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Syndicates: Odds Column Nearing 20-Year Spread

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Syndicates: Odds Column Nearing 20-Year Spread

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What are the odds that an odds columnist wouldn't miss a day of work in two decades?

"Consistency, to me, is the key to life," says Benjamin Eckstein, whose seven-day-a-week "America's Line" reaches its 20th anniversary with Universal Press Syndicate next month. "I might not have a Pulitzer, but that's OK. I'm here every day."

Not that there haven't been near-misses. Eckstein once had surgery in the morning, but, with pre-planning and some post-op catch-up, "America's Line" still got to its 125 newspapers in time.

The column mostly provides sports odds, but the New York-born, Las Vegas-based Eckstein also offers political and entertainment odds outside of "America's Line."

Political picks are chiefly found on Eckstein's Web site (http://www.americasline. com) but also run in some newspapers.

As of May 20, Eckstein had Barack Obama at even odds to win the White House, John McCain at 3/2, and Hillary Clinton at 10/1. In January, the columnist even talked presidential odds on The Colbert Report. …

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