Washington Redskins to Offer Preseason Telecasts with Gambling Twist
The Washington Redskins are planning gambling-focused telecasts of their pre-season games which will offer prizes to contestants that accurately predict in-game developments. The games will follow a formula shown in local telecasts of the NBA’s Washington Wizards regular season games.
The Washington Redskins are planning preseason broadcasts that will follow a gambling theme by offering prizes to contestants that predict in-game outcomes.
Though the formula has been used during regular season games of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, it marks a first for an NFL teams. The NFL, however, does not broadcast regular-season games on local affiliates like other leagues.
The telecasts will be on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington. The network will continue to offer a traditional telecast on its main channel, while the gambling-focused telecast will air simultaneously on its secondary channel, NBC Sports Washington Plus.
Damon Phillips, the network’s general manager, told the Baltimore Sun that Wizards games saw increased ratings and fan engagement when the in-game contests were available. He added that the interactive telecasts will also allow the network to be ready when legal online or mobile sports betting becomes available in its viewing area.
For these telecasts, the games are free to play and the network will give away $1,000 in cash to one winner each quarter of the game.
In a related story, NBC Sports Chicago announced it will add a weekday afternoon sports betting show to its lineup.
The show, “The Daily Line” will air live from 2 to 6 pm. Monday through Friday and is a video simulcast of a nationally syndicated NBC Sports Radio show that has been airing since January.
NBC Sports Chicago is one of six channels in four markets that will pick up the simulcast, which originates from NBC Sports Washington studios in Bethesda, Maryland.