RJ Bell is the most-quoted sports betting personality in the country. He is the Founder and CEO of Pregame.com and the Founder of FreePicksByEmail.com. He’s regularly referenced by many major media companies including Bloomberg, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. And he has a particularly friendly relationship with Colin Cowherd, regularly appearing on the ESPN radio host’s show.
Pregame.com is likely the largest pick-selling site in the sports betting industry. There are 25 Pregame “pros” who sell picks on Bell’s website including Vegas Runner and Steve Fezzik.
Bell has described Pregame as the most transparent pick-selling operation in the industry. In his words:
The fact that Pregame.com has 100% transparency is beyond debate.
EVERY picks from EVERY Pro EVER is available for review.
Can’t do better than that. And none of our major competitors come close.
“Weâ€™ve had guys that made a mistake with their record â€” we are adamant about our transparency â€” every pick, ever, from every pro, is available for review. Pros are able to promote themselves from their records, but itâ€™s their responsibility to be accurate.”
So, given Bell’s insistence that Pregame leads the pick-selling industry in transparency, we thought we’d pose some straightforward questions to him here in hopes that he’ll answer them, transparently and honestly.
1. You’ve written that you’re more transparent than other major pick-sellers but Right Angle Sports, the most influential pick-selling operation, lists their complete record on their website in a manner that lets users view their total pick history in a matter of seconds. There is not a single Pregame Pro who has their complete lifetime record listed in any easily-accessed manner. Given this, how can you claim that Pregame is more transparent than others in your industry?
2. Given that you believe transparency is paramount, can you provide Vegas Runner’s overall record since he’s been selling picks for your company?
3. Can you provide the lifetime record for each of the other Pregame pros as well? These figures are next to impossible to determine using the data your site provides while they are just two clicks away on one of your competitor’s site.
4. Pregame used to sell picks for a pro named “Stan Sharp.” The biography on your site indicates “Stan Sharp” only makes money by betting on sports and is also one of the most “feared bettors” in Las Vegas. We’ve heard from multiples sources that Stan Sharp’s picks were simply another Pregame pro’s picks being re-branded and sold as if they came from a unique pro bettor. Did the identity “Stan Sharp” belong to another Pregame pro also selling picks under a different name? And why did Pregame stop selling Stan Sharp picks last year?
5. The term “pro” implies that someone is exclusively making their living from betting on sports. How many of the Pregame pros do just that and how many have paid jobs in other industries?
6. Since you believe in each of the Pregame pros enough to sell their picks to your customers, do you also bet your own money on every Pregame pro selection? If not, why not?
** Update: You can read Bell’s response to our questions here.