A graduate of University of Northern Iowa (1970), Jim Barnes spent 11-years in radio and television
broadcasting in Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa. His last position was in news and sports with KWWL,
Waterloo, Ia. He also worked with KCRG, Cedar Rapids, and WSKY, Asheville, N. C.
In the 1970s he created a series of table top sports board games that eventually led to formation of Statis-
Pro Games which were produced and marketed by Avalon Hill Game Co. and also carried the Sports
Illustrated name on the cover.
At the time, Barnes authored a daily sports graphic that was distributed by United Features Syndicate,
Inc., New York and more than 40 newspapers subscribed.
His analysis and graphic work has been used by TV Guide, College and Pro Football News
Weekly, Pro Football Weekly and ESPN SportsCenterPlus. In the 1980s, Barnes began his Las
Vegas career - beginning with the Vegas Pipeline for The Austin Edge and expanding to
include the Journal of Handicapping (Gambler’s Book Club Press) and the original Nevada
He has also appeared in a number of highly successful seminars in Las Vegas (Stardust,
Sahara and Palace Station) as well as Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
As a writer, Barnes produced sports magazines for Gary Austin, Jim Feist, Danny Sheridan and
Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder. Barnes was the first one to ever use depth charts in publications, a
standard feature in almost every magazine today.
While in Las Vegas, he co-taught sports handicapping at Clark County Community College and
is considered one of the pioneers of statistical analysis. He concepts are still widely used by the
From 1993 to 2004, Jim Barnes was a consultant to the Stardust Race and Sportsbook -
serving under well known managers Robert Walker, Joe Lupo and Bob Scucci.
Another Jim Feist affiliated sports publication