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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, however it additionally ends the run of Barstool Sportsbook as effectively. Get pleasure from a full episode of speak about the way forward for ESPN BET.

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Matt Brown (00:06):

Hi there, 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 trade. With me, your buddy and mine, Dustin Gouker. Discover him over on the Twitter machine @DustinGouker. Adam Candee is right here this week as effectively. You could find him on the Twitter machine @AdamCandee. That’s two E’s, no Y. Hate your self, you may observe me @MattBrownM2. Every little thing we do right here on this podcast is completely free. So in case you’re on the video facet, subscribe to the channel. Do recognize that. And on the audio facet, little five-star overview, possibly some variety phrases will assist us climb these charts on the market. So I’m going to show it over to the consultants right here in only a second. I wish to give a bit of opening spiel.


Anybody that’s been listening to this podcast is aware of I’ve been in some type of the playing trade just about my total life, and there are these moments that stand out to me once I have a look at type 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 basically stands out to me the place you’ve a man that turned $40 into thousands and 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. Received an entire bunch of individuals into gaming and playing that by no means had accomplished so earlier than. Then Black Friday, in fact, with the web, the place every part will get shut down. That was a giant 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 trade.


One of many issues that basically stands out to me, the failed merger between DraftKings and FanDuel, which they have 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 have been there for lots of that. Adam, you have been there for lots of that, as effectively. 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 have been type of monumental issues that occurred someplace alongside the way in which with the playing area. However once more, we is perhaps 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 may truly be on that checklist as effectively.

Partnership with PENN Leisure for ESPN BET

Dustin Gouker (02:16):

Who’s going first? Me? I’ll go first. It might be. It might be a blip on the radar, too. I do know we’re right here for the new takes. I’ll have some sizzling takes, however as I sit right here, I don’t assume this can be a transformational second for the trade. We nearly have lower than a day of area from it. It’s a giant deal. Completely. There’s some huge cash altering arms. Is that this a transformational second that can change how sports activities betting is consumed? Change the sports activities betting trade? 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 huge deal, however my preliminary take is this isn’t the largest deal on this planet. And possibly I’m deflating the remainder of the podcast, however there’s quite a bit to interrupt down on this. I don’t assume ESPN and Penn Leisure are available right here and begin operating US sports activities betting. I feel that’s my takeaway, the very prime degree 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 part that went down right here, however simply if 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 method. They’ve had partnerships earlier than, however nothing on this degree 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 Guess 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 finally went with for deciding to get in, going with tech that nobody has ever seen earlier than with an organization that has accomplished precisely 0.0 issues proper in 5 years of authorized sports activities betting in the USA? I’ve many, many questions, however I will provide you with my one sizzling take. This gained’t be wherever close to the Mount Rushmore and even the Mount Rushmore that’s constructed beneath the Mount Rushmore of issues which have occurred within the authorized sports activities betting trade. Is it enormous information that ESPN is absolutely, really getting in? Sure. Is that this going to remodel the US sports activities betting trade? I’d take a giant 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 achieve potential individuals 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 if 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 type of give the new tackle all that proper now as a result of I feel that this could type of go so far as ESPN is prepared to type 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 capable of take promoting from different sportsbooks all through the course of your business 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 type of extra within the center with all of it. However let’s go to the precise story itself after which we’ll type 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 have 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 isn’t 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 mainly shuttered now, and we’re now … Penn Leisure goes with the ESPN Guess model, and Barstool goes to be its personal media empire. Once more, not concerned instantly within the regulated sports activities betting trade anymore. Yeah, going again to what your ideas there, Matt, I feel that there’s a lot of satan within the particulars that we must always look ahead to, however on the identical time, ESPN, such as you mentioned, shouldn’t be 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 value, 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 area. The ceiling is clearly larger 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 quite a bit. 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 quite a bit. Let Adam give his 2 cents on all of it, as effectively.

Matt Brown (08:38):

Yeah, Adam, simply once more, it’s 10 years, $1.5 billion, might 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 below the umbrella.

Adam Candee (08:58):

Barstool Sportsbook is useless, and it will likely be useless, and the trade is so significantly better off for that in the long term. Barstool Sportsbook was essentially the most existential risk to regulated sports activities betting in the USA. It was the corporate more than likely to attract consideration from state and federal regulators. It was the corporate that was more than likely 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 likewise its model consciousness, which is fairly huge, 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 trade is an effective factor for everybody when it comes to what it means for regulation.


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


And so it doesn’t matter what the value is that Penn offered Barstool again to Dave Portnoy for, what this says to me is Penn needed to get out of this come what may. That they had, within the markets they serve, 3% share. Barstool had a 3% share within the markets they serve. For those who pull it out to the nationwide stage, that they had a 1% share.


And so look, individuals 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 right now?” 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 capable of entry? Or what can they do utilizing the dimensions of the microphone they’ve and the entire rights offers they must push individuals who may have already got chosen a sportsbook that they like to offer ESPN Guess a attempt?


And what’s the product going to must appear like in an effort to maintain them there? As a result of that’s the largest 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 don’t 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’ve ideas on ESPN and their capability to push their method in.

Matt Brown (12:23):

Yeah. Only one different footnote simply concerning the Barstool facet of issues. Pay attention, if we bear in mind, and this truly, I hadn’t seen lots of people speaking about this, the deal was by no means going to get accomplished with Disney as long as Barstool was nonetheless below the Penn umbrella, ’trigger in case you bear in mind, ESPN and Barstool had a bit of dance there for a bit of 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 method in hell we’re ever doing …” And so I haven’t seen lots of people speaking about that, however ESPN had already had their type of Barstool second and all of that, and discovered 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 below 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 individuals’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 optimistic factor about Dave Portnoy on this podcast since we’ve been doing it.


What I’ll say is that this, and this is perhaps the one optimistic factor I’ll ever say about it, he at the very least was very trustworthy yesterday in his little video that he put out. He’s like, “ what? We’re in all probability not lower 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 type of like, “ what? I’ll at the very least offer you 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, effectively, 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 area, 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 isn’t 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 take pleasure in 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 try this? Do they attempt to make the net expertise extra of a second display screen expertise? Are you able to stream a recreation dwell and get the betting model on ESPN+ and does that drive any type of clients or one thing? Do you’ve 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 might 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 Guess? Are we going to see Scott Van Pelt, a few of the largest names within the enterprise speaking about ESPN Guess and issues like that, that may sway individuals on the market?


And so it’s all so up within the air proper now, and I consider the bull case for what may presumably occur. However then the bear case might be like, what a few of 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 a drawback. These guys have an enormous headstart on you. Their product at present is healthier than yours and certain might be higher than yours for the foreseeable future.


So, actually the one factor you’ve in your pocket is tremendous huge stars which might be on TV each single day that may attain an entire bunch of individuals, if that’s a part of the deal. You do have broadcast rights to mainly each single main sport there may be 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 recreation X, Y, Z or one thing, then they may go that route.


So I feel there’s an entire bunch of stuff that, type 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, might be attention-grabbing, but when they don’t have any incentive to try this, then this might simply be one other ho-hum, unimaginable sum of money is altering arms 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 area there, proper? There’s a lot area between slapping the bumper sticker on there and the way a lot we’re going to see this on ESPN, like business quantity on Monday evening soccer, no matter. That’s it. There are enormous rages of outcomes and the way a lot ESPN is pushing visitors there, and till we see the rubber meet the street, it’s laborious to say. I’ll say that I’m type of shocked that this isn’t occurring till November, particularly the product itself shouldn’t be altering, proper? We’re simply rebranding it. It’s like some JPEGs, some shade adjustments. I’m not a developer, however it’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 shouldn’t be prepared for the load check of NFL week one, which in case you launched ESPN Guess 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 are actually separate and that’s a loss. That’s not an important consequence for anybody. It’s going to be ESPN Guess after which apparently Hollywood On line casino, their regional on line casino model, it was Barstool On line casino in a whole lot of locations. So now we’re going to have separate apps with sure, there’s going to be a cross-sell, however that’s laborious. Any individual who’s on ESPN Guess, 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 effectively within the on-line on line casino section. 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 like very a lot a missed alternative. And also you’re like, the spin was, “Oh, November, no person’s going to be speaking about… we missed a few of the buzz, however we’re the one factor happening.” I’m like, that’s probably not how this works, however to every their very own.

Adam Candee (19:03):

OK, so let’s undergo a number 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 Guess, as a result of we’ve seen this earlier than. We’ve seen a community have the type 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 have been having. And belief me, they did. Flutter, completely suppressed Fox and made positive that FanDuel was the really profitable model below their portfolio. They bought into the large combat over how a lot FOX Guess would be capable to purchase in and finally this previous month, they determined to wind down FOX Guess. 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’ve, to have the ability to carry individuals in.


OK, so now let’s go to the concept of product. To start with, you may discuss all you need about what’s happening at first 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 people who Fanatics has concerned, that fanatics goes to have a greater product than what Barstool has. They’ve bought Matt King operating the ship, who helped construct what FanDuel is right now. They’ve had time within the background to go work on this product for mainly 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 shouldn’t be, 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 have been prepared to maneuver Barstool onto the brand new tech. That mainly that they had already made the beginnings of this transfer to get Barstool on the brand new tech. So in case you want an additional two months, essentially 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 largest, “what are you doing?” is what Dustin talked about in relation to iCasino. Anybody who watches this area 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 relation to on-line on line casino, everyone seems to be making this push proper now. DraftKings, FanDuel, et cetera, BetMGM, these corporations have a whole bunch of video games of their on-line on line casino portfolio already that they will promote instantly throughout to.


So no, I don’t assume ESPN Guess and Hollywood On line casino are a superb 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 largest head-scratcher on this total deal is how you may commit $2 billion to your on-line presence and get a grand complete of zero iGaming worth out.

Dustin Gouker (22:11):

Folks may snicker at me about an ESPN on line casino is a dumb concept, however that’s good. I feel that’s a reasonably freaking good concept if I used to be doing on-line on line casino. That being mentioned, clearly one, we have now the issue within the background of like, OK, Disney owns them, how comfy they’re. In all probability sports activities betting as we all know, is type of, that is culturally acceptable. Going into on line casino gaming is an entire ’nother ball of wax. And the truth that I suppose that may’ve added possibly not zeros to the deal, however plenty of more cash 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 mainly placing all of this cash into sports activities betting and casinos over right here on the facet that’s going to get type 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 recreation between the Eagles and the Chiefs, and I see that that can also 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 each time we’re going to see ESPN Guess. That’s simply my guess, however Eagles, Chiefs, yeah, that looks like a reasonably good time in case you’re going to be popping out of the gate right here.

Adam Candee (23:33):

I feel. So it’s a good time when it comes to 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’ve essentially the most eyeballs humanly doable 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 will actually equate FOX Guess and ESPN and Fox and ESPN. I imply the window of soccer on a Sunday for Fox, sure, it’s huge, however it’s like someday every week and it’s for a number of hours having three 24/7 networks which might be at all times going, that may at all times be funneling issues which might be additionally throughout a number of completely different sports activities and all completely different pursuits of mainly each single sports activities fan you may presumably 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 in case you 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 completely different channels which might be in 90 million households. So I feel there may be at the very least a fairly large distinction within the two.

Adam Candee (24:46):

I’d agree within the vein of that you would be able to’t simply say it’s apples to apples, however I feel if you speak about the place’s the vary of outcomes, it’s completely an affordable level to carry up as a result of we’re speaking about FOX Guess being solely gone, not simply, “Hey, it didn’t do in addition to we thought”, solely gone and now ESPN, a model that we’ve checked out and mentioned, “They might be the gorilla within the room to essentially bully all people round”, I do assume it’s cheap to look and say, “OK, effectively you do have Fox Sports activities, you do have FS One. They’ve faculty rights. They do have attain. Not almost on the order of what ESPN does, however I feel that begins to ask the query of what does success appear like 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 recreation, however I feel to place a 20% market share quantity on the market, in case you’re Jay Snowden, I imply you may as effectively simply be strolling your self off the plank as CEO of Penn Leisure in case you’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 may 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 is perhaps a bit of 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, mainly what’s the type of order of we see successful story and the order of what we see as a type of a flop story right here? I feel we type of bought to the flop story a part of it, which might simply mainly be, that is nothing greater than a branding deal, may as effectively be a billboard. And if that’s the case, then so be it. I discover that onerous to consider.


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 not think about paying $150 million a 12 months for nothing. However like we have been telling you, simply mainly 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 type of the bull, what’s type of the rosy outlook of all this? What do you see in case you 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 may resonate. What do you see as type 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, in case you 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 optimistic, in some unspecified time in the future. You’re spending $150 million. For those who’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 development. Whether or not you purchase that development or not is within the eye of the beholder, however it doesn’t must be 20% to be successful. I feel it needs to be income optimistic. And once more, there’s a lot… if ESPN Sportsbook simply begins changing into a part of how we speak about sports activities betting by way of 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 quite a bit to be accomplished to make that occur. So once more, it’s not flip the change. I’ll additionally say, a last observe for me. This can be a win for ESPN. They simply receives a commission cash to exist, mainly. 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 an entire 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 means of 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.” Certain. Guess they’re a bit of determined, I’d say, simply usually, 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 a whole lot of 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 test 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 mainly free cash for them.

Matt Brown (30:11):

Yeah, Adam, that’s type of the place I used to be going. I’ve seen a few of these takes too, the place it’s type of like, “Oh” … Dude, $150 million covers all your expertise and all your … I imply, you’ve 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 certainly one of your expertise for each … Anyway, it’s a win for ESPN any method you have 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 completely different than I believed.”

Adam Candee (30:43):

Effectively, to place a bow on what you guys have 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 will 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 test? Take the rattling test, 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 may 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 effectively for Penn in the long term, ‘trigger meaning 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 effectively, what would shock me is that if the product is absolutely, actually good and everybody comes out and says, “Oh, OK, they realized we have now a superb product and Barstool was what was going to carry us again from having the ability to maximize the worth of that product, and we would have liked ESPN’s title to have the ability to try this.”


That will 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, effectively, seems may find yourself being each relying on how this works out. So if the product really 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 already know what? Perhaps ESPN has an opportunity to be a severe participant on this.”

Matt Brown (32:49):

Yeah, I type 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 not 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 actually consider there may be worth nonetheless within the ESPN model and I actually assume that having all of these rights to each single sport there may be 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 operating 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 bit of issues that have been happening and positively the higher issues do, the more cash that we have been going to make. However once more, possibly that’s not what they’re doing. Perhaps it’s simply take the test, 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 test again with you in the midst of December with my actual tackle this, however that’s type 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, in case you’re not prepared to offer your opinion now, completely comprehensible. The place do you see the vary of outcomes? Set the highest and the underside. If 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 a bit of 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 trade. If you look, we might nearly be speaking about it as a giant three. It might nonetheless at all times be the massive two, however ESPN would at the very least be… ESPN Guess I ought to say, would at the very least be within the dialog once we’re type of speaking about all that. I feel that’s the bull case. I don’t see them surpassing DraftKings. They’re simply method 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 each time that each one will get accomplished. And I feel that that’s additionally throughout the vary of outcomes too, particularly, if this isn’t actually a full-fledged type of buy-in on the ESPN facet, proper? I imply, in case you’re not getting ancillary, in case you’re not getting second display screen experiences, in case you’re not getting integration into merchandise, in case you’re not getting any type of something with the expertise in any respect, I don’t actually know what you purchased. I imply, you may have simply purchased commercials, you may 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 bought 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 may have simply spent on promoting. For those who’re not getting this deep integration with ESPN, and once more, there are such a lot of methods you may leverage this. The web site and integration on the dwell recreation motion, following a recreation on recreation day, there’s a lot you may do. Is any of that going to occur? We sit right here, we don’t know. And the identical motive. The new takes are available wanting again, I feel, which is, you may 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 alleged to consider you this time? Perhaps, possibly not.

Matt Brown (36:38):

Adam. It’s all mentioned and accomplished. 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 have been saying as effectively, the concept of third. OK, so let’s run down what it will 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 optimistic 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 will do extra.” They simply purchased Angstrom to attempt to construct up their in-play with Entain. So that you’ve bought 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 largest purpose that they’ve, however we simply talked about Bet365. Bet365 is already quantity three in Ohio.


They determined to make an affect in a giant 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 effectively. And Michael Rubin appears completely prepared to throw his billions at this as effectively. So it’s a battle royale once 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’ve 5 corporations I feel, who’re going to make a legit declare towards that third place.

Matt Brown (38:06):

Yeah, it’s attention-grabbing. And it’s three corporations through which we’ll have type of completely different approaches with it, proper? As a result of you’ve bet365 leaning on product, you’ve Fanatics that are going to lean on database and likewise rewards packages like we have been speaking about a few podcasts in the past the place that’s type of a factor they’re going to lean on. After which ESPN leaning on legacy branding and what they’ve bought 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 effectively, proper? I imply it’s three completely 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 might be extra info in in all probability reaching out to all types of individuals to get stuff in there as effectively. 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 we have now a giant piece on why Fubo didn’t work out. No, I’m kidding. We’re positively masking 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. For those who don’t already try this, you may observe Dustin, myself and Adam as effectively. And positively something that we get going, we’ll proceed to pump that out as effectively. Every little thing you do completely free. So we do recognize 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 following podcast. We’ll carry that stuff up. So go forward and try this as effectively. And I’ll grill these two guys on what they assume in your query. For Adam, for Dustin, I’m Matt. Speak to you guys subsequent week.

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