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ESPN, The Worldwide Chief In Bets | Sports activities Betting Information | LSR Podcast 202

ESPN ended years of hypothesis about its sports activities betting future by asserting a partnership with PENN Leisure for ESPN BET. The deal not solely brings the worldwide media model into the US sports activities betting market, but it surely additionally ends the run of Barstool Sportsbook as nicely. Take pleasure in a full episode of speak about the way forward for ESPN BET.

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Matt Brown (00:06):

Whats up, and welcome to episode quantity 202 of the LSR Podcast. My title is Matt Brown, joined every week by the brightest minds in the entire gaming business. With me, your good friend and mine, Dustin Gouker. Discover him over on the Twitter machine @DustinGouker. Adam Candee is right here this week as nicely. You’ll find him on the Twitter machine @AdamCandee. That’s two E’s, no Y. Hate your self, you possibly can observe me @MattBrownM2. All the pieces we do right here on this podcast is totally free. So for those who’re on the video facet, subscribe to the channel. Do admire that. And on the audio facet, little five-star evaluate, possibly some variety phrases will assist us climb these charts on the market. So I’m going to show it over to the specialists right here in only a second. I wish to give slightly opening spiel.


Anybody that’s been listening to this podcast is aware of I’ve been in some type of the playing business just about my total life, and there are these moments that stand out to me after I take a look at form of the Mount Rushmore of occasions when it comes down the pike from all issues playing, proper? It was the Moneymaker impact, is like the primary one that actually stands out to me the place you might have a man that turned $40 into hundreds of thousands of {dollars} as a result of he gained a $40 satellite tv for pc on on-line poker that began the web poker growth. Acquired a complete bunch of individuals into gaming and playing that by no means had finished so earlier than. Then Black Friday, in fact, with the web, the place every little thing will get shut down. That was an enormous second in time for me. With all of that, the staying as much as the wee hours of the morning for the New York DFS vote is a factor that would have crushed your entire business.


One of many issues that actually stands out to me, the failed merger between DraftKings and FanDuel, which they had been making an attempt to change into one firm, which is so loopy proper now that that didn’t occur, actually stands out to me. And naturally, PASPA getting repealed. Now, Dustin, you had been there for lots of that. Adam, you had been there for lots of that, as nicely. Guys, I don’t know if what got here down yesterday will truly be in the identical breath as all of these issues that we all know had been form of monumental issues that occurred someplace alongside the way in which with the playing house. However once more, we could be wanting again on this in 5, six, 10 years or one thing, and possibly this information that we get popping out of a 10-figure deal between Penn Nationwide and ESPN would possibly truly be on that listing as nicely.

Partnership with PENN Leisure for ESPN BET

Dustin Gouker (02:16):

Who’s going first? Me? I’ll go first. It could possibly be. It could possibly be a blip on the radar, too. I do know we’re right here for the new takes. I’ll have some scorching takes, however as I sit right here, I don’t assume this can be a transformational second for the business. We virtually have lower than a day of house from it. It’s an enormous deal. Completely. There’s some huge cash altering fingers. Is that this a transformational second that may change how sports activities betting is consumed? Change the sports activities betting business? I suppose I’m a vendor on that half. There’s a world, or someplace within the multiverse the place sure, ESPN will get concerned and this can be a large deal, however my preliminary take is this isn’t the most important deal on the earth. And possibly I’m deflating the remainder of the podcast, however there’s so much to interrupt down on this. I don’t assume ESPN and Penn Leisure are available in right here and begin working US sports activities betting. I feel that’s my takeaway, the very prime stage takeaway of all this.

Matt Brown (03:16):

Adam, when it first got here down, in fact we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of every little thing that went down right here, however simply while you noticed the information come throughout your preliminary take was?

Adam Candee (03:27):

It’s about time, was my preliminary take within the first place for ESPN as a result of it took greater than 5 years for them to become involved in any type of significant approach. They’ve had partnerships earlier than, however nothing on this stage the place they’re saying, that is our sportsbook. So now, yeah, I look and say, ESPN is concerned, it’s about time. I look and say this can be a branding deal. This isn’t a sportsbook deal, proper? You possibly can name it ESPN Wager all you need. It’s sticking the ESPN brand onto the facet of no matter Penn is growing.


And my third thought, and we’ll dig far more into this one, is you waited 5 years for this? That is the deal you in the end went with for deciding to get in, going with tech that nobody has ever seen earlier than with an organization that has finished precisely 0.0 issues proper in 5 years of authorized sports activities betting in the US? I’ve many, many questions, however I provides you with my one scorching take. This gained’t be wherever close to the Mount Rushmore and even the Mount Rushmore that’s constructed under the Mount Rushmore of issues which have occurred within the authorized sports activities betting business. Is it big information that ESPN is basically, actually getting in? Sure. Is that this going to rework the US sports activities betting business? I’d take an enormous guess on no.

Matt Brown (04:48):

It actually relies upon. And I imply, I feel … pay attention, we don’t know. I imply, that is all 24 hours new to us, no matter. My take is that this. I’m truly holding off on the new take facet of it till I see simply precisely how into mattress ESPN goes to get with all this and the way a lot ESPN is definitely going to do. As a result of I feel that there’s a world through which in the event that they actually get into this and go at it full bore, pay attention, nobody has extra sports activities rights than ESPN. No one has extra methods to succeed in potential folks than ESPN does, interval, finish of story, that can’t be argued. And so now, are we going to be seeing issues put into broadcast while you go to ESPN+? Is there going to be different issues? That we don’t know.


And so with that, it’s laborious for me to form of give the new tackle all that proper now as a result of I feel that this will form of go so far as ESPN is prepared to form of push it. However once more, they don’t must, proper? It appears as if that is extra of like a, “Hey, we wish your title, we wish your licensing. It’s not even an unique deal. You’re nonetheless in a position to take promoting from different sportsbooks all through the course of your industrial stock and stuff like that.” So it actually comes right down to that, Dustin. I imply, I do know you guys are typically on the opposite facet of this. I’m form of extra within the center with all of it. However let’s go to the precise story itself after which we’ll form of get to the takes on this. Nevertheless it comes down yesterday, 10-year deal, $1.5 billion. ESPN has an choice to purchase $500 million price of fairness into Penn Nationwide.

Ends the run of Barstool Sportsbook

Dustin Gouker (06:30):

Yeah. And Barstool … by the way in which, this is sort of a footnote, I suppose. Barstool Sportsbook, out. Barstool now owned by-

Adam Candee (06:37):

That’s no footnote to me.

Dustin Gouker (06:38):

Barstool, they had been a part of the transaction. And Adam, inform me if we’ve confirmed this, Dave Portnoy purchased Barstool again for zero American {dollars} or we’re undecided?

Adam Candee (06:47):

It’s not confirmed. This isn’t confirmed. No, that is completely not confirmed info.

Dustin Gouker (06:52):

Anyway. I suppose it’s not a footnote, however Barstool Sportsbook is principally shuttered now, and we’re now … Penn Leisure goes with the ESPN Wager model, and Barstool goes to be its personal media empire. Once more, not concerned immediately within the regulated sports activities betting business anymore. Yeah, going again to what your ideas there, Matt, I feel that there’s a lot of satan within the particulars that we should always look ahead to, however on the similar time, ESPN, such as you mentioned, isn’t essentially incentivized to do what you mentioned, to push it into all of their content material, all of their integration, their league offers, all of that.


Perhaps that’s been negotiated in, it’s baked into the worth, however they get the $150 million to license their model, $150 million a 12 months to license the model it doesn’t matter what. So I’ve the identical query, and I feel there’s an enormous house. The ceiling is clearly increased than Barstool Sportsbook was. I feel that’s absolutely the foundation of it. I imply, sorry, the ground of it’s higher than Barstool Sportsbook. What’s the ceiling? Once more, I don’t assume the ceiling is competing with DraftKings and FanDuel. Perhaps, once more, they’ve put out this morning on their earnings name, they wish to have 20% of the market share. That’s so much. I don’t assume simply slapping an ESPN brand on the sportsbook will get you to twenty%. It’s in that integration and the way deep ESPN is into selling that sportsbook, as a result of yeah, for me, if I’m ESPN, I take the cash, I do no matter, I do the naked minimal, however their core enterprise is driving eyeballs and going from there. So I don’t know, I’ve talked so much. Let Adam give his 2 cents on all of it, as nicely.

Matt Brown (08:38):

Yeah, Adam, simply once more, it’s 10 years, $1.5 billion, could possibly be one other $500 million if ESPN decides to purchase fairness into Penn Nationwide. However the different a part of this story is the truth that Penn has separated itself from the Barstool model and is now not beneath the umbrella.

Adam Candee (08:58):

Barstool Sportsbook is useless, and it will likely be useless, and the business is so significantly better off for that in the long term. Barstool Sportsbook was probably the most existential risk to regulated sports activities betting in the US. It was the corporate most probably to attract consideration from state and federal regulators. It was the corporate that was most probably to create an issue that was going to be solved by laws that doesn’t actually assist anybody in the long term. And that’s a mix of its, let’s simply say perspective towards being regulated, and in addition its model consciousness, which is fairly large, proper? Lots of people know what Barstool Sportsbook is, they know what Barstool Sports activities is, and so they know who Dave Portnoy is. And so the truth that Barstool Sportsbook is out of the business is an effective factor for everybody by way of what it means for regulation.


And look, Jay Snowden, the CEO of Penn who defended and defended and defended every little thing that Barstool did for the whole thing of the three years that these corporations had been in mattress collectively, gave a really totally different quote within the press launch that introduced this deal, speaking about how Barstool can return to creating the form of content material that it likes to make, with out the burden of being in a regulated surroundings. Effectively, that’s Penn saying, “We had been finished with you and also you had been finished with us, and let’s simply all transfer on from this.”


And so it doesn’t matter what the worth is that Penn offered Barstool again to Dave Portnoy for, what this says to me is Penn needed to get out of this someway. They’d, within the markets they serve, 3% share. Barstool had a 3% share within the markets they serve. Should you pull it out to the nationwide stage, that they had a 1% share.


And so look, folks have mentioned to me, “Effectively, what do you assume 10% for ESPN, 12% for ESPN? This ridiculous, insane, ludicrous 20% quantity that Jay Snowden threw on the market on the earnings name at present?” No. If they will take that 3%, and by subsequent 12 months, contemplating they’re not launching this factor till November, in the midst of soccer season, which is its personal query that must be answered, however contemplating that we’re not going to see this till November, if on the finish of 2024 they’ve say 6% share, possibly even 7% share, that’s an enormous victory as a result of the query that you simply’re asking, Matt, and I’m going to throw this again to you since you’re the extra bullish of us, what’s within the ESPN database that Penn can entry that different sportsbooks haven’t been in a position to entry? Or what can they do utilizing the dimensions of the microphone they’ve and the entire rights offers they must push individuals who would possibly have already got chosen a sportsbook that they like to provide ESPN Wager a strive?


And what’s the product going to must appear to be so as to hold them there? As a result of that’s the most important concern I’ve about this complete deal, is that they’re going to go on to a sportsbook platform that by no means has been examined that we do not know if it’s any good, and the one bones of it we all know are from theScore, an organization that doesn’t even function within the US anymore. In order that’s my case on it, however I do know you might have ideas on ESPN and their skill to push their approach in.

Matt Brown (12:23):

Yeah. Only one different footnote simply concerning the Barstool facet of issues. Pay attention, if we keep in mind, and this truly, I hadn’t seen lots of people speaking about this, the deal was by no means going to get finished with Disney as long as Barstool was nonetheless beneath the Penn umbrella, ’trigger for those who keep in mind, ESPN and Barstool had slightly dance there for slightly bit, and that present that they placed on lasted all of two weeks earlier than ESPN determined, “Oh no, this isn’t for us, and that is no approach in hell we’re ever doing …” And so I haven’t seen lots of people speaking about that, however ESPN had already had their form of Barstool second and all of that, and found out actual fast that this isn’t something that we wish to be related to. So once more, this deal was by no means occurring as long as Barstool was nonetheless beneath the Penn umbrella.


So that they moved them out and transfer on. Anybody that’s listening to this podcast is aware of, we haven’t at all times been the kindest to Barstool. And pay attention, right here’s the deal. I’ll say this fully, not my cup of tea, is different folks’s cup of tea. They do have a rabid fan base, they’ve lots of people that observe that stuff. There are lots of people who love the entire characters and stuff over there, no matter. I’ve not in all probability mentioned one constructive factor about Dave Portnoy on this podcast since we’ve been doing it.


What I’ll say is that this, and this could be the one constructive factor I’ll ever say about it, he at the very least was very sincere yesterday in his little video that he put out. He’s like, “ what? We’re in all probability not reduce out for this complete regulated market factor and stuff. We’re in all probability higher over right here simply within the shadows and doing the stuff that we do.” And I used to be form of like, “ what? I’ll at the very least provide you with props for that. You perceive, ‘ what? We gave this a whirl. This ain’t for us. This simply ain’t for me.’” And that was in all probability the one time I’ve ever watched a Portnoy video and gone, “OK, nicely, at the very least he understands that.” Proper? I imply, that was one thing that he put on the market.


However to reply your query, Adam, so the one factor that ESPN has over all people else on this house, and once more, this all simply will depend on how deep they wish to go in with it, is that they do have this broadcast community that they personal, proper? It’s not having to purchase time, purchase sponsorships, purchase no matter on one other community the place each different e-book has to go in that route. So that they do get pleasure from a number of channels. They’ve already tried these sorts of companion broadcasts and issues earlier than. Do they go deeper into that? Do they fight to do this? Do they attempt to make the web expertise extra of a second display screen expertise? Are you able to stream a sport reside and get the betting model on ESPN+ and does that drive any type of prospects or one thing? Do you might have guys who’re giving commentary on the sport that’s extra betting-slanted versus simply your conventional play-by-play?


There are all various things which can be happening there, however once more, all of that is simply me speculating. I don’t know. I don’t know in the event that they’re going to do any of that as a part of this deal. Did they get any type of stuff with any of the expertise, proper? Are we going to see Stephen A. Smith speaking about ESPN Wager? Are we going to see Scott Van Pelt, among the largest names within the enterprise speaking about ESPN Wager and issues like that, that may sway folks on the market?


And so it’s all so up within the air proper now, and I consider the bull case for what might probably occur. However then the bear case could possibly be like, what among the takes are popping out is like, “Hey, that is nothing greater than slap a sticker on the facet of a automobile. And it’s simply that’s what it’s.” And if that’s the case, then yeah, I imply, I don’t see them making any type of actual dent on this market in any respect, proper? As a result of on the finish of the day, you might be coming in at an obstacle. These guys have an enormous headstart on you. Their product at the moment is best than yours and sure will probably be higher than yours for the foreseeable future.


So, actually the one factor you might have in your pocket is tremendous large stars which can be on TV each single day that may attain a complete bunch of individuals, if that’s a part of the deal. You do have broadcast rights to principally each single main sport there’s on the face of the planet. How deep do you wish to go into that? How a lot are you going to combine that both into conventional broadcast or creating separate programming for that for both second string expertise or in the event that they wish to put it on conventional ESPN information has the betting model of sport X, Y, Z or one thing, then they may go that route.


So I feel there’s a complete bunch of stuff that, form of such as you mentioned, Dustin, it’s like the ground is raised it doesn’t matter what as a result of it’s ESPN over Barstool. The ceiling I feel in the event that they actually go simply completely wild, could possibly be attention-grabbing, but when they haven’t any incentive to do this, then this might simply be one other ho-hum, unimaginable sum of money is altering fingers right here, however nothing actually is transferring within the panorama of issues.

Dustin Gouker (16:54):

I imply, that’s why I’m holding off on the new takes, as a result of I feel there’s a lot house there, proper? There’s a lot house between slapping the bumper sticker on there and the way a lot we’re going to see this on ESPN, like industrial quantity on Monday night time soccer, no matter. That’s it. There are big rages of outcomes and the way a lot ESPN is pushing site visitors there, and till we see the rubber meet the street, it’s laborious to say. I’ll say that I’m form of shocked that this isn’t occurring till November, particularly the product itself isn’t altering, proper? We’re simply rebranding it. It’s like some JPEGs, some coloration adjustments. I’m not a developer, but it surely’s not that fricking laborious to alter and also you knew that was simply coming. It’s not such as you weren’t already engaged on this in all probability. So it makes me really feel just like the product itself isn’t prepared for the load check of NFL week one, which for those who launched ESPN Wager into that, and the product fails, you then’ve simply in all probability wasted some huge cash.


I don’t know, however that’s unhealthy. Additionally, only a very small a part of this within the background of the bigger gaming ecosystem is that the on line casino and sports activities betting apps at the moment are separate and that’s a loss. That’s not an awesome consequence for anybody. It’s going to be ESPN Wager after which apparently Hollywood On line casino, their regional on line casino model, it was Barstool On line casino in numerous locations. So now we’re going to have separate apps with sure, there’s going to be a cross-sell, however that’s laborious. Someone who’s on ESPN Wager, do they actually wish to go to Hollywood On line casino and begin betting on on-line playing. I don’t know.


And that’s once more the half within the background. DraftKings and FanDuel are additionally doing very nicely within the on-line on line casino phase. So I don’t know, that is tough. It’s all the way in which round tough on that entrance for me. Once more, lacking the beginning of NFL season with the relaunch looks as if very a lot a missed alternative. And also you’re like, the spin was, “Oh, November, no one’s going to be speaking about… we missed among the buzz, however we’re the one factor happening.” I’m like, that’s not likely how this works, however to every their very own.

Adam Candee (19:03):

OK, so let’s undergo a couple of factors of what we simply mentioned right here. I wish to return to the concept of ESPN’s microphone and its attain, and I wish to throw two phrases at you: FOX Wager, as a result of we’ve seen this earlier than. We’ve seen a community have the form of attain that ESPN does. Fox had the NFL, and I don’t care how badly Flutter choked out the Fox model over the authorized combat that they had been having. And belief me, they did. Flutter, completely suppressed Fox and made positive that FanDuel was the actually profitable model beneath their portfolio. They obtained into the large combat over how a lot FOX Wager would be capable to purchase in and in the end this previous month, they determined to wind down FOX Wager. However that’s the place my skepticism is available in from the concept of are you able to simply use the dimensions of the pulpit you might have, to have the ability to deliver folks in.


OK, so now let’s go to the concept of product. To start with, you possibly can speak all you need about what’s happening in the beginning of soccer season and possibly there’s going to be extra room for us in November. Fanatics is launching too, aren’t they? Fanatics is nearly to begin and so they’re going to be prepared for the beginning of NFL season, and I’d guess {dollars} to donuts that with the those that Fanatics has concerned, that fanatics goes to have a greater product than what Barstool has. They’ve obtained Matt King working the ship, who helped construct what FanDuel is at present. They’ve had time within the background to go work on this product for principally years and attempt to get it to the place they need and so they’re going to be prepared for the beginning of NFL season.


And the way Penn isn’t, is a thriller to me as a result of what have we been listening to on earnings calls from Jay Snowden? They’ve talked about the truth that the tech is full, that they had been prepared to maneuver Barstool onto the brand new tech. That principally that they had already made the beginnings of this transfer to get Barstool on the brand new tech. So for those who want an additional two months, probably the most essential two months in all of buyer acquisition in sports activities betting, what are you doing? That half doesn’t make any sense to me both. And the most important, “what are you doing?” is what Dustin talked about in terms of iCasino. Anybody who watches this house is aware of the worth of iCasino, not solely proper now, however wanting ahead. There are solely so many states left to legalize sports activities betting, however in terms of on-line on line casino, everyone seems to be making this push proper now. DraftKings, FanDuel, et cetera, BetMGM, these corporations have tons of of video games of their on-line on line casino portfolio already that they will promote immediately throughout to.


So no, I don’t assume ESPN Wager and Hollywood On line casino are a very good match in any respect as a result of nobody is aware of what Hollywood On line casino is, and Hollywood as a model has nothing past a regional attain. So to me, that’s the most important head-scratcher on this total deal is how you can commit $2 billion to your on-line presence and get a grand whole of zero iGaming worth out.

Dustin Gouker (22:11):

Individuals might snort at me about an ESPN on line casino is a dumb thought, however that’s good. I feel that’s a fairly freaking good thought if I used to be doing on-line on line casino. That being mentioned, clearly one, now we have the issue within the background of like, OK, Disney owns them, how snug they’re. Most likely sports activities betting as we all know, is form of, that is culturally acceptable. Going into on line casino gaming is a complete ’nother ball of wax. And the truth that I suppose that might’ve added possibly not zeros to the deal, however numerous extra money that they must use to license ESPN as a on line casino. So whether or not it was consolation or cash… however that’s the half within the background that’s not going to drive headlines. However I feel it’s a really unhealthy consequence that Penn is principally placing all of this cash into sports activities betting and casinos over right here on the facet that’s going to get form of brief shrift.

Matt Brown (23:05):

Adam, we don’t know for positive, however someday in November as I look and see the Monday Evening Soccer sport between the Eagles and the Chiefs, and I see that that can be on A, B, C in addition to ESPN and no matter, I’m going to exit on a limb and say Week 11 is every time we’re going to see ESPN Wager. That’s simply my guess, however Eagles, Chiefs, yeah, that looks as if a fairly good time for those who’re going to be popping out of the gate right here.

Adam Candee (23:33):

I feel. So it’s a good time by way of publicity. You solely have one authorized market there between the 2 groups, however hey, don’t let that cease you. Simply go forward and push it on the market when you might have probably the most eyeballs humanly attainable to get your model on the market and expose. Go for it.

Matt Brown (23:49):

Yeah, I’m wanting right here… a little bit of a pushback. I don’t assume we are able to actually equate FOX Wager and ESPN and Fox and ESPN. I imply the window of soccer on a Sunday for Fox, sure, it’s large, but it surely’s like in the future every week and it’s for a couple of hours having three 24/7 networks which can be at all times going, that may at all times be funneling issues which can be additionally throughout a number of totally different sports activities and all totally different pursuits of principally each single sports activities fan you can probably think about as a result of they do have the rights now at this level to each single main sport that is occurring on the market.


So I imply, I get what you’re saying, however I don’t assume it’s actually equal, actually in any respect, Fox from a sports activities standpoint. I feel for those who ask the standard American, and also you simply mentioned the phrase Fox, do you affiliate Fox with sports activities or information? I feel they might say information versus sports activities. It’s the place ESPN is like synonymous with sports activities and has the 24/7 attain on three totally different channels which can be in 90 million households. So I feel there’s at the very least a fairly large distinction within the two.

Adam Candee (24:46):

I’d agree within the vein of that you may’t simply say it’s apples to apples, however I feel while you speak about the place’s the vary of outcomes, it’s completely an inexpensive level to deliver up as a result of we’re speaking about FOX Wager being totally gone, not simply, “Hey, it didn’t do in addition to we thought”, totally gone and now ESPN, a model that we’ve checked out and mentioned, “They could possibly be the gorilla within the room to actually bully all people round”, I do assume it’s cheap to look and say, “OK, nicely you do have Fox Sports activities, you do have FS One. They’ve school rights. They do have attain. Not practically on the order of what ESPN does, however I feel that begins to ask the query of what does success appear to be for ESPN, proper?


I don’t assume the vary of outcomes consists of ESPN flopping so badly that it will get out of the sports activities betting sport, however I feel to place a 20% market share quantity on the market, for those who’re Jay Snowden, I imply you would possibly as nicely simply be strolling your self off the plank as CEO of Penn Leisure for those who’re going to place a 20% market share quantity on the market, as a result of possibly, and I’ll say with the smallest of percentages on the finish of a 10-year deal, possibly you would possibly be capable to speak about 20%, however no time earlier than that.

Matt Brown (26:00):

Yeah, that appears a bit aggressive. I feel that official time period there could be slightly aggressive of a determine. Yeah, just a bit bit aggressive. All proper, so Dustin, earlier than we put a bow on all this, allow us to speak about now, principally what’s the form of order of we see successful story and the order of what we see as a form of a flop story right here? I feel we form of obtained to the flop story a part of it, which might simply principally be, that is nothing greater than a branding deal, would possibly as nicely be a billboard. And if that’s the case, then so be it. I discover that tough to imagine.


I imply, pay attention, I do know Penn has not given us a ton of issues to assume that they’re being sharp in all of this, however I can’t think about paying $150 million a 12 months for nothing. However like we had been telling you, simply principally simply slapping a sticker on one thing. Perhaps they did, and in the event that they did, then that’s clearly what the ground of this deal is, and that’s actually the bear case for all of this. However in your opinion, what’s form of the bull, what’s form of the rosy outlook of all this? What do you see for those who see when November rolls round, and we’re speaking about this, clearly by the point Tremendous Bowl comes round in February, what could be like, oh, OK, they’re doing this and that’s fairly cool and that is working and I feel that this would possibly resonate. What do you see as form of a rosy outlook?

Dustin Gouker (27:18):

I imply, yeah, there’s actually rosy outlooks. I feel the 20% is what will get me, is that’s the measure of success. I imply, we additionally heard Barstool was going to be primary in sports activities betting, clearly laughable looking back, and even in actual time, I feel that was laughable. However like Adam mentioned, within the subsequent couple of years, for those who get to double your market share, you’re competing with MGM and Caesars, that’s not unhealthy. And I imply, the underside line is it’s a must to make this deal make monetary sense, it needs to be income EBITDA constructive, sooner or later. You’re spending $150 million. Should you’re not getting that elevated model publicity income within the door, you then’ve simply wasted cash, I suppose.


However once more, we’re not going to develop with Barstool. So that they’re promoting progress. Whether or not you purchase that progress or not is within the eye of the beholder, but it surely doesn’t must be 20% to be successful. I feel it needs to be income constructive. And once more, there’s a lot… if ESPN Sportsbook simply begins turning into a part of how we speak about sports activities betting through ESPN channels and personalities and issues like that, Pat McAfee, who is aware of? That’s-

Matt Brown (28:26):

True, I forgot about McAfee.

Dustin Gouker (28:28):

There’s worth in simply being half … DraftKings and FanDuel are simply a part of our dialog. Even Jamie Fox, MGM, they’re a part of the dialog. And if ESPN and Penn obtain that, then I’d say that’s successful, too. However there’s so much to be finished to make that occur. So once more, it’s not flip the swap. I’ll additionally say, a closing word for me. It is a win for ESPN. They only receives a commission cash to exist, principally. Individuals are saying it’s a Hail Mary for ESPN. I’m like, I imply, sure, ESPN in all probability left some worth on the desk by being late. They in all probability didn’t have a complete lot of individuals bidding on this, however they nonetheless get $150 million simply to license out their title. That’s fairly good. I imply, it doesn’t transfer the needle within the bigger Disney ecosystem. It’s pocket change, I suppose, in that stance. However for ESPN, which has been out dropping properties by conventional cable, it’s a win. Let’s get some huge cash. What’s to not like?


I don’t get the, “ESPN’s determined.” Positive. Guess they’re slightly determined, I’d say, simply typically, however they get some huge cash to license their model. That’s fairly good. And let’s make it positive we’re separating them from numerous the opposite issues. Individuals are dumping on Sports activities Illustrated and others, they’re constructing sportsbooks primarily based on the model. Once more, sports activities Illustrated wasn’t getting an enormous examine to license their model, I don’t assume. That was only a partnership to attempt to make issues work. And all these different manufacturers are speaking about Fubo, Maxim, no matter. These are orders of magnitude smaller in attain and model consciousness than ESPN is. So I actually appreciated the deal from ESPN standpoint. By ready so lengthy, they in all probability didn’t maximize it, however what’s to not like with principally free cash for them.

Matt Brown (30:11):

Yeah, Adam, that’s form of the place I used to be going. I’ve seen a few of these takes too, the place it’s form of like, “Oh” … Dude, $150 million covers your entire expertise and your entire … I imply, you might have now a few of this monetary drain the place you’ve needed to do some layoffs and issues like that. I imply, now that covers each single one among your expertise for each … Anyway, it’s a win for ESPN any approach you take a look at it. So we all know the place you stand, the place you assume that this isn’t going to be some type of seismic shift in deal, however what would shock you? What would get you to go, “Oh, OK, possibly this can be a little bit totally different than I assumed.”

Adam Candee (30:43):

Effectively, to place a bow on what you guys had been simply speaking about earlier than attending to that time, the half I mentioned about ESPN earlier through which I mentioned, are you actually selecting a model with unproven tech and so forth, so on, so on, you’re proper, the flip facet to all of it’s Disney is in a tricky monetary scenario, so they might have you ever assume, primarily based on the layoffs at ESPN and so forth, and it could not shock me in any respect if Bob Iger, the brand new CEO of Disney got here in and mentioned, “Hey, why have you ever been ready so lengthy to take this examine? Take the rattling examine, since you’re going to get $150 million per 12 months for 10 years, 1.5 billion in money. You’re going to get 500 million in inventory.” After which primarily based on efficiency incentives, they really can go and get one other 20% in inventory.


So this deal might prime $2 billion in worth. And clearly in the event that they’re on the level the place they wish to train these choices on the additional inventory, then this has labored out nicely for Penn in the long term, ‘trigger which means the Penn inventory is price much more too. In order that’s actually the place the bull case is available in right here to what would shock me, what would go nicely, what would shock me is that if the product is basically, actually good and everybody comes out and says, “Oh, OK, they realized now we have a very good product and Barstool was what was going to carry us again from having the ability to maximize the worth of that product, and we wanted ESPN’s title to have the ability to do this.”


That may be very attention-grabbing as a result of the road that Penn has put on the market for some time is that the product is what was holding it again. Not that it was the Barstool model, nicely, seems would possibly find yourself being each relying on how this works out. So if the product actually comes on the market and is one thing that competes on the extent with FanDuel and DraftKings who’ve been refining their merchandise for years and years and years and years and spending billions of {dollars}, not solely on that and the model consciousness of their product, then I’d say, “OK, you recognize what? Perhaps ESPN has an opportunity to be a severe participant on this.”

Matt Brown (32:49):

Yeah, I form of hate that we’re sitting right here to start with of August and I’ve to say, I’m going to order any and all judgments and my opinions gained’t come till November when this truly launches. Nevertheless it’s like, I actually assume I can’t give a good evaluation of the place that is going to be till I see simply how concerned ESPN is definitely going to be within the deal, proper? I imply, I really imagine there’s worth nonetheless within the ESPN model and I actually assume that having all of these rights to each single sport there’s on the face of the planet is a fairly large deal. Having the streaming capabilities that they’ve with ESPN+ is a fairly large deal. I imply, creating ancillary exhibits and programmings and broadcasts and issues and all of that.


Once more, that’s all me. If I used to be working issues that’s pie within the sky, that’s the place possibly I’d be going with that route particularly if I had ideas of that I used to be going to purchase into Penn, the place I’d truly be beginning to get a chunk of issues that had been happening and positively the higher issues do, the extra money that we had been going to make. However once more, possibly that’s not what they’re doing. Perhaps it’s simply take the examine, cowl the bills of a bunch of various stuff that’s happening at ESPN yearly and you progress on. And so I hate that I’ve to go, “I’ll examine again with you in the midst of December with my actual tackle this, however that’s form of the place I sit proper now.”

Adam Candee (34:04):

Effectively, Matt, let me add one thing to the highest of that and say, for those who’re not prepared to provide your opinion now, completely comprehensible. The place do you see the vary of outcomes? Set the highest and the underside. Once you say, all proper, let’s see how laborious ESPN pushes in and let’s say ESPN goes all in on this, then what do you assume that prime finish consequence is?

Matt Brown (34:24):


Adam Candee (34:24):

Since you and I each simply mentioned 20% might be slightly aggressive.

Matt Brown (34:28):

Yeah. Third. Third behind DraftKings and FanDuel. I feel the bull consequence right here for that is third place and consensus third place throughout the business. Once you look, we’d virtually be speaking about it as an enormous three. It might nonetheless at all times be the massive two, however ESPN would at the very least be… ESPN Wager I ought to say, would at the very least be within the dialog after we’re form of speaking about all that. I feel that’s the bull case. I don’t see them surpassing DraftKings. They’re simply approach too far behind. And once more, the time that it’s taken them to ramp up, it’s FanDuel and DraftKings getting higher. The ramp up for them is, whereas they’re honing their product, it’s like not having to truly get going there.


So I feel third is the bull case and the bear case is like, hey, they’re nonetheless wanting up at Caesar’s and MGM, and possibly Bet365 and possibly Fanatics. Who is aware of every time that each one will get finished. And I feel that that’s additionally throughout the vary of outcomes too, particularly, if this isn’t actually a full-fledged form of buy-in on the ESPN facet, proper? I imply, for those who’re not getting ancillary, for those who’re not getting second display screen experiences, for those who’re not getting integration into merchandise, for those who’re not getting any type of something with the expertise in any respect, I don’t actually know what you got. I imply, you can have simply purchased commercials, you can have simply purchased commercials on the station.

Dustin Gouker (35:45):

And third place is a pleasant enterprise. Let’s be clear about that. In the event that they obtained to that spot, I feel I’d be, possibly this can be a fairly whole lot. Once more, the financials behind it are essential, however yeah, you can have simply spent on promoting. Should you’re not getting this deep integration with ESPN, and once more, there are such a lot of methods you possibly can leverage this. The web site and integration on the reside sport motion, following a sport on sport day, there’s a lot you can do. Is any of that going to occur? We sit right here, we don’t know. And the identical cause. The new takes are available in wanting again, I feel, which is, you possibly can look again on a deck from Penn again after they purchased Barstool and so they had this little arrow like, “Oh, we’re going to compete with DraftKings versus FanDuel.” Guess what? You didn’t. Now you’re doing the identical factor. “Oh, we’re going to compete with DraftKings versus FanDuel. Are we presupposed to imagine you this time? Perhaps, possibly not.

Matt Brown (36:38):

Adam. It’s all mentioned and finished. Yeah. Yeah. Go forward, Adam.

Adam Candee (36:39):

No, I wish to construct off what Dustin was saying there and the concept, and what you had been saying as nicely, the concept of third. OK, so let’s run down what it could take to be third, as a result of proper now we’re taking a look at MGM and Caesars actually being in that space. OK. Caesars simply had its first EBITDA constructive quarter, as did DraftKings, as did MGM. However Invoice Hornbuckle, the CEO of MGM, simply got here out and mentioned, “We all know we should be higher at this. We all know we are able to do extra.” They only purchased Angstrom to attempt to construct up their in-play with Entain. So that you’ve obtained MGM in there. Now, Caesars has talked about pulling again its advertising and marketing spend. I don’t know that Caesars actually cares about being third. It doesn’t appear from their actions, like they care about third being the most important aim that they’ve, however we simply talked about Bet365. Bet365 is already quantity three in Ohio.


They determined to make an influence in an enormous state proper from the beginning line. Effectively, guess what? They did. And right here they’re and so they have billions of {dollars} behind them, which let me do my math, is precisely how a lot Fanatics has behind it as nicely. And Michael Rubin appears completely prepared to throw his billions at this as nicely. So it’s a battle royale after we begin speaking concerning the battle for third. Frankly, it’s extra attention-grabbing, I feel from a content material perspective than DraftKings versus FanDuel as a result of you might have 5 corporations I feel, who’re going to make a official declare towards that third place.

Matt Brown (38:06):

Yeah, it’s attention-grabbing. And it’s three corporations through which we’ll have form of totally different approaches with it, proper? As a result of you might have bet365 leaning on product, you might have Fanatics that are going to lean on database and in addition rewards applications like we had been speaking about a few podcasts in the past the place that’s form of a factor they’re going to lean on. After which ESPN leaning on legacy branding and what they’ve obtained happening for the final 30 years so far as being the worldwide chief in sports activities. So it’s additionally… that’s an attention-grabbing side as nicely, proper? I imply it’s three totally different approaches to get to that quantity three spot alongside the way in which.


Guys, there are a number of tales over on So go over there, learn them. Adam, I can solely assume you guys will proceed including to those and there will probably be extra info in in all probability reaching out to every kind of individuals to get stuff in there as nicely. I hope I’m not overstepping, however I can solely assume.

Adam Candee (38:53):

Effectively, let me simply say, we’re strongly contemplating it, however now we have an enormous piece on why Fubo didn’t work out. No, I’m kidding. We’re positively overlaying it. He’s like, what occurred to MaximBet, is the place he’s at proper now with all that.

Matt Brown (39:10):

However guys, once more, go over there, take within the articles once more, observe LegalSportsReport on Twitter. Should you don’t already do this, you possibly can observe Dustin, myself and Adam as nicely. And definitely something that we get going, we’ll proceed to pump that out as nicely. All the pieces you do completely free. So we do admire the follows and the subscribes and the scores and all of the issues like that. It actually does assist a ton. And you probably have any questions or something that you simply… or concepts you wish to float, hit us up. We’ll speak about it on the subsequent podcast. We’ll deliver that stuff up. So go forward and do this as nicely. And I’ll grill these two guys on what they assume in your query. For Adam, for Dustin, I’m Matt. Discuss to you guys subsequent week.

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