it matters: Junior college football has long been a lifeline for players who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks, while also serving as a farm system for Division I's top programs.

DraftKings expands its sports betting operation with Caesars deal

DraftKings logo in a hockey arena
Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

After a lengthy wait, DraftKings has finally landed a sports betting partner after the company signed a multi-year deal with Caesars Entertainment.

Why it matters: The deal gives DraftKings Sportsbook access to betting markets in the 14 different states where Caesars is already operating, including Pennsylvania where mobile betting is expected to go online this fall.

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