ESPN’s show Daily Wager is slated to move from ESPNEWS to ESPN2 starting next week.
A Sunday broadcast of the show will air during this NFL season on ESPNEWS as well as ESPN2 in the weeks following.
ESPN believes that an increase in engagement and viewership is inevitable with this broadcasting change.
LAS VEGAS – ESPN has had much success with its sports gambling focused show, Daily Wager. With sports betting becoming quite popular in the country, and as many residents are looking to build or expand their knowledge of wagering, Daily Wager took off instantly.
The program was launched in March and can be viewed on ESPNEWS from 6-7 pm EST. However, with the show gaining support, the network has decided to transfer it to ESPN2 so that a higher number of interested parties can tune in.
According to the press release sent out by ESPN, the show will make the move to ESPN2 on August 20.
The layout of ESPNEWS will change on this date, as the screen will be modified to ensure that sports betting news, information, and lines are constantly being displayed, 24 hours a day. The only exception is during live event telecasts.
In short, ESPNEWS will become the ESPN Network’s sports betting channel.
Daily Wager will also be adding a Sunday showtime to discuss the betting lines and odds for the NFL games of that week. To begin, this one-hour program will launch on ESPNEWS (starting on September 8) but will join the movement over to ESPN2 three weeks later on September 29.
On top of the odds, the show will also discuss “how the day’s news will affect sports betting” as well as “up-to-the-minute analytics”.
The Sunday show is likely to take off but faces fierce competition on the morning football news timeslot. NFL GameDay Morning on NFL Network will be the main competition for the show, as the other pregame NFL shows (Sunday NFL Countdown, The NFL Today, and NFL Kickoff) begin after the conclusion of Daily Wager.
All of the odds on the show will come directly from Caesars Entertainment, who signed on to become the official odds and data supplier of ESPN earlier this year.
Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN’s VP of Programming and Acquisitions, has been with ESPN since 2002 and is extremely excited for this change.
“Daily Wager has caught on with our viewers and now we look forward to serving even more sports fans with the move to ESPN2,” said Ben-Hanan. “A new Sunday morning edition this fall will expand the audience even more during a very busy time of the year.”
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.