With sports betting certain to be surging in the days leading up to Super Bowl LVI, MSG Networks is devoting a special lineup of programming to placing bets.
“Bet-A-Palooza, presented by DraftKings” began this week and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 13, right up until The Big Game. Coverage across the network’s nightly programming will feature talent from each of MSG’s sports betting shows, The Bettor Half*Hour, The Betting Exchange, and Odds With Ends.
(The Bettor Half*Hour and The Betting Exchange normally air at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, respectively, and will resume that schedule following Super Bowl week.)
Every night this week, MSG Networks talent will host live betting shows looking at game odds, prop bets, and the latest Super Bowl trends. Additionally, the shows will look at recent action in the NBA.
Hosts include Alex Monaco, Katie Mox, Jeff Johnson, and former New York Jets safety Erik Coleman. Other personalities appearing across the special sports betting programming include former New York Giants Mathias Kiwanuka and David Tyree, and betting experts Minty Bets, Alex Glaze, and Sean Little.
The sports betting specials will air on MSG Network at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday.
The “Bet-A-Palooza” lineup will also include sports betting-focused simulcasts of two New York Knicks games on MSG+. (Regular Knicks telecasts will air on MSG Network.) Those alternate broadcasts will be Thursday’s (Feb. 10) matchup with the Golden State Warriors at 10 p.m. ET and Saturday’s (Feb. 12) game versus the Portland Trail Blazers at 5 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, Feb. 12, the night before the big game, Kiwanuka, Tyree, Coleman, and Little will host a Super Bowl pregame show at 8 p.m. ET, breaking down the latest betting storylines and making their top picks.
All of the “Bet-A-Palooza” programming will also be available for streaming on MSG GO and on-demand.
AT&T Sportsnet’s Kelsey Wingert Shows Off Stitches After Being Drilled Line Drive
“The veteran reporter is expected to get married in June. Doctors are “hoping” the scar doesn’t effect her big day.”
Baseball reporters at the regional level have some of the toughest jobs in all of sports. Not only do they cover each for all 162 games, but there’s always the potential for getting drilled by a foul ball.
While all MLB ball clubs have expanded their netting this season to protect fans sitting close to the field, Rockies sideline reporter Kelsey Wingert suffered a nasty injury via a foul ball earlier this week.
A scary incident took place on Monday’s outing against the Rockies and San Francisco Giants at Coors Field in Denver. In the ninth inning, Giants outfielder Austin Slater hit a foul ball off Daniel Bard, with the ball heading straight to the dugout, right where Wingert was standing while reporting for AT&T Sportsnet.
After getting attended to by the Rockies medical staff and walking it off, giving fans a “thumbs up,” Wingert ended up having to go to the hospital where she received multiple stitches to her forehead.
The 29-year-old reporter took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her gratitude towards the Rockies organization and AT&T Sportsnet general manager David Woodman, who along with his wife Paula, stayed by her side at the hospital.
“I had a CT scan to make sure there was no internal bleeding or fractures and all came back clear. Thank God,” Wingert said on Twitter Wednesday. “The stitches will have to come out in a week. I’m very lucky it wasn’t worse. It was just really scary and bummed me out given the circumstances.”
You would think this was the first time Wingert got hit by a ball but back in 2018 while working for Fox Sports and the Atlanta Braves she was struck by a foul ball while standing near a camera past the Braves dugout, resulting in a fractured eye socket.
Wingert retweeted a photo taken of her black eye after returning home where she made light of what could’ve been an awful occurrence.
While recovering from her wound, Wingert will be taking a few games off. The veteran reporter is expected to get married in June. Doctors are “hoping” the scar doesn’t effect her big day.
Greg Olsen To Partner With Kevin Burkhardt For Super Bowl LVII
“Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.”
The deal isn’t done yet, but Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Greg Olsen is on his way to joining Kevin Burkhardt in the top NFL booth at FOX. Although Tom Brady will take over that role after he retires and leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Olsen will spend at least this season on FOX’s A-Team.
Last season was the first Burkhardt and Olsen worked together. They largely won rave reviews.
Earlier this year, the former Panther told The Mac Attack on WFNZ in Charlotte that he was disappointed he didn’t get to call a postseason game. He will more than make up for that in 2023. As Burkhardt’s partner, Olsen is in line to be the analyst for Super Bowl LVII.
Marchand writes that we could get a taste of what is to come in February. He speculates that if the Buccaneers are not in the Super Bowl, it is possible Tom Brady could make his FOX debut, either in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen or as part of the network’s studio show.
Now, FOX has to make a decision about it’s number 2 NFL booth. According to Marchand, Drew Brees is a candidate to be the analyst. Adam Amin and Joe Davis have emerged as candidates for the play-by-play role.
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.