ESPN’s sports-betting-focused show Daily Wager is cashing out its chips and leaving Las Vegas.
The program initially launched in 2019 with a nightly show hosted by Doug Kezirian that initially aired on ESPNews before moving to ESPN2.
Daily Wager moved to Vegas in 2020 as part of a partnership between Caesars and ESPN. The show broadcast out of a studio at The LINQ Hotel. Given the network’s new deal to launch ESPN BET with Penn Entertainment, the time has come for the show to come home to Connecticut.
Effective Sept. 7, ESPN will produce the show out of the network’s flagship studios in Bristol, CT. The show will run on ESPN2 Thursdays through Mondays with a schedule that puts the programming in the pregame slot of major football action. The first show coincides with the start of the NFL regular season.
“ESPN created some great content and incredible memories during our time at the Las Vegas studio,” said Scott Clark, VP, Fantasy & Sports Betting Content. “With our new ESPN BET deal set to launch this fall, we felt it was best to return to our headquarters. We cannot thank everyone we worked with at Caesars Entertainment over the past few years, and we wish them the best into the future.”
Longtime host Kezirian parted ways with ESPN in July. Since his departure, Joe Fortenbaugh and Tyler Fulghum have taken turns hosting the program.
Now that the show is no longer on a Caesars property, there is more opportunity to integrate the forthcoming ESPN BET product into the show. However, the online betting app is not scheduled to officially roll out until November.