- Prop bets surrounding Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are getting traction.
- Sports betting has become very popular in the United States in recent years, leading to broadcasters mentioning odds during games.
- Buck historically avoids mentioning odds while he is broadcasting therefore the ‘no’ option is heavily favored.
MIAMI – With Super Bowl 54 only days away, a slew of prop bets have made their way to sportsbooks. One such prop is surrounding if the broadcasters will be mentioning the point spread or total during the Super Bowl.
With FOX owning FOX Bet, their own online sportsbook, it would make sense that they would mention point spread and other wagers as it would be a free advertisement for their very own site. With all the eyes tuned into the game, it would be great exposure to have it mentioned on air.
Legendary broadcaster Joe Buck will be joined by Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman to host this year’s Super Bowl. Buck has been a FOX broadcaster since 1994 and is a recognizable figure in the NFL world.
This isn’t the first Super Bowl Buck and Aikman have called together as their resume will show. The pair called Super Bowls 39, 42, 45, 48, and 51 together and are well qualified for such a high profile event.
But, will they shake things up this year and mention betting odds on air?
No Is A Heavy Favorite
James Buck has not historically mentioned betting odds during his broadcasts so it makes sense why the ‘No’ is currently at -290 odds as opposed to +190 odds for the ‘Yes’. Sportsbooks seem to not think Buck and Aikman, who have worked together across multiple networks including FOX, CBS, and NBC, to suddenly choose the Super Bowl to start something new.
Fox Bet became available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at the start of the NFL season, so it would make sense for them to want to use the Super Bowl as an opportunity to get sports bettors in those states looking at their sportsbook.
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the county with over 100 million fans tuning in yearly. It is also one of the most wagered sporting events in the world with millions of sports bettors placing bets in order to cash in big.
It would not be out of the norm for Super Bowl LIV to be the event that embraces sports betting and casually mentions the spread during the broadcast.
Sports Betting Has Become Normal
Gone are the days where sports betting had a negative connotation surrounding it. Ever since the repeal of PASPA and the subsequent legalization of sports betting across the country, discussing betting odds during sports broadcasts have become routine.
NBC broadcaster Al Michaels has constantly casually mentioned odds during his broadcasts. Michaels has no problem mentioned the significance of certain plays and how they affect the spread as he has been doing that for years.
Other sports shows like ESPN’s First Take and FOX’s Undisputed have casually mentioned betting lines like point spread and the over-under ahead of big games. General sports fans have found themselves now in a time where sports betting has become a regular part of sports programming as a whole.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman Prop Bets
There is another prop bet that is surrounding broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman and that is whether or not they will be mentioning the most recent Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots.
Even though they didn’t make the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are still one of the biggest franchises in the NFL. Their impact on the league goes without saying so it would be no surprise if the Joe Buck or Troy Aikman mention them during the broadcast. Current odds have the ‘Yes’ favored at -200 while the ‘No’ is a +150 underdog.
There is also a prop bet for whether or not Troy Aikman or Joe Buck say the word favorite with both the ‘Yes’ and the ‘No’ at -120. There is even a prop for whether or not they say underdog during the broadcast with the ‘No’ being -140 favorites and the ‘Yes’ at +100.
The amount of prop betting possibilities is seemingly endless and more are sure to pop but as the big day gets closer.
Super Bowl LIV kicks off Sunday, February 2 at 6 p.m. EST and will see the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers.
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