Top NBC Sports Exec Says Gambling Will Alter Live Sports Consumption
NBC Sports Regional Networks President David Preschlack said he suspects the SCOTUS decision on sports gambling will "alter the consumption of live sports on multiple platforms," according to Chuck Barney of the San Jose MERCURY NEWS. Preschlack said network executives will "explore integrating sports-betting discussions into their broadcasts and launch gambling-related programming." He also noted legalized sports betting will "likely roll out more slowly than people expect, but it will have a massive impact on the regional sports network business" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 9/13). Preschlack's comments come as Fox Sports on Monday debuted the sports gambling-themed daily show "Lock It In," which airs on FS1 (THE DAILY).
GOING ALL IN: Barstool Sports has launched a new gambling show, "The Barstool Sports Advisors," and Barstool Founder & President Dave Portnoy said, "What we do is we talk about things that people like and are interested in." Portnoy noted Barstool was not "focused on gambling, but the Supreme Court legalized it." Portnoy: "Guess what? Let's launch a gambling show." Portnoy said of the new show, "We try to be entertaining. We combine real picks and real knowledge, and I enjoy it. We actually mimicked a show from the early '90s, 'The Sports Advisers,' with Stu Feiner, who I grew up watching. Once they legalized gambling, we brought it back, so it's retro, it looks like you just stepped into the '80s, it's entertaining, it's different than what every other show is doing. When you turn this on, you know you are watching something else and that's what we pride ourselves in" ("Mad Money," CNBC, 9/14).