Yes, your experience at a sporting event will improve dramatically. Soon.
And so you there you are. Sitting in the stands. Rooting on your school. Your cross-state rival’s best player, a 4-year starter, steps to the free throw line. His team down by 2 points. 1.7 seconds left on the game clock. You’re nervous. Will he make both free throws? Or 1? Or brick both? And then, instantly, before you can finish the thought, your phone vibrates.
BAM! The odds of him making 1 free throw, both, or none, appear. 51% chance he makes both free throws to win the game. Here’s your choice; charitybet $10 that your school wins the game. Right now. To win a $20 coupon from Heineken. Oh, goodness, you could really go for a nice, cold Heineken to celebrate a victory.
Do you do it?
How excited are you for the future?
With a seemingly endless news cycle of tragic stories, misbehavior, and a global economic outlook that’s tepid at best, it’s easy to be unsure of what the future holds. Rest assure, the future is sensational. Look up. Do you see the picture of Yankee Stadium? Of course you do. Consider this;
Very soon you will consume every sporting event differently. The joy will remain. In fact, it will be enhanced. You can thank technology. Because one day very soon while sitting at Yankee Stadium - or any sports arena - your mobile phone in hand, the world’s leading technologists will gather all the relevant information around you. And distill it. Deliver it in real-time. In a relevant way. That prompts you to make a split-second decision. To benefit you personally. And your family. Your community. And the causes most meaningful to you too.
See you next post…
Russell Westbrook is better than LeBron James
I’m serious. Oklahoma City point guard, Russell Westbrook, is a better basketball player than LeBron James and, furthermore, Westbrook’s career and game are starting to resemble…wait for it…Michael Jordan.
Early in Jordan’s career he was the best player on the floor, took the most shots, missed the most shots, and carried his team in games versus superior opponents. As many of us recall, Jordan’s Bulls often lost those crucial contests despite Jordan’s heroics and more often because of Jordan’s poor decisions. Jordan - as we all know now - learned to elevate his teammates, and in doing so, he elevated his own. Westbrook may develop in the same way. Who are we to assume he won’t?
Which leads me back to James. I’m a critic of James not because of his “Decision” theatrics, but rather the promise he has failed to keep. James is supposed to be the best player on the floor. He’s not. James is supposed to do things that nobody else can do. I mean that in the literal sense, the way Jordan played the game in a way that nobody else did, or could for that matter. But James is a physical freak. He’s more Shaq than Jordan. James’ athleticism is undeniably incredible, but there’s no wow-factor.
Like Jordan, Westbrook’s offensive game is one in which the crowd sees things they couldn’t image doing. The Westbrook wow-factor stems from the uniqueness of his repertoire. Lebron, however, does things that make a reasonable person say, “Well, if I was 6-foot-9, 270 lbs, I would bulldoze my way through James Harden too.” To borrow from football; James is the best fullback we’ve ever seen, but we were led to believe he was the best halfback.
Say goodbye. Thankfully, this is the last U.S. Olympic Trials that will be woefully mismanaged and plagued by the uneducated, overly bureaucratic, under-funded system we have accepted for decades. Technology is blowing up the current system of athlete exploitation and, as a result, a new one is emerging. One reflecting reality; the reality of professional athletes in America, the reality of technology’s role in society and, specifically, technology’s influence over consumers. To produce an Olympic team and derive virtually no social benefit, create no social impact, and perpetuate the plight of the Olympic athlete is ending. Big corporations sponsoring the Olympics will crumble under the enormous pressure to deliver analytics substantiating the continued financial support of an event disappearing from relevancy. Chalk this one up to the Internet. The greatest Olympian of all.
Let’s settle this right now.
LeBron James is not Michael Jordan. He will never be Michael Jordan. Period. Never ever going to happen. And it is okay for us to feel cheated. I feel slighted too.
Jordan inspired teammates. They didn’t like him. They respected him because he made them better players than they should have been. Will Purdue? Ho Grant? Craig Hodges? All played way longer in the NBA than they would have otherwise. And for that, they loved Jordan.
LeBron doesn’t elevate his teammates’ games. He doesn’t inspire them, nor push them to play any harder.
We rooted for Jordan even when we hoped his opponent won. We appreciated Jordan for his first-pumping ways because it was his heart talking. Jordan respected the game and understood it was his responsibility to make the other 4 teammates on the floor as great as they could be. It’s the only way to win a championship.
LeBron’s stone face in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals reeked of arrogance, of annoyance, of spite. His Heat teammates didn’t respond to his behavior. They weren’t in awe. Nike isn’t capturing that image for its next dramatic campaign.
We have a right to be disappointed by LeBron. He doesn’t amaze us in a Jordan kind of way. He’s Barry Bonds on a basketball court. Sure, the athleticism is impressive…but he’s just such a dick. And for that, it’s sad.
Would you root for this guy?
Trell Kimmons is from Mississippi. He’s fast. He runs 100 meters in under 10 seconds. He’s one of the fastest people in the world. Trell’s goal is to finish in the top-3 at next week’s U.S. Olympic Trials. If he does, he makes the U.S. Olympic Team. Plus, if he finishes in the Top-3, lots of money will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Your money. Why? Because you can charitybet on Trell’s performance at the Olympic Trials. Isn’t that the way sports should be? Great athletic performances should produce great advances in society.
Can an NCAA Division III legend win an Olympic medal?
Bet on it. Better yet, CharityBet on it. Nick Symmonds is America’s reigning champion at 800meters - that’s 2 laps around your old high school track. In 2008, Symmonds won the U.S. Olympic Trials in Beijing. Now, 4 years later the seasoned veteran nears his athletic prime and aims for not just a spot on Team USA, but also a place on the podium in London at this summer’s Olympic Games. Overlooked by college recruiters, Symmonds attended Williamette University where he won multiple Division III titles and set records.
The best part? Symmonds is using CharityBets.com to support World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Donations placed through CharityBets.com benefit WWF and are tied to his performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Finishing 1st earns him a place on Team USA and WWF reaps the donations. Don’t overlook Symmonds again.
The goodness of betting
The English word “bet” dates back to Shakespeare’s time, and it carries a surprising pedigree. Originally, a “bet” was a stimulus, an excitation, a way to spur on interest; it was related to the word “bait.” Shakespeare would have understood very well our modern expression, “Care to make it interesting?” Through performance-based giving, CharityBets invokes that original meaning of the word “bet” - incentive, heightened interest, even a source of inspiration. CharityBets partners with athletes - professionals and amateurs - passionate about philanthropic causes. CharityBets are incentives — not just for the spectator, but for the competitor as well.
Once the meaning of ‘charitybets’ is adopted, it will define an act so that any other organization attempting to replicate the act will be forced to describe it by the company’s name. What do you think?
A Shot At Gold
Adam Nelson is a 2-time Olympic silver medalist in the shot put. He throws a 16lbs. iron ball over 70 feet. Try that at your own risk. I doubt you make it 20-feet. But Adam Nelson is a freak of a nature, a scholar (Dartmouth ‘97), and an athlete whose performance will have a social impact. Because Adam is using CharityBets.com, so you may ‘bet’ on Adam’s performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials this June. Do you think Adam makes his 4th Olympic Team?