We could all use a little more money. And there’s no-one in the world who doesn’t think about using their passion to make money. The truth is that most people aren’t willing to try. So, whether it’s a way of making a few bucks here and there or finding a real career, let’s look at how to make it a reality. Here’s how your love of the game (whatever game that may be) can put some dough in the bank.
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Are you informed? Are you opinionated? Are you the person that always seems to have the facts and figures to support what you say that leaves your friends without a comeback? Then you might just be the kind of person who could make it talking about sports online. Whether you’re running a blog or speaking through Youtube or podcasts, there’s always room for up-and-coming mouthpieces who know how to win and audience and drop some knowledge. It’s a competitive field, but it’s also one with plenty of opportunities for monetization. For instance, you can use affiliates programs or sponsors related to the subjects you’re covering, like betting sites or sports memorabilia businesses. You could also go into writing books or even branching into journalism from covering sports for your own brand.
NBA All-Star Weekend is a fun time for NBA players to bask in their fame and rub elbows with celebrities. The game itself is usually high-scoring, but doesn’t get competitive until the fourth quarter, if it is close at all.
Some may even say the highlight of the weekend is the skills competitions that take place on Saturday night. The Slam Dunk competition has a few names in it, but nothing like the stars that would enter in its golden era. The three-point competition is probably my favorite competition of the night since there’s rarely ever something new tried in the dunk contest these days.
We list the betting odds for the All-Star Game MVP, Dunk Contest, Three-Point Competition, Rising Stars Game MVP and Skills competition winners. We also pick some winners for the prop bets.
I LOVE prop bets. I actually get more joy out of betting Super Bowl prop bets than betting against the spread. Yes, most are a crap shoot, but with the right research, you can end up winning bets with very favorable odds.
I’m not saying you can research who will win the coin toss, but there are many other player and team prop bets out there that have nice odds.
Some prop bets aren’t worth the money (the vig isn’t worth the slight risk), but sometimes you just have to lay a few bucks down, cross your fingers and wish for the best.
I picked out some of the most popular (and the most absurd) prop bets for Super Bowl 51. We also pick the game against the spread.
I ended up going .500 against the spread and over/unders last week. I was burned by Seattle and many of the overs hit. I wasn’t as bullish on the scoring, just like this week.
Both conference championship games are rematches from games in late-October. All four teams were without at least one major player in those games. Heck, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t even play in their loss at home to the Patriots.
Which former teammates back will make the biggest impact on the ground in the Steelers/Patriots game, Le’Veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount?
We pick every NFL Conference Championship games against the spread.
Your boy had a rough Wild Card Weekend. I missed a two over/unders by just a few points and really had a rough Sunday. I usually kill it in the postseason, so hopefully it was just an off week.
All four games this weekend are rematches from games early in the season. Don’t get too hung up on the outcomes from those games since all the games took place in September and October. Many impact players like Tom Brady and Dez Bryant didn’t even play in those contests.
Will the first-round bye leave teams rusty or will they come in well-rested?
We pick every NFL Divisional Playoff round games against the spread.
I’m limping into the postseason after back-to-back near-.500 weeks against the spread.
I’ve already done pretty darn well picking games against the spread in the postseason. I find it to be easier than picking the games straight up. Injuries will play a huge factor this week as two teams are playing backup quarterbacks.
Three of the four playoff games are being played outdoors, so check weather reports before kickoff.
Will the teams that finished hot this year stay hot when the pressure is on?
Will the backup quarterbacks make a name for themselves and pull off upsets this weekend?
We pick every NFL Wild Card Weekend game against the spread.
I finished 9-7 last week and suffered a few bad beats. I want to end the regular season with a strong week, but Week 17 is usually a crap shoot.
I’ve spent the last couple days battling a horrible flu. I did have a chance to study who may sit Week 17. I also explain which teams still have something to play for this Sunday.
A lot of weird stuff happens during the last week of the season. We are almost guaranteed to have some receiver or running back have 200+ yards or some backup quarterback pull a ‘Matt Flynn’ and throw for a ton of yards. Can Raiders backup QB Matt McGloin be this year’s Week 17 surprise?
We pick ever NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 17 of the 2016 NFL season.
I finished 9-6-1 last week after betting on a lot of covers. It worked in my favor and most of the favorites did well against the spread last week.
Betting games late in the NFL season does pose a few extra things to consider than betting early season games. Not only do you have to factor in weather issues, but a team’s motivation to win could be a huge factor. If a team has nothing left to play for, it could hurt their performance against the spread.
Also, you don’t want to make motivation the ‘end all, be all’ factor. Players on bad teams are still playing for contracts this offseason and roster spots next year. You have to toe a thin line at this point in the season.
We pick ever NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 16 of the 2016 NFL season.