If you are a sports betting enthusiast like all of us at BangTheBook.com are, then you probably start thinking about the betting impact of the day’s top stories. Not every top story has a relevance to betting, but you probably try to connect the dots anyway. In a new feature each weekday, we will take a look at the top six sports stories of the day in an article titled the Daily Six Pack. They say that an apple day keeps the doctor away. Well, we like to think that a six pack a day keeps the bookie away.

With that, let’s take a look at the six top stories for Friday February 20:

Trading Places

Cole Ryan did an outstanding job of breaking down the Trade Deadline and the betting impact of yesterday’s transactions on his Betting the Buckets Podcast.

The trades ranged from minor to major yesterday and most of the names that were expected to move did just that. A few of the biggest trades were three-team deals. The Detroit Pistons picked up disgruntled Oklahoma City backup point guard Reggie Jackson and sent D.J. Augustin, former teammate of Kevin Durant at Texas, and Kyle Singler to Oklahoma City. Utah added Kendrick Perkins and draft picks for trading Enes Kanter and Steve Nowak to Oklahoma City.

In another three-team deal, the Phoenix Suns picked up Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall from Milwakee and sent Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis back in return. The Philadelphia 76ers tossed in Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee and they received a collection of draft picks.

Goran Dragic, who asked to be traded from Phoenix, wound up in Miami along with his brother Zoran Dragic. The Suns picked up Danny Granger and two first-round picks from Miami, along with John Salmons from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans got backup point guard Norris Cole, along with Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams.

The link above to Cole’s podcast outlined some of the winners and the losers at the Trade Deadline and a Buy or Sell segment on who to back at the betting window. Be sure to listen to that podcast for some great NBA betting information.

The Redshirt Freshmen 15

The Big Ten is mulling over a proposal that would make freshmen ineligible for college football and college basketball competition during their freshman year as the acclimate to the college lifestyle. The document, titled “A Year of Readiness”, was first brought to light by The Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby both acknowledged that there have been discussions among the other conferences as well. This policy was in place until 1972.

What’s interesting about this is that Kirk Ferentz, the head football coach at Iowa, is totally on board with the idea. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith wasn’t a fan. What a surprise! Ohio State gets the best recruits of any Big Ten school and Iowa is lacking in the recruiting rankings in the two major sports. Expect more of a contrast between schools like that. SEC schools will hate this idea because they don’t really have a power basketball conference where one-and-done players are commonplace in college hoops and they want their freshmen on the football field.

Personally, I think this is a bad idea. I remember what it was like to be a freshman in college and, yes, there is a transitional period. However, most of the freshmen that are going to be playing a big role in the two major sports have a future in their respective sport and there’s no reason to hold them back. Freshmen redshirt all the time due to injuries or position depth and that’s a choice that they make knowing the ramifications.

If this is going to happen, and I hope it doesn’t, it needs to be completely universal so that conferences are on equal footing. At least among the Power Five conferences. If the Mountain West or Missouri Valley Conferences aren’t interested in this, it will make college basketball extremely interesting because those schools could see a bump from freshmen looking to go one-and-done and head to the NBA.

The concern is academic well-being. I’m going to paint with a broad brush here, but as a communications major, I had a lot of classes with a lot of athletes. They either care about school or they don’t. It doesn’t matter if they are a freshman or a senior. They either care or they don’t and they’re either smart enough to get it or they’re not. I didn’t see a lot of grey area in my experiences, and that was at a fairly small, albeit Division I, school.

What do you think about this idea? Hit us up on Twitter @bangthebook and let your voice be heard.

Hollywood Housemates

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have teamed up on a proposal that would create a $1.7B, privately-financed stadium in Carson, California that the teams would share upon relocation to the Los Angeles market. The Raiders play in O.co Coliseum, one of the least attractive venues in all of pro sports.

This is an update of a story in yesterday’s Six Pack. The Chargers spoke with officials in the San Diego government to discuss their need for a new stadium and it appears that they have quite the contingency plan in place. The Chargers and Raiders would be the second set of teams to share a stadium. The New York Giants and New York Jets share the Meadowlands and rarely seem to have a problem working out a schedule that is fair for both teams.

Neither one of these teams are happy with their current location of stadium. The St. Louis Rams have also discussed moving to the Los Angeles area because Rams owner Stan Kroenke already owns the land necessary to build a new stadium in Inglewood, CA. All three teams can terminate their leases in their respective cities after the 2015 NFL season.

The situation has officially reached a boiling point. Keep an eye on this one over the winter.

Dueling Danica

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Budweiser Duels on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway to place second and third in the start for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The bigger story, however, was another altercation between Danica Patrick and another driver.

This time, the recipient of Danica’s vitriol was Denny Hamlin, who got too close to Patrick and spun her out during Thursday’s duel. Danica was helped around the track by teammate Kurt Busch so that she could qualify for the field. Hamlin took the high road the whole time, trying to calm Danica down during her latest public outburst and then apologized on Twitter for the mishap.

It hasn’t been the start that NASCAR had hoped for, after drivers voiced their displeasure with last week’s Sprint Unlimited mess. Then again, conflict and drama is good for the sport, so this incident should create some more buzz for Sunday’s 1 p.m. start.

Okafor Questionable for Saturday

Duke can beat Clemson on Saturday without Jahlil Okafor. He is expected to play with a protective boot on his left foot after an awkward fall on Wednesday against Clemson, but it may be wise to mitigate risk at this time of the season. Duke also plays at Virginia Tech next Wednesday, a game in which they shouldn’t need Okafor to win.

Keep an eye on this situation, though. Okafor is already going through the rigors of his first college basketball season and that may catch up with him. The injury just adds another layer.

Expert handicapper Kyle Hunter called Duke a short-term fade team in his weekly “Follow or Fade” article. This adds a little more fuel to that fire.

MLB Speeding Things Up

Major League Baseball will announce on Friday that they are implementing some new changes to speed up the game. The players’ union has reportedly agreed to these changes, so they have been given the green light. Managers are to stay in the dugout during replay challenges. Hitters must keep one foot in the batter’s box at all times. Play is supposed to begin promptly after commercial breaks.

These rules were tested out in the Arizona Fall League and they seemed to work just fine. The AFL also experimented with a pitch clock, but the players’ union shot that one down. Hitters can exit the batter’s box after “established exemptions”, such as foul balls, foul tips, getting time out from the umpires, and wild pitches. We’ll probably just see an increase in batters calling time out to negate any changes, but it will be interesting to see if games are shortened at all by these changes.


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