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What is Sports Investing?

You may be like I was years ago and had never heard the term “Sports Investing.”

Before I learned about sports investing, I was placing a big bet on the game that I knew was going to hit and some more a few other nice looking games. To cap off the day I would place one or two small bets for shits and giggles.

I quickly learned that this wasn’t a successful equation. It is the easy road to becoming desperate and calling a scamdicapper. Sick of losing all the time and taking cash advances to pay the bookie, I started searching online.

I was working nights at a hospital. While some nights were extremely busy, other nights supplied me with more time than I could endure. Sometimes I thought I would find the end of the internet.

I discovered that the internet is littered with sports gambling related websites. Most are trying to make a quick buck off of you before their site and worthless information fades away. Others are only sports book affiliate farms, offering banners for every possible sports book and poker room online. These guys are looking to make money from their players’ losses with out giving anything of value to those that click into one of those sports books.

Finally, while searching for betting strategies, I found certain sites that spoke about something called sports investing. These sites were speaking about betting a unit of their bankrolls and preaching that there is no such thing as a LOCK.

Is sports investing gambling? You bet it is!

That’s what makes it so fun.

Sports investing was coined to describe a disciplined method of wagering on sporting events. The principles of sports investing teach you to manage your funds to maximize your profit while minimizing your risk.

When you first decide to practice sports investing, you must determine what your bankroll is. Your bankroll is the amount of money that is set aside for your season long action. This money must be funds that if completely exhausted will not affect your living situation. Sports investing losses should never interfere with bills you have to pay or any other living necessity.

When I first learned of sports investing, I decided to test this theory out. After all the other systems and frauds that I found online, I was a little skeptical. However, this information was pieced together from multiple sources.

For my jump into sports investing, I staked myself a $1,000 bankroll. The size of my bankroll directly stipulated the size of the wagers I was going to be placing on my games. This amount is called a unit. The roll of thumb is that a unit equals to 5% of your bankroll. You can use 3%, 5% or even 10%. It all depends how aggressive or conservative you want to be.

In my case I decided to go with 5%, or $50. Now I didn’t don’t just go out placing a unit on every game. I began my week researching each game before I made my final decision. My research includes more than watching NFL Countdown and Sports Center. I use multiple online sites and offline resources before placing my bets. Handicappers and sports investors are known to put 10-40 hours a week into their picks.

After I do my homework and have a short list of games that I feel for one reason or another are the best games on the board, I go and place the same unit on each game. By placing this unit on each game, I am decreasing the volatility of the sports investing market by reducing my exposure to the juice that is included on losing wagers.

By placing a unit on 3-5 games that I researched provides me the opportunity to profit by hitting 55-60% of your wagers. If I hit 2 of my 3 plays during to the day games, I am up $45 (using $50 as a unit). If I win the Sunday Night Game, I will up $95. If I end up on the losing side of the Monday Football Game, I am still up $45. But I win I will be up $145 for the weekend.

In that example above, I won 3 of my 5 wagers that weekend. That is a winning percentage of 60%. As you can see, if you can average that winning percentage throughout the season, the only thing that limits your profit is the size of your bankroll and unit.

One final rule of sports investing is that you never risk more than half of your bankroll at any one given time. You should always have enough of a bankroll to fight back if you follow this golden rule.

Just like any hobby, sports investing is not for everyone. I can’t build a masterpiece wooden bench, and some people just aren’t as good at betting on sports as others. While most people lose at sports gambling because they are undisciplined and have no sense of money management, other people are better than others at picking winners and doing homework. If you find that you are always losing, you may want to re-evaluate your choice of hobbies. You may be handier with a radial saw.

How to Collect Sports Memorabilia

Collecting sports memorabilia is a popular hobby amongst sports enthusiasts all over the world. It is also a massive commercial industry and is growing every year. A passion for sport can turn into a large collection of signed pieces, and in some cases this collection can have great financial value. For others, the value is merely sentimental. Whatever, the reason for collecting sports memorabilia, there is no doubt that it is a very popular hobby.

Sports memorabilia covers a lot of different pieces, and the prices can range from pence to thousands of pounds. Photos, cards, shirts and other sports related equipment that have been signed by an athlete are considered memorabilia, but only when the signature has been certified by a reputable company. Adding an autograph to an article can either decrease of increase its value. For example, if the autograph has been personalised to a specific name then the autograph will devalue the item on the public market. The price of an item will also be very low if the item is sold without a certificate of authenticity. Replica and authentic sports products that are unsigned, or are signed but not authenticated, are considered collectibles.

If you decide to become a collector of sports memorabilia, you must first establish a strategy. Firstly, you will need to decide whether you are going to become a collector as a hobby or if you want to collect in order to make a profit. If you decide on the latter, you need to consider to likelihood that you will become attached to the items, and in the event that this happens how likely it is that you will be able to part with your things. If you think that you may get too attached to your collection then it may be wise to collect merely for pleasure rather than as a money-making scheme. If you think that you will be able to give up your treasures in order to make a profit you need to give yourself limits on how much you are willing to spend.

Next you should decide on a theme for your collection. It may be that you are interested in one type of sport or a certain period of sporting history. However, you should try to narrow your search to include maybe only one team, one athlete, the Olympics, or one sport. This will enable you to become more educated about one area and with time you will be able to spot interesting and rare pieces that will be popular with buyers.

Now that you have established the theme of your collection you will also be able to determine its value. For example, if your collection focuses solely on one player then it may be difficult to sell, but a collection that is dedicated to a certain piece of sporting history may appeal to a wider range of buyers.

In order to keep track of the growth of your collection, it might be helpful to make a wish list of items that you want the most. If you stick to the list this will ensure that you do not panic buy items that may turn out to be bad buys. A wish list will also help you to establish a budget and stick to it.

In order to make your collection as good as possible, it is helpful to educate yourself about the sports memorabilia market. You should make yourself aware of market prices, factors that make prices fluctuate and decrease and the general history behind your collection. This means that you are less likely to be ripped off when buying pieces and you will be able to choose pieces wisely. You should also keep up to date with the sports memorabilia market in general to see what is selling well and what isn’t.

Being a collector of sports memorabilia takes a lot of time and effort. You should expect to have to take the time to shop online, scour newspaper adverts for auctions and deal directly with a specialised sports memorabilia broker and even attend collectible shows. Another way is to go to the direct source, for example attending games or training sessions to get the players to sign memorabilia. If you have a genuine interest in your collection then these things will not seem like hard work to you, but if they do then maybe you should reconsider becoming a collector.

The Gift of Sports Apparel Will Help You Score Big This Christmas

Christmas is coming, and that means it’s time to start going through your written and mental Christmas lists to see who wants what for this holiday season. For girls, items like Polly Pocket, Barbie and all things Hannah Montana are a must. For the boys, legos, K’nex and character toys have never lost their appeal. But for the big boys and girls, and even the kids who are very much interested in sports, there’s only one thing to look for when it comes to picking out Christmas presents: sports apparel.

The great thing about sports apparel is that most apparel items are equal opportunity. There is no discrimination based on size, age or even gender. You’ll find articles of sports-related clothing that is perfect for newborn babies, just as you’ll find t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts that will be great for a child of school age. For adults, both men and women, sports apparel in the form of NFL jerseys or even NBA jerseys is always the perfect gift.

You know what else is great about sports apparel? It’s always available. You can shop for it any time of the year, at stores, online, even directly from stadiums and those sports teams that have fundraisers and run their own online websites and shops.

If you plan on shopping for sports apparel, keep the following tips in mind:

First, consider the person you are buying for. Know their preferred team! There’s no point in buying them NFL jerseys that depict the Philadelphia Eagles if their Pennsylvania team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, know their size. If you’re unsure, guess, and buy a size large. It’s always better to go too big than too small. Kids will eventually grow into larger clothing sizes, and adults can wear layers, or just have a baggy shirt that is comfortable to lounge about in.

Second, try and shop in between seasons. Common sense dictates that if it’s the height of the football season, then you’re going to pay top dollar for any sports apparel related to football. In addition to shopping in between season, hit up the offline and online sale and clearance racks to see what kind of interesting finds there may be to have.

Third and finally, shop around. Don’t purchase sports apparel from the first company you come across. You may be able to find a better deal, or simply a better quality material, at another store or online website.