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ESPN2 & ESPN+ To Debut ‘Betcast’ NBA Coverage Wednesday

Doug Kezirian, Joe Fortenbaugh and Tyler Fulghum, who are current analysts on “Daily Wager,” will be featured on the “BetCast.”

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As sports betting continues to grow across a number of states, ESPN is launching a new game presentation called “BetCast,” according to Variety.

During the Brooklyn Nets – Philadelphia 76ers game on Wednesday night, ESPN will air an alternate feed where viewers can hear more about spreads, odds and other sports-betting analysis.

The program, “Daily Wager Special,” will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+ after the network’s original sports-betting show “Daily Wager.” The Betcast edition of Nets/76ers coverage will air immediately after.

“We know the sports fan is evolving in how they use our games and our information, and we need to evolve with them, and provide them with alternative experiences” says Mike Shiffman, vice president of basketball production for ESPN, in an interview. “We hope by giving them more options that we serve them better and we grow our audience.” ESPN tested a betting-focused presentation for an NFL Wild Card game, but this marks the first time the company is trying it with the NBA.

Doug Kezirian, Joe Fortenbaugh and Tyler Fulghum, who are current analysts on “Daily Wager,” will be featured on the “BetCast.” Variety notes that Kendrick Perkins, an ESPN NBA analyst, will also take part in the “BetCast” coverage and there will be a pre-game and halftime show devoted to the latest developments around wagering.

“This won’t have a strict play-by-play analysis,” says Scott Clark, senior coordinating producer of sports betting and fantasy sports for ESPN, in an interview. “It will be more conversational. It will begin through pre-game odds, live odds, prop bets and we will discuss betting strategies and approaches. We will mix in basketball conversation as well, but it will really run the gamut of sports betting action points.”

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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