Why There Will Always Be Good Money in the Sports Handicapping Business

I read an article recently where the author claimed that the prospects for the handicapping business just aren’t what they used to be. He bemoaned the economy and several other factors as culprits. Actually, I had to laugh. And, I’m sure that any successful handicapper who read it would be laughing too. Let me tell you three simple reasons why there will always be money to be made in the handicapping business.

Reason #1:

First of all, there will always be sporting events for people to wager on. You can include just about any sport you want on the list: football, baseball, hoops, hockey, auto racing, horses, boxing, golf, soccer. The list goes on and on. If there’s a sporting event on tap humans will find ways to make that event more interesting by gambling on it. It’s been that way almost since the beginning of human history. And, that’s not going to change any time soon. In fact, there are probably more sporting events being staged around the world now than ever before. If anything, there will only be more in the future.

Reason #2:

Along with the proliferation in sporting events there has also been an increase in gambling outlets available to the general betting public.

Of course, there are always the legit sports books in Vegas. But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Then there are the online/offshore sports books, which all want a piece of the action. And don’t forget about the countless underground bookie operations being run all over the U.S. and abroad. Although they may be illegal, it doesn’t mean they are going away. As long as there is a sports gambling market to be filled there will always be those looking to exploit it, even if it means running the risk of going to jail. Again, this has been proven time and time again throughout history.

Reason #3:

The third piece of the puzzle is the sports gambler or, what might be more accurately described as the “sports investor.”

Basically, these people see sports betting as a way to make an easy buck. But, for one reason or another, they aren’t necessarily inclined to do their own handicapping. There are many reasons for this. Maybe they just don’t have the time or the patience. Maybe they’ve tried but they’re just not very good at it. Whatever the reason, sooner or later, a lot of these people come to the conclusion that it’s easier to just have someone else do it for them. And they are perfectly willing to pay for the service. And, that’s where the sports advisory services cash in.

Think of it this way. Just as there is a market for stock brokers, investment advisors, financial planners, money managers (and consultants of all kinds) there is also a market for sports handicappers who can pick their share of winners against the spread. And that will always be true as long as there are sporting events, gambling outlets, and people who see sports betting as a way to make easy money.

Top Online Sporting Goods Retailers

Finding the right sporting goods and apparel can sometimes be a frustrating event. It seems like there are an endless supply of stores, but of these which are the best?

Below is a listing of some of the top places to find sporting goods on the Internet. Some of these also have brick and mortar stores, so if there is one in your area, you can go and try on or test out the merchandise before you buy it.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

– Dick’s is a large national chain whose slogan is “Dedicated to the Dedicated.” Their selection is large and they carry most every name brand you can look for. Their prices are not bottom barrel, but they do run weekly specials that you can access by clicking on the “Weekly Circular” link at the bottom of their homepage.

The Sports Authority

– TSA is unique in that its website and brick and mortar stores are essentially run by two different companies. Because of this the selection on Internet vs brick and mortar differ drastically and the downside is that you cannot return items purchased online at your local store.

Sport Chalet

– The Sports Chalet is a publicly traded company generally with large brick and mortar stores. They specialize in all sports ranging from common one to more abstract or unique sports.

Academy Sports + Outdoors

– Academy Sports + Outdoors has retail stores located in the southeastern United States and focuses on both traditional and outdoor sports. They offer low prices, which sometimes translates into prior year models, but if you don’t care about that they are a very reputable dealer.

Modell’s Sporting Goods

– If you are from, or have visited the Northeast, you have probably heard of Modell’s. People outside that area may not have, but that shouldn’t deter you from visitng their stores. As one of the oldest sporting goods stores in the country, “Mo’s” does a fine job of offering products for every rec athlete.

Paragon Sports

– Paragon is a one store operation, but with a large online presence. They claim to have 30,000 items online and 50,000 items in their store, so if you happen to be in New York and are looking for athletic supplies, your best bet is to head on over to their flagship store.

Eastbay

– Eastbay was one of the first nationwide retail chains designed with the athlete in mind. From the early days of mailed catalogs to today’s Internet age, Eastbay is a great resource for all athletes. They are especially good at customizing uniforms and gear for team use.

Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports probably the most famous used sporting good store in the country. If you don’t mind hand me downs, you can save 50%-80% on most all goods in the store.

So the next time you are in the market for some sporting goods, keep the above retailers in mind, as you are sure to find exactly what you want.

Keep sporting!

The Sports Betting Champ Reviewed

Betting is one such hobby that can earn you a lot of money provided it is done wisely and with enough calculations. Many people spend a lot of time trying to understand the betting strategies and other secrets to play safe but it does not always hep. A simple fluke can have you lose a bug chunk of money which is not advisable. So, if you are one of those who love to play bets and want to know the secrets of winning money then here is the right article for you.

The most widely bet sports are the NBA and MLB seasons. People who are aware of the winning secrets win a lot of money through their bets here while the others end up losing badly. Sports Betting Champ is one great website that teaches its subscribers all the high earning secrets involved in these series to help them win rather than lose.

Subscription to this website provides a complete access to the sports betting system which assures 97%-100% winnings. The only condition is that the subscriber should understand and follow all the instructions given in the website. The website is very user friendly and claims that one does not need to be an experienced at betting to enjoy the benefits of the website, even a person who is completely new to the world of betting can earn a good profit. There is also enough information provided in the website on ways of earning 55% bonus with the first investment in a major sports book available online. There are many more services offered by this website, some of which include useful bonus guide that talks about the secrets and ways of winning money in football seasons, a great customer support and author’s picks for lifetime.

The best part about this website is that it is 100% legal unlike many other websites which means you will not be landing yourself into any kind of trouble by becoming a member of this popular group. The subscription to this website also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee which means in case you feel that the techniques mentioned in the guide are not working, you can have your entire money refunded within 60 days of purchasing the product. But, looking at the testimonials posted on the website and the huge positive response including emails and letters that the author gets from the website fans everyday I doubt that you will have anything to complain about with this product.

So, if you are into betting and have tried your luck enough, it is time that you take a look at Sports Betting Champ and have fun winning your bets.

Sports Writing For Money – Find Out How to Do It!

Sports are among the main interests of people all over the world. Basketball, football, tennis, baseball and soccer are just some of the most popular sports known to us. So do not be surprised if you see magazines and other publications that are written especially for sports news. These publications are in-demand among sports fanatics that want to remain updated. But if you think being into sports is just a form of pastime, think again. If you are a sports enthusiast, there are lots of ways to make your sports knowledge profitable. For coaches, you can easily share coaching advices and tips, drills, fitness programs, training “How to’s” and training exercises. There are even some self-declared “experts” that show some secrets to jumping higher, running faster, growing muscles and a whole lot more. Sports writing for money is indeed possible and below are some tips in doing it.

  • Write an e-book regarding sports – an e-book is a shorter term for “electronic book”. The use of e-books is getting popular by the minute for they cost less than the usual books, which is why they are the perfect method if you want to do sports writing for money. Some are even offered for free by some authors. All you have to do is simply write a document on any word processor and convert it into a PDF file. You get to have every profit that you make without sharing it with publishers. People are constantly looking for downloadable e-books online so you better take advantage of it.
  • Write your personal blog – Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr are just some of the famous blogging sites. And the best part of all is that they are free. Just write articles, share some tips and promote certain products on your blog. So how does one profit out of it? The most advisable way is to place Google AdSense or other affiliate programs in your blog. A lot of bloggers in the Internet world have earned money out of it, but the profits are not that big. However, if all of the methods are free (for instance, the placing of AdSense and the writing part can be done for no costs), you lose practically nothing and earn something out of it.
  • Write newsletters that are full of advice, tips, resources and articles for a certain sports topic – this is a great way of making money through sports writing. Aside from newsletters, you may even write product reviews pertaining to sports products and include your affiliate link along with the reviews. By clicking on this link, people will be redirected on the author’s personal site, thus producing more money for him. Once your newsletter grows, you can start having big businesses advertised in them. In return, these businesses will pay you for advertising them. Newsletters are great means of building your customers to whom you can promote or sell your own products.

So if you want to take on sports writing for money, it is imperative that you build a member-based site. This site should be exclusive to your members that subscribe. You can put anything here, e-books, articles, interviews and videos among others, and sell them online. Virtually anyone with a personal computer and Internet connection is a potential customer.

Is Bodybuilding a Real Sport?

Is bodybuilding a sport? Every so often I see an argument on a forum or a comment on a blog where some critic claims that bodybuilding is not a real sport. Not only that, more often than not, there is usually some derogatory comment along the lines of, “Oily men in Speedos a sport? Come on!” In a recent interview on the Fitcast show, I was asked this question and I gave a (mostly) serious answer.

QUESTION: Tom, there have actually been some debates on the forums about whether body building is even a sport at all. What’s your response to the people who say it’s really not a sport?

ANSWER: I guess it depends on your definition of a sport. I know some people who say poker is a sport. I would call Poker a game, but hey, if you want to call it a sport if you’re a poker fan, more power to you. It’s just a label.

Depending on your definition, bodybuilding may or may not be a sport. So call it a competition if you prefer, because I don’t think anybody can argue with that. In fact a lot of us in bodybuilding use that phrase, “bodybuilding competition” a lot more often than we say the sport of bodybuilding.

I call it a sport, because to me it’s my sport and I think that if something has a physical component and there’s competition involved, then it’s a sport. Bodybuilding has that.

Some people say, “That’s not a broad enough definition, there has to be skill, there has to be athleticism.” But who gets to decide the definition of skill or athleticism? The Olympic committee? High schools and universities? Some all-wise, all-knowing authority? Who gets to decide? Why don’t we just decide for ourselves and call it whatever we want to call it.

I think that some people would argue against bodybuilding being a sport because they say the judging is too subjective. For sure there is a degree of subjectivity but in bodybuilding the criteria for scoring are very clear. It’s not vague like some people think it is, the criteria are very specific and easy for a professional to judge just by looking at the physique.

Sometimes the decision is close, but how is that so different from something like diving or gymnastics? There’s a panel of judges watching a diver dive or a gymnast do a floor exercise and you look at the scoreboard and you see all the judges don’t give the same score do they? If the criteria for winning are cut and dried why don’t all the judges give the same score? So there’s subjectivity in those kinds of sports too.

I think it’s a silly debate and I don’t think the debate will never end. I consider bodybuilding to be a competition AND I consider it a sport. Beyond that, I consider bodybuilding an art. And it’s an art in more than one sense of the word – because the process is an art and end result is art too.