White Sox Favored Over Yankees in Field Of Dreams Game
Record Ad Revenue for MLB Regular Season Game Projected for Field of Dreams Game
“If you build it, he will come,” is what a voice tells an Iowa corn farmer in the classic 1989 movie Field of Dreams. That’s also the lead-in to my Field of Dreams Game coverage for Forbes. Game day has arrived, and first pitch is at 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX with pre-game coverage of the special event on FSU starting at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Record ad revenue is expected for the Field of Dreams Game, according to Sports Business Journal – the largest ever in the 25 years FOX Sports has been airing MLB games, and more than doubling anything prior.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 12, 2021
It’s already a huge success with the buildup and coverage, and record ticket prices are fueling further interest for the setting and game from the cornfields and MLB’s small new stadium in Iowa
“If baseball asks us, we love it,” said Fox Sports exec VP/sports sales Seth Winter to the SBJ.
FOX’s added coverage will include multiple aerial production drones to give a unique view in the broadcast.
Match-up and Betting
The Chicago White Sox (-175) are favored over the New York Yankees (+160 at William Hill Sportsbook), and I noted in a separate game day piece at Forbes that the White Sox made a pitching change to AL Cy Young favorite Lance Lynn. That changes some of the projections, odds, moneyline and prop bets with projected starter and Cy Young contender Carlos Rodon now sidelined as of Wednesday for up to 10 days. FanDuel Sportsbook has taken more money on the White Sox, who are up to a -190 favorite.
I chip-in more MLB and sports betting coverage at FanDuel and affiliates, Forbes, TheLines and Offshore Gaming Association, where we chipped-in a first 5 inning total winner in Wednesday’s Yankees win over the Royals in the leadup to the Field of Dreams Game.
Now, all bets are off with changes and nothing of note in betting on the special event.
Enjoy the Field of Dreams Game, and expect more special events in the future as MLB joins the NHL (Winter Classic), PGA (The Match) and even NFL (London) with their special events bonus additions and money makers.
You can bet on it.