VSiN, BetMGM join forces to broadcast first live sports betting show from NFL Stadium
BetMGM and the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) made a joint effort to broadcast the first live sports betting show from a National Football League (NFL) stadium on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Denver’s Mile High Stadium was the site of the first live broadcast of a sports betting show at a NFL stadium. Two shows aired from the stadium yesterday. Sports handicapper James Salinas hosted The Pregame Show at noon ET, and the Betting Across America Show at 1 p.m. ET.
Salinas previously served as a sports reporter and editor for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. In the field of sports betting, he has pocketed more than $1 million in prize money. The biggest prize of more than $900,000 was won by him in the 2015 Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest.
VSiN said it was a joint effort in partnership with the MGM Resorts International-led sports betting outfit BetMGM, which recently announced the signing of its partnership deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. It is the first time for VSiN to broadcast from venues outside the state of Nevada. The new Circa Resort, which is expected to launch its gaming areas sometime in next month in Las Vegas, has also announced its decision to include a VSiN studio.
Interest in athletic events is ramping up as almost all sports came to a halt in mid of March when corona virus infection rates started to spike. Since then, three major sports leagues, including baseball, basketball and ice hockey, have returned to action. However, some college football conferences have shortened the season or postponed it. Only a few some college games are allowing fans, in smaller numbers, to watch their favorite players by visiting stadiums in person.
The NFL started playing this month, with fans allowed in a limited number at few games. The Kansas Chiefs, for example, are allowing only 22 per cent of Arrowhead Stadium’s normal capacity.
Many NFL teams, including the Las Vegas Raiders, have taken a no-fans approach. After relocating from Oakland to Las Vegas at the end of last season, the Raiders played their first Southern Nevada home game yesterday at Allegiant Stadium. Due to pandemic concerns, no spectator was allowed at the $1.9-billion stadium.
However, the return of major sports leagues and the availability of more online betting options have led to a considerable increase in sports wagering. Some fresh estimates suggest that the online gambling market will likely surpass $160 billion by 2026.
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