Covers Sports Betting Analysts
The Covers editorial team has close to 100 combined years of experience in the sports betting space, which means a lot of big wins and bad beats along the way.
Our writers and analysts are some of the sharpest and well-connected personalities in the gaming industry, but they’re bettors first and foremost. That gives our content an unrivaled level of authenticity and insightfulness. We’re sports bettors helping sports bettors.Read more about the Covers Story
First joining the Covers Team as a shift-working content editor right before Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Jason Logan (or JLo as he's affectionately known around the office) has earned his place as one of the most insightful and entertaining personalities in sports betting. His NFL Underdogs column is a staple of football bettors and he's been bringing sports betting joy to the masses with his weekly TV segments, podcasts, and unique views on the daily betting odds.
An OG of gambling twitter, Joe is an industry veteran who loves the entertainment aspect of the sports betting industry. His opinions are always backed by data and he loves digging into the numbers and coming out with interesting nuggets to share with sports bettors. Joe takes a high-energy and fun approach to covering his favorite sports which include the NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA and NHL and there’s no bet type he loves more than an NFL six-point teaser.
Andrew has been helping you handicap MLB and college football odds since joining the Covers team in 2013. He’s always looking for the best betting angles on the baseball diamond – like banging the deGrom Gong – and delivers his three favorite NCAA football picks each week in his Triple Option column.
Whether it's Oscar odds, political futures, or fringe sports like the CFL, rugby, and cricket, you'll find Rohit. He's not only helping you find the best bets for the most popular sports but opening bettors up to new and exciting markets with his unique insight, analysis, and helpful how-to content. Rohit is also a part of Covers' Prop Shop podcast crew, picking the best player and team props each week of the NFL season.
If there's value hiding in a prop market or derivative line, Josh is going to find it. He's a specialist at looking beyond the betting basics like spreads and totals and breaking down those secondary odds offerings, covering the NFL and NHL for Covers with insightful articles and always-entertaining video clips. And he's been known to dabble in early-morning international soccer odds from time to time (if the coffee is on).
Having played, coached, and officiated basketball, Jon immediately turned his attention to the NBA and college basketball when he entered the sports betting space. Sports betting has been a part of his life for over 14 years, and he specializes in futures markets and player props, particularly in the NBA. In pursuit of value, he keeps a close eye on movements in the betting markets. He believes strongly in analytics and staying ahead of the curve; let the numbers do the talking.
A lifelong Cowboys, Cubs, Maple Leafs, and Gators supporter, Neil has been covering sports in print and online since 2011. His past stops include Sportsbook Review, USA TODAY, theScore, DraftKings Playbook, and RotoWire, among others. He employs a numbers-based approach to sports betting and spends ample time at KenWo Golf Club.
Geoff joined Covers as a sports betting journalist in May 2021 amid the legalization boom. Prior to that, he spent time writing about business and politics at the Financial Post and QP Briefing.
Brandon was betting long before he joined the Covers Team as a writer in 2018, eventually coming aboard full time as a content manager. He's a global fan of sports, from NHL and NFL to overseas action on F1 racing (more on that below) and international baseball, even serving as a play-by-play commentator for WBSC Premier12 tournaments.
Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own weekly column for Fox Sports and AskMen, and has created successful campaigns for the WWE, the NHL, the NFL, and the Kentucky Derby. Ryan's critically acclaimed stories have also been published in 21 books and have been featured on more than 170 radio stations and 40 newspapers across North America.
Before Jared Hochman joined the Covers team in 2020 as a Senior Publishing Editor, he worked as a freelance sports writer but has now truly honed in on the world of sports betting. "Hoch" focuses on the NHL, MLB, NFL, and NBA but won't hesitate to sprinkle a shekel or two on soccer, WNBA, golf, and tennis.
Michael McClymont started with Covers in 2023 and provides coverage on industry news. Prior to joining Covers, he was a publishing editor at Sportsbook Review and also worked at theScore as a writer and editor. Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the journalism industry.
AJ joined the Covers Team in 2020 as a publishing editor. A lifelong hoops-head and avid poker player, AJ had the right mix of hardwood intel and gambling acumen, and it wasn't long before he also became a fixture in Covers' rotation of NBA writers.
Born in New Brunswick, I've bounced all over from Halifax to Toronto to Beijing and various points in between. In addition to sports (obviously), my primary interests are movies (The Long Goodbye #1), books (Catch-22, Don Quixote, The World According to Garp), music (mostly rock, but a little bit of everything), and food & travel (these two are inextricably linked in my mind). Top 3 trips: Vietnam, Copenhagen, Madrid.
Chris joined the Covers crew late in 2021 as a Publishing Editor. He's a certified PGA Tour (and Rory McIlroy) nerd, a defender of Russell Westbrook's madness, and a Formula 1 theorizer. You can find him across our PGA Tour, NBA, and college hoops coverage.
Trevor joined the Covers content team as a publishing editor in early 2022. He's a diehard fan of the Indianapolis Colts and Toronto Blue Jays, and loves traveling around the world to see different stadiums.
Kyle comes to us with a background in Journalism and Public Relations and is an avid sports fan. He loves all sports but his favorite teams to cheer for are the Washington Capitals, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia 76ers, and New England Patriots. Kyle loves hanging with friends in his free time and will never pass up a fresh plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
Robert M. Criscola is a veteran sportswriter from Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in MetroBet, TwinSpires Edge, and Horse Racing Nation. When he’s not working, you can often find Robert in “the best seat in the house,” watching the game of the night in his living room.
With over 15 years of sports betting experience, if there’s an angle to be exploited, Chris will find it. He loves all things soccer and is a big believer in fading teams in certain situational spots throughout the season in all four major North American sports. He is a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and believes that NHL teams should go back to wearing white in home games.
Mike has been researching and reviewing products for more than a decade. The former travel and entertainment publisher is all in on sports betting and iGaming. When he's not sweating picks or supporting Covers' betting experts in making smarter sports bettors, you can find him by the BBQ, perfecting his cross-hatch marks.
Jeff has been reviewing sportsbooks and covering North American sports betting and iGaming at Covers since 2021. The former NHL prospects writer has crafted over 100 reviews and guides for the Covers community and has been sweating his own picks for over a decade.
Joshua Howe is a sports betting editor at Covers, helping make smarter sports bettors since 2021. The experienced writer and editor has reviewed over 20 sportsbooks and has been placing his own wagers for three years and counting. He prefers FanDuel for its sleek app design and variety of NBA markets.
Christian is a lifelong sports fan with a love of basketball, football, skiing, and sailing. Prior to joining Covers as a sports betting editor in 2022, Christian spent five years on the operator side with casinos and sportsbooks, giving him a unique perspective to help make smarter sports bettors. His preferred sportsbook is bet365 for its market coverage, and consistent odds boosts.
Carson joined Covers in March 2023 but has been following North American sports betting for the majority of his life. The Journalism major is a frustrated Raptors fan and a hopefully Detroit Lions lifer. Still, above all, he cheers for the overall sport's chaos so he can scroll the Internet's very calm and always level-headed reactions.
Douglas Farmer has covered Notre Dame football for various outlets since 2008. The joke around the Notre Dame press box each home game is to ask Douglas what the spread is on all other games across the country, knowing he spends as much time (if not more) with an eye on the national landscape as he does on the Irish. While the other beat writers may be joking, those answers directly influence what games are on the press box TVs up until Notre Dame's kickoff. Well-versed enough to hold a conversation about any sport short of cricket, his offseason focuses are all forms of basketball.
JD joined the Covers team covering college football for the 2021 season. He eats, sleeps, and breathes the game of college football. Not reading about the South Alabama backfield in the month of March? JD frowns upon your lack of dedication to the game. When it's not college football season, he's a part of Covers' coverage of college basketball and MLB coverage.
Chris has always had an affinity for two things: sports and solving puzzles. So naturally, sports betting became a passion. He gravitated to the use of analytics in college sports — then eventually all sports — and figured out how to use those to his advantage. As an EV+ bettor, he values the valuable insight gained in being data-driven, not number-driven. His work has been featured in various websites such as SBNation and 247sports. You can listen to his podcast, “What High School Did You Go To?” on Apple Podcast, Soundcloud, or where other podcasts are found.
Ashley Anderson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where she played high school basketball and softball, and went on to (very randomly) join the crew team at her local university. She currently writes for TwinSpires Edge, a website dedicated to horse racing and betting analysis. She previously worked as a staff writer for The Voice-Tribune in Louisville before serving as an editor for Bleacher Report while based in New York and LA. She's a fan of the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (as long as Brady is on the roster), the University of Louisville, Louisville City soccer, and is a two-time fantasy football champion.
Danny Howard has been sharpening his journalistic skills since his junior year of high school. He fell in love with combat sports growing up, and has been covering boxing and MMA since 2009. His work has been featured on FightHype, The Boxing Tribune, The Esportz Network, and The TwinSpires Edge.
Rory Breasail has been a diehard basketball fan since Larry Johnson’s 4-point play in 1999. He’s been writing about basketball for the last decade for outlets including The TwinSpires Edge, NBA Math, and Hashtag Basketball. Rory grew up in Steve Nash’s hometown in Victoria, BC, and now resides across the water in Vancouver, where he does a daily prayer to bring back the NBA. He is a graduate of BCIT’s Radio Arts program and is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.
Jason has been hooked on soccer since watching Real Madrid and Manchester United in the 2003 Champions League, and has been betting on the sport for nearly 15 years. He has given soccer gambling and fantasy advice for nearly a decade, writing for sites including Rotowire, SB Nation, and The TwinSpires Edge. Jason lives in Louisville, Kentucky and is an on-air contributor with ESPN Louisville 680, where he co-hosts University of Kentucky football and basketball post-game shows and produces the weekly Soccer City Radio show covering Louisville City and Racing Louisville.
Based in the UK, it was natural Sam loved soccer and the Premier League, but watching the Super Bowl on TV led him to playing football at university in Britain, which led to the NFL becoming a huge part of his career. Whether it's afternoons watching soccer or late nights watching primetime NFL games, Sam is always focusing on the big matches and finding the best betting value.
From NBA props to horse racing and even eSports odds, Monique has been providing the Covers audience with her best bets and analysis since 2013. A race commentator at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Toronto, Monique doesn't just limit herself to the ponies and is always eager to break down her favorite plays for the day's biggest games.
Eric Smith started covering motorsports for Bleacher Report in 2011 and moved to help start a new racing website a few years later (2013) that’s taken off from there. Eric is a fully credentialed member of the racing media that has been featured in a number of publications over the years, including BBC Radio overseas. Eric joined Covers in 2019 as an Auto Racing Advisor and provides analysis of how to bet (and who to bet) on the racing scene.
Ed Scimia began writing about sports by managing a question and answer column known as "Ask Eddie" in his high school newspaper. After studying Magazine Journalism at Syracuse University, he has gone on to write for About.com, CardsChat, and OnlineGambling.com, among other sites. Ed has also authored two books on the subject of bad movies. In his spare time, Ed enjoys competing in both curling and chess.
Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, Tony Sartori grew up in a household that made him fall in love with two things: sports and sports gambling. Over 20 years later, that love turned into a career as he covers sports betting for numerous outlets with over 500 articles published. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Economics, Tony combines the science of statistical analysis with the art of the eye test to give his best betting opinions. In his free time, Tony enjoys golfing, hiking with his dog, and re-watching "Breaking Bad" a thousand times.
My sports writing journey over the past 15+ years has taken me from the Premier League and Champions League to the NBA and NFL, including articles and betting previews across all the top leagues and co-authoring a series of children’s soccer books with my brother.
Kenny Ducey is a betting expert specializing in baseball, tennis, basketball, and football. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and has written for Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports, among others. He is an alumnus of Fordham University, where he began covering professional sports as a credentialed member of the New York media as a teenager over 10 years ago.
Phil Naessens spent 38 years as a high performance international tennis coach and has been handicapping sports since he was a kid. He published his first tennis article in 2005 and has been writing ever since at places like SB Nation, Winners & Whiners, Stat Salt, Sharp App as well as many others. Phil has published four sports betting books and hosts podcasts This Week in Tennis, The Phil Naessens Show, and Line Grinders Betting Podcast.
Jeremy Jones was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and has been a massive Wildcats fans since the moment he came into the world. He wrote his first sports article at age 11 after attending a local AHL hockey game, and has since written pieces on a wide array of sports around the globe across multiple outlets. He is also a true gambler and puts his money where his mouth is.
Sam is the most recent addition to the editorial team coming to Covers from Dalhousie University. A lifelong sports fanatic, Sam loves combining his editorial skills with his passion for sports. When not at work, you can find Sam sitting on the couch, watching the Ottawa Senators with his head buried in his hands.
Chris Faria's career in sports began in 2019 when he attended the Sports Journalism program at Centennial College in Toronto. Since then, he's worked for a variety of organizations including the National Hockey League and Canadian Olympic Committee while covering live NHL and MLB games along the way. When he's not watching or writing about sports, he's probably playing them (usually hockey).
A Saturday in the fall is when Rob’s at his happiest, on a couch for 12 straight hours (even longer if Hawaii has a local kick) watching college football. While college football is his first love, any form of football will do the trick and when it’s not in season, college basketball, the NBA, and MLB fill the void.
Mike DiStefano joins Covers after a successful five-year stint with TSN. Distefano hosted a Toronto Maple Leafs-centric radio show which featured a daily best bets segment where he found the biggest and best value plays of the night. He was also a weekly staple on TSN's flagship radio/tv show "OverDrive" as a betting analyst during their NFL picks segment #TeamAl-DogForever.
Amy Calistri got her high school letter in golf and hasn't golfed since. She has a collegiate letter in wrestling, but never wrestled. She was arguably the worst catcher in IBM's coed softball league. But she is a hardcore sports fan, having spent her formative years yelling from Boston Garden's second balcony and Fenway's cheap seats. Amy loves when she can combine her love of sports with her business acumen. She has covered the sports and gambling industries for more than 20 years, writing for outlets including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and OnlineGambling.com. Amy co-hosted the popular radio show Keep Flopping Aces and co-wrote Mike “The Mouth” Matusow’s memoir, Check-Raising the Devil. Amy is also published in the areas of economics, investing, and statistics.
Ryan Gilbert brings the passion and pain of being a Philadelphia sports fan. After graduating from Monmouth University with a finance degree, he now uses his statistical background to find inefficiencies in betting markets. With past stops at NHL.com, NBC Sports, and currently at Covers, Ryan's hot picks blend well with the cold ice of a hockey rink.
A hardcore sports junkie since the 1987 Super Bowl (his first heartbreaking L of many), Eric officially embarked on a career in sports journalism in 1997 and has written for a number of top websites and media outlets since. He jumped to the betting side of sports coverage in 2016 and will watch just about anything that's competitive.
Bob Lupton’s teaching and research examines public opinion and voting behavior in the United States, especially the influence of the foundational predispositions of ideology, core values and partisanship, as well as their contextual correlates, on citizens’ orientations toward the political world.