Ben Halls

the bookmakers' war

A Safe Bet: How Bookmakers Are Waging War on Persistent Winners

Bookmakers are excluding persistent winners as "liabilities". It's perfectly legal, if not entirely fair. But these high-stakes gamblers still find ways to bet – and now the liabilities are starting to fight back.
Ben Halls
3.1.17
VICE Sports

Tracing Football's Rugby Roots

If there is one thing that football and rugby fans both hate, it's when comparisons are drawn between the two sports. Nevertheless, these games are cut from the same cloth and still hold many similarities in the 21st century.
Ben Halls
2.3.17
sporting history

Tracing ​American Football's Rugby Roots

If there is one thing that American football and rugby fans both hate, it's when comparisons are drawn between the two sports. Nevertheless, these games are cut from the same cloth and still hold many similarities in the 21st century.
Ben Halls
2.3.17
london jaguars?

Why British Fans Aren’t Sold on a London Franchise, and Other Awkward Truths for the NFL

When we spoke to British NFL fans, more than 60% wanted to keep the International Series over having a team, with only 15% backing a London franchise. The league may need to revise its plans for British domination.
Ben Halls
11.2.16
nfl london

How Do British Fans Pick Their NFL Team?

How do Brits find such love for teams that are based thousands of miles away? It's a mixed bag of first games, holiday destinations, and dumb luck.
Ben Halls
10.21.16
nfl uk

​Riding the Second Wave: The Ressurection of the NFL in the UK

As important as hosting competitive games at Wembley was for the NFL's rejuvenation in Britain, it owes its current success to two other crucial areas: universities, and a cult following.
Ben Halls
9.30.16
Gamble Aware

A Mug's Game: How Twitter Tipsters Are Profiting on Losing Bets

Operating in an unregulated corner of the internet, Twitter tipsters can earn money when the very people they are advising lose their bets. Despite their ties to major bookmakers, many ignore industry guidelines without facing sanctions.
Ben Halls
5.20.16
super bowl

​Super Bowl Britannia: How We Celebrate America's Sporting Centrepiece

This Sunday, America will come to a standstill as Super Bowl fever grips the nation. But how do British fans experience this intense festival of Americana?
Ben Halls
2.4.16
football and the real world

England vs France: A Comfortingly Routine Affair Against a Dark Backdrop

Last night, France travelled to Wembley to play England. It was billed as a significant symbolic event following last week's attacks in Paris, but the reality was a comfortingly normal mid-week international match in London.
Ben Halls
11.18.15
american sports on english soil

​Turning A British Crowd American

At the first NFL game staged at Wembley back in 2007, the crowd acted like they were watching a game of cricket. But last Sunday's encounter showed that attitudes are shifting – and becoming more American.
Ben Halls
11.6.15
America's pastime

Far From Home: A British Perspective on America's Game

Widely known as America's pastime, baseball is the greatest sporting embodiment of Americana. But what does the sport look like to British eyes more used to football and rugby than home runs and minor leagues?
Ben Halls
10.21.15
Wembley

The NFL Should Visit London, But Not Stay

While London enjoys its regular visits by the NFL, the city is not ready for its own franchise.
Ben Halls
10.6.15
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