Bettor Broadcasters: An Influx Of Sports Betting Programming Arrives For NFL Season

Sean Chaffin September 8, 2018 763 Reads
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That C-note is just eating a hole in your pocket. You want to make those Sunday NFL games interesting, but not sure where to “invest” your cash. Unders, overs, underdogs, favorites, trends, and streaks – it can all be a blur. Will the Patriots cover? How will the Cowboys do this weekend with so many unknowns?

With so much news moving so quickly in the world of sports betting, many media outlets and personalities are looking to offer some help. In just the last couple months, several new shows have been announced offering betting advice. Here’s TheLines.com’s guide to some of these new sports betting shows and what they offer.

FanDuel/TVG 

While most may know the TVG network for its horse racing coverage, FanDuel announced in July after its merger with Paddy Poker Betfair that the company will be partnering with the network to produce shows about sports wagering. TVG, which also part of the company, has wide distribution and will allow the network to also branch out beyond horse racing.

The network announced this week that two new shows would be unveiled on Sundays during the NFL season. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, the network will air new programming to replace international horse racing. The first is the syndicated 30-minute show, The Barstool Sports Advisors,” a syndicated 30-minute show that will examine Sunday pro football games “in a way that only Barstool Sports can deliver,” according to the network. It will be followed by a separate 30-minute show exclusive to TVG titled “The Barstool Sports Advisors After Show.” Both programs will be hosted by Barstool Sports personalities Daniel “Big Cat” Katz, Stu “The Source” Feiner, the pseudonymous “PFT Commenter,” and Barstool founder Dave Portnoy.

FanDuel/TVG continues its commitment to sports wagering, and NFL news and advice with “More Ways to Win,” a two-hour show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The live studio show will preview the day’s action from a betting standpoint, and is hosted by former ESPN and SportsCenter anchor Lisa Kerney. She’ll be joined by several sports experts offering their insight. The show will feature live reports from the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey (the only U.S. sportsbook next to a pro football stadium), certainly a new insight for NFL pregame show viewers.

SportsLine Edge

CBS Sports debuted this show before the 2018 NFL opener between the Eagles and Falcons. The program can be viewed on the CBS Sports HQ free streaming service, and is hosted by Nick Kostos and features former oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman. The show boasts a panel of experts and guests to offer plenty of betting advice, lines, and fantasy football advice. SportsLine Edge will air on the service Monday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. – noon and 2:30 to 3 p.m., and Sundays noon – 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. (all times Eastern). CBS Sports HQ is available on Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV.

I’ll Take That Bet

ESPN was early to the sports betting party. It has partnered with The Action Network for this new show, which debuted on the sports network’s new subscription service ESPN+ in May. “I’ll Take That Bet” airs multiple times a week from 5-6 p.m. (EST) and offers viewers gambling insight across several sports. As Action Network noted about the first show in May: “Here’s the gist of the show: Our two analysts — in today’s case, Chad Millman and Paul Lo Duca — draft their favorite picks of the day from a board of 10 bets. These are real wagers you can make across the gambling universe.” As more states legalize sports wagering, it’s a good bet ESPN may be heading to the betting windows more for insight and news.

Farrell on the Bets

Scott Farrell has been a longtime sports bettor and prognosticator. The host of the popular syndicated “Farrell on the Bench” show, courtesy of CBS Sports Radio, has added a new sports betting podcast to his media offerings. During the 30-minute show that debuted Aug. 28, Farrell offers his own unique takes and picks. The gravelly-throated talker will be busy. Along with his syndicated show, “Farrell on the Bets” will be produced six days a week.

Lock It In

Fox Sports is getting in on the sports betting act with this new show set to debut on FS1 on Monday, Sept. 10,  from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (EST). It will be the network’s first show ever dedicated to sports betting and the network notes that the new program “aims to make the avid sports fan smarter and more informed about the world of sports betting.” Hosted by Rachel Bonnetta (pictured), the show also features “Cousin Sal” Iacono from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis, host of the nationally-syndicated “Outkick the Coverage,” will also appear and is a regular sports bettor, providing listeners with his “blood-bank” guarantee picks each week.

The VSiN Network

The Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) launched in February 2017 from its studios at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. The network is broadcast on Sirius-XM Radio and on its website and was the first network built to exclusively cater to sports bettors. Brent Musburger is the lead voice of the network after retiring from ESPN in January 2017. He hosts the show “My Guys in the Desert” each day with Vinny Magliulo and Josh Towers. The network offers other sports-betting and related programming round the clock, and seems well-positioned as news on lines, odds, and action becomes a bigger part of the sports media landscape.

Every Sunday, the VSiN Sunday Preview will air at 11:30 a.m. ET on Sports USA stations leading into the 1 p.m. NFL coverage. Matt Brown, who you’ll recognize as the host of TheLines Podcast, joins Dave Farra to provide sports betting information and analysis for the full slate of games.

Also Read: Is VSiN A Sports Betting Model For Mainstream Media Companies?