Over the past 10 months, much has changed in the world’s growing sports betting community. From one state to the next, legalized sports gambling is becoming a reality in the US thanks to an important 2018 decision from the US Supreme Court. At least 10 states (Oregon, Montana, Mississippi, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nevada, Rhode Island, New Mexico and West Virginia) have already passed the required sports gambling legislation with at least another dozen states soon to follow suit.
With a growing interest in betting on sports, ESPN has decided to give its audience and dedicated sports gamblers exactly what they want, statistical data to help with the handicapping task. It’s a good bet that this information will give the most astute handicappers the ability to turn a Golden Nugget Casino bonus code into a serious bankroll.
The name of the new show is “Daily Wager”. The show is scheduled to begin airing on Mondays through Fridays on ESPNews at 6 PM ET and stream live on the ESPN app, starting on March 11. With the daily lineup still to be determined, the show will be hosted by Doug Kezirian, ESPN sports betting analyst, with help from some of ESPN’s expert pool of broadcasters with an occasional assist from guest handicappers.
Daily Wager’s focus will not be on handicapping games and making selections. Instead, there will be a panel of experts who will be offering up statistical information on the teams and players from the respective sports leagues. The analysts will provide the pertinent information and leave the handicapping to the real experts, ESPN fans. The panel will be looking at point spreads as a point of reference for comparing statistical data for each game.
In a press release, Norby Williamson, ESPN EVP and Executive Editor, Studio Production stated, “ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans. 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 underway for some time.”
For what its worth, Williamson is referencing ESPN’s commitment to give its loyal audience base exactly what they want. With a growing number of novice sports betting fans looking for betting news and relevant handicapping information, the long-standing sports only channel is ready to deliver exactly that at a level not yet seen on a major sports channel.
ESPN is renowned for its access to a huge database of statistics and game analytics. Among the anticipated participants who will be tapping into that database will be the loike of “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, Scott Van Pelt, Chris “The Bear” Fallica, David Purdum, Anita Marks, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh. Coughlin and Van Pelt currently serve as co-hosts for another one of ESPN’s betting -themed shows called “Bad Beats.” Bad Beats takes fans on a journey that covers some of the worst betting bad beats in the sports world from games covered on ESPN’s flagship show, Sportscenter.