FuboTV Integrates Sports Betting, Free-To-Play Games Into Live TV Streaming Platform

FuboTV is integrating its sports betting service into the virtual MVPD’s live TV streaming platform, with free-to-play games and FuboTV Sportsbook for real money wagers going live this weekend for select users. The new free-to-play games are called “pick’ems” and show up ahead of select Sunday games.

Four Years Later, Legalized Sports Betting Keeps Growing

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruing that, on the surface, the NFL hated. Four years later, the NFL is loving it. More than 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting since then.


Can Sports Betting Continue On Its Pandemic-Fueled Roll?

TV and radio stations had to contend with large losses during the pandemic, between the absence of political revenue and the nearly non-existent live sports and automobile categories. Then, sports betting came along, offering salvation for many broadcasters. But will state-by-state regulations and other issues hamper its promise of replenishing local broadcasters’ coffers lost during the pandemic?

Executives From NBCU And Disney On The Impact Of The Rise Of Crypto And Sports Betting

How TV’s next emerging categories are shaping the future.

Talking TV: TV’s Surprising Power In Sports Betting

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Hadassa Gerber, head of research at TVB, about the organization’s recent survey on sports betting and how television wields enormous influence over sports bettors’ decisions.

Fox Betting Plan Stalls As Murdoch Wrestles With FanDuel Parent

Fox Corp.’s plan to be a major player in sports betting has hit a snag with the fledgling sports betting site Fox Bet struggling and the company failing to resolve ongoing ownership issues with its partner Flutter Entertainment. The 3-year-old site, heavily promoted on Fox TV networks, is only available in four states, and Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said he’s unhappy with the progress.

TVB: TV & Sports Betting: A Winning Combination

Sports betting in the U.S. has taken over the sports world, with everything from professional leagues partnering with sportsbooks to athletes being sponsored by legal sports betting entities. Sports betting continues to be a major fixture in the country. TVB conducted a study to discover how sports betting entities like DraftKings, FanDuel and others are reaching potential players, and to identify the importance of media platforms in influencing online sports bettor’ decisions.

NBC’s Betting Partner Pointsbet Not Taking Out Super Bowl Ads As Its Stock Flags

New York AG Warns Of Bogus Betting Ads On Streaming Sites

New York Attorney General Letitia James is warning consumers of streaming and social media to beware of ads from “deceptive online sports betting companies” during the Super Bowl.

Syndicated Sports Betting Series ‘Beat The Odds’ Launches Feb. 11

Produced by Gray’s Tupelo Honey; the fast-paced program originates from KVVU Las Vegas with host Dave Hall.

Wynn Resorts Looking To Sell Online Sports Betting Biz At Deep Discount

Wynn Resorts is looking to unload its online sports-betting business at a steep discount as the fledgling niche faces painful losses from stiff taxes and costly promotions needed to lure customers. The Las Vegas-based casino giant is quietly shopping its Wynn Interactive unit — operator of the WynnBet online gaming app — and has slashed the asking price to $500 million after floating a $3 billion valuation less than a year ago, a source close to the situation told the New York Post.


Three Media Trends To Watch In 2022

Sports betting will continue its meteoric rise in spot TV, Nielsen’s measurement footing will remain shaky and NextGen TV may finally deliver on new revenue streams for broadcasters in another challenging year ahead.

Sports Betting Will Keep Booming In 2022, But Some See Risks In Growth

When the federal ban on sports wagering was rescinded in 2018, there was a sprint to the marketplace, with states eager to leap headfirst into the gambling business. And since then, there has been a steady trickle of new states opening their doors to gambling operators such as Caesars and MGM. Some 112 million Americans can now legally wager on sports without leaving their couch. Another 50 million need only hop in their car to place an in-person bet. But these are still the early days of sports gambling in the United States, and industry stakeholders expect 2022 to be another boom year, with many of the most populous states moving toward legalization.

How Sports Betting Is Changing The US Media Industry

Sports betting is a vital and growing piece of U.S. sports media. Broadcasters and publishers started taking ad dollars from gambling operators and dabbling in betting content a few years ago, as the U.S. regulatory tide turned in favor of the industry that had long been viewed as a vice. The ties between media outlets and gambling operators have deepened since, and in 2022, the lines between sports media and gambling will continue to blur.

Sports Gambling Gold Rush Is Absolutely Off The Charts

Legal sports betting in the U.S. — once confined to Nevada — has gone mainstream. As betting expands, the boundaries that once separated gambling from sports media and professional sports leagues are disappearing. Digital apps make sports betting possible on mobile devices, which gives it a foothold across America and threatens the business of brick-and-mortar casinos. And this is only the beginning; the industry is poised for explosive growth.

Sports Betting Ads: Industry Weighs How Much Is Too Much?

Commercials featuring an emperor addressing the masses, a woman urging bettors to “make it rain” and companies enticing gamblers with the chance to turn a few dollars into a fortune are blanketing the airwaves. Concern is starting to grow over how much is too much.

Competition In Online Sports Betting Is Fierce — And Not Profitable

The growth potential in the nascent market for American sports betting is huge. But for now, operators are still losing money — a lot of it. Sports betting is taking a page from the playbook of tech giants like Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, sacrificing profitability in the early days in the hope of engraining themselves in customers’ lives.

ESPN And Fox Bet On Sports Wagering. But Will They Go All In?

ESPN, Fox and other networks are ramping up their sports betting efforts.

More Americans Will Wager On The NFL Than Ever Before

More Americans than ever will wager on NFL games during the 2021 season as states continue to adopt legal sports betting and operators such as Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and MGM Resorts make further investments. An estimated 45.2 million Americans plan to wager on the NFL season in some form, up 36% from last year, according to research from the American Gaming Association. At least $12 billion will be bet on the NFL this season, according to sports betting market tracker PlayUSA.

Sports Betting To Start In Arizona In Time For NFL Season

The FanDuel Sportsbook at the downtown Phoenix arena where the Phoenix Suns play and temporary betting windows just down the street at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field run by Caesars Entertainment are set to take in-person bets beginning today.

NFL To See Rise In Sports Betting, Possible Cure For Declines In TV Ratings

With growing activity and legal sports gambling in states, NFL-related sports betting could see rising revenue — as well as higher TV consumption. The American Gaming Association has estimated 45.2 million Americans could bet on the NFL this season (which starts today) — 36% higher than a year ago. Of that 45.2 million, 19.5 million bettors — legal and illegal — could place wagers online — up 73% versus a year ago.

Gambling Wave Coming To NFL TV Screens, But In Moderation

Three years after the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and allowed states to legalize sports betting, the NFL has embraced gambling as part of the landscape. Nowhere will that be more apparent than during pregame shows, the occasional mention during games and commercials as the point spread is no longer a taboo subject.

Sports Betting Ops Ramp Up National TV Messaging As NFL Season Kicks Off

Major sports booking operations have been boosting national TV marketing efforts — paid-advertising and promotional — in August, largely to promote sportsbook operations for the fall. In total, some $2.8 million in national TV advertising was spent from July 31 through Aug. 29 by the casino/gambling category, according to iSpot.tv. A year ago over the same month-long period, a total of $129,429 was spent on national TV by the gaming/casino industry. In August 2019, the total was $234,497.

FuboTV Gets OK In Iowa To Launch Sportsbook

FuboTV said its Fubo Gaming unit got approval to offer online sports wagering in Iowa. Fubo Gaming plans to launch its Fubo Sportsbook in the fourth quarter. The company has already gotten approvals to operate a betting service in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Indiana and New Jersey.

ESPN Explores Sports-Betting Deal Worth At Least $3 Billion

The sports-media giant has held talks to license its brand to sportsbooks including Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings, according to people familiar with the matter.

Nexstar Launching Sports Wagering Diginet

Nexstar Media and SportsGrid Inc., this morning unveiled SportsGrid Network, a diginet devoted to sports wagering and fantasy sports. SportsGrid Network will debut Sept. 1. Nexstar will distribute it in nine of its markets where it has space on subchannels: San Francisco, Washington, Tampa, Portland, Nashville, Norfolk, Grand Rapids, Knoxville and Des Moines.

Fiesta Bowl, Caesars Set Sports Betting Partnership

It’s the first partnership between a college bowl game and a company that specializes in sports betting. Caesars will host fan lounges at the Fiesta Bowl in suburban Glendale and at the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which is played at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.


WBRZ Sees A Sure Thing In Sports Betting Programming

As Louisiana moves closer to legalizing online sports betting, WBRZ, the Manship Media-owned ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, is betting heavily that programs dedicated to those who gamble on sports is the next step for the online sports betting industry to transition from advertising on local TV to programming there.

VSiN And WBRZ Baton Rouge Team On Sports Betting Programming

VSiN, The Sports Betting Network, and Manship Media’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La., today announced a content distribution agreement. As Louisiana moves closer to legal sports betting, this agreement will deliver credible sports betting information to the Baton Rouge market. This deal with family-owned WBRZ continues the expansion of VSiN’s broadcast footprint and marks the first time the network’s unique […]

Sling TV Launches Baseball, Basketball Betting Channels

Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by satcaster Dish, has added two more betting information channels, one for baseball and one for hockey. The channels, which are produced in collaboration with digital gaming company DraftKings, follow a marketing agreement last month between Dish and DraftKings to bring the latter’s sportsbook and daily fantasy sports gaming features to Dish and Sling subscribers.

Sling TV Launches NBA Betting Info Channel

NBC Sports Chicago Airing ‘BetCast’ Version Of Bulls Game

NFL Announces First Sportsbook Partnerships

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media after the league announced its new broadcasting contracts last month, he said the league would “find ways we can engage fans through legalized sports betting” during the life of those deals. That continued a major shift in attitude for a league that had long worked to avoid any connection with gambling and that shift grew even larger on Thursday. The NFL announced its first sportsbook partnerships with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel. The multi-year agreements make the three companies official sports betting partners of the league and give them the ability to use NFL marks.

Sports Betting Knocks It Out Of The Park

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Janet Stilson discuss sports betting’s meteoric rise in spot TV, what’s accelerating the trend and the patterns it’s tending to follow in DMAs following its legalization. Read Stilson’s story on the subject here.


TVN Focus On Advertising | Sports Betting Skyrockets For Broadcasters

Sports wagering has invigorated station groups’ core revenue, climbing to the second-biggest ad sales category for many of them and angling to knock automotive from its top spot in the next few years. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

WISH Launches ‘All Indiana Bets’ Sports Betting Show

Circle City Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WISH Indianapolis will debut All Indiana Bets, a sports betting show, in August. Circle City says All Indiana Bets will be Indiana’s first televised sports betting show with a primary focus on Indiana teams. Weekly shows will include a college sports show on Saturdays, a pro sports show on Sundays […]

Gray Television Places Bet On Envy Gaming

The station group is leading a group of investors by putting $28.5 million into a $40 million round for the Texas-based firm in the fast-growing segment of sports and entertainment.

Dish Dropping NBC RSNs As It Bets On Sports Wagering

Dish Network has notified subscribers that they’re going to lose more regional sports networks on April 1 when its deal to carry the NBC Regional Sports Networks expires. The timing is odd, coming days after Dish announced a deal with DraftKings, which wants viewers watching sports and betting on the outcomes. Under poker player and chairman Charlie Ergen, Dish has been folding its relationships with RSNs, which he had deemed offering too low a return for too high a price.

FuboTV Secures Market Access For Sports Book In Indiana And New Jersey

With Iowa already secured, the streaming company has three of the 20 states with legal sports betting locked in for its new service Fubo Sportsbook through Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Dish-DraftKings Sports Betting Pact Blitzes FuboTV Stock