America's Line by Ben Eckstein
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America's LIne, you can bet on it!
For over 20 years Benjamin Eckstein's America's Line has been bringing you the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute stats and odds in the world of sports. It's the one service that gives consumers everything they need to track their odds portfolio&”including trends, matchup reports and other key performance indicators. America's Line is newspapers' and Web sites' one-stop source for everything odds related!
Now available: political and entertainment lines. America's Line is the only column to major in sports odds but also minor in political odds as well as everything Hollywood. Satisfy your readers' obsession with Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and Survivor by offering stats on who is likely to win, lose or get voted off the island.
And it's never too early to start thinking about the 2010 elections. America's Line offers stats and odds to all of your national, state and local elections and can be tailored to fit your publication's requests.
Benjamin Lee Eckstein, president of America's Line, started writing a column about gaming information for the New York Daily News in 1979. In 1982, his odds information column was syndicated nationally and in 1986, he created America's Line with legendary oddsmaker Roxy Roxborough, who retired from the company in 2002.
Today, America's Line is syndicated to more than 125 newspapers across the United States and Canada, with a readership of almost 10 million. The Web site, www.Americasline.com, traffics over one million page views per month.
Eckstein also finds time to do a 15-minute live satellite feed each week on Comcast Cable's Philadelphia Daily News Live as "Vegas Vic," a silky-smooth odds information provider. His spot, which airs in the Philly/Delaware/New Jersey market, is one of the highest-rated segments on the show, also airs in Chicago and Washington D.C./Baltimore. On the radio side, Eckstein has been a guest on numerous shows across North America, including many of the ESPN stations. America's Line is also the entertainment media's source of record for specialty odds on the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, and all things celebrity. America's Line has been used as a source for the Wall Street Journal, Us magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, and Eckstein now contributes a column to TV Guide.
On the TV side, Eckstein has appeared on ABC and CNBC.
Eckstein graduated from Bernard Baruch College with a degree in English. Before becoming a print journalist, he was an intern for ABC Network News in New York City. He played varsity tennis and volleyball in college.
Eckstein is married to Denise, and they have four children, Michelle, Chasy, Griffen and Ammanda. They live in a sleepy suburb just outside Las Vegas.