TheLines Podcast Episode 14: The Growing Pains Of New Betting Operators

Written By Brett Collson on July 27, 2018 - Last Updated on April 30, 2021

There was more controversy at the new FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey online sports this week. This had some asking: are sports betting operators rushing to launch before they’re ready?

On Episode 14 of TheLines Podcast, Matt Brown, Brett Collson and Eric Ramsey tackle this topic and the rest of the big news stories in sports betting from the past week. Plus, a discussion about the increasing rake at DraftKings and the need for more transparency from the big fantasy sports operators.

Show Timestamps

  • 1:58 — Will Mississippi heave sports betting by the start of football season?
  • 5:33 — A gambling story involving Derek Jeter and pennies
  • 8:32 — Former MLB slugger Ryan Howard invests in sports betting
  • 11:10 — A report about Brent Musburger that turned out to be a lie
  • 13:16 — Even during the dead of summer, strong handle numbers from the Meadowlands
  • 14:47 — More from the Meadowlands — non-story or another betting controversy?
  • 24:49 — Why mobile betting solves many issues
  • 26:24 — Numbers (and some chest beating) from the World Series of Poker
  • 37:08 — DraftKings drops a huge Week 1 contest, but bumps up the rake. Again.
  • 44:20 — Penn National gearing up for sports betting in Mississippi, West Virginia

Have thoughts about the podcast? Anything you’d like us to discuss next week? Reach out to us on Twitter at @TheLinesUS or individually at @MattBrownM2, @Eric_Ramsey, and @BrettCollson.

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Brett Collson is the Sports Content Director at Catena Media North America, overseeing websites like and With more than 10 years of experience in the gambling industry, Brett has covered poker, sports betting, and daily fantasy sports extensively. He also spent several years reporting on Major League Baseball and college basketball in Philadelphia. He now resides in Buffalo, NY.

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