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Badder Beats

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Brant James and Ryan Butler make bad bets (where it's legal!) so you don't have to, and then they talk about it. They're standing in the intersection of sports, betting, pop culture and journalism, hoping that nobody runs a light. So let's talk about stuff.

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Betting on U.S. elections with Jimmy Vaccaro, injury information as a betting edge with ProFootballDoc, Episode 46

September 26th, 2019


After two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden scores the intro with his way-back prediction of glory, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler are joined by South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro and’s Dr. …

Brees, Roethlisberger, Foles, Darnold, Siemian QB Casualties, Episode 45

September 18th, 2019


NFL quarterbacks are falling like NFL quarterbacks with veteran stars Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger the greatest of the latest. The Saints will …

NFL Week 2 and Tilman Fertitta on sports betting and owning the Rockets, Episode 44

September 12th, 2019


As the Browns begin what seems like a long, inevitable slink back into misery, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler debut their personal Super Contest, oddly, and sadly agreeing on some key games. 

What’s to make of …

Andrew Brandt on NFL's Opening Week and Future, Episode 43

September 4th, 2019


Former Packers vice president, agent and and The Athletic writer Andrew Brandt dispenses knowledge on the upcoming NFL season and its future, why Andrew Luck walked away, CTE, player leverage and how sports …

NASCAR executive Scott Warfield on plans to benefit from legal sports betting, Episode 42

August 29th, 2019


With the college football season unfurling fully in Week 1, Brant James and Ryan Butler hash out the Auburn-Oregon game and ponder other lesser …

College Football Analysis with Brett McMurphy; FedExCup with Matt Cooper, Episode 41

August 22nd, 2019


College football commences. The PGA Tour schedule is down to the king-making FedEx Cup. 

Badder Beats welcomes in a Stadium’s Brett McMurphy to …

NBA Sports Betting Over/Under Code Broken by Mark Strotman: Episode 40

August 15th, 2019


NBA reporter Mark Strotman cracks the code on betting on the National Basketball Association. His analysis of over/under trends from the past decade …

English Premier League Betting Guide for Americans: Episode 39

August 7th, 2019


As the English Premier League season gloriously approaches, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler defer to football expert Peter O'Rourke for betting tips, trends and insights.

Also, Penn National Gaming …

Bad Calls, Bad Beats and How They Will Change Sports Forever: Episode 38

July 31st, 2019


On the eve of the Hall of Fame Game and potentially the first very bad officiating decision of the NFL season, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler …

Ramirez-Hooker Junior Welterweight Title Fight Preview: Episode 37

July 23rd, 2019


Pugilism considered, as contributor Kelsey McCarson joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to analyze the Maurice Hooker-Jose Ramirez junior welterweight unification bout and boxing as an entity. 


How Bettors Should Assess NBA Free Agency, with DraftKings' Julian Edlow: Episode 36

July 18th, 2019


On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, New York becomes the 10th state to land a …

Chris Christie and Black Sox Scandal, Part II: Episode 35

July 10th, 2019


 Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drinks a symbolic tequila toast, analyzes the New Jersey sports betting market from germination to July …

NBA Free Agency Aftermath and UFC239: Episode 34

July 2nd, 2019


Kevin Durant to the Nets, in a year and a half. Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn immediately. Kawhi Leonard …. who knows. Maybe he was just sparing Toronto a bummer of a Canada Day as NBA free agency opened. Agents and …

NBA Free Agency, Debunking the Black Sox Scandal: Episode 33

June 27th, 2019


As the manic NBA free agency festival draws ever near, there is speculation aplenty about landing spots for superstars and how a certain …

Matthew Berry Hosts The American Gambling Awards: Episode 32:

June 20th, 2019


Live from the Turf Club at Monmouth Park Racetrack - where the first legal sports bet in New Jersey was placed by Governor Phil Murphy in June, 2018 – Group Plc presents the first-annual American Gambling …

US Open Betting Preview with Eamon Lynch, NBA Finals: Episode 31

June 13th, 2019


Brant overcomes jet lag from his tour of Europe, then we talk with Golfweek columnist and Golf Channel contributor Eamon Lynch. We also go over the …

The Logic of Sports Betting Authors (Part 2), Women's World Cup: Episode 30

June 6th, 2019


Thom Cunningham of fills in more than admirably for Brant James, as the two hosts discuss Andy Ruiz Jr.'s shocking upset, preview the 2019 Women's World Cup and give some hot(!) takes on the Stanley Cup …

"The Logic of Sports Betting" authors Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow; Mark Strotman on The Finals: Episode 29

May 30th, 2019


On the eve of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, contributor Mark Strotman joins the podcast with a …

Matthew Berry and Alexander Rossi: Episode 28

May 22nd, 2019


Proving that draft day sometimes comes before Memorial Day (and Carb Day always does), Badder Beats unleashes a deep, deep roster. 

It’s a P1 (as …

Sugar Ray Leonard, Jason Robins of DraftKings: Episode 27

May 16th, 2019


On the one-year anniversary of the dynamiting of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, the ICE North America gaming trade show opens in the sprawling Boston Seaport district, drawing influencers …

Johnny Avello, Stanley Cup Conference Finals: Episode 26

May 9th, 2019


In an episode that is sure to please fans of every team still skating in the National Hockey League playoffs, hosts Brant James and Ryan Butler break down all four Western Conference finals with the help of massive …

Kentucky Derby Favorite Omaha Beach, Rick Porter, David Rebuck, Dean Ryan: Episode 25

May 2nd, 2019


Three-year-olds are tricky. And we’re not just talking toddlers. 

Colts in the Kentucky Derby can be bedeviling also, especially when they were …

Betting on Sports Conference, or 'Meet me tonight in ... Secaucus': Episode 24:

April 22nd, 2019


As Ryan Butler and Brant James head to the Betting on Sports America 2019 in Secaucus, N.J., a bill to legalize sports betting in Montana heads to the governor’s desk. 

Which will arrive first? 


Tiger Woods and The Masters, BarStool Sports Joins Offshore Resistance Movement: Episode 23

April 18th, 2019



In a 600-yard tee shot of a show, Tiger Woods sets the golf and sports betting universes ablaze - the Venn diagram of their overlap may never …

Will Google Take Your Bet? Adrian Dater on the Stanley Cup, David Caraviello on The Masters: Episode 22

April 11th, 2019


Arguably the most ambitious Badder Beats of all time rises to meet arguably the most compelling sports betting week of all time as The Stanley Cup playoffs, The Masters and the Season 8 Game of Thrones premiere crash …

Wrestlemania 35 vs. The 'Elite' 8: Which one is more believable?: Episode 21

April 4th, 2019


As top seeds are tossed from the ring that is the NCAA Tournament and onto the proverbial folding table of life and sports, contributor …

Sweet 16 with Golden Boy, David Caraviello, Thom Cunningham and Trey Killian: Episode 20

March 27th, 2019


As Brant James' bracket blooms in the spring warmth, Ryan Butler's withers and fades. But at least the month yielded for him an off-Broadway musical.

NCAA Tournament Spectacular: Episode 19

March 19th, 2019

1:13:37's Thom Cunningham, a tireless college basketball observer, joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to poke and prod their NCAA Tournament …

Jimmy Vaccaro: Episode 18

March 12th, 2019


Iconic oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro spins tales, offers insights and tells us why he left Las Vegas after decades of helping build the place. Coming home to Pittsburgh had much to do with it. 

Vaccaro (@JimmyVaccaro), …

Nate Silver, Josef Newgarden, NFL exec says betting a form of engagement: Episode 17

March 7th, 2019


Brant James returns from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference feeling inspired about data but more insecure about his ability to do math.

A few quality minutes with journalist/statistician Nate Silver …

Baseball and Sports Betting and John Levy of theScore: Episode 16

February 27th, 2019


It was such a great idea. Blue Jays (as in Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.) and Boston Red Sox in spring training. Ask some players about betting on stuff. Watch some batting practice.

And then it rained. But baseball is …

Betting On The Oscars with Prof. Jeff Smith and Johnny Avello: Episode 15

February 21st, 2019


You can bet legally on the Oscars in New Jersey and dream about it elsewhere this cinema season, so Brant James and Ryan Butler defer their dreams of …

Daytona 500 Edition with Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Brendan Gaughan: Episode 14

February 15th, 2019


Brant James and Ryan Butler fire the engines on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season, with contributor and SiriusXM's Pete Pistone

Sports Betting National Champion Randy Lee and Charles Gillespie Interviews: Episode 13

February 7th, 2019


Randy Lee, winner of the controversial inaugural DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to discuss his win and how many buffalo $1.1 million can buy.

Part 2 with

Adam Caplan and Johnny Avello: Episode 12

January 31st, 2019


Veteran National Football League journalist and contributor Adam Caplan and DraftKings' Johnny Avello, a legendary Vegas oddsmaker, join Brant James and Ryan Butler to hash out a Super Bowl that feels a lot …

Charles Gillespie: Episode 11

January 24th, 2019


Ryan Butler and Brant James sort through the death spasms of the National Football League season as pirates prepare to come ashore on Gasparilla weekend.

The big interview of the week features Group PLC …

David Tuchman on the NFL: Episode 10

January 17th, 2019


SugarHouse Online Casino & Sportsbook analyst David Tuchman joins Brant James and Ryan Butler to hash out the NFL Divisional Round and look ahead to the conference finals, specifically the weird routes these four …

Episode 9: Golden Boy and Nico Sfanos

January 10th, 2019


At the end of a work junket - no, seriously - to New Orleans, @brantjames and Ryan Butler land at DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook to conclude a weekend of National Football League Wildcard merriment.

Topics …

Adam Caplan on the NFL playoffs: Episode 8

January 3rd, 2019


In the Ocho, Brant James and Ryan Butler mull the remnants of the college football season and set up the National Championship. Brant calls the …

The Baddies: Episode 7

December 27th, 2018


Brant James and Ryan Butler prune the leaves of what was the sprouting legal sports betting industry in the United States this year to bring you the most important, sublime, and baddest persons and moments of 2018. Or …

Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs and David Tuchman of SugarHouse: Episode 6

December 19th, 2018


Brant James and Ryan Butler sift through the ashes of the National Football League's artistocracy, college bowl season remains spectacular, and TWO …

Pat Mayo, DraftKings NFL fantasy analyst: Episode 4

December 6th, 2018


Brant James and Ryan Butler on whether the College Football Playoff committee got it right (they disagree), the tire fire that is the NFC East (they …

Bob Harig: Episode 3

November 15th, 2018



Ryan and Brant discuss Ryan's utter ineptitude from the previous week, the living legacy of the Butt Fumble and the reappearance of Mark Sanchez. Oh, and there's a little matchplay on Friday where Tiger Woods and Phil …

Conspiracy Time: Episode 2

November 14th, 2018


In Episode 2, Brant humors Ryan as he rants about his fantasy league team, they dig further into the phenomenon of running backs not caring about the …

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