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PGA To Televise Live Betting Odds Of Next Tournament

“According to the agreement, betting odds will be shown on the telecast twice an hour”

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The PGA Tour announced a partnership with BetMGM, bringing live betting odds to this week’s telecast of all four rounds for The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. The tournament will air Thursday through Sunday on The Golf Channel. 

According to the agreement, betting odds will be shown on the telecast twice an hour featuring leaderboards with integrated open and current odds to win, odds for head-to-head matchups, top finishes, winning margin, hole-in-ones, playoffs, and other props.  

“The focus of our sports betting partnerships is to engage fans in new and creative ways,” Norb Gambuzza, PGA Tour senior vice president for media and gaming, said in the press release. “As an element of this strategy, we began integrating live odds onto digital platforms in August and now we look forward to learning from this first-time test in a live telecast.”

The mentioned integrated live odds onto digital platforms in August came during the first two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, when OTT streaming platform PGA Tour Live featured live odds on their tournament coverage. This came less than two weeks after the PGA Tour announced a multiyear content partnership with BetMGM to become their official betting operator. 

The PGA has received mixed TV ratings this season since returning from their pandemic caused hiatus, and having to compete with the NFL is a nearly impossible task. But one way to keep viewers engaged on a Sunday, even with a middling leaderboard, is by offering a focus on betting. 

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek: ESPN Viewers Under 30 ‘Absolutely Require’ Betting Content

“Our sports fans that are under 30 absolutely require this type of (sports betting) utility,” Chapek said. 

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek alluded to an upcoming partnership with a sportsbook during a second-quarter earnings call.

“Our sports fans that are under 30 absolutely require this type of (sports betting) utility,” Chapek said. 

Disney reported a revenue increase of 26% year-over-year, bringing in $21.5 billion in the quarter. ESPN+ now features 22.8 million subscribers, while Disney+ is at 152.1 million. Hulu, which Disney owns 67% of, now has 46.2 million subscribers.

Also during the call, Chapek discussed what a direct-to-consumer future looks like for ESPN, saying “we’ve negotiated flexibility into our new rights agreements”.

ESPN has continued to invest in the sports betting space, offering shows like Daily Wager, while also announcing the addition of sports betting expert Liz Loza earlier this week.

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Potential Big Ten/ESPN Deal Did Not Include ESPN Plus Option

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

Jordan Bondurant

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ESPN, BIG TEN

A shockwave went thru the sports media landscape on Tuesday when reports surfaced that the Big Ten would not be awarding a media rights deal with longtime partner ESPN. Since then, more details have come out about why the two might not be in business together after this season.

On The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, John Ourand added another piece of the puzzle that could offer some illumination. According to his reporting and sources, ESPN wanted to be able to offer Big Ten games on their direct-to-consumer streaming option, ESPN+ and the Big Ten didn’t receive that well.

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

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Bill Spaulding Joins New Jersey Devils TV Crew

Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

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New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will have a new TV play-by-play voice when the puck drops on the 2022-23 season in October.

According to sources, Ryan Novozinsky of NJ.com reported the team has hired Bill Spaulding for the job. Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

Cangialosi left as the team’s play-by-play man at the end of this past season. He had been with the team for 11 seasons.

Spaulding is a Syracuse University grad and has previously called Olympic hockey, as well as college games, on NBC. Additionally, Spaulding has experience calling college sports for ESPN. He’s a recipient of the Jim Nantz Award, which is given each year to the nation’s top collegiate sportscaster.

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