Syncing up almost perfectly with the news that the NBA will return on December 22nd (just in time for the hallowed Christmas Day games)Turner Sports and FanDuel Group announce they've reached a multi-year agreement, making FanDuel the official sportsbook partner for all professional basketball on TNT.
In addition to FanDuel's integration with NBA on TNT, they'll also be featured on Bleacher Report, the top source of sports content for young fans, and their other digital platforms, like B/R Live and the B/R App.
According to Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, the company plans to elevate the viewing experience for Turner Sports by providing up-to-the-minute betting information, such as odds and analysis, streamed directly into the broadcast during live game action.
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Will Funk, Executive Vice President, Sports Partnerships and Branded Content, Turner Sports, agreed and added, "NBA fans across TNT and Bleacher Report are responding well to sports betting content. We've already seen this with the TV and digital elements we've designed with FanDuel this past season and are excited to expand our partnership."
FanDuel and Turner Sports worked together in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, which proved to be the beginning of a fruitful relationship for the two companies. Inside the NBA, an Emmy award winning studio show headlined by Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, premiered the FanDuel Sportsbook Odds Board, a segment that centered around a discussion of the odds and public betting percentages on the night's slate of matchups.
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As the U.S. betting market has expanded to 18 states and the District of Columbia, so has the interest in sports betting nationwide. Turner reported that the "TNT Bets" simulcast of the NBA playoffs, the first foray into providing FanDuel odds to fans, showed tremendous engagement, representing a growth in viewers, who also tuned into the broadcasts longer.
Going forward, that type of extended, locked-in viewership is exactly what Turner Sports wants to garner and, conversely, FanDuel, as the industry-leading online sportsbook, plans to be the one providing the action to those viewers.
Has all this talk gotten you excited about the upcoming season? Well, good news! FanDuel has already posted odds for who'll be the number one pick in the NBA Draft and who'll be the 2021 NBA champions. You can currently bet the odds on favorite, Anthony Edwards, at -210, LaMelo Ball at +280, or James Wiseman at +420.
As of now, the Los Angeles Lakers are favored to defend their NBA title at +360, the Los Angeles Clippers, even after blowing a 3-1 lead, come in next at +480, and the Milwaukee Bucks, certainly on the strength of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, are third at +600.
Unless you're the Pittsburgh Steelers, chances are your team is still uncertain about making the playoffs.
The Packers lost, yet the Saints won. The Seahawks won, but so did the Rams. The NFC is in a frenzy, while the Steelers sit atop the AFC waiting for everyone else to catch up. With only five weeks left, the playoff picture is a little fuzzy, but it clarifies with each game.
Likewise, fantasy playoffs are just on the horizon, and unless you're undefeated, there's a strong chance you're still clamoring for a spot.
If you need to make some moves for a playoff berth, here are some suggestions in this week's drops, swaps and shops.
Note: For ESPN Leagues, all public leagues must submit trades before the trade deadline on Wednesday, November 25th at 12 ET. Rules vary within leagues, but this could be your last week for swaps.
As Ferris Bueller might say: The world of sports moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around at least once a week, you could miss it.
Here we'll review what you might have missed in the past week all in one place. Why spend hours scrolling through Twitter to catch up on the news you want? We've already done that for you, so remember to check back every Monday to get your dose of weekly sports review.
Taysom Hill, Andy Dalton, and P.J. Walker all lead their teams to Week 11 victories filling in for injured starting QBs. Cleveland moved ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North with their win over the Eagles while Baltimore fell to the Titans. The Steelers continued to roll and now sit at 10-0 atop the NFL. The Colts outlasted the Packers in an overtime thriller as Indianapolis is now positioning themselves as a team nobody wants to see come playoff time as they boast the best defense in the NFL.
Joe Burrow was injured in the Bengals' game against Washington and he miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. This should make Justin Herbert the odds on favorite to win Rookie of the Year if you're interested in a futures bet.
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again.
Week 10 Vibe Check (2-2)
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again. After losing to the Rams last week, Seattle turned around and beat the Cardinals on Thursday night. Every matchup in that division is a heavyweight bout and it's hard to justify betting on one when they can all throw a haymaker at any time. Meanwhile, the Bengals weren't ready for a D like the Steelers and the QB of the future looked stuck in the present reality for the time being.
As for our wins, in a shocking turn of events, betting against the Chargers WORKED! Or, perhaps, I should say betting on the Dolphins worked. Brian Flores looks more and more like he was the true key to the Patriots defensive success in recent years. He took on two NFC teams back to back and cruised against the poor, befuddled Chargers. Tua coming into his own has certainly helped, as well.
Brandon Aiyuk tallied a whopping seven catches down in New Orleans, even as the 49ers completely sputtered and blew a chance to upset a Drew Brees-less Saints. This continues a month long streak of calling player props, which is almost certain to end this week after pointing out its existence. *Fingers crossed* *No jinx* *Reverse jinx*