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ESPN's gradual embrace of sports betting may pick up steam as it looks to license its brand to sportsbooks. (Image: Getty)

Disney’s ESPN Sports-Betting Deals Could Net $3 Billion

Walt Disney’s ESPN is looking to generate more than $3 billion in sports-betting licensing deals. Once reluctant to associate with gambling, the multimedia company has gradually changed its tune. Initially tentative to offer sports-betting content, the company is now looking to leap into ESPN-branded sportsbooks. According to the Wall Street […]

Floyd Mayweather may be "retired" from professional boxing, but he's still making a pretty penny as a social media pitchman. (Image: Instagram/floydmayweather)

Who Are the Top 12 Highest-Earning Boxers on Instagram?

Until the introduction of social media, the only time you’d be able to follow a professional boxer’s journey would be during a TV interview, press conference, weigh-in, or fight night. Now, thanks to platforms such as Instagram, we’re able to get an insight into the lives of the most formidable […]

The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings in a stunning 2019 final. Disney now owns IPL streaming rights. (Image: Robert Cianflone/Getty)

Disney Posts Upside Earnings Surprise Thanks to Cricket

Cricket and sports betting came up multiple times during Walt Disney’s earnings call on Thursday. It was a knuckleball for Disney analysts who normally focus on theme parks and movies. They failed to predict the impact of Disney’s newest revenue streams. Disney’s parks can’t operate at full capacity, due to […]

Steven and Alex Cohen used their Twitter accounts to interact with fans. The Mets owners, however, shut down his account after receiving threats in the wake of the GameStop saga. (Image: @MrMet)

How Sports Got Tangled Up in the GameStop Stock Wars

By now, most people have heard about the recent battle over a videogame retailer’s stock. But, few understand how the GameStop stock saga impacted sports and gaming. An MLB owner, a casino company — and even the Super Bowl — all became part of the drama. It all started with […]

NFL Wild-Card Weekend Ratings Sag Despite Expanded Format

NFL Wild-Card Weekend Ratings Sag Despite Expanded Format

The NFL’s expanded slate on wild-card weekend, with several networks opting to expand their footprint by simultaneously broadcast on alternate networks or streaming, did not yield a ratings bonanza. Instead, overall viewer numbers were down year over year and in some cases were the lowest in five years or more. […]

Entain CEO Segev Bounces for DAZN in Wake of Attempted MGM Takeover

Entain CEO Segev Bounces for DAZN in Wake of Attempted MGM Takeover

Entain CEO Shay Segev announced he is leaving his post less than a week after the company turned down an $11 billion takeover offer from online betting partner MGM. Segev said he’s headed to digital sports broadcaster DAZN and will join James Rushton there as a co-CEO. Speculation has run […]

College Football Playoff Viewership Remains Strong Even with Pandemic

College Football Playoff Viewership Remains Strong Even with Pandemic

While the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have suffered rating sags since the COVID-19 virus touched down in the U.S. last spring, ESPN’s New Year’s Day bowl broadcast numbers remained steady compared with the previous six years of the format, averaging close to 19 million viewers across its pair of […]

ESPN Plus to Feature Betting Commentary for NFL Wild Card ‘MegaCast’

ESPN Plus to Feature Betting Commentary for NFL Wild Card ‘MegaCast’

With tech giants like Amazon emerging as players in NFL broadcasting, ESPN is staking its reputation on streaming this weekend with its first-ever NFL “MegaCast.” The idea is to broadcast the Ravens vs. Titans wild-card game at 1:O5 p.m. ET across six Disney-owned networks with different viewer experiences on each. […]

Disney Bets on ESPN Plus Subscribers Paying More for UFC Pay-Per-View

Disney Bets on ESPN Plus Subscribers Paying More for UFC Pay-Per-View

UFC regulars will pay more to watch premiere fights starting Friday, as ESPN Plus will up its pay-per-view rates on select matches. The price increase coincides with parent company Disney’s focus on streaming services and partnerships with sports betting operations. ESPN’s streaming service is the exclusive broadcast home of the […]

Timothee Chalamet and Pete Davidsion poke fun at the New York Jets in an SNL sketch. (Image: YouTube/Saturday Night Live)

SNL and Timothee Chalamet Clowns Winless New York Jets (Video)

You know things are near rock bottom when “Saturday Night Live” parodies your favorite football team in a sketch. Then again, when you’re known as the LOL Jets, everything you do is a dark comedy. In the latest episode of NBC’s SNL with guest host Timothee Chalamet, the 0-12 New […]

In April, Twin River Holdings -- now Bally's -- acquired Bally's Atlantic City for a song. (image: Bally's Atlantic City)

Bally’s Buys Bet.Works, Forges Sinclair Broadcast Partnership

Bally’s Corporation, formerly Twin River Worldwide Holdings, acquired the sportsbook and iGaming technology company, Bet.Works. But that wasn’t Bally’s only mega-deal this week. Bally’s also announced a strategic partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group, which sent both their stocks soaring. Bally’s recent deals should boost its sports betting profits. At least […]

ESPN Eliminates 500 Jobs, 300 Through Layoffs

ESPN Eliminates 500 Jobs, 300 Through Layoffs

ESPN’s financial woes, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in a massive layoff of 300 staffers along with the elimination of 200 currently unfilled job openings.  The layoffs will be spread throughout the sports cable empire, with on-air personnel being spared initially, according to a memo from ESPN Chairman […]

ESPN extended its partnership with Caesars, which already included a studio at the LINQ in Las Vegas. (Image: Al Powers/ESPN)(Photo by Al Powers / ESPN Images)

ESPN Inks Deals with Caesars, DraftKings to Bolster Sports Betting Credentials

ESPN announced Monday that it reached separate, co-exclusive deals with Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings, both of which are designed to expand the sports media giant’s exposure to the sports betting industry. Under the agreements, Caesars will become ESPN’s exclusive odds partner while DraftKings becomes its exclusive daily fantasy sports provider. […]

NBC announced a partnership with PointsBet, the latest in a string of deals between media companies and sports betting operators. (Image: NBC Sports)

NBC Announces Multiyear Sports Betting Partnership with PointsBet

NBC Universal became the latest major American media organization to partner with a sports betting operator on Thursday, announcing a multiyear partnership with Australian firm PointsBet. The deal makes PointsBet the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports. NBC Seeks Engagement, PointsBet Looks for Credibility PointsBet launched its US operations […]

Dave Portnoy is now day trading with his Bartsools' sale windfall. (Image: Cliff Hawkins/Getty)

Sports Bettors Bombard Stock Market, Drive Wall Street Insane

With many sports still in hiatus, sports bettors moved into the next best game in town — the stock market. Galvanized by Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy, throngs of aggressive novices are driving Wall Street’s institutional investors insane. Between Feb. 19 to March 23, the stock market tanked roughly 34%. […]