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Philly’s Fox 29 Debuts Sports Betting Show Props & Locks

“Each week, Grayson will co-host the show with former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb along with FOX Bet gambling expert Todd Fuhrman joining live from Vegas.”

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Prior to this week’s Thursday Night Football game between the Eagles and Packers, FOX 29 in Philadelphia debuted a new sports wagering television show.  The 15-minute long program precedes the Thursday Night Football pregame show. 

Titled Props & Locks, the network’s new show is hosted by 97.3 ESPN Eagles beat reporter and FOX 29 sports anchor, Scott Grayson.  Each week, Grayson will co-host the show with former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb along with FOX Bet gambling expert Todd Fuhrman joining live from Vegas.  

“We’re always striving to bring something new and exciting to Philadelphia-area football fans and this is a unique way to achieve that goal,” FOX 29 Sports Director Tom Sredenschek said in a release. “As the way we consume the game continues to evolve, so too is our programming. We’re excited to bring fans closer to this side of it.”

Prior to the show’s launch, Cobb told the Philly Inquirer he doesn’t bet on football, but he can still offer insight on the game while leaving the gambling advice to Fuhrman.

“I’m talking about football from my perspective from having played for 11 years,” Cobb said. “I have no interest in getting in it from a gambling standpoint, even though it is very fascinating … My money is too hard-earned, I’m not giving it up.”

The new gambling show is part of a large sports wagering push in Pennsylvania, particularly with FOX entities.  Earlier in the summer, FOX Bet debuted its mobile app in Pennsylvania.  Last month, iHeartMedia also partnered with FOX Sports to launch “The Gambler” a local radio station focused on sports wagering.

Props & Locks will air at 7:15pm on FOX 29 before the Thursday Night Football pregame show every week for the duration of the NFL regular season.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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