Intro:Whether it’s preseason NFL handicapping, college football betting, beating the regular season NFL spread, getting the ATS edge in the NBA or college basketball punting,sports bettors are always looking for an edge. Often it comes off the playing field.Body:Recently sports have seen minor controversies to major scandals that all have direct or indirect handicapping lessons. In short, they can be summed up in what we preach timeand time again atGodsTips, anchor of
. The key to successfulsports bettingis getting an edge as often as possible.This is exactly why coaches are notoriously secretive about the injury status of key players and also why we sports bettors exercise every source to get the accuratelowdown.Coaches believe more he knows about the injury status of his and his opponent’s key players, the more of an edge his team will get. It’s the same way with gamblers againsttheir sportsbook opponent.It’s precisely the reason the now infamous scandals of disgraced NBA referee TimDonaghy and former Texas A&M football coach Dennis Franchione are so significant.Sports investing in much like Wall Street betting and “inside information” that coachesand refs have access to is the sports broker’s version of insider trading.So is the lesson for the sports gambler that if we don’t get the state’s evidence directlyfrom a coach or referee that we are out of luck? Absolutely not. “Inside” information isfar from the only way to get the upper hand on betting the odds.A lot of valuable insight is out there. Just because information is public does not meanit’s widely circulated.So often the keenest intelligence comes to light after the odds have been posted, oftensomewhat limiting how sportsbooks can act in response. We’ve long touted Google Newsas our favorite aggregator of sports betting information such as injuries, expert analysison how teams match up, motivation recognition and other very useful bullet points.However, Topix and ESPN have also teamed up to try to compete with Google News.Replacing their “Sitelines” section, ESPN has partnered with Topix to create “ESPNlocal”. This new feature aggregates articles of interest to the sports fan and gambler. That being said, Google News still reigns supreme, but the ESPN/Topix synergy has potentialfor the handicapper.