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Chris Altruda

Sportswriter, Freelancer and Editor for Hire

Location icon United States

I'm a sportswriter with more than two decades of experience in the newsrooms of the top three sports wire services in the U.S. I enjoy the pressure of the daily deadline, the opportunity to do deep-dive research on stories and capable of multitasking with ease.

There are links to my LinkedIn page, sometimes-funny Twitter account and my resume below.

Portfolio
SportsHandle
06/04/2020
Can eSports Chart A New Path After Its Moment In The Sun?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, eSports and virtual sports have proven to be a curious entity in the sports wagering world with a lack of traditional options available. While some bettors chose to stick with live sports and get educated on Belarusian soccer or Russian table tennis, many extended themselves to brush up on Counter-Strike: Global Offense, League of Legends, and Dota 2 in addition to traditional online sports games including NBA2K and FIFA.

SportsHandle
03/09/2020
Rivers Casino Wins Race To Launch Sports Betting in Illinois

DES PLAINES - With a $100 bet on the Chicago White Sox to win the American League pennant at 16-1 odds, former Chicago Blackhawks forward and NBC Sports commentator Eddie Olcyzk officially ushered in legal sports betting in the state of Illinois on Monday at the Rivers Casino BetRivers Sportsbook in Des Plaines.

Gamingtoday
Politics slowing Michigan sports betting bill

Brandt Iden enjoys making the occasional sports bets. The Michigan state representative would enjoy making them more if he could do so within his state's borders. Iden has been the point person for getting sports betting legal in the Great Lakes State for nearly four years, doggedly pursuing policy and crafting bills to reach that end.

US Bookies
08/30/2019
Quarterbacks dominate futures field for NFL MVP - US Bookies

The position of quarterback has come a long way in the 100-year history of the National Football League, especially when the foundation of how the game is played was forever changed in 1933 when a forward pass could be made from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage.

Hoosier State Bets
01/23/2020
Illinois Racing Board Recapture Accounting Methods Questioned By ITHA

The "recapture" rule designed to help horse racing tracks in Illinois avoid losses, which has been a source of consternation in recent years as Arlington Park, Hawthorne Race Course, and Fairmount Park struggle to fund overnight purses at a competitive level in the Midwest region, became an unexpected flash point during Tuesday's Illinois Racing Board meeting.

Gamingtoday
08/14/2019
Iowa ready for sports? You bet!

This is my first article for Gaming Today, which covers the sports gambling scene. This article looked at the run-up ahead of the start of legalized sports betting in the state of Iowa.

SportsADNet
03/18/2019
2019 NCAA Tournament Betting Guide

I served as lead writer for Winners and Whiners' 2019 NCAA Tournament betting guide, putting this together in approximately one month after pitching the idea to them. My duties were putting together the team capsules and editing the digest feature stories.

RealSport
06/12/2018
Gen. G looking to blaze new path for future of Esports - RealSport

This was my first foray into esports following Gen. G's hiring of Jordan Sherman to be its Head of Sponsorship and Revenue. Given the growth of the sport, it was a curious look as to how a franchise is taking on the concepts of sports franchise and marketing and applying it at the esports level.

US Bookies
07/12/2019
Major League Baseball Cy Young and MVP predictions and projections - US Bookies

With nearly everyone in contention for a wild-card spot, there is no point looking at projected division winners and playoff teams. Instead, the focus for this article is on those individual players and postseason awards, namely Cy Young and MVP honors. All money line odds are taken from SugarHouse Sports Book on July 11.

Gamingtoday
Hoosier bet? Indiana Sportsbooks ready to open doors

With sports betting underway in Iowa, Indiana is set to be the next Midwest player in the game as its Sept. 1 start date draws near. While the target date means the Hoosier state will miss out on the first week of the college football season, the goal was always to make sure sports betting would be ready to go in time for the start of the NFL season, which begins Thursday, Sept.

Winnersandwhiners
01/25/2019
Brady, Pats seek Super Bowl win No. 6 vs. Rams

This is a "deep-dive preview" for Super Bowl LIII that I wrote for Winners and Whiners. It is a break down of matchups on both sides of the ball and multiple intangibles. For the Super Bowl, there were also break downs of multiple "prop bets" bettors could place wagers on for the game and during the game.

Winnersandwhiners
03/21/2019
Montana vs. Michigan Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 3-21-2019

This is a first-round 2019 NCAA Tournament game preview for Winners and Whiners in which I offer picks against the gambling lines offered both in Las Vegas and offshore. In this instance there is a breakdown of full-game and first-half picks.

Yahoo
05/10/2018
Manchester City-Southampton Preview

This was the preview for Manchester City's final match of its record-setting 2017-18 season in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola's team was trying to become the first top-flight team in English football to reach 100 points in a season in which the Sky Blues rewrote much of the Premier League record book.

FOX Sports
04/10/2016
Warriors-Spurs Preview (Apr 10, 2016)

This was the penultimate game for the Golden State Warriors in their record-breaking 73-win NBA season. In this match, they were facing a difficult challenge in facing the San Antonio Spurs. They had not won in the regular season in San Antonio since 1997, enduring a 33-game losing streak. Additionally, they were coming off a tough victory the night before in Memphis.

ESPN.com
07/07/2011
Klitschkos' combo punch threatens to KO heavyweight division

(STATS) -- History will show July 2 marked the birth of an empire. It may also go down as the death of a division. On that rain-swept night in Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko unified the four major heavyweight belts under one surname, boxing his way to a 12-round unanimous decision over David Haye.

Fantasy Informer - Daily fantasy sports tips, news & views
06/20/2016
All to Play For in Group B as England Tries to Lock Down Top Spot in Euros Group - Fantasy...

This was a freelance project. I worked for FanXT, a Daily Fantasy Site, to provide lineup advice for daily contests for the 2016 European Championship, a soccer tournament that featured 32 of the top countries on the continent. This specific article provides insight on who to pick for the two matches in Group B that featured four teams to choose players from.

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