Handicapping is a term that can be used in several ways.
For example, it may describe the practice of assigning
advantage to certain sports participants through scoring
compensation to equalize winning chances among the
players. In NFL football, handicappers are those who use
various methods to calculate which team has the
advantage in a particular game, as well as predict
results for the purpose of betting against the point
Among the first well known sports handicappers in
America was Jimmy Snyder, who often went by the nickname
“Jimmy the Greek.” He worked for CBS throughout his
career on network's Sunday morning program, “The NFL
Today.” However, at that time, betting on sports games
was usually frowned upon, and therefore Snyder could not
specifically mention betting on games while on the air.
However, the public's opinion of sports betting and
handicappers in general has changed throughout the
years. For instance, William “Billy” Walters was
interviewed on 60 Minutes when news of his abilities as
a handicapper became well-known. Although it is
something anyone can learn, predicting and quantifying
the results of any sports game takes a certain level of
talent and skill.