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ESPN2 Will Be New Home For Daily Sports Betting Show

“Daily Wager” will maintain its 6:00pm ET timeslot and will move to ESPN2 beginning Aug. 20
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“Daily Wager” will maintain its 6:00pm ET timeslot and will move to ESPN2 beginning Aug. 20
Photo: espn images
“Daily Wager” will maintain its 6:00pm ET timeslot and will move to ESPN2 beginning Aug. 20
Photo: espn images

The hour-long “Daily Wager” sports betting show that launched five months ago on ESPNews will move to ESPN2 and expand to six days a week, adding a Sunday morning slot in time for the NFL season. The net also will revamp the standing on-screen graphics on ESPNews to present betting-related information such as point spreads, over-unders and proposition odds on all news, studio and feature programming, in much the way it long has delivered 24/7 news on its bottom-of-screen crawl. “Daily Wager” will maintain its 6:00pm ET timeslot and will move to ESPN2 beginning Aug. 20. The Sunday show, airing at 9:00am, will debut on ESPNews on Sept. 8 before moving to ESPN2 three weeks later. “It’s only a few months old, and the biggest compliment I can give that show is that it feels like it’s been on forever,” said ESPN VP/Programming & Acquisitions Ilan Ben-Hanan, who oversees the net’s sports betting programming. “I say that because of the level of comfort that the hosts have, the production staff, the way the show is presented. It just feels like a very comfortable show even though it’s still so young and new.”

MOVE COMES AS LEGAL BETTING EXPANDS: ESPN’s increased commitment to sports betting programming on a more broadly distributed channel comes in the early days of the predicted expansion of legalized sports betting. Though up and running in 10 states, with eight other states having passed legislation and working on regulation, sports betting is available in only four states that are home to major pro teams -- Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. When “Daily Wager” makes its move, the only top 20 TV markets in which viewers can readily place legal bets on games will be N.Y. and Philadelphia. The next wave of jurisdictions to regulate will include DC and Chicago, but no other markets in the top 25. “The dynamic for us isn’t to be focused on … what’s available in one state and not available in another,” said Ben-Hanan. “We’re really thinking bigger than that with a show like ‘Daily Wager.’ It’s much more about advanced analytics and the way people in this space are looking at it that’s driving the conversation for us.”