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Blue Wire Adding 2 New Shows From Wynn Las Vegas Studio

“Blue Wire has made plenty of moves over the past year as they continue growing in the digital media space.”

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Blue Wire and WynnBet cemented their relationship through a brand new studio set up at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, and now they are announcing a pair of shows that will utilize the space. Bet to Wynn, hosted by WynnBET on-air hosts Claudia Bellofatto and Joe Fann, airs twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays starting Sept. 7. The show aims at personalizing the sports betting experience.

Will Blackmon is also joining the fold as host of Upsets and Underdogs starting Sept. 9. Blackmon’s show looks at stories around bad beats, upsets, and gambling topics that a re sport specific.

“His potential reminds us of a Nate Burleson,” Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones told Awful Announcing about Blackmon. “He’s extremely polished, knows the Xs and Os but also is low key hysterical. He can build great chemistry quickly with guests. He’s been in the rotation at NFL Network and is a Sky Sports correspondent in London.”

Bellofatto joined WynnBet in July as an on-air personality after recently graduating from Syracuse University. She spent one year as a multimedia journalist at WJCB in Gainesville, Florida prior to joining WynnBet.

“Fresh out of Syracuse, Claudia is part of the new school of broadcasters who are well-versed in betting,” Jones said. “Claudia has growing platforms on multiple social media channels and can play the role of host or analyst with her knowledge. Her potential stood out to us after interviewing several women candidates for the role.”

Fann most recently cut his teeth with NBC Sports Northwest as their Seattle Seahawks reporter.

“His potential reminds us of Kyle Brandt on the NFL Network. He’s developed strong on-air skills at NBC Sports Northwest and 49ers.com. Has strong relationships and sources in the NFL. Funny, charming. Versatile to play host or analyst. Good at social media. Chose to work with Blue Wire and WynnBET over radio and writing opportunities. Really think Joe can discover his voice using this show as his platform. The beat reporter shackles are off.”

Blue Wire has made plenty of moves over the past year as they continue growing in the digital media space.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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