This is Our Story

Origins of Point Spread Media

The origin of any company begins with it's founders. This is the story of our founders, Rod and Jerry. It is the story of how they came together to embark on a path that ultimately leads us to where we are today. 

We've had an incredible journey so far. We've celebrated memorable accomplishments and suffered heart wrenching challenges. We've shared amazing adventures, and equally amazing disagreements. The culmination of it all was the birth of Point Spread Media. Join us on what has been (and continues to be) the journey of a lifetime.

Coming Together

In the beginning of 1998, Jerry Garner was relocating from Chicago to Washington DC for the launch of a startup company developing online gambling software. He was selling a gambling-oriented website to clear time in his schedule when he met Rod Myers. Rod produced and hosted a sports betting television show in Las Vegas. He was interested in buying a website that he could advertise on his tv show. Jerry and Rod developed an instant rapport, united by a shared passion for the betting industry.
It wasn't long before Jerry had recruited Rod to join him at Creative Technology & Entertainment, where Rod took a position as Director of Sports Betting Operations. He maintained his residence in Las Vegas and would travel to Washington DC as needed. When he was working from DC, he typically shared an office with Jerry. This allowed the two to deepen their personal and professional friendship, and also provided an abundance of opportunities to share their vision of what the future of the betting industry should look like.
By 2001 we were seeing the early warning signs of a dot-com bubble collapse. Funding for tech startups dried up overnight and the repercussions were far-reaching. Most people would view this as our first official challenge, but we never viewed it as a challenge on any level. We greeted the problem as an opportunity, and were excited about the prospect of branching out on our own. This would give us the freedom to work only on projects that we truly enjoyed and were passionate about. It was the opportunity we had been waiting for.

Sports Gaming Players Network (SGPN)

We spent the next few years building our business, the Sports Gaming Players Network (SGPN). In many ways, SGPN served as the predecessor to what would later become Point Spread Media. The company published monthly betting schedules, seasonal workbooks and distributed a weekly sports betting newspaper in the Las Vegas market. We also produced radio programming that was distributed to several states and featured multiple celebrity call-ins. It was honestly the time of our lives.
Sports Gaming Players Network (SGPN)
The crown jewel in the SGPN portfolio was a radio show we produced called Sports Corner, hosted by Rod and co-hosted by actress Danielle Fishel (Boy Meets World). The show aired for two hours per night, five nights per week. Sports Corner was broadcast from inside the Sunset Station casino in Las Vegas, and was aired on radio stations in ten states. The show featured a unique blend of information, analysis and witty humor, sprinkled with calls from listeners who were always eagar to propose marriage to "Topanga".
The great thing about SGPN is that the funding was all advertiser driven. There were no investors, shareholders or reporting requirements; just two guys doing what they enjoy. Our advertisers were primarily internet sportsbooks located in Costa Rica. We would make routine trips there to present our ideas to these sportsbooks, and would return to Las Vegas enough money to run our campaigns and have plenty left over for ourselves. In fact, we once sold 100% of our advertising inventory in our first meeting.
Things were going great at SGPN. It was a lifestyle that was like being in a dream. The typical week involved traveling to far away exotic locations where you would meet interesting characters. But more importantly, we were producing high quality content that people in the betting community liked receiving. Our products had an audience that was growing rapidly. We were living our dream and making decent money doing it. Life was good and the future was bright. Who could have foreseen what was coming next?
Unethical Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)

Dept of Justice (DOJ)

The Government sometimes has a way of messing up a good thing, and that was certainly the case with us. A change of Presidents resulted in Janet Reno being replaced by John Ashcroft as head of the Department of Justice. Reno had always been non-aggressive with respect to foreign gambling companies, pointing out that these businesses were legally licensed in their host country. In contrast, Ashcroft took a hard stance against betting operators, particularly sports betting. What followed was an unfortunate series of events that served as a major setback for the betting industry.
It started when the Port Security Act was passed by Congress, including a hidden piece of legislation titled the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This act created a financial blockade between the United States and online betting companies, effectively cutting off the flow of funds. This was followed by the arrest of BetOnSports CEO David Carruthers as he changed planes at Dallas-DFW. Not long after, SportingBet executive Peter Dicks was arrested while changing planes at JFK in New York.
It was a scary time to be in the business. Although our publishing and broadcasting activities were in a legal green zone, we still suffered. Sports betting companies quickly pulled out of the U.S. market, hoping this would signal to the DOJ that they were trying to do the right thing. Those that did still accept bets from the U.S. were afraid to advertise here for fear of drawing attention to themselves, and even if they wanted to buy advertising there was a financial blockade that prevented them from paying for it.
Reluctantly, we were left with no choice but to suspend our business operations and to wait for more favorable market conditions. It wasn't what we wanted to do, but it was the right business decision to make. Jerry took some time off and went to Asia for a couple of years. Rod moved to Los Angeles to manage a film production studio. The two continued to work in media, expanding connections and honing their craft, waiting for favorable conditions to return. That time has come. Enter Point Spread Media.

Legal Sports Betting Arrives

In May 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). This was the law that had banned sports betting in America, with the exception of the state of Nevada. The decision to overturn PASPA meant that each state could now decide if they wanted to allow sports betting. Within a year, half of the country had passed measures for legalized sports betting, with others on the way. The rapid expansion of sports betting opportunities across the country has set the stage for a major market boom, creating conditions far more favorable than we could have ever dreamed.
Legal US Sports Betting
With the pieces finally falling into place, we went straight to work. We've spent the last year conducting research and anlysis, building and testing the framework of our core technology, as well as drafting detailed business and marketing plans for how we will enter the market. Our goals are simple: to publish the most widely distributed print publication devoted to the topic of sports betting, and to build the country's first radio network dedicated to the topic. We feel that these goals are reasonable and realistic.
Our Story is Your Story
Although these are exciting times to be involved with the emerging sports betting market, they are not without challenges. The current COVID-19 pandemic has closed all sportsbooks, which is just as well because there are no sports to bet on. These challenges are short lived, however, and business will return to "normal". What is most exciting to us is the opportunity to share this experience with the sports betting community. Join us on this adventure, and make our story part of your story.
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