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3 Reasons You Need a Sports Betting System to Make Money With Your Sport Picks

monSports betting has grown to be one of the most entertaining ways to watch sports and make some money while you are at it. Though many people will think that you need to be a genius or a sports fanatic to love the hobby, this is actually completely false. There are many sports betting people out there who make a very nice return on their investment through sports wagering. There are certain sports betting systems that will make the process easier and allow you to enjoy the experience more. These sports betting systems will allow you to make some money and actually allow you to treat it as an extra source of income.

While some people have tried betting on sports in the past and found themselves on the losing end, there are people who bet on sports out there that consistently make a profit. What is their ‘secret’? These people will most of the time follow a sports betting system. Following are three reasons you should use a sports betting system when making sports wagers.

Get The Best Picks.

Sports wagering is all about picking the right teams. You need to choose wisely and many people don’t know where to start. Not everyone can be a sports fanatic and people do not have enough time to be able to study stats and odds. Being able to pick the right players and teams is what really makes you a good sports bettor. This is what the sports betting systems can do for you and they will give you the best chance at picking the best teams. Sports wagering is all about being able to predict which team will win and to use stats to make the most educated guess. However, there are other things that can affect the outcome and to try and come up with your own system is a lot of work and takes a lot of time.

Return on your Investment

You simply do not need to be a sports fan to enjoy betting on sports. Just as long as you have the money to be able to bet and to have a good idea of which teams are good, you will be able to make the right bets and at the same time make a nice return on your initial investment. Watching sports can be very fun but having a bet on a certain team will dramatically increase the excitement of the game. What most people don’t understand is that there is a lot of money to be made through betting on sports and it is a good idea to invest in sports. People who invest in sports treat it as another part of their investment portfolio. With consistent gains through a solid sports betting system, gaining an average of 2% daily on your bankroll is not unheard of.

No Special Skill Needed

Contrary to popular belief, you simply do not need any skill to see profit in sports wagering. You will however need access to a legit sports betting system and to also work with the right people. Since all of the work and the research will be done for you, the process simply becomes a breeze. Sports wagering is all about being able to choose the right teams, but since you will have the support of the sports betting system, it becomes easier. Many sports betting systems will email their plays for that particular day and all you need to do is complete them on your end. The only ‘work’ involved would be to maintain a solid money management strategy. Combining the sports betting system with a solid money management system will allow you to see nice returns on your investment for a long time.

If you are a sports fan or simply would like to enjoy them more, then there is nothing like sports betting. When you wager money during a game, you simply start to enjoy the game more. Most people will admit that most sporting events are boring unless they have something on the line. However, a lot of people will steer away from sports betting because they simply have no idea what to do. Just as long as you have the right information and the correct mindset, you will be able to really enjoy sports much more. With just a little experience and patience, a sports betting strategy can be a great way to relax and make money.

The Mechanism of Sports Sponsorships

egMany sports brand companies opt for sports sponsorship because it is one of the most effective ways to get their brand the right amount of publicity and exposure. Sports sponsorship has become more than just collaboration between business corporations and sports leagues. In exchange for money, sports brand companies get to have their brand names prominently displayed in sporting events or on the back of an athlete’s uniform.

The effectiveness of a sports sponsorship deal is generally influenced by many factors. Sometimes a big amount of money spent cannot guarantee success. By identifying the key factors that may increase the chances of product image enhancement, an investor can successfully plan out their marketing strategy through a sports sponsorship program.

Many sports brand companies nowadays find sports sponsorship as one of the best ways to market their brand name. They can reach their potential customers and loyal patrons better by sponsoring a major sporting event or an athlete in a game. The Asian sports arena is also becoming the focus of many international sports brand. This is because there are so much potential and unexplored possibilities in the Asian market. Sports sponsorship benefit both the sports brand company and the event or athlete they are sponsoring. Of course, the success of sports sponsorship relies on many factors.

Asians, in general, like winning athletes or teams as much as the rest of the world. Local athletes who have won international sports title like Malaysia’s squash darling, Dato’ Nicol Ann David, are often treated as a hero. Therefore, it only makes sense that a sponsorship will probably be more successful if the athlete or team that they are sponsoring wins. This is due to public perception. A brand associated with a winning athlete is often perceived as a good brand, and vice versa. The brand in question may be a moderate brand in reality but associating it with a champion will definitely put the brand in a different light.

Another thing that sports sponsorship can guarantee is visibility and recognition. When Yonex became one of the major sponsors at the Thomas Cup Badminton Championship, they immediately get their brand name mentioned in almost every game. Their logo can be found on every single banner and they gain international recognition which lasts years long. The Thomas Cup may only take place for a few weeks but the impression Yonex made in the public eye extends beyond that. It is these lasting impressions that many sports brand companies find to be priceless. It is definitely worth spending their money over.

Sports sponsorship programs also usually target a certain demographic, suitable to the product or brand name they wish to expose to the public. This is why many investors believe that the event they are sponsoring should also cater to their own target niche. For example, if Nike is promoting a product that caters to a younger demographic, it is probably not a good idea for them to sponsor older athletes that their target market cannot relate to. Instead, they probably will get better results by sponsoring an athlete that belongs in the age group of their target niche. Different target groups need to be reached in different ways. Otherwise, the whole point of sports sponsorship would be moot.

Generally, sports sponsorship aims towards creating optimum exposure of a sports brand company and sending their message to potential customers effectively. The right approach is necessary to ensure that every single cent they spend on sponsorship will bring in more than enough revenue than simply to break even. By knowing their target market and their sports hero, a sports brand company can achieve more than just fame and recognition. They can also maintain their reputation as a winning sports brand that is often associated with prestigious sporting events. That in itself is priceless.

5 Key Things You Need to Know About Extreme Sports Insurance

terMOST TRAVEL INSURANCE PLANS DO NOT COVER EXTREME SPORTS LEAVING YOU UNPROTECTED!

Many of us enjoy doing sports and the best time to try out something new and exciting or spend time enjoying a favourite sport is during vacation! Travel providers attract with exciting promises: Bungee jumping, rock climbing, scuba diving, sky diving, perfect alpine ski slopes – that all is tons of fun! And potentially a source of future problems. In many of those cases you are not protected through your insurance at all! Let’s dig deeper today into extreme sport insurance!

1. UNDERSTAND HOW RISKY YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT IS

The variety of sports people engage in today is vast: everything from chess to base jumping is considered “sports”. For many insurers, sports fall into four general risk levels (s. list below). Already, sports from Level 2 are often considered as extreme sports. So if you are a passionate skier in Colorado, British Columbia or the Swiss Alps, an amateur rock climber, or adrenalin junkie enjoying skydiving at least once a month – you should consider looking deeper into extreme sport protection.

Insurance classification of sport risks:

    • Level 1 – Low risk sports: Aerobics, skating, volleyball, water polo, football, cricket, golf, baseball, basketball, tennis, badminton, archery
    • Level 2 – Sports involving more mobility and therefore more risks: Adventure racing, paintball, alpine skiing, canoeing, swimming, rugby, scuba diving, gymnastics, kayaking
    • Level 3 – Sports with elements of violence and action: Wrestling, boxing, hockey, martial arts, motor sports, bungee jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, water rafting, water skiing
  • Level 4 – Most risky sports: Hang gliding, parachuting, paramotoring, skydiving

2. READ THE FINE PRINT 8 TIMES IF YOU RELY ON STANDARD TRAVEL INSURANCE

Sports-related injuries during vacations can be sometimes covered under Travel Medical insurance policy but more often they are not. So if you want to rely solely on your existing policy, be sure that you read carefully all the conditions or consult the insurance hotline. Often insurance companies offer additional protection for accidents associated with extreme sports. Remember consequences of sport injuries can add up to dozens of thousands dollars while you are treated abroad.

3. BE CLEAR ON HOW “PROFESSIONAL” IS YOUR SPORT ENGAGEMENT

There are also different ways you can engage in sports. And though your insurance might be still covering leisure skiing in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, it will very likely not pay for any medical expenses associated with injuries from Thai boxing fights in Thailand or professional rock climbing competitions in the Rockies. Here the basic rule should be: if you do anything, not for leisure only, but it has any hint of professional activity / competition, get a separate extreme sport protection.

4. ARE YOU AN “EXCLUSION” CASE? BE CAREFUL!

Even if you think you will be fine after getting an extreme sport insurance, have a more detailed look at conditions – typical exclusions in extreme sports insurance policies are: Those above a certain age are NOT covered (age limit varies) Pre-existing medical conditions Injury resulting from drug abuse during sporting activity Performing sports in unauthorized areas for particular activity Think about that while enjoying your extreme sport – ski race competition outside of the authorized slope might result in unpaid bills rejected by your insurer…

5. DEDICATED EXTREME SPORT INSURANCE EXISTS!

There is proper protection for all extreme sport enthusiasts out there! Often you can get an additional piece of protection, so-called rider on your policy that covers your “dangerous” hobby sports. Such insurance can cost you less than $100 for a month but save a lot of headaches in future. Anyway, the objective of this article is not to force you to stay at home but make clear to you what protection you might need to enjoy your favourite sports while covering all your bases!

Alex Saltykov is a Co-Founder and CEO of InsurEye Inc (http://www.insureye.com). Alex spent years advising insurance clients both in North America and Europe while he was working for one of the leading management consulting companies. His areas of expertise are insurance, innovation, IT and operations.

InsurEye Inc. is a Canadian company, located in Toronto, Ontario. Its mission is to offer people transparency and insights around insurance using modern technology.

InsurEye offers today two free services to educate consumers which can be found our website section Insurance Toolkit:

1. InsurEye Credit Card Navigator will explain you in details what insurance protection you have on your credit cards

2. InsurEye Peer Comparison will show you what your peers across Canada pay for their insurance. This way you understand if you overpay and what insurance providers you should choose to save on insurance!

A Brief Theology of Sports

ecA number of years ago I was a speaker at a camp for young people. When the first group game time came, one of the leaders began by telling a parable based on Genesis 1-3. He described the joys of playing games in the Garden of Eden where the emphasis was simply on the joy of play. But one day the serpent entered the garden and tempted the Eden-dwellers with the idea of points. They gave in to the temptation and began keeping score in their games and this led to all kinds of evils – competition, lust for winning, cheating, anger and fights. They lost the simple joy of play.

The leader told this parable to let the young people know that this week at the camp they would be introduced to non-competitive games. There were no points, no winners or losers, just the joy of play. But there was one serious problem – the games were totally and completely boring. Day after day less and less of the young people showed up for the game time so that at the last one there were only a handful of young people there.

Is this an accurate portrayal of a theology of sports? Obviously, I don’t think so. I’d like to present a brief and broad theology of sports. If you don’t like that title you can think of it as, “Why we should watch the Super Bowl!”

History can be summed up in three words: creation, fall, redemption. So when you are looking at the theology of an issue you need to ask: What is its relation to or reflection of creation, of the fall, of redemption? In considering the issue of sports, I have added two further words to expand our consideration – incarnation and salvation (both which are, of course, tied to creation, fall and redemption).

Creation – God could have created everything to be gray and serviceable. Rather, He created a great diversity of color, size, shape, smell, texture, sounds, and tastes. Why did He do this? He did it so that the creation would be a reflection of His person and, in particular, His beauty. It is a masterpiece of function and form. The creation is a work of art.

Art is sometimes thought of as consisting of two types: visual art – like painting, sculpture, architecture, and, performing art – like drama, music, dancing. The Lord included both visual and performing art in the creation. Visual Art: flowers, mountains, trees; Performing Art: oceans and rivers, planetary orbits, clouds. Some things in creation combine the two.

Sports are a reflection of this creative activity of the Lord. They also combine visual art (painted fields/courts, team colors and logos) and performing arts (the actual play). Sports reflect the function and form of creation. There is beauty in a play that is run to perfection, in a well-thrown ball, in a diving catch, in turning a double play. Those things can bring excitement and happiness because they are a reflection of the way the world was created to be. They are a display of art (or artistry, if you prefer).

The Lord also created things in a specific order, not in a haphazard way, and He placed within the creation laws or rules by which nature operates. Sports also have an order to them and have rules by which they operate. Just as there are consequences for rebelling against the created order (such as disregarding gravity), so there are consequences for not following the rules in sports. Sports reflect the nature and principles of the creation. As in nature, this reflection, when done well, honors the Lord and gives the fan joy.

Fall – In the fall, man rebelled by sin and the curse which resulted from that fall touches every part of every thing – there is nothing that escapes. This means that we would expect to see evidence of the fall in sports and, of course, we do. There are sins of attitude as well as sins of action.
The deadliest of these sins is the idolatry of sports – when it holds the highest place in the affection of the heart and in the thinking of the mind. When life is planned around when games are played or when a person’s entire outlook is impacted by whether his team wins or loses, he has crossed the line into an unhealthy and sinful obsession.

There are also other wrong attitudes – when winning becomes the only thing that matters, when a person will do whatever it takes to be successful, when personal glory becomes the end-all, when people become arrogant or angry. These are all sins of the fall. The fall is reflected in sports by actions such as the use of steroids, of fixing games, of corking bats, of bench-emptying brawls, and a host of other things.

Incarnation – We are embodied beings and the incarnation validates that our bodies are more than merely containers for our souls. Even our eternal state will consist of bodies – glorified bodies but bodies nevertheless. The Christian life is not about condemning the body but bringing it into subjection to honor the Lord.

Sports are one of the things that help us to do that. Playing a sport requires discipline and the disciplining of the body for sports can carry over into our spiritual lives. Sports require determination, delayed gratification, a toughening-up of the body. Sports can also teach how to work with a team, how to submit to authority, how to encourage those not as naturally gifted as others, how to hit hard. And they teach patience. Even time on the bench can be sanctifying.

Sports are one way that we honor the truth and reality of the incarnation and glorify God by using our bodies in God-honoring ways.

Salvation – The history of salvation is a drama. A drama, to be effective, depends at the least on knowledge, motion and timing. In the drama of salvation, the Lord had a game-plan, knowledge, before the beginning of time. At the creation this game-plan was put in motion, what we know as the people and events of unfolding history. And it was all done according to God’s timing – Galatians tells us that Christ came in the fullness of time. That drama continues today. It is what C.S. Lewis called the true myth.

Today, actors/actresses in drama need to know their lines (knowledge), they need to know where they are supposed to be in a scene (motion) and they need to know when they are to play their part and say their lines (timing). Great drama also has that sense of being a true myth.

This dramatic notion of knowledge, motion and time is reflected in sports. The knowledge is seen in the plays and strategies that are a part of sports. The motion is seen in the carrying out of those strategies and they are only successful if the timing of everyone involved is correct. Sports portray drama action and also have that mythic aspect to them. It may be that part of sports appeal comes from the fact that they are universal in being part of human life. Some would say that sports transcend entertainment and take on a meaning that is significant and important in the lives of people who enjoy and devote time to sports.

The heart of our salvation is the saving work of Christ – he gave himself for us, body and blood.

Sports are one of the only arenas in life where you can offer your body for the good of others. Many plays in sports – a block, a diving catch, a physically demanding gymnastic routine – are the giving up of the body for the sake of the team. This is a display of the gospel.

Redemption – Redemption is the delight in restoration. When that redemption is accomplished completely at the consummation it becomes glorification – that will be full joy and unhindered delight. The joys and delights of this life are gifts of grace. They are never completely satisfying but they give a taste of what that complete satisfaction will be like.

Sports, for the fans, are one of those gifts that bring joy and delight (also at times disappointment so we learn how to deal with that in a healthy and godly way). They are to be enjoyed in themselves for what they are – a gift of grace. The enjoyment never lasts or is total but it is a taste of that complete satisfaction that causes us to long for more. So while a sport can be enjoyed in itself, it points us to more than just this momentary enjoyment; it reveals the longing for everlasting joy. The sports fan who recognizes this greater purpose is viewing that enjoyment from a biblical perspective. Temporal enjoyment is a gift but it is not an end. When treated as an end, it borders on the idolatrous. We must train our joy to be experienced as part of God’s purpose.

Like all other things in life, we are to take sports captive and make them obedient to Christ. Sports viewing and sports participation can become transforming activities when we view sports as one of the ways that God is extending to us His grace and in recognizing that it is a means to long for the greater joy that only Christ can give.

There is much more that could be said. I have not even touched on Paul’s use of sports’ language and his use of sports as a metaphor for the spiritual life. I have not talked about how sports can be used as an evangelistic tool to spread the gospel. I have not mentioned how sports should blend physical strength and courage with meekness and love. I have not referred to the relationship between sports and our spiritual warfare. But I hope I have given enough to make you think – and perhaps to think of sports a little differently than you have before.