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Sunday, August 2, 2015

DraftKings ads now on baseball-reference.com

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Say it ain't so.  The DraftKings ad is on the home page.

I just noticed it on a player page.  Here is the link for Bryce Harper:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harpebr03.shtml

If you page down you will find a DraftKings ad in the form of an individual chart with Harper's name.  It's between:
- Player Value -- Batters
- Postseaon Batting

You can't miss it.  Part of what is even more disconcerting is that it seems to be a natural extension of the baseball-reference.com data.  Part of the ad above the chart:

"Get a Free Play Index Subscription with $15 deposit on Draft Kings"

"Play Index" is the baseball-reference.com ad hoc data query function, for which baseball-reference.com charges $30 per year.  The statement above contains this link:

http://www.sports-reference.com/blog/2015/02/get-free-play-index-subscription-with-15-deposit-on-draftkings/

It's clearly a co-marketing arrangement between DraftKings and the parent site of baseball-reference.com (sports-reference.com), which also has links to its data on football, basketball, etc.

baseball-reference.com is my favorite baseball website.  I have a subscription for its "Play Index".  It's a private company with no affiliation to mlb.com that I know of.

Much more troubling:

Major League Baseball "an investor in the “daily fantasy sports” website DraftKings". Sunday, July 26, 2015

... I have noticed people who work on the MLB Network making picks of the day ...

On the face of it the practice seems appalling.  Are active players allowed to play fantasy baseball?  Are active players allowed to provide advice on fantasy baseball?

A company named Draft Kings is listed as an official partner of MLB

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DraftKings gets more money from Major League Baseball. Monday, July 27, 2015 7:48 AM

Major League Baseball, Inc. and a Yankees business entity have invested in DraftKings.
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Pete Rose today: Draftkings addict? What player and/or manager is? Monday, July 27, 2015 8:51 AM

Apparently there's a gambling disconnect between real and fantasy games such that it's OK to construct and essentially bet on fantasy teams that represent real results of real players in real games.  That's the legal loophole in most states through which sports leagues that oppose real gambling on their real games have driven through with a vengeance.  But has their greed blinded them to all too obvious questions?

Are players, managers and coaches allowed to participate, i.e., gamble on fantasy games played by fantasy teams whose results are derived from the performances of those same players, managers and coaches? ...


Isn't this exactly the kind of insider stuff that was so insidious about Pete Rose gambling on baseball games while Rose was manager of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1980s?  If you'll pardon the double/double meaning: isn't it like Pete Rose on steroids? ...

And what about team management and ownership?  Are they allowed to participate in fantasy baseball?  In this fantasy world it doesn't matter if your favorite player changes teams before the trading deadline as long as he continues to play.

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