As more states implement legal sports betting or are considering legislation to do so, ESPN is going all in with “Daily Wager,” a one-hour show on wagering, which premiered on Monday, March 11.
The program is designed to aid millions of sports fans that participate in sports wagering and educate those new to wagering or those seeking in-depth betting analysis.
The on-screen look of the show included graphics on wagering, betting lines and other useful information for sports bettors.
The show does not handicap games.
“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,” Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Studio Production, said in a news release. “The sports betting environment has changed and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels. ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been under way for some time.”
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Fox Sports 1 began airing a sports betting show, “Lock It In,” in September.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law that prevented states, other than Nevada, to have legal sports betting. Since then, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Mississippi, and New Mexico and few other states have passed and started legal sportsbooks. New York and Arkansas have passed legislation and are poised to implement sports betting, while nearly another 30 are considering wagering legislation.
ESPN sports betting analysist Doug Kezirian will host “Daily Wager,” which will air at 6 p.m Monday through Friday on ESPNNEWS. The show also will stream on the ESPN app.
A 15-year sports betting reporter, Kezirian will be joined on the show by fellow wagering experts as well as other ESPN analysts and sports reporters, whose focus will be on point spreads, game/match analytics and how news-of-the-day may influence wagering.
“It is basically a version of ‘SportsCenter’ but through the vision of sports gambling,” Kezirian told the Associated Press. “We will have analysts on that you normally see on SportsCenter but they will still be providing content and not making picks. This is not a tout show and there will not be a 1-900 number at the bottom of the screen.”
ESPN contributors David Purdum, Anita Marks, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbugh also are expected to contribute to the show.
Covering sports wagering isn’t new to ESPN. During the NFL season, the cable network offers the podcast hosted by Chris Fallica of “College Game Day” and Steve Coughlin of “Sports Center.” Kezirian also hosts a podcast and does some writing about wagering on the ESPN website. And on “SportsCenter” Monday night hosted by Scott Van Pelt, there is a weekly segment devoted to sports wagering.
“With legalization, the taboo label is starting to erode at a more aggressive pace,” Kezirian told AP. “We’ve been covering sports betting for awhile but this is now turning the nob a couple notches higher.”