American Football’s resurrected XFL will feature TV betting overlays on broadcasts ahead of Saturday’s season openers according to a report by Front Office Sports. The announcement confirmed that ABC, ESPN and FOX will show betting lines during XFL broadcasts.
Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior vice president of production, who spoke to Front Office Sports stated: “The over/under and point spread will be incorporated in our on-screen dashboard for XFL games. When it’s appropriate, our announcers will also have conversations around the spread and over-under.”
XFL’s deal allows betting odds to be displayed at the bottom of the screen alongside standard information such as the score, game clock, down, distance and timeouts remaining.
Since its inception, the league has tried to separate its image from the NFL, which disallows sports betting trends to be discussed by network commentators, and XFL’s previous introduction in 2001.
Sports betting in America has grown exponentially since its legalization over a year ago, with more data available multiple sportsbooks should be able to integrate current systems in a newly reinvented XFL format.
Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming for MGM Resorts International added: “We know the XFL, we know Vince very well and he’s a leader in sports entertainment.”
“They’re ready to embrace sports betting in their rules. It should be a high-scoring league, with some props.”