CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS Network, has launched SportsLine Edge, a new show for audiences interested in sports betting and daily fantasy sports. The show débuted just before the NFL opening game last Thursday via the CBS Sports HQ streaming service.
TV programming for a new market
Back in May, the United States Supreme Court reversed a federal ban related to sports betting. This decision was the start of a flurry of activity in the nation, as states began working on legislation and regulations to begin offering sports betting within their borders.
The first states to do so were Delaware and New Jersey, followed by West Virginia and Mississippi. Sports betting was already operational in Nevada, so the list of states that provide the activity is now growing. Sports betting will continue to grow in the US as other states get in on the action.
The activity was already popular, as many people play daily fantasy sports (DFS). In the past few years, states began to adopt official legislation and regulations to oversee the activity.
DFS operators such as DraftKings and FanDuel are getting in on the new industry as well as offering DFS services, with both operators having recently launched sports betting service options.
FanDuel currently offers online and mobile sports betting services in New Jersey as well as the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. DraftKings also provides online sports betting in New Jersey, via a mobile application.
As both categories continue to grow in popularity, it’s only natural for television and streaming programming such as SportsLine Edge to be launched, offering insight into both genres with information on the sports betting market as well as daily fantasy sports picks.
The new SportsLine Edge show is hosted by CBS Sports radio host Nick Kostos and co-anchored by Todd Fuhrman, a former oddsmaker of Las Vegas. SportsLine experts Kelly Stewart, Kenny White, Hank Goldberg, and Micah Roberts will also feature on the show.
SportsLine.com is an online resource for sports fans, providing accurate projections and predictions via advanced data models, news and the opinion of industry experts.
CBS is working with SportsLine to provide the new sports betting and DFS show for its audience. SportsLine offers free content as well as two subscription service options.
Each week, the show will feature as many as 11 hours of content, airing segments during the week on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as on the weekends. CBS Sports has stated that the new show will increase its streaming content to every day of the week in the future.
CBS Sports stated: “The show will be a valuable destination for sports fans leading up to and in between the marquee matchups of the day, providing picks against the spread, analysis of line movement, and daily fantasy lineups.”
Sports fans can catch SportsLine Edge on CBS Sports HQ, a new service offered by CBS Sports in collaboration with CBS Interactive. Streams are currently free for viewers via the mobile app or website of CBS Sports.