Why Ryan Howard is investing in the gambling space

Standing on the outside, looking back in at baseball, former MLB slugger Ryan Howard sometimes wonders how much money was bet on him and his team’s performances or what Las Vegas had the over/under on his home runs for a season set at during in his prime.

For a century, staying away from gambling has always been one of baseball’s cardinal rules, so Howard didn’t think much about the odds during his 13-year career.cheap nfl nike jerseys china6

“All the fantasy managers, I guess, kind of let me know how I was doing later on,” Howard told ESPN in a recent phone interview. “It was funny. You’d always have a random person coming up, saying, ‘Ryan, thanks, bro. You helped me with my fantasy team.'”

Howard, who announced his retirement from baseball in September, is now a partner SeventySix Capital, a venture capital firm targeting opportunities in the growing legal sports betting market in the U.S. SeventySix Capital recently invested in the Vegas Stats & Information Network, a sports betting media outlet featuring hall-of-fame broadcaster Brent Musburger and a studio located in middle of a Las Vegas casino.nfl nike jersey cheap

Howard and SeventySix Capital partner Wayne Kimmel spoke with ESPN about entering the sports betting and what next as more and more states elect to offer legal sports betting.