Starting Monday, the Los Feliz native will host Daily Wager, a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app.Its the first regularly scheduled program from the Walt Disney Co.s sports media behemoth solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests, and it likely wont be the last as legal sports betting spreads throughout the country.The Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized sports betting is expected to be a boost for sports talk shows, which are the low-cost moneymakers for outlets that need programming to supplement their live play-by-play telecasts.,Open discussion of odds, point spreads and other analytical data related to wagering on pro and college games each night could potentially energize the format for an audience that has a financial stake in the outcomes.The changes in the law open up an entirely new genre of entertainment, said Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.Other sports networks are already on the bandwagon.,WarnerMedias digital sports website Bleacher Report announced last month that it is building a studio inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where it will produce gaming-related content.But as the countrys leading source of sports programming, ESPN, with its entry into gaming-themed shows, is marking the strongest indication yet of an attitudinal shift toward a once-verboten subject on which sports TV coverage has traditionally tread lightly.A daily ESPN show is an important milestone, said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment Media.,ESPNs SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has a popular segment called Bad Beats, which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.Van Pelt sidekick Steve Coughlin will be one of the contributors to Daily Wager along with ESPN radio host Chris The Bear Fallica, ESPN.com gambling industry reporter David Purdum, Las Vegas-based handicapper Preston Johnson, fantasy football analyst Anita Marks and sports betting expert Joe Fortenbaugh.Rishe believes programs that provide usable data for bettors have the potential to draw younger viewers who have drifted away from traditional TV for sports news.,After graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University, he immersed himself in the analytics and data related to gaming and became an expert as a sports journalist in Las Vegas, where the home team is betting, he said.While wager-related data crunched by ESPNs statistic and information group will line the screen during Daily Wager, Kezirian said the programs content will still be accessible to the non-betting fan.Were still in Year 1 of legalization and I think there is a new audience that is open-minded to the space, so we want to be inclusive, he said.

And at this stage in James' career, with three championships, eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances to his name and an equally burgeoning business and political profile off the court, James is a transcendent star.,Johnson said the Lakers didn't want to make the team like the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again for James.,James was just starting to find his footing with this new cast in Los Angeles.,Since his return from injury, the Lakers have a defensive rating of 109.6 when James is on the floor in four wins; the Lakers have a defensive rating of 113.1 when James is on the floor in the eight losses.,Most of the roster wasn't going to be back next year anyway, given the team's insistence on signing players to only one-year contracts to preserve salary-cap space for a second star this summer.

For more information, call 689-0516 or go to SOLANO BABE RUTH REGISTRATION — Saturday, also Feb. 2, noon to 3 p.m., at Round Table Pizza, 2401 Waterman Blvd in Fairfield.,For more information, call 816-0537 or go to CAMPERS RV CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Feb. 4, 7-8 p.m., at the Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6585 Gibson Canyon Road.,SOLANO SOCCER CLUB MEETING — Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Paradise Valley Golf Course, 3950 Paradise Valley Drive, Fairfield.,SOLANO CYCLING CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at the Wah Shine, 145 Peabody Road, Vacaville, Vaca Village Shopping Center.,SOLANO CLASSIC CAR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING — Feb. 14, 7 p.m., at Denny’s, 2980 Travis Blvd., Fairfield.

NFL on CBS and Inside the NFL analyst Boomer Esiason looks at each of the four games.,Boomer Esiason: Going into the game against the Chicago Bears, I felt like the Bears and the Eagles had the best two combinations of offensive and defensive line personnel in the NFL.,CBS Local Sports: Philip Rivers has struggled against the Patriots in his career, going 1-7 against Belichick and company (0-7 when Tom Brady is quarterback).,And as long as his offensive line holds up, and Melvin Gordon is able to control the line of scrimmage a little bit with the running game, this could be Philip’s best opportunity to finally break through against Tom Brady.,Is Indianapolis going to come in here with this massive offensive line and control the football and keep the ball away from Patrick Mahomes, making those guys a little impatient on offense?

The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.,Despite one of the league’s top win-loss records in the past decade, the team’s value was unchanged in the past year at $460 million, a middling No. 18 in the league and a low No. 110 out of 123 pro teams.,Take the average league-wide team values: football is No. 1 at $2.5 billion, followed by the National Basketball Association at $1.65 billion; Major League Baseball at $1.64 billion and the National Hockey League at $620 million.,Expenses such baseball’s long season and the lower stadium costs of indoor sports juggle the rankings by “profit margin” — operation income vs. sales: football’s still No. 1, averaging 23 percent, then there’s basketball at 21 percent and hockey at 16 percent before baseball’s 9 percent.,The Padres’ $1.26 billion worth may be No. 17 in baseball and only No. 69 in pro sports, but that’s up $145 million in a year or 13 percent — the biggest percentage jump in Southern California.

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For this fight, I look at him versus [Arturo] Gatti every night before I sleep.In that 2005 bout, Mayweather trekked to Gattis home state of New Jersey for his first pay-per-view and dominated the forward fighter, forcing him to stop after six rounds.Davis sees parallels in how Mares will fight him.I know whats coming and still watch it so I can remind myself what Im in front of, Davis said.,Al Haymon called me offering me [World Boxing Council featherweight champion] Gary Russell or Josh Warrington there were so many options [at 126 pounds], and the money is the same as Im getting in this upper weight class, Mares said.But I chose this fight because I see flaws on the kid.,Because if people dont know by now, Abner Mares is always willing to fight any opposition, style, shape or form as long as it brings excitement.Mares is boosted by the brotherhood of his trainer Robert Garcias gym in Riverside, where Garcias younger brother, Mikey, is training to move up two weight classes in his March 16 pay-per-view against Errol Spence Jr. and veteran Josesito Lopez is training as a longshot against another unbeaten welterweight champion, Keith Thurman.We work hard and at the end of the day the results will be on our side in all three fights, Robert Garcia said.,[Davis] might have a little more strength, but the conditioning will speak for itself from the training.Live gatesLess than a week after discounted tickets went on sale, Los Angeles impressively showed up for Saturdays UFC show at the Forum, and the first half of 2019 reveals the Southlands more muscular standing as a location for fight cards of all levels.Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live will stage the Jan. 13 super-middleweight title fight between Jose Uzcategui and Caleb Plant and Leo Santa Cruzs Feb. 16 featherweight title defense against Mexicos Miguel Flores one week after Davis-Mares.,Bellator MMA has its heavyweight grand prix final Jan. 26 at the Forum, and Lomachenko is scheduled for a lightweight unification April 12 at Staples Center.This has proven to be a good market, and I expect more of the fights like this to come here, said Ellerbe, after Mikey Garcia fought at Staples along with Santa Cruz-Mares last year.Davis-Mares fight promoter Richard Schaefer, whos handling some of Haymons pay-per-views, said, Los Angeles is becoming the fight capital of the United States again because of the venues the war grounds, [in Carson] and Staples, the busiest arena in the world and so many great fighters are from here.

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