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Brant James and Ryan Butler make bad bets (where it's legal!) so you don't have to, and then they talk about it. They're standing in the intersection of sports, betting, pop culture and journalism, hoping that nobody runs a light. So let's talk about stuff.

Brant James and Ryan Butler make bad bets (where it's legal!) so you don't have to, and then they talk about it. They're standing in the intersection of sports, betting, pop culture and journalism, hoping that nobody runs a light. So let's talk about stuff.


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Brant James and Ryan Butler make bad bets (where it's legal!) so you don't have to, and then they talk about it. They're standing in the intersection of sports, betting, pop culture and journalism, hoping that nobody runs a light. So let's talk about stuff.








Betting on U.S. elections with Jimmy Vaccaro, injury information as a betting edge with ProFootballDoc, Episode 46

After two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden scores the intro with his way-back prediction of glory, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler are joined by South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro and’s Dr. David Chao. Vaccaro has yarns about how the wagering public has changed, and who’s he’d handicap as the next president, if it was legal in the United States, of course. Chao pops in to discuss analyzing sports injuries and how his service could benefit bettors. Jimmy...


Brees, Roethlisberger, Foles, Darnold, Siemian QB Casualties, Episode 45

NFL quarterbacks are falling like NFL quarterbacks with veteran stars Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger the greatest of the latest. The Saints will get their guy back. The Steelers get used to life with Mason Rudolph.'s Adam Thompson stops by to break down the breaking down and Dan Kilbridge joins Brant James and Ryan Butler later to explain why Notre Dame is going to make Georgia work this weekend. Adam Thompson on the NFL 2:18 – Daniel Jones will take over at quarterback...


NFL Week 2 and Tilman Fertitta on sports betting and owning the Rockets, Episode 44

As the Browns begin what seems like a long, inevitable slink back into misery, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler debut their personal Super Contest, oddly, and sadly agreeing on some key games. What’s to make of that massive Patriots’ line? In the big interview, Tilman Fertitta owner of a lot of restaurants – one of which you’ve surely patronized – The Golden Nugget casino chain, the Houston Rockets and now an author (“Shut Up and Listen! Hard Business Truths That Will Help You...


Andrew Brandt on NFL's Opening Week and Future, Episode 43

Former Packers vice president, agent and and The Athletic writer Andrew Brandt dispenses knowledge on the upcoming NFL season and its future, why Andrew Luck walked away, CTE, player leverage and how sports betting impacts it all.


NASCAR executive Scott Warfield on plans to benefit from legal sports betting, Episode 42

With the college football season unfurling fully in Week 1, Brant James and Ryan Butler hash out the Auburn-Oregon game and ponder other lesser matchups. NASCAR managing director of gaming Scott Warfield lays out the stock car series’ plans to utilize legal sports betting beginning in September. BADDER BEATS TIME STAMPS 5:46 – College football, Week 1. 6:30 – Brant nails his Week 0 prediction. 7:17 – Auburn at Oregon. 11:27 - Auburn’s Gus Malzahn could be under pressure...


College Football Analysis with Brett McMurphy; FedExCup with Matt Cooper, Episode 41

College football commences. The PGA Tour schedule is down to the king-making FedEx Cup. Badder Beats welcomes in a Stadium’s Brett McMurphy to break down the AP Top 25 preseason poll and a season ahead in sports betting (he’ll break some news on the future of the College Football Playoff) and Matt Cooper makes a long-distance call to assess the golf final. 1:51 – Oregon sportsbook announces it will begin taking bets on Sept. 7. 4:01 – On gerbil racing. Chinook Winds. Not...


NBA Sports Betting Over/Under Code Broken by Mark Strotman: Episode 40

NBA reporter Mark Strotman cracks the code on betting on the National Basketball Association. His analysis of over/under trends from the past decade will thrill and amaze you, and could have made you a very successful bettor. TIME STAMPS Mark Strotman on Betting the NBA in the Offseason 3:02 - On betting the over/under in the NBA. 5:39 - Breaking down how NBA teams fared in over/under betting over the last decade. 7:25 - Bet the the under for teams forecast to win more than 50...


English Premier League Betting Guide for Americans: Episode 39

As the English Premier League season gloriously approaches, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler defer to football expert Peter O'Rourke for betting tips, trends and insights. Also, Penn National Gaming helps seed major sports betting players into some potentially fertile fields. Sports Business Update 2:20 – Penn National Gaming acquisitions alter the sports betting map. 3:50 – theScore has options in Indiana and Mississippi before its New Jersey operation goes...


Bad Calls, Bad Beats and How They Will Change Sports Forever: Episode 38

On the eve of the Hall of Fame Game and potentially the first very bad officiating decision of the NFL season, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler dissect how technology and sports betting combine with human fallibility or rulebook loopholes to create noxious mess. FanDuel chief marketing officer Mike Raffensperger stops by to discuss an incursion into Pennsylvania. BADDER BEATS TIME STAMPS Legislative Update 2:21 – Iowa legislative update 3:02 – Ryan Butler guarantees that...


Ramirez-Hooker Junior Welterweight Title Fight Preview: Episode 37

Pugilism considered, as contributor Kelsey McCarson joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to analyze the Maurice Hooker-Jose Ramirez junior welterweight unification bout and boxing as an entity. Legislative update 1:38 – New York becomes the tenth guest state to legalize and implement legal sports betting. 3:00 – The confluence of states and sports betting and football. 5:15 – How the Hall of Fame game is like the NBA summer league. 6:50 – Jimmy Vaccaro moves back to...


How Bettors Should Assess NBA Free Agency, with DraftKings' Julian Edlow: Episode 36

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, New York becomes the 10th state to land a legal sports wager. Call it a Sea of Bet-quility. North Carolina follows suit – almost – by passing legislation to legalize sports betting. And as the frenzy of NBA free agency slows to a rolling boil – we think – DraftKings NBA analyst Julian Edlow stops by to assess who moved the odds and if it was justified. Time Stamps State...


Chris Christie and Black Sox Scandal, Part II: Episode 35

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drinks a symbolic tequila toast, analyzes the New Jersey sports betting market from germination to July and ruminates on what comes next, including maybe, perhaps, politics. And in the second and final installment of our series on the Chicago Black Sox Scandal, Society for American Baseball Research scholar Jacob Pomrenke puts the legacies of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver in perspective. He also draws strong comparisons between the baseball...


NBA Free Agency Aftermath and UFC239: Episode 34

Kevin Durant to the Nets, in a year and a half. Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn immediately. Kawhi Leonard …. who knows. Maybe he was just sparing Toronto a bummer of a Canada Day as NBA free agency opened. Agents and general managers were pummeling each other like UFC fighters. Speaking of which, UFC239 is this weekend and Jon Jones’ insatiable consumption of the light heavyweight division, according to oddsmakers, will continue. Pass the pepper, Thiago Santos. EPISODE 34 TIME...


NBA Free Agency, Debunking the Black Sox Scandal: Episode 33

As the manic NBA free agency festival draws ever near, there is speculation aplenty about landing spots for superstars and how a certain non-functional Achilles tendon could change everything. And Badder Beats unveils Part I of an informative and entertaining interview surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Black Sox scandal with Jacob Pomrenke, chairman of the Society for American Baseball Research’s committee on the topic. EPISODE 33 TIME STAMPS Legal Sports Betting...


Matthew Berry Hosts The American Gambling Awards: Episode 32:

Live from the Turf Club at Monmouth Park Racetrack - where the first legal sports bet in New Jersey was placed by Governor Phil Murphy in June, 2018 – Group Plc presents the first-annual American Gambling Awards. Designed to reward excellence in the online legal sports betting market in the United States, the AGA’s presented 14 Golden Eagle statues to stakeholders from politicians to sportsbooks. ESPN draft analyst and New York Times best-selling author (and Badder Beats...


US Open Betting Preview with Eamon Lynch, NBA Finals: Episode 31

Brant overcomes jet lag from his tour of Europe, then we talk with Golfweek columnist and Golf Channel contributor Eamon Lynch. We also go over the NBA Finals - and predict the winner of a Stanley Cup finals game that already happened. Plus we rip on Brant more as he announces his new-found love for cappuccinos and long-standing appreciation for opera.


The Logic of Sports Betting Authors (Part 2), Women's World Cup: Episode 30

Thom Cunningham of fills in more than admirably for Brant James, as the two hosts discuss Andy Ruiz Jr.'s shocking upset, preview the 2019 Women's World Cup and give some hot(!) takes on the Stanley Cup finals. Plus the second part of our interview with Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow, authors of the acclaimed book "The Logic of Sports Betting."


"The Logic of Sports Betting" authors Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow; Mark Strotman on The Finals: Episode 29

On the eve of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, contributor Mark Strotman joins the podcast with a bevy of prop bets and intel worth your time. How does Kevin Durant fit back in for the Warriors if he returns healthy? Can Kawhi Leonard do it – as in everything – again for the Raptors? Why so many questions? And in the big interview, Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow, co-authors of the lavishly praised and highly-worth-your-time “The...


Matthew Berry and Alexander Rossi: Episode 28

Proving that draft day sometimes comes before Memorial Day (and Carb Day always does), Badder Beats unleashes a deep, deep roster. It’s a P1 (as in podcast and pole position). New York Times best-selling author Matthew Berry, host of The Fantasy Show on ESPN+, comes aboard for musings on the new synergy between the fantasy and sports betting spheres, and his gig hosting the first-annual American Gambling Awards on June 18 at Monmouth Park. How did Berry make the transition from...


Sugar Ray Leonard, Jason Robins of DraftKings: Episode 27

On the one-year anniversary of the dynamiting of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, the ICE North America gaming trade show opens in the sprawling Boston Seaport district, drawing influencers from around the globe. Half of the podcast joined them, with Brant James prowling the hallways and interview rooms in search of the hot topics in the legal sports betting industry. In summary: lots of pro sports teams and leagues believe that eSports could be a massive betting...