"Upton on Sports" Blog by Larry Upton

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"CARD No.137".............
12/21/2014 @ 09:14 AM
"Sy Berger's" not a household name but he's had an influence on every kid who loved baseball...he was the creator of modern baseball cards.....

"SPORTS ACTIVIST - A TURN-OFF".....
12/20/2014 @ 09:26 AM
If you want the world to know your beliefs (political or otherwise) do it on your own time - don't do it on my dime - I didn't spend most of my weeks pay to buy a ticket to see you preach - I payed to see you play!.........

"BREAKING UP IS HARD" (to do).............
12/19/2014 @ 09:43 AM
Celtic's ties to the past has been severed - Boston traded Rondo to Dallas and in the process may have given the Mavericks a chance at another title.

"IT BEGIN'S WITH THE FAMILY"..................
12/18/2014 @ 08:32 AM
Forget grabbing on to sport hero's to be your role models - follow your family - if your lucky enough to have a "functional family".............

"THIS and THAT"....................
12/17/2014 @ 09:30 AM
This morning's newspaper had an abundance of interesting sports stories - much more than normally. Ranging from baseball player smuggling - possible firing of a football coach - a major star may only be used as a DH - and Marlins paying $16 million to get a former bench warmer from the Giants...

"BIG LEAGUE MYSTERY"...........
12/16/2014 @ 09:07 AM
Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey (33) was found dead at the base of a Texas 100-foot cliff this past Halloween - was he high on drugs when he fell?

" PAINS OF LOSING"......................
12/15/2014 @ 09:45 AM
With just a few weeks remaining of the NFL football season we have a good idea which teams are good - which are lousy - and how playoffs will line-up. It's "depression" time for many fans....

"BLACK MONDAY"..............
12/14/2014 @ 08:44 AM
Coach's are dispensable - working in the NFL's not a walk-in-the-park......the day after the regular season's over is called "Black Monday" for a reason. Heads roll..........

"THEY DON'T NEED RINGS"..........................
12/13/2014 @ 09:28 AM
Boston's planning to make a bid for 2024 Olympic Games - but already have anti-Olympic groups ready to protest....

"RENT-A-PLAYERS"....................
12/12/2014 @ 02:53 PM
Baseball's changed - the way players are "traded" far different than what use to be - we're now in an era of "rent-a-players" - moved like "kings" in a chess game..............


"INSTANT GRATIFICATION"..........

Posted on 12/22/2014 @ 08:11 AM


Our need for "Instant Gratification" could destroy us - we need everything "NOW." New websites like FanDuel - DraftKings are changing the way sports are consumed - Fantasy" now mainstream. FanDuel last week crowned a new King for their 2014 FanDuel Football Championship held in the nations gambling capital - Las Vegas. They made Scott Hanson of Pasadena, California a new millionaire. In addition to the $2 million first prize money - Eric Snead of Virginia won $1 million for coming in second place - John Lovelace of Atlanta won $500,000 for coming in third place.

FanDuel's prize money's not "chump change." FanDuels first prize money the largest of any fantasy sports competition. No surprise why FanDuel is beating their competition. Since 2009 FanDuel has taken the one-day fantasy sports concept from launch - to paying out over $10 million in prizes every week. New public and private leagues form daily and range in size from two to thousands of players. Buy-ins start at $1.00 - payouts happen immediately after games end. While the company's based in New York city - they have an office in Edinburgh, Scotland. FanDuel's ventured backed - has raised $88 million from an impressive list of investors like - NBC Sports Ventures - Shamrock Capital - Comcast Ventures - Pentech Ventures - Piton Capital - Bullpen Capital - KKR - to name just a handful.

What's Fantasy Sports attraction? Obviously quick money. Fantasy Sports leagues are growing so fast they're revolutionizing the industry. Players no longer married to traditional season-long teams. You can now pick a whole new team each day - or in the case of football - each week. Make the right moves and you may find yourself with extra beer money for your game-day viewing - or in a best-case scenario - a life-changing influx of cash like Scott Hanson was handed in Vegas last week.

The two companies at the forefront of the daily fantasy sports industry are FanDuel and DraftKings. New York- based FanDuel struck up a partnership with the Brooklyn Nets - while Boston-based DraftKings has a deal with the New England Patriots - plus partnership with Major League Baseball. Both fantasy companies are members of the FSTA. FanDuel claims most their business - 70 percent - comes from "mobile" devices.

With "Fantasy Sports" spreading across the country like firestorm's raging through wheat fields in Kansas and Oklahoma it has it's critics. As with all gambling there's concern that daily players can become addicted. Gamblers Anonymous declined to comment about the craze sweeping the country. They wrote in a recent e-mail -"Gamblers Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues."

"Fantasy Sports" - fueled by people's need for - "INSTANT GRATIFICATION" and cash - (tolerance - patience - traits long forgotten) could well lead to society's self-destruction - "Forty-one million" plus people play "Fantasy Sports daily - should this concern us?.............

Larry Upton
"Upton on Sports"
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