Podcast: Dave Mason on how sports books view the NFL, college football

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Dave Mason from BetOnline.ag joins me for a wide ranging conversation. Among other topics, we discuss:

  • How a bartender changed his life
  • The similarities between breaking into a new field and wagering on sports
  • How the NFL has treated sports books in 2017
  • How BetOnline sets the markets, usually with the earliest football lines
  • The difference between Thanksgiving and Christmas for volume of wagers

The sports markets are quantitative by nature, and I always enjoy hearing from those that run the sports books. Dave is a great follow on Twitter, as more than 30 thousand people can’t be wrong.

After my interview with Dave, I do my own segment that answers the question: What is sports analytics good for?

The answer has to do with sports science and college basketball. Listen at 30:32.

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  1. Fred smerlas says

    If your prediction model has predictive value and that value can be demonstrated by betting with sportsbooks like BOL, wouldnt BOL be afraid of the masses betting that value? Or is it easier to just align with a sportsbook and get kickbacks for sending bettors\members their way?

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