Offering preseason gambling-focused telecast of their games, the Washington Redskins will become the first NFL team to do so in the history of the tournament.
“The telecasts on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington will follow a formula established by the Redskins’ NBA neighbors, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, however, offered the free-to-play contests during the regular season, while the Redskins will have them only during the four preseason games when NBC Sports Washington has TV rights,” reports Washington Post.
Damon Phillips, the network’s general manager said: “Down the road, there are a number of possibilities. Who knows where the different regulatory entities are going to end up on sports betting, and we just want to make sure we’re ready to be able to respond to it.”
As per the current plans, the games will be free, the network will, however, award $1,000 in cash to one winner per quarter of each game.
“We think this is the way of the future. There’s going to be gamification of television broadcasts, and this is one of the first examples of it,” Phillips added.
Several US states have legalized sports betting since the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing sports gambling last year. NFL along with NCAA has been in opposition to the legalization of sports gambling, however, with several US states already legalized sports gambling, it is difficult for them to continue with their strict stand against sports betting.