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” We have had enough” Ultra Negativity #pandemic #war babies dying his message resonates with me “put on the oxygen mask on” turn off #andersoncooper & execute #selfcare

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Hollywood Royalty Tim Conway Jr.Podcast Story

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Key Points Discussed on the Podcast

  1. If you want to go to be a great story teller listen to the guys at the track
  2. If you want to go to the beach “Put a Black Lives Matter Shirt ; pitch a tent, and tell the cops you are protesting
  3. Do not bet on horses that are nervous: but no one really knows
  4. Horse racing is a great place to teach kids math
  5. The only people telling people not to go back to work has the resources to work at home
  6. You are only born with so much luck.
  7. 50,000 in the track watching races.But local media focuses on the 9 people outside protesting
  8. American culture and the culture at the race track kept Mel Brooks alive after his wife died.
  9. Online betting off track is killing the race track
  10. His Dad was a good handicapper which made going to the track
  11. When you get pulled over in Mexico : one cop shakes you down and the other cop tries to steal the your car radio
  12. SportsBetting is going to happen because the state needs the tax revenue
  13. Betting unders on MLB is going to cash
  14. When Betting Hockey look at “road-dogs”
  15. To much being taking out in taxes
  16. Two types of people of people in Covid19. A) People who just have rearrange their schedule B) And people who are really struggling

” I learned math at the race track and my reports at school sometimes included insight from the racetrack” Tim Conway Jr. said. 

Conway Jr. Is Hollywood Royality. His Dad Tim Conway is a Hollywood Legend as he was on the The Steve Allen Show, McHele’s Navy, Turn-On,The Tim conway Show (1970), The Carol Burnett Show. (He earned 4 Emmy Awards) 

Clips from the Carol Burnett show can be seen on this link https://www.vanityfair.com/hol… 

Conway Jr. career has been lengendary as well. He has been a rock on the nighly time slot for the #1 rated news talk raido station in Los Angles KFI640

Conway Jr spent his childhood around Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar Racetracks with his father, Tim Conway (Carol Burnett Show), four younger brothers and older sister.

During his early career, he produced his own internet radio show and thanks to its popularity, he was offered an opportunity to host a radio talk show on 97.1 KLSX-FM. Over twelve successful years, Conway’s show became famous for providing Southern Californian’s with a wide variety of entertaining topics including live police chases, Hollywood craziness, and sharing current events with a twist of humor. 

“What The Hell Did Jesse Jackson Say?” was a favorite segment and maintains a substantial cult following to this day. In 2009 when KLSX switched to an all-music format, Conway joined forces with KFI-AM 640, the No. 1 news/talk radio station in the country, to continue bringing his unique and comedic perspective to topics like politics, gambling, and more. Fans love his knowledge of history and his down-to-earth take on life; and also enjoy the refreshing levity he delivers.

Throughout his career, Conway has been featured on numerous television programs (Fox 11, CBS, NBC, ABC) and has also received various industry honors including: a Golden Mic award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and a Marconi nomination for “Personality of the Year” (2016). When he’s not busy entertaining listeners, he enjoys spending time with his family, supporting local charitable organizations, and hanging out at the racetracks!

Tim Conway Jr. KFI radio joins the Podcast and make us laugh It is avaialble on All Podcast Platforms. 

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Pro Baseball Waiting Game-2

Tom Petty once wrote “The waiting is the hardest part”

In a normal baseball season, July signifies the All-Star break, and at the end of the month we have the trade deadline. In 2020, the month of July begins with an air of optimism, but more-so unease. The first day of July marked over three months of this countries sport’s shutdown. Baseball was halfway through Spring Training when the players were told to head home and be safe. In those three months a lot has changed, mainly our vocabulary and priorities. Phrases like “social distancing, herd immunity, wear your mask,” are all a part of our common nomenclature. Leaving the house, you now add “mask” to your list of possessions you need, entering stores looking for the hand sanitizer immediately, and even turning Zoom into a part of everyday life.

As our country begins to emerge from quarantine baseball heads towards a season no one will soon forget. But first, a second wait begins.

For the better part of the two months the main baseball headline was concerning the labor negotiations and questions as to whether we would have any baseball at all. After a tenuous negotiation, a deal was struck, and July 1st became the beginning of “summer training.” On that day, all players and staff were tested for COVID-19. Of over 3,000 tests, only 38 tests were positive. This was an incredibly positive sign for a league that needs it. Padres OF Tommy Pham was one of the players who did test positive but was asymptomatic. Pham will begin a 14-day quarantine but should be cleared by the July 24th opener. For obvious reasons, players must consent for their positive tests to be public. Phillies manager summed it up best when asked about why a player was placed on the Injured List (IL): “What I can tell you is they are on the injured list, and that’s about all I can tell you.” (Quote via article from DelawareOnline.com)

Despite a large number of players testing negative for the virus, several players have opted out of the new season. Saturday, July 4th David Price announced he would not play this year. This comes days after the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, expressed concerns and “doesn’t feel completely comfortable,” raising questions as to whether the season will go on without its superstar. Washington National’s reliever Sean Doolittle gave this quote to Jesse Dougerty (@Dougerty_Jesse) via twitter: “I think I’m planning on playing. But at any point, if I start to feel unsafe, if it starts to take a toll on my mental health, with all the things we have to think about and this cloud of uncertainty hanging over everything, then I’ll opt out.” Doolittle is not alone and while baseball in 2020 survived contentious negotiations, it is unknown if that will all be in vain.

Here at the ESBC podcast network, our job is to find the value hidden between the lines. Price opting out of the season is a blow to the Dodgers, but they still will be heavy favorites to win the west and because of the depth in LA, a pennant is still likely. We will see changes in the lines, and it is possible Vegas overreacts to this loss and drops the Dodgers odds into a valuable pick. Currently the Dodgers are -700 ($70 bet only nets you $10) and there is little value in that. If Mike Trout does indeed opt-out, the Angels numbers would inflate for good reason. Currently the Halos are +525 (Bovada) to win the AL West. In last week’s article I highlighted the value of this pick as I think the Angels will be particularly good this year. However, taking the best player in the game changes a lot. By no means are the Angels a one player team. Shohei Ohtani will both pitch and hit after only DHing last year while recovering from Tommy John. The addition of Anthony Rendon was great for Trout as he would be legitimate protection in the lineup. Pitching will be the weakness but veteran manager Joe Maddon, has always gotten the best out of mediocre pitchers (yes James Shields, I am talking about you.) In the next few weeks more players will opt out and the value picks will be there. As will we…

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The Billion Dollar Major League Baseball Question

A lot has changed in 140 years, unfortunately some things have not. Since 1880, Memorial Day was a day of somber celebrations, BBQ’s and major league baseball. The league staggers game starts so there is always a game going on until 10:30 PM PST. This year baseball, along with so many other things, was taken from us.

The players union (MLBPA) and the league’s owners have been slugging it out at the negotiation table for the better part of 6 weeks now. For a while, the pay structure was the main hurdle with a nationwide unemployment rate currently in the US, now the amount of games is the major hurdle that will be cleared.

All summer we have been asking when we will get baseball back, I think the “million-dollar question” we should be asking is, ‘Do the owners want to bring baseball back?’  We have predicted from the beginning July 4th 2020 you can listen to our COVID19 baseball comeback Podcast.

    To answer that question, you first have to understand the owner’s mindsets. Team ownership is symbol of royalty in the US. Not only must you be obscenely wealthy, you also go through a vigorous background check. Your finances are audited with a fine-tooth comb and at the smallest hiccup you could be ineligible.

You can blame these precautions on one of sports greatest con-men John Spano (not Spanos). Spano effectively bought the New York Islanders with no money. Baseball ownership has been spotty as well. From 1984-1999 the Cincinnati Reds were owned by one of the most vocal racists in sports history, Marge Schott.

The same year we saw Schott finally sell the Reds, former Astros owner Drayton McLane, Jr. made an ominous choice of selling the naming rights of their new stadium to Enron Corporation. Three years they had to change the name overnight as Enron was exposed for their crimes. Current owners are all businessmen at their core. They don’t see baseball as a sport, they see it as a profitable market for them to exploit.

They don’t see players; they see assets that all have price tags on their ears. Nearly every decision that is made by them has a goal of making them the most money.         

  As of 2019 every MLB team was valued at one billion dollars or more. Currently Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini has the lowest personal net worth at 400 million. Ten of the thirty MLB franchises have owners whose net worth is less than one billion.

All but one of those owners are in “small markets” (CLE, COL, SD, KC etc.). New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon has a net worth of only 500 million while the Mets current value is 2.3 billion dollars. These ten owners are fighting harder than most to keep player costs down for obvious reasons.

Owners have finally relented to a pro-rated pay scale depending on how long the regular season is. On June 1st, the MLBPA sent a proposal to the owners with a 114-game season. By that plan, the players would be entitled to 70% of this season’s salary.

For owners who are not making any money on tickets, concessions, and certain advertising opportunities, that is too much. As expected, the owners rejected the proposal and chose NOT TO send a counteroffer. In the search for the answer to our million-dollar question, this is a major clue.       

    Even before the MLBPA’s proposal was sent to the owners, Phillies IF Trevor Plouffe called out the owners. This was his exact tweet: Here’s a theory that makes too much sense not to post:Owners want to play the least amount of regular season games possible. 60 is the number baseball needs to have a full postseason. They will continue to run the clock out until 60 games is the only possibility.@trevorplouffe       

    Obviously, this shows you the level of trust the players have when negotiating with their employers. From a baseball fan’s standpoint, anything less than 81 games will feel like an exhibition season.

Whoever wins the World Series will have an asterisk, if it is less than 81 it will feel empty. No other sport is dealing with the struggles that major league baseball is. As if dealing with COVID regulations were not enough, a labor struggle is developing. A lost season due to a labor dispute may be the final nail in baseball’s coffin.   

        All the leverage lies with the owners. Unlike players, they have assets to live off of easily and they aren’t usually in the public spotlight. Most owners will show their faces at charity events or PR events. If you do not like a player, buy a ticket and boo him.

Don’t like an owner? Too bad, just ask a Mets fan. The ball truly is in the owner’s court. While most owners will say the fans are the most important part of the team, they know it is money. The country needs baseball now than ever, but the powers at be seem content to wait until the profit margins are acceptable.      

     As we patiently wait for the billionaires and millionaires to split up thousands of dollars one thing is true, major league baseball is in the midst of a PR nightmare. Millions are on unemployment, more are fighting an unjust system, all while men playing a kid’s game fight for relative peanuts.

Our “Billion-dollar question” has a complicated answer. While owners do want to bring baseball back, they will only do so when it is profitable.

Brandon Ferst brandonferst@ecosystemsbusinessconsierge.com

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The Men Behind the Curtain

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. What a perfect line to describe Major League Baseball and their lesser known “objects.” Now when referring to minor league baseball (MiLB) players it may sound cruel to describe them as such, but not nearly as cruel as a life of a minor league baseball player chasing his dream.

Two weeks ago the NFL finished their yearly draft and over 200 players were selected. In June, assuming the MLB draft isn’t affected by COVID-19, over 1200 players will be selected onto 30 MLB teams. The road for the 900 who sign is a long one that will almost certain to end in failure. For the 200 NFL players drafted, over 80% will play at least 1 NFL game. Of the 1200 players drafted into baseball, it is a staggering 17.6% that will play only 1 MLB game (those numbers are from 1981-2010). Over the next few months the ESBC gambling podcast network will bring you a series of articles about the “Road to the Show.”

Not only will we chronicle the road for the drafted player (usually American born), but also the international free agent (usually Latin) and the defectee (usually Cuban.) In today’s article we break arrive at the tip of the iceberg. Like all of our sports content there are betting angles to exploit, it may sound cruel but by the end of this series it won’t sound nearly as bad. Baseball is a game of failure, and nowhere is it more prevalent than in Minor League Baseball.  

  In 2016 Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) sponsored a bill that exempted minor league players from earning overtime. The players never were paid OT but in the nearly 2,000 piece of legislation that it would be attached to in 2018, it specifically exempted minor leaguers from being eligible. On the surface it may look like government oversight gone wrong but digging deeper you find the true nature of the exemption. First we look at the father of Cheri Bustos, Gene Callahan. Callahan was one of the most influential political aides in IL and a tremendously successful lobbyist.

Not surprisingly he was MLB’s first lobbyist in Washington. The apple did not fall far from the tree. It is important to note that Bustos received backlash from constituents and pulled out quickly but the bill survived. The unofficial name of this act is: “Save America’s Pastime.” The irony is laid on thick here. You may be wondering why MLB would be so steadfast in their aims to keep the minor league pay down. They can afford it right? Sure they can, but they don’t have to.

In 2016 owners were seeing salaries rise and knew something must be done. Like most corporations in this country they took advantage of the most vulnerable. OT pay could be life changing for some guys. Ballplayers don’t clock out after the 9th inning. When on the road long bus rides are a given.

When transportation, warm ups, prep and everything else is added up you are looking at well over 40 hours per week. However since baseball players are technically “seasonal employees” they are not eligible for OT and the “save America’s past time” tried to keep it that way.

The bill was never passed into law but the implication was clear from MLB, their main goal is to keep the minor leaguer down.      So what does a minor leaguer make? Obviously it depends but the average is about 1,100$ a month. By comparison on average as a California bartender I make a little more than double that a month on a low end. The high is is nearly triple that.

This obviously includes tips which make my wage higher than minimum wage so lets look at it from that angle. Each state has a different minimum wage but i will use the country’s average which is 7.25. A 40 hour work week nets a little less than 1100 per month a minor leaguer makes.

However it is important to note that a third of a minor leaguers salary goes to clubhouse fees. Essentially they pay for their uniforms to be laundered, their clubhouse to maintained and maybe a PB&J sandwich before or after a game, but definitely not both! You also must take into account the fact that a work week for a minor leaguer is over 40 hours with no OT. What becomes more disheartening for a player chasing his dream, is he isn’t allowed to complain about the low pay or anything else. MLB hides behind the mantra of “you got to earn it.”

In other words: If we paid you in accordance with labor laws, it would be too easy. This backwards thinking is nothing new when it comes to the MLB powers at be, but lately the MLBPA has lacked in it’s defense of it’s minor league players. Despite not being a part of the union unless you are on a teams 40 man roster, the MLBPA has power to cap the MiLB salaries. In the last few negotiations, most concessions were made at the expense of a group that can’t defend themselves.

    Of the four major sports baseball’s “road to the show” is the toughest.  Only 10% of the players drafted recorded a WAR of 0.1 or higher. If you are drafted in the first round you have a 66% chance to play 1 or more MLB game, second round is 49%, 3rd is 37%. If you are drafted in the 11th round or later, you have a 5% chance to play a single MLB game. The NFL rookies laugh at these numbers. Nearly every one of the first AND second round picks in this past April’s draft will play at least one NFL game.

When Kyler Murray had to choose between baseball or football it wasn’t as tough as most would think. Murray would have been a highly pampered MiLB player but still wouldn’t make the bigs until probably this year at the earliest. Instead he has not only been on the team since day 1, but he is also one of the faces of the Cardinals organization. Despite the hardships and the odds, there is no shortage of players ready to pay to achieve their dream like most Americans, now if only they were paid like most Americans.

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