Charles Jay is unlike most analysts associated with handicapping and the gaming industry, in that he also has had extensive experience in the so-called “mainstream” media as well.
He has been involved with professional sports industry for almost two decades, working in all capacities, as a matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and also as an editorial consultant on USA Network’s “Tuesday Night Fights,” which, for a time, carried “Charles Jay’s Line” on upcoming fights. As a broadcaster, he has called world title fights around the world for various outlets, and has served as a color commentator for Sunshine Network and Prime Network.
His radio experience includes being the host of numerous programs, including “Sportswatch with Charles Jay” on KDWN in Las Vegas, “Total Action” on WAXY 790 in Miami, and “Charles Jay’s Winning Edge”, syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks, and his latest venture is Channel Jay, set to do podcasting and vidcasting on all subjects related to sports, gaming and popular culture.
Working within the casino industry, he has a special events consultant for Casino Magic in Mississippi, as that venue established itself in the early 1990s as a hotbed of boxing activity in particular. Prior to this, he had been engaged as a casino gaming columnist for, among others, Casino Player, Card Player and Sports Form (now known as Gaming Today), specializing in blackjack. And later on, his investigative series on boxing, entitled “Operation Cleanup,” won him much critical acclaim, including the 2003 “Dignity” Award, in the category of “Best Sports Writer,” as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rendering assistance to ex-fighters in need.
In 2006 he established a content services division of his company, which has eventually evolved in JayWords, and he is arguably the world’s most prolific sports & gaming writer, with over 20,000 articles to his credit, the vast majority of which have been sports handicapping pieces. So you might say he has analyzed as many sporting events as anyone alive during this period. He has also gained notoriety for his so-called “gimmick” odds on special events, including the Academy Awards, the NFL Draft, and the Super Bowl, for which he posted dozens and dozens of different odds propositions with various sportsbooks.
Jay was also involved with gaming issues as they relate to politics. In fact, Jay ran two quixotic third-party presidential campaigns, running as the candidate of the Personal Choice Party in 2004 (with adult film star Marilyn Chambers as his running mate) and the fledgling Boston Tea Party in 2008. Current TV devoted half its time to him in a 2008 documentary entitled “Presidential Underdogs.” This renaissance man is a graduate of the University of Miami (Florida) who currently resides in the South Florida area.