Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City and the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) are teaming up to produce a weekend sports betting program that will be broadcasted live from the Boardwalk property’s William Hill sportsbook.
VSiN live streams its daily sports betting programs from the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. But in the coming weeks, VSiN personality Jonathan Von Tobel and New Jersey native Mike Lombardi will host Saturday and Sunday broadcasts beginning at 10 am ET from the Ocean Resort.
Tobel is a longtime sports reporter who joined VSiN in February 2017. Lombardi spent 25 years as a front office executive in the NFL, and won three Super Bowl rings in that role.
VSiN’s star personality is legendary sports broadcaster Brent Musburger, who departed ABC/ESPN in January 2017. Musburger’s brother Todd Musburger, and nephew Brian Musburger, created VSiN that same year.
Musburger’s move to VSiN took him away from the play-by-play call booth for both college and professional sports. He apparently missed it, because in July the 79-year-old agreed to become the radio voice of the Oakland Raiders.
The Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas for the start of the 2020 NFL season.
Expanded Betting, Expanded Coverage
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 6-3 against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May. The decision gave states the right to determine their own laws on the gambling activity.
Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Mississippi have since joined Nevada in allowing full-fledged sports betting. Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will soon join them.
As sports betting legalization continues to expand across the country, VSiN will be where it needs to be to cover these markets,” VSiN CEO Brian Musburger stated. “Ocean Resort has made a significant commitment to the sports betting scene in New Jersey by opening the most impressive sportsbook in Atlantic City.”
Along with the Boardwalk property in Atlantic City, William Hill operates sports betting at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey.
Research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming projected last month that New Jersey’s sports betting market will overtake Nevada’s by 2021. The Atlantic City and Monmouth Park sportsbooks printed $95 million worth of ticket slips in August.
Sports Betting Mainstream
The days of placing a wager on a sporting event being taboo are long gone. The Supreme Court ruling is bringing sports betting to states across the country, and the media hopes to capitalize.
VSiN has a deal with the New York Post to provide the news source two feature-length articles each week. ESPN airs a daily sports betting show called “I’ll Take That Bet” on its streaming ESPN+ premium content platform.
And FS1 debuted “Lock It In,” an hour-long daily cable television sports betting show, in September. The program focuses on the day’s odds and spreads, and features former Caesars oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman and prolific sports gambler Cousin Sal of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” fame.