Andrew Pridgen

Andrew Pridgen

Online Gambling Industry and Sports Betting Reporter  |  CALIFORNIA-NEVADA

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Andrew is a failed comedian-turned-newspaper reporter and magazine journalist in California and Nevada, where he learned to play blackjack, sweat the fifth leg of a parlay on a Sunday night, and use news sources to follow up on injury reports for placing bets. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Powder Magazine, Lake Tahoe News, Tahoe Quarterly, Teton Gravity Research, Sisu Magazine, Grist Magazine, and Mashable. His debut novel Burgundy Upholstery Sky (2016) tells a harrowing tale of life in a casino shortly before sunrise.

Subdued Men’s World Cup Stop in Adelboden Wraps with Sunday Slalom

Subdued Men’s World Cup Stop in Adelboden Wraps with Sunday Slalom

Three days of slalom action at Adelboden draws to a close Sunday afternoon. Frenchman Alexis Pinturault will attempt a World Cup first: three victories in two disciplines throughout a single weekend. The Bener Oberland resort, known as much for its hospitality as its speed and technical difficulty, is set to […]

Missouri vs. LSU Won’t Tip Off Due to COVID-19 Outbreak at Mizzou

Missouri vs. LSU Won’t Tip Off Due to COVID-19 Outbreak at Mizzou

Saturday’s matchup between Missouri and LSU men’s basketball programs won’t take place Saturday because of positive COVID-19 test cases and contact tracing protocols within Mizzou’s program. The No. 13 Missouri Tigers (7-2, 1-2 SEC) is the third ranked program affected by COVID-related protocols this week after No. 3 Villanova and […]

How MGM’s New CFO Jonathan Halkyard Had a Hand in Tanking Caesars

How MGM’s New CFO Jonathan Halkyard Had a Hand in Tanking Caesars

After two failed attempts to acquire online gambling partner Entain, MGM Resorts International named Jonathan Halkyard as its new chief financial officer Thursday. He comes with experience handling complex mergers, instituting extreme cost-cutting measures, and dealing with private equity acquisitions, including several that preceded the biggest bankruptcy in gaming history. […]

USWNT’s Alex Morgan Contracted COVID-19 Over Holiday Break

USWNT’s Alex Morgan Contracted COVID-19 Over Holiday Break

Alex Morgan, perhaps the most recognizable athlete on the US Women’s Soccer team, revealed Tuesday she contracted the COVID-19 virus over the holiday break while spending time with family in California. Morgan, 31, had recently come back to the US from England, where she played striker for Tottenham in the […]

College Football Playoff Viewership Remains Strong Even with Pandemic

College Football Playoff Viewership Remains Strong Even with Pandemic

While the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have suffered rating sags since the COVID-19 virus touched down in the U.S. last spring, ESPN’s New Year’s Day bowl broadcast numbers remained steady compared with the previous six years of the format, averaging close to 19 million viewers across its pair of […]

ESPN Plus to Feature Betting Commentary for NFL Wild Card ‘MegaCast’

ESPN Plus to Feature Betting Commentary for NFL Wild Card ‘MegaCast’

With tech giants like Amazon emerging as players in NFL broadcasting, ESPN is staking its reputation on streaming this weekend with its first-ever NFL “MegaCast.” The idea is to broadcast the Ravens vs. Titans wild-card game at 1:O5 p.m. ET across six Disney-owned networks with different viewer experiences on each. […]

Disney Bets on ESPN Plus Subscribers Paying More for UFC Pay-Per-View

Disney Bets on ESPN Plus Subscribers Paying More for UFC Pay-Per-View

UFC regulars will pay more to watch premiere fights starting Friday, as ESPN Plus will up its pay-per-view rates on select matches. The price increase coincides with parent company Disney’s focus on streaming services and partnerships with sports betting operations. ESPN’s streaming service is the exclusive broadcast home of the […]