Rebrand coming up
FanDuel parent company Flutter Entertainment’s purchase of TVG in 2009 appears to be a potential long-game masterstroke, after its New York-based sports betting arm leaked plans of rebranding it into a new 24-hour sports betting television network starring Kay Adams.
provisional date of September 2022
Citing documents it’s seen shared with FanDuel staff, Legal Sports Report on Thursday reported that the rebrand of the TVG racing channel to FanDuel TV has a provisional date of September 2022. FanDuel Sportsbook assistant general manager Seth Blevins shared what he thought of it all via Twitter:
If all goes to plan, FanDuel TV will be a 24-hour content network featuring studio programming and live sports. The LSR report says that FanDuel “clearly indicated” plans for Kay Adams — Bengals supporter and ex-Good Morning Football co-host — to front a “SportsCenter-style” show in the 7am to 8am slot.
The reported rebrand of the TVG horse racing channel to FanDuel TV will see a “slight shift” away from the channel’s staple sport. Instead, TVG2 will rebrand to FanDuel Racing. Along with the new-look channel’s NFL segment hosted by Adams, morning programming would focus on FanDuel talent and sports betting.
FanDuel TV has already nailed down its debut scheduling
As LSR reports, it seems FanDuel TV has already nailed down its debut scheduling. From 5am to 6am, NBA content will feature on “More Ways To Win.” Sportswriter Bill Simmons and The Ringer are next at 6am to 7am, with sports talk personality and former NFL punter Pat McAfee taking the helm from 8am to 9am.
From 9am to 9pm, live racing will take center stage, along with cut-ins and sports news from FanDuel talent.
Not all change
Other significant news about the rebranding is that the TVG OTT app would become FanDuel+. According to LSR, however, something of the old remains with it stating that the “TVG horse betting app and site itself would remain unchanged.”
With FanDuel adding another weapon in its quest for sports betting market share domination, rivals had better take care. Thanks to FanDuel, Flutter’s US revenues spiked to $574m in Q1.