NBC Sports Chicago and PointsBet have revealed that they are to present a three-game series of alternate sports-betting presentations, entitled BetCast, covering Chicago Bulls games.
The coverage delivers on-screen live odds data powered by PointsBet – including Spread, Over/Under and moving Money Lines – along with futures odds and player props.
Furthemore, the real-time data appears on an ‘enhanced graphic overlay’ surrounding the game coverage, which also includes alternate announcers who provide sports betting commentary and analysis.
The schedule tips off with a dual-market BetCast covering the Bulls matchup at the Washington Wizards on 29 March, which will be presented on NBC Sports Chicago Plus and NBC Sports Washington Plus.
The Bulls at Wizards BetCast, the second dual-market presentation, is said to feature analysis and insights from NBC Sports Chicago’s host David Kaplan and Bulls analyst Kendall Gill.
Also included is NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards analyst Tony Massenburg and Jay Croucher, Head Oddsmaker at PointsBet, whilst Kaplan and Croucher will return for the remaining BetCasts, with Gill and Will Perdue rotating appearances.
Additionally, the PointsBet-powered NBC Sports Predictor app will deliver ‘Pick n’ Roll’ contests with $50,000 jackpots. A special TV edition of the ‘Bet the EDGE GameTime’ podcast with Sara Perlman and Drew Dinsick will lead into the games for an hour of pregame coverage.
This will be followed by a further two BetCasts available on NBC Sports Chicago Plus, scheduled to occur during the Bulls games against the Boston Celtics on 6 April and Charlotte Hornets on 8 April.
BetCast viewers can select PointsBet’s ‘Live Same Game Parlay’ options to place bets while tracking odds, player performance, and team stats in real-time. Viewers are also able to engage with the BetCast on social media.
The original partnership was formed at the beginning of this month, when the pair worked together on the first dual-market sports-betting telecast for a game between the Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers. NBC Sports Chicago previously produced BetCast coverage of the Bulls against Charlotte in April 2021.
Beginning in 2019, NBC Sports Philadelphia provided BetCast presentations of select Philadelphia 76ers games and NBC Sports Washington produced predictive-gaming alternate telecasts covering the Washington Wizards during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
In a further expansion of their sports portfolio, in February last year NBC Sports and PointsBet partnered with the PGA Tour to produce NBC Sports EDGE BetCast – a live second-screen experience – during the WM Phoenix Open.