Odds are that you’ve heard of Beto O’Rourke before.
In fact, he’s already become a household name.
He’s the guy who played the most important role in helping to build the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, which is how he ended up in a similar spot as many NBA players.
Beto played with the Rockets and New Orleans in the mid-2000s, and then came to the Lakers in 2012.
He spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, before being traded to the Houston Hornets in 2016.
The Hornets then signed him to a two-year contract with a player option for 2019, but the team ultimately traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That’s when he joined the Pelicans, and that’s how he landed his current gig as the betting lines guy at the NFL betting lines.
“I got a phone call that I was the odds guy for the league,” he told Business Insider.
“And the phone call came from [Nuggets owner] Adam [Levitan] and [Celtics president] Daryl [Kobe] …
And I said, ‘You guys need me.’
They’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, I need a sportsbook guy.’
And so I’m like, OK, but I’m not going to be in the league anymore, so I had to come here.”
So he’s been around for a while.
He has a long track record of building a successful business.
“It’s always been that way,” he said.
“My mom and dad got us started in the poker business, which I’ve loved ever since.
So it’s always going to remain that way.
I’ve always loved being involved in sports.
When I was a kid, I used to always go to the pool or the lake, and I’d play poker and I would win, and it would be really fun to play.
So I’m always excited to come into the business.”
And he’s a big fan of betting lines and sports betting.
“There’s a lot of people that go into sports betting, and they do good sports bets, but you know, the sports betting guys are like, oh, my God, how are you even doing that?,” he explained.
“They’re like you’re going to get ripped off.
I’m trying to say, you know what?
This is my business.
And I’ll tell you what?
I love betting lines.”
In fact and so does the NBA, which has a big role in him being in the job.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been trying to get into sports, and now that I’ve got a little bit more experience and a little more background in the business, I just feel like I have an opportunity to help them,” Beto said.
That means the NBA has an even bigger role in how he works.
“You know, it’s one thing to have an agent and someone to help you and another thing to do it from the inside.
The NBA has been great, I love working with them,” he added.
“But the most incredible part is just being able to help people.”
When it comes to the NFL, he’ll work with some of the biggest names in sports betting — the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.
“That’s where it’s at.
I’ll help them get the best out of them.
I don’t know if they’re doing good sports betting,” he joked.
He said the NFL’s bettors are generally in the same business.
It’s the same way in basketball, he said, which also has its own betting lines guys.
“The NBA has some of these sportsbook guys that go in there and they work with the league, but we’ll have some of our own guys that will go in and they’ll help the NBA.
It can be pretty unique,” he noted.
“A lot of the sportsbook companies that work with us are very knowledgeable in sports, so they know the game and they can help out.”
He also said he’s looking forward to the chance to build a relationship with the NBA’s owner, Adam Silver, to help him build his business.
“[Silver] is a legend in the sports industry, and so I think that’s something that’s gonna come up, so we’re gonna get to know him a little better, I’m really excited about that,” Betos said.
For the NBA and the NFL to have a long-term partnership, Betos will have to have his own network of fans, but he said he has no problem with that.
“All of my fans are going to know me because I am an athlete.
So they’re going.
They’re going and they’re watching,” he elaborated.
“If you’re the one who’s watching, it is what it is.
I mean, I have my fans.
If you’re not my fans, you