NFL preseason betting tips and stories from sports agent Jamie Fritz

It’s Episode 107 of Wise Kracks and we’ve got NFL fever! Joining us this week is a superstar sports agent with superstar clients. We also discuss the problems of the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, NFL preseason betting and Little League Baseball drama. Let’s get it!

Your hosts Bill Krackomberger and Jon Orlando discuss the potentially tough season ahead for the Cleveland Browns amid some roster issues. Will Kareem Hunt’s trade request and Deshaun Watson’s possible extended suspension negatively impact the Browns’ season?

The guys also ask what all football fans are concerned about, but especially Jon: how many wins will the Dallas Cowboys get this season?

With the NFL preseason underway, Bill shares some key tips for successful preseason betting.

Joining Bill and Jon this week is sports agent Jamie Fritz of Las Vegas-based Fritz Martin Management. Working with Eddie George, Jerry Rice and Shannon Sharpe, Jamie represented Hall-of-Famers for years.

Jamie talks about the evolution of football contracts, rookie brand management 101 and the eccentricities that come with working alongside NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe. All this and more on this week’s Wise Kracks!

Don’t Underestimate NFL Preseason Betting

The Krackman is here to set the record straight: there’s nothing about NFL preseason betting that makes you a degenerate.

Pre-season football has been one of the most profitable sports for me over the years, says Bill.

For Bill, he finds the lines moving so much with pre-season games that it’s “unbelievable”. He notes that it all comes down to coaches and teams announcing things seemingly on the fly, and that can be as much as a team announcing they’re going to play their starters.

Bill wants bettors to get as involved in the preseason betting excitement as he is, and with his insider edge, he shares three insightful tips for successful NFL preseason betting.

  1. You should be aware of the looser lines, “Pre-season lines are set with limited information, they are more prone to movement.”
  2. Study coaches, “What are the motivating factors behind coaches?” asks Bill, who can range from wanting to set the tone early, to a freshman coach wanting to prove he belongs in the league.
  3. Study the quarterback’s depth chart, “Is he a veteran taking on second and third stringers, or is he a rookie looking to make a great first impression?” The QB has the potential to make or break your money.

As Bill lays it all out for the bettors, Jon looks in awe at Bill’s love for the game: “It’s a bet with emotion, there are levels to this stuff, it’s not just a bet with the blind.”

The trials and tribulations of being a sports agent

Joining the WSN studio guys is sports agent Jamie Fritz of Fritz Martin Management based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had a prolific career representing legendary athletes including Hines Ward, Shannon Sharpe and one of the most decorated NFL players of all time, Marcus Allen.

Jon begins by talking about Jamie’s impressive list of clients: “You represent nothing but Hall-of-Famers!”

“Not all of them,” says Jamie, “Joe Theismann is not a Hall of Famer.” It’s a fact that surprises Jon and Bill with a resounding “Really?!”

As famous as his clients are, Jamie likes to stay out of the spotlight, “I don’t want to be famous…it’s not about me, it’s about my clients.” Staying out of the limelight hasn’t taken away from a lavish lifestyle, as Jamie lets the guys know about a party he attended recently where none other than Diana Ross made a rare appearance!

With Jamie embedded in the administrative side of the sports world, Bill asks him a question he wants clarification on.

A guy like Aaron Judge, how can the (New York) Yankees not sign this guy… is it him, his agent or the Yankees? Jamie recognizes that this is probably his side.

After this detour, the guys return to football territory. Jon highlights the fact that more and more football contracts are guaranteed and explains how it “seems unfair that it has evolved into this”, where older players may have missed the mark. Jamie explains in detail how it is with media contracts and salary cap increases, among other things.

Coming rookies had monstrous contracts before they could prove themselves…veterans have more opportunities for bigger contracts, says Jamie.

Speaking of rookies, Jamie dives into working with newcomers in terms of brand management, as well as the proliferation of NIL in the NCAA. “Universities got caught with their pants down, they didn’t think it would pass,” says Jamie.

In Jamie’s experience, he saw how prospects get excited and jump on branding without strategically looking at the process: “If they take free chicken at Raising Cane’s and $5,000, no other restaurant will touch them.” However, he also understands that not everyone turns professional, so they should “go for the money while they can”.

He also notes how athletes’ social media presence can hamper their careers if they take a wrong step, which he dissects with the mantra “what’s to gain, what’s he to lose”. Bill adds, “It takes common sense and street smarts.”

One of Jamie’s most universally beloved clients, former NFL player and ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’ co-host Shannon Sharpe, provides the agent with plenty of stories to share, and he digs deeper into the brandy launch of Sharpe ‘ Shay by Le Portier’.

It all started in 2018 when Sharpe posted a photo with a Hennessy product that garnered 10 million impressions, leading to a meeting with Hennessy to eventually strike a brand deal. Sometime later, after going back and forth, Jamie and Sharpe discovered that Hennessy was having two parties neither of them was invited to.

With that, Sharpe shamelessly burned a bridge by posting a photo of an empty Hennessy bottle next to a dead rat.

Another of Jamie’s mantras, “if you don’t want to work with us, we’ll go to your competition”, can be applied to this scenario, when Sharpe decided to create his own competition by creating his ‘Shay by La Cognac Portier .

When Sharpe isn’t lighting a competitive flame, he’s a “homebody,” according to Jamie, “He loves his dogs and exercise.”

Before Jamie splits, Jon wants another glimpse of the super agent, “Do my Dallas Cowboys have a chance of winning the Super Bowl?” Without hesitation, Jamie drops a quick “No”, only further diminishing poor Jon’s faith in his favorite team.

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Welcome to Wise Kracks, the show you can count on for all things betting, pop culture, tips and more. Your hosts Jon Orlando and Bill Krackomberger have you covered for the most popular sporting events, never missing an opportunity to share a laugh.

With each new guest comes a unique perspective of the world of sports and entertainment. Wise Kracks is here to turn you into a betting pro, and no one is better placed to guide you than Bill himself. Tune into the WSN YouTube channel every Thursday for a new episode of Wise Kracks!

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