Baseball’s status as America’s national sport, and the huge level of fan interest in it, ensure that there are always lots of rumours doing the rounds about the teams, players and leagues. One area that doesn’t always attract the same level of media attention is the sponsorship deals, but these are of tremendous importance to the clubs and the game as a whole, because of the revenue they bring in, and if the latest rumour is true then that revenue may be set for an increase. The top online casino company Lucky Nugget have been linked with a possible baseball sponsorship deal – and this is big news for a few reasons.
Firstly, if it’s true, any such deal is likely to be for major money – after all Lucky Nugget are major players in the lucrative world of online gambling, and thus it is hardly likely that we would be talking about a small deal. Furthermore this could represent one of the first significant moves into baseball sponsorship by online gambling companies – many of whom have already moved into sponsoring UK teams and events very successfully. Any sponsorship deal would be good news for Lucky Nugget as well, because it would ensure that the company’s brand is very visible amongst sports fans in the US, many of whom would be extremely interested in the games on offer at the Lucky Nugget site.
After all, alongside traditional online casino games, you can now get specialist sports variants on these at Lucky Nugget – including Hot Shot, which is a nine pay line, five reel slots game based around baseball. Hot Shot aims to capture the feel of playing baseball, with graphics of a lush green field and audio of cheering crowds and the ball hitting the bat, and it does so very impressively. Throw in quirky reel icons in the shape of mitts, baseball hats, pitchers and various snacks, and you could almost be at a game. However Hot Shot also combines this with the advantages of slots games, like being cheap to play, and the chance to win a jackpot of up to $2000, which would likely make it very appealing to fans of the game.
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The White Sox have not officially set their starting rotation for this weekend's series against the Marlins, but there's a strong possibility that John Danks could make his 2013 big league debut Friday night.
Paul Konerko feels as if he swung the bat well during the past couple of days, but for a cerebral All-Star caliber performer such as the captain, the hits aren't always the sign of being in a good spot.
Andrelton Simmons does not want to develop the reputation of being a whiner. But after being on the wrong end of four questionable scoring rulings during this past weekend's series against the Dodgers, the Braves' shortstop petitioned two rulings from Friday night's win.
The A's understand that wrist surgery is still a possibility for outfielder Josh Reddick, but they're also optimistic that he can avoid it. Reddick will join the team on Friday for a round of batting practice.
Going into Monday night, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's .386 batting average in 57 at-bats against southpaws was third-highest among batters with a significant number of left-on-left at-bats.
Winners of 18 of their last 22 games, the Cleveland Indians are starting to look like real contenders in a tough AL Central. Their current run may be enough to make anyone a believer.
The Rangers have designated veteran pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment to make room for fellow right-hander Josh Lindblom.
Joey Votto took care of matters quickly, recording a first-inning single vs. the Mets on Monday at Citi Field, as Beat the Streak leader Aaron Brown's run tied the season high of 43 straight successful selections.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (oblique strain) will head to Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday to get an early start on his rehab, although he isn't expected to pick up the ball for at least another week.
Jurickson Profar, MLB.com's top-rated prospect, was in the Rangers lineup at second base on Monday, one day after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
A.J. Pierzynski played the second game of his rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Monday, going 1-for-3 as the RoughRiders' designated hitter, and hopes to be back with the Rangers for Tuesday's contest against the A's.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira announced on Twitter on Monday that he had his first at-bats since March at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., a good sign as he attempts to return from a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.