Remember a few weeks back when NBC Sports Philadelphia rolled out that alternative, betting-focused Sixers broadcast?
They’re going to do it again for Saturday’s game, per press release:
PHILADELPHIA – APRIL 18, 2019 –NBC Sports Philadelphia will present a special NBA Playoff edition betting-centric telecast for Game 4 of the Philadelphia 76ers-Brooklyn Nets first-round playoff series. The broadcast will air on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ on Saturday, April 20, at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports Philadelphia first debuted the alternate sports betting format on April 3, 2019 for the Philadelphia 76ers-Atlanta Hawks game.
Saturday’s alternate broadcast featuring betting related commentary and analysis in real time, along with up-to-date betting data and information, will again be led by NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic host Marc Farzetta, alongside sports betting expert Brad Feinberg, and Anthony Gargano from 97.5 the Fanatic.
The hosts will discuss a variety of potential wagers and how gameplay impacts certain bets throughout the game. Their commentary and analysis are complemented by on-screen graphics featuring betting data and information, including a glossary of gambling terminology. The remainder of the visual presentation is identical to the primary game telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“The launch of this innovative product earlier this month generated positive feedback from fans and partners, so we are thrilled to present it again during a live playoff game,” said NBC Sports Philadelphia President Brian Monihan. “The 76ers are an exciting team and fans are highly engaged, so it’s a great opportunity to complement the overall fan experience.”
Like last time, Marc Zumoff, Alaa Abdelnaby, and Serena Winters will do the game broadcast on the main channel.
Kyle had some thoughts about the programming, which is transcribed after the jump:
The thing that rubbed me the wrong way or that I feel was totally misguided is there was no data on the screen other than that tiny little bug that had the line and over-under, and they updated it for the quarterly lines, but as anybody watching this knows, online betting allows a range of real-time bets and prop bets. I mean, you’re talking 40, 90, 60, 80, 90 markets for some games. That’s a lot of information to put on the screen, and betting is very numbers heavy. It’s something we’ve struggled with here at Crossing Broad as we’ve built out our studio and set up our betting pages, particularly with video. How do you make numbers visual?
And for a TV broadcast, CNBC and Bloomberg have kind of already solved this problem. The financial market, financial news is very similar to betting news in that a lot of it is numbers that take place on a black board. They change and they update frequently, and that’s what people are tuning in to watch, and if you look at a CNBC broadcast, you obviously have this scroll across the bottom, and you have kind of the L bracket on Bloomberg with news on the side and numbers and stock information down below and other data. That’s the way these betting broadcasts should be presented.
The full thing: