There was a time when sports gambling articles in mainstream media was limited to announcers making a cloaked comment about”some people” being happy when a team hit otherwise-irrelevant field goal to cover the point spread.
But times are quickly changing.
According to a report by The Sporting News, the Fox Network is planning a new sports betting-themed show featuring former play-by-play man Brent Musburger. The as-yet-unnamed show would also star Fox broadcaster Charissa Thompson and gambling expert Todd Fuhrman.
The report shows that the show is set to debut on Fox Sports 1 in the fall.
While Fox executives haven’t yet confirmed that the show is in the works, one source described it as”Around the Horn for sports gambling.”
Out of the Shadows
With sports wagering having been outlawed in the usa everywhere but Nevada for decades, subjects like point spreads and money lines have generally off limits during mainstream broadcasts.
But all that changed when the Supreme Court, opening the doors for each state to get in on the action, should they choose to do so.
ESPN wasted little time getting on board with sports gambling content. PASPA was defeated on May 14, and the network debuted its gambling-themed show,”I’ll Take That Bet,” just two weeks later. Produced in conjunction with The Action Network, the show features discussion and dissection of various sports betting angles.
The Warriors are huge favorites in the Finals, but there is still a case for gambling on them at -1000.
The first episode of “I’ll Take That Bet” is streaming now on ESPN+
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However, Fox is apparently taking things a step further. While”I’ll Take That Bet” airs on the streaming agency ESPN+, the Musburger-powered show is expected to air on Fox’s key network.
New Voice of the Raiders
That won’t be the only new gig for Musburger this fall.
The broadcasting veteran was named the new radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders. The group announced that it had fired Greg Papa, who’s been calling the team’s games over radio airways for the last 21 years. If you have ever listened to a Raiders game, you’d have recognized Papa’s signature call,”Touchdown Rrrrrrraiders!”
Instead, it is going to be Musburger calling their matches for the foreseeable future, including when the team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.
The 79-year older is already well established in both Las Vegas and sports gambling circles. He’s been in the city since launching his Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) channel on SiriusXM last February. The show covers numerous sports betting themes and is broadcast from Vegas’ Southpoint casino.