The First Post: This is SportsHandleBy Brett Smiley | Published: August 21, 2017 at 7:30 am
Welcome to SportsHandle. What the heck is SportsHandle?
We’re still figuring that out, but here is the essence: We’re a small group of guys who support legal, regulated sports betting in the United States. Right now the U.S. is at a major turning point with respect to sports betting. The law that banned full-fledged sports betting outside of Nevada — PASPA — is now exactly 25 years old. It’s outdated, antithetical to the general public’s’ attitude toward sports betting, and judges aren’t even sure that, by its own terms, it actually regulates sports betting.
We’re not an advocacy group. We are sports bettors. And we’ve dedicated ourselves to covering sports betting news and legislation at this pivotal moment in U.S. gaming history. (Well, pivotal months or coming few years.) We’ll offer original articles, analysis and podcasts; aggressively pursue lawmakers (figuratively) for information about sports betting legislation, talk to experts in law and sports betting technology, and also write about the NFL with a focus on, of course, wagering (discussing upcoming games, point spreads and totals).
Who the heck is Brett Smiley? Smiley is a SportsHandle co-founder and its Editor-in-Chief. He’s a sportswriter and a lawyer, a lifelong football fan and sports betting enthusiast. (More in his bio.)
Most recently Smiley covered the NFL, sports betting and social news for FOX Sports. He’s a born-and-bred New Yorker now with roots in New Jersey — the state that’s taken up the charge to legalize sports betting in its own state and nationally. His particular set of skills and interest have made him uniquely suited to deliver on SportsHandle’s mission.
What the heck does SportsHandle mean? It’s a double entendre, referring to a sports book’s “handle,” or the amount of action a book has taken on a certain game or event.
If you have an idea for a story related to sports betting — something, anything you’d like to read or hear — e-mail us. We’re listening. We exist to serve readers interested in sports betting’s past, present and future in the U.S.
Thanks for checking us out and come back soon.