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52 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
NFL Divisional Round Preview And NHL Geography With Jess Udy
Betting Matters host Mark Thomas is joined by Jess Udy to recap the NFL Wild Card round weekend and to preview the Divisional Round. Mark gives a prediction for his Packers based on a throwback Niners/Packers game, and Jess talks about his plans to attend the Rams/Buccaneers game. Jess has been crushing it on his NBA bets lately. Lastly, Mark ponders such philosophical questions like "Why do the Florida Panthers play in Sunrise, FL instead of Miami?" and "How are the two best teams in the NHL from Florida?" (Eat your heart out Canada)
62 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
NFL Week 18 Wrap-Up And Wild Card Round Predictions
Mark Thomas is joined by Jess Udy to discuss the crazy games and endings in Week 18 of the NFL season. Then they do a game-by-game analysis and predictions (both ATS and moneyline) for this upcoming weekend's Wild Card round games. They wrap up with Jess discussing his recent college basketball sports betting endeavors and a preview into the system that he uses.
60 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Bye Bye Ball And Chain, Hello Betting Matters with Jess Udy
The Ball and Chain podcast is history, and Mark Thomas kicks off the new Betting Matters podcast with his good pal, Jess Udy. Mark and Jess begin with the NFL playoff picture, first chatting about Jess' Buccaneers, then moving on to Mark's Packers, and wrapping up with the rest of the NFC and AFC. Then they get into some picks for this weekend's NFL playoff games and Jess talks about some of his recent sports betting wins in the NFL, college football, NBA, and college basketball. Jess breaks the news that he's moving to Miami, and Mark talks about how amazing it's been since he moved to Miami in October. Lastly, they give the big thumbs down to Hub Arkush, the reporter from Chicago that has an MVP vote and who says that he's not voting for Aaron Rodgers for MVP despite him being the best player on the field.
55 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Regional Sports Broadcasting With Ben Wilson From Quake/VSIN
Ball and Chain host Mark Thomas is joined by Ben Wilson, a play-by-play and sports betting broadcaster for a variety of TV and radio networks, including ESPN+, SEC Network, Fox Sports Midwest, Pac-12 Network, and Stadium. They kick things off by discussing some Wisconsin sports (Ben is also from WI), then dive into how the landscape for regional sports networks (RSN's) have changed over the past 20 years. Ben is also the host of Pete Rose's Daily Picks Podcast alongside Pete Rose for Quake Media, and Mark and Ben discuss what it's like to work directly with the all-time baseball hit king. Lastly, Ben dives into his experience at VSiN, and what it was like to work with Brent Musburger.
38 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Analytical Tools for Sports Bettors with Nicolas Panaritis from TheDailyStakes
Ball and Chain host Mark Thomas is joined by Nicolas Panaritis, Co-Founder of TheDailyStakes, which provides tools to empower sports bettors with the same analytics used by both the sharps and sportsbooks. Nicolas talks about how he came up with the idea for TheDailyStakes and what sets the product apart from others. He also discusses the strategy for growing the business, marketing, and pricing.
58 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Rating Sports Betting Sharps and Entrepreneurship with Christopher Adams from SharpRank
Mark is joined by SharpRank Founder & CEO, Christopher Adams. SharpRank is an independent ratings agency and performance rating platform for sports betting experts, algorithms, prognosticators, and the general public. Christopher talks about how both consumers and operators are leveraging SharpRank to bring greater transparency to the sports betting industry. Then Christopher tells the story of his journey to becoming a startup entrepreneur and Mark talks about his. Just Fucking Do It!
48 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Behind the Scenes With a Vegas Bookmaker - Robert Walker from USBookmaking
Host Mark Thomas is joined by Robert Walker, the Director of Sports Book Operations for USBookmaking (USB). He has over 30 years of experience in managing sports book wagering lines and risk, including at The Mirage, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Stardust. Robert gives a behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to be a bookmaker, how he stays one step ahead of sharps, and what the future of bookmaking will look like.
50 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
NASCAR Races, Cup Series, and Its Foray Into Sports Betting
Mark is joined by Matt Stallknecht, the Senior Manager of Sports Betting at NASCAR. Matt starts off by discussing how NASCAR races, Cup Series, and points system work. Then he dives into the rigors of what it's like to be a race car driver. Finally, Matt walks Mark through the decision-making process that NASCAR went through the past few years to embrace sports betting and engage in partnerships with sports betting operators.
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
From Music Career to Sports Betting With Alex B. Smith
Ball and Chain host Mark Thomas is joined by Alex B. Smith (not the football player) to chat about how Alex went from playing in a hard rock band to betting on sports and writing about sports betting for publications like Covers and WagerTalk. Alex is a particularly avid NHL bettor and handicapper, and he gives his advice for how to get started and what to look for when it comes to betting on hockey.
44 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Educating Sports Bettors and Bringing Awareness to Women's Sports with Garrett Schwartz from Gaming Society
Mark is joined by Garrett Schwartz, the Head of Strategy & Analytics at Gaming Society. Gaming Society is helping educate sports bettors through unique classes and educational materials, along with bringing more awareness towards women's sports and betting on women's sports. They also discuss how former professional athletes are getting involved with sports betting companies (Kevin Garnett is a co-founder of Gaming Society). Mark and Garrett also touch on the forward-thinking nature of FOX Sports, and what they expect in terms of in-gaming betting becoming part of future television broadcasts.
56 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Expert Betting Tips & Life As a Las Vegas Sports Bettor with Joe D'Amico
Mark is joined by Joe D'Amico, who owns and operates All American Sports in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joe is a third generation race and sports personality, and a resident of Las Vegas for 31 years, in which he has been in and around sports on a daily basis by working and managing several Las Vegas Sports books and several Sports Information Services. Joe talks with Mark about all things sports betting, including what it's like to live in Vegas, bet on sports professionally, and run a betting information services business. And of course, Joe gives some of his picks for this week's NFL games and the Superbowl!
49 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Gettin' Legal with Carlos Duque from Bailey & Glasser
Mark is joined by high-energy Carlos Duque, a Corporate & Litigation attorney within the Esports, Daily Fantasy Sports, and Cannabis industries at the law firm Bailey & Glasser. They kick things off about how to stay happy and productive during uncertain times (hint: it's about where you're living). Next, they talk about all of the legal challenges that startups face, especially within vice tech, and how to best handle them. Carlos also talks about common misconceptions of life as an attorney, and how to best navigate the attorney / client relationship. Grab a cup of coffee, bring your energy, and join us a for a fun chat!
52 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Sports Betting Content, Affiliate Marketing, and Wisconsin Sports Golden Age with Robert Kraft from Atlas World Sports.
Mark is joined by Robert Kraft (not that Robert Kraft) from Atlas World Sports. Robert is also originally from Wisconsin and both he and Mark revel in the current golden age of all Wisconsin sports teams being good at the same time. Next, they dive into more about Robert's recent launch of Atlas World Sports, which gives you access to your favorite sports, teams, players, and online sportsbooks from the comfort of your phone. Finally, they discuss the role of Atlas in the affiliate marketing world of sports betting, and wrap up by talking about the obsession that tech entrepreneurs need to have when building product.
45 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Fantasy Sports 101 and Breaking into Fantasy Sports as a Newbie
Mark is joined by Britt Sanders, who has done everything and anything related to Fantasy Sports, including hosting multiple podcasts and content resources. Britt starts off with what "Dynasty" Fantasy Sports is and how it compares to Season Fantasy Sports and Daily Fantasy Sports. He then gives tips for how to break into playing Fantasy Sports if it's your first time. Lastly, Mark and Britt talk about careers in tech and sports.
71 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Content and Influencer Marketing in Sports with David Woodley from Playmaker
Mark is joined by David Woodley, the Chief Content Officer & Chief Revenue Officer from Playmaker, which is a sports media, events, and merchandise company with over 12 million followers across Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat & Facebook. David is a passionate Minnesota sports fan, so Mark and David kick things off by talking Wisconsin vs Minnesota sports before David dives into how Playmaker helps sports brands reach younger audiences through its content and influencer platform. They conclude with some potential rule changes to make baseball more popular, and what the future of sports betting and content products look like.
51 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
How To Angel Invest via Syndicates with Steve Walsh from Hands On Angel
Steve Walsh has angel invested in over 50 startups the past two years, mostly via syndicates (including being a 3x investor in ZenSports). He joins Mark to talk about how angel investing via syndicates work, what he looks for in a startup before investing, and what startup founders do that turn him off. A must listen episode for anyone looking to get into startup angel investing or who is pitching angel investors!
48 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Sports Betting at DraftKings Pre and Post-PASPA, and New Data Tools With Dan Hannigan-Daley
Mark is joined by Dan Hannigan-Daley, formerly of DraftKings and now the CEO of Sports Info Solutions. Dan talks about how DraftKings prepared for the repeal of PASPA and quickly moved to launch its sports book product in 2018. They discuss the US vs international sports betting market, and Sports Info Solutions' unique take on providing data to sports betting operators, sports leagues, and teams. Oh, and robo umps in baseball!
79 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Bucks Win The Title! Mark's Journey to Milwaukee to Watch Game 6 and the Parade In-Person
Ball and Chain podcast host Mark Thomas kicks off the latest episode with Jess Udy by walking through the journey leading up to watching game 6 of the NBA Finals in person, and what this NBA title means to him as a Bucks fan for the past 33 years. Mark and Jess also compare the luck factor in the NBA playoffs to the other pro sports. Mark talks about why he's not a fan of the Olympics. And of course, we've got some NFL talk now that Rodgers is for sure coming back to the Packers. Woohoo Bucks!
67 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
The NBA Title is Within Reach - Analysis of Game 5 of the NBA Finals With Jess Udy
Mark Thomas is joined by Jess Udy to break down the thrilling game 5 of the NBA Finals. Mark walks through the emotional lows and highs of the game, from falling behind by 16 points in the first quarter to one of the most iconic plays in NBA Finals History with Jrue Holiday's steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis. Mark also breaks down his shrewd thought process for timing a trip back to Milwaukee and in buying tickets to game 6. And then somehow, Mark and Jess wrap up with NFL talk again. Let's go Bucks!
65 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Bucks Bounce Back! Analysis of Game 3 of the NBA Finals With Jess Udy
Jess Udy is back on the pod and he and Mark talk about the Bucks great win in game 3 of the NBA Finals. But first, they talk about the other Bucs (Tampa Bay) and why we're looking at another Green Bay / Tampa Bay NFC Championship game this season if Rodgers comes back. Then Mark gives the case both for and against the Milwaukee Bucks winning the title, meanwhile Jess thinks the Bucks are in a really good place and should win it all, Then Jess challenges Mark to watch some UFC / MMA, and Mark challenges Jess to play some 9-ball.
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