Dana White defends tweeting TUF Live odds, against twit's criticism

source: mmajunkie.com

Although the Fertitta-owned Station Casinos does not take bets on UFC events, nearly every other casino in Vegas does, and not just on the main events. With TUF Live moving to a, well, live format, some casinos are offering odds on the Friday night fights.

UFC President Dana White has been tweeting the TUF Live betting lines, which alarmed Las Vegas Sun columnist J. Patrick Coolican. While there is no suggestion, nor has there ever been, that White bets on UFC events, Coolican never the less finds fault with simply acknowledging and promoting the odds.

Imagine NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tweeting that the Saints are 10-1 to win the Super Bowl next year.

Yeah, probably not.

I suppose we can appreciate White’s honesty compared with other sports’ commissioners, whose leagues benefit greatly from the enthusiasm generated by Vegas betting but keep their distance from our gambling dens.

But White’s loose talk seems inappropriate, especially as UFC tries to earn legitimacy.

By haphazardly associating his sport with Vegas sports betting, White is giving New York authorities an excuse not to welcome UFC.

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White responded with what is referred to in diplomatic circles as a "full and frank response."

"He's an idiot," White said of Coolican. "This guy lives in Las Vegas and is scrutinizing the fact that you can bet on the fights? Hey dummy, the fact that you can bet on these fights makes it legit.

"Las Vegas is where people gamble, and you live here, too. If you don't like it, then don't follow me on Twitter, a------ How about that?"

"People always ask me, 'Do you think that Roger Goodell and Bud Selig should act more like you? No. I think their model is doing just fine. These guys are incredible commissioners that have taken their sport to incredible levels. They're doing fine. My style is different than other people's style.

"If this jackass from the 'Las Vegas Sun' doesn't like the fact that I'm telling you what the line is, too f------ bad. Yeah, I'm not Roger Goodell, and I'm not Bud Selig. I'm not those guys. If you haven't figured that out by now, your head is further up your ass than I thought it was after reading your story."

"I'm proud of the fact that casinos put betting lines on this thing. I'm proud of it. And you know what? I live in a gambling city. Gambling is legal."

"One of the things I love – which I think is bad ass – MGM, Mirage, The Venetian, the Las Vegas Hotel, Palms and a lot of other casino are doing this thing where they're having 'The Ultimate Fighter' inside the sportsbooks. So you go in, and you watch the reality (show), and then you go up and make your bet before the fight starts. They're all doing it. I think it's awesome that the casinos are supporting 'The Ultimate Fighter' and doing that."

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5/1/12 10:55 PM by Gnarly219

Cindy, you've a got a PM ;)

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5/1/12 8:02 PM by Aleck911

J. Patrick Coolican is that you?

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5/1/12 7:39 PM by kinson


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5/1/12 7:28 PM by dannyapodaca

Everytime Dana opens his mouth it makes the ufc look like shit. Get rid of this clown and move the sport forward.

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5/1/12 7:22 PM by Humphrey

between FOX and A/B someone seems to finally be muzzling the clown

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5/1/12 7:20 PM by SoccerCRE'dMyAce

Dana can be so incredibly correct and awesome at times, this is one of them.Don't change Dana.

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5/1/12 7:17 PM by CindyO

 Ha! Good Lord! Thread ova=) Cindy

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5/1/12 6:54 PM by Right Hand JO Power

I know dana catches a lot if shit on the message boards, but I think he's a fucking badass. The response he gives is so non-typical of the main stream. I hate political correctness, and I fully admire someone who will tell someone to fuck off when it is rightfully deserved.

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5/1/12 6:52 PM by blupitt

Sometimes ppl rlly give Dana too much shit over nothing, other times he does need a slap on the wrist.

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5/1/12 6:45 PM by theinfamousjmo

To make a very long story very short, the Fertitas own Station Casinos and won't go union. So the Culinary Union attacks everything the Fertitas own, including ZUFFA.It is a theory that the Culinary Unions are backing the lobbyists and politicians who are blocking MMA in New York.