FanDuel TV

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FanDuel TV
FanDuel TV logo.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerFanDuel
Sister channelsFanDuel Racing
History
LaunchedJuly 14, 1999 (1999-07-14) (as TVG)
Links
Websitewww.tvg.com Edit this at Wikidata

FanDuel TV is an American sports-oriented digital cable and satellite television network owned by FanDuel Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Irish bookmaker Flutter Entertainment.[1] Formerly known as TVG and specializing in coverage of live horse racing, the network was rebranded as FanDuel TV in September 2022. Post-rebrand, the intent is to focus on mainstream sports and sports betting[2] while retaining the TVG name for online horse wagering.

History[edit]

TVG (1999–2022)[edit]

TVG logo used for broadcast from 1999 to 2022

FanDuel TV was launched on July 14, 1999 as TVG (short for Television Games Network), and was founded as a joint-venture of TV Guide Inc. (which at the time was owned by both Liberty Media and News Corp.), National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and AT&T Broadband.[3]

In May 2006, TVG introduced several new programs to its schedule including Morning Line, Fandicapping, :58 Flat, Lady Luck (an all-female panel discussion program focusing on the day's races) and Drive Time (which covered exclusive racing from the Meadowlands). TVG places microphones on select jockeys, owners, trainers, and the starting crew.

The channel formerly operated a fictional betting site, TVGfree.net, which allowed it to have a presence in the fifteen states which prohibit televised and off track betting, operating similarly to poker sites which use the .net domain to differentiate their fictional betting sites from the .com sites which allow gambling. The site was discontinued at the start of 2012 due to a site upgrade, and currently redirects to TVG.com.

In the end of February 2007, TVG ended its longtime affiliation with Churchill Downs Incorporated. On May 2, 2008, Gemstar-TV Guide was acquired by Macrovision (now TiVo Corporation) for $2.8 billion.

Macrovision, which purchased Gemstar-TV Guide to boost the value of VCR Plus+ and electronic program guide patents, later stated that it was considering a sale of TVG, TV Guide Network, and the TV Guide print edition's namesake to other parties.

In the end of 2008, Macrovision sold TVG to British bookmaker Betfair for $50 million. The deal was completed on January 27, 2009, separating the channel from the company which acquired its founding owner in 2007.[4] In February 2015, Betfair acquired TVG's sole competitor, HRTV, and began to consolidate it into TVG's facilities. The network was re branded as a sister network, TVG2, in October 2015.[5][6][7]

In July 2018, the network announced that it was developing studio programs dedicated to sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court had recently struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, making it legal for states outside of Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and Nevada to allow sports betting. Paddy Power Betfair had also recently acquired the daily fantasy sports service FanDuel with an intent to use it as its main U.S. subsidiary. On September 9, 2018, coinciding with the 2018 NFL season, TVG Network premiered the new Sunday morning programs The Barstool Sports Advisors and More Ways to Win.[8][9]

The network saw an increase in prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the shutdown of nearly all other live sports prompted increased interest in horse racing and off-track betting from tracks that remain active. The limited tracks available resulted in greater prominence given to smaller tracks and meets such as Nebraska's Fonner Park and Oklahoma's Will Rogers Downs, and the network's personalities made efforts to accommodate new viewers and explain the technical terminology associated with horse racing and wagers. TVG also reached an agreement with the mainstream sports channel NBCSN (which reaches at least 80 million homes, as opposed to TVG's 45 million) to simulcast a block of Trackside Live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.[10]

FanDuel TV (2022–present)[edit]

In July 2022, it was reported that FanDuel was considering a relaunch of TVG Network as FanDuel TV as early as September 2022, building upon More Ways to Win by adding a morning block of sports talk shows, as well as sports news segments interspersed throughout its live racing block. Such a service would compete primarily against VSiN, which was recently acquired by FanDuel's main U.S. competitor DraftKings.[11][12][13]

FanDuel officially announced the planned relaunch on August 25, 2022, which will include a live, weekday program featuring former NFL Network host Kay Adams, shows developed by Pat McAfee's PMI Network, and a content deal with The Ringer. The network will also expand its live sports programming into international basketball via an agreement with Sportradar, adding coverage of Germany's Basketball Bundesliga, the Chinese Basketball Association, Australia's National Basketball League, and the LNB in France.[2][14][15] The rebranding was completed in September 2022, with TVG renamed FanDuel TV and TVG2 renamed FanDuel Racing.

Wagering services[edit]

FanDuel offers wagering services under the TVG name to residents of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey (under 4NJBets), New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.[16] Account holders are able to wager online at TVG.com, and by landline or mobile phone.

Programming[edit]

FanDuel TV covers over one hundred tracks, with exclusive coverage of several tracks, including North American tracks such as Woodbine Race Course, Keeneland Race Course, Del Mar Racetrack, Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park. The network also broadcasts races from various tracks in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.

Coverage includes events such as the Travers Stakes, Haskell Invitational, Pacific Classic, Hollywood Gold Cup, Blue Grass Stakes, Wood Memorial, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup, and the All American Futurity.

Current programming[edit]

  • The Barstool Sports Advisors – A Sunday morning program featuring personalities from the website Barstool Sports, including David Portnoy, Dan Katz, PFT Commenter (Pardon My Take), and Stu Feiner. The program is divided into two half-hour blocks, with the first streamed on Barstool's own digital outlets, and the second exclusive to TVG.[8]
  • Drive Time – A harness racing program, featuring action from Meadowlands, home of the Hambletonian, harness racing's biggest event.
  • Horseracing All Access – A program providing a look at horse racing from an insider's perspective.
  • Horseracing Today – A Saturday morning preview show highlighting the weekend's stakes action, with emphasis on handicapping angle, exotic and multi race wagers, and interviews with trainers and jockeys live from the tracks.
  • International Racing – A program with the same format as Horseracing Today, focusing on races at tracks outside the United States.
  • Legends – A program featuring conversations with horseracing personalities.
  • More Ways to Win – A Sunday morning program dealing with sports coverage from a betting perspective, hosted by Lisa Kerney.[8]
  • Race Night – Live race telecasts, airing Monday through Thursday evenings.
  • Racing Coast to Coast – Live racing from some of the tracks across the United States.
  • Starting Gate – A live race telecast program from East Coast tracks, with analysis and handicapping angles for all featured races.
  • The Morning Line – Morning talk show, featuring weather reports from tracks around the country and timely updates detailing the morning line and any significant scratches for the day's most important races.
  • The Quarters – A late night quarter horse racing program featuring racing, interviews, analysis, and contests, all live from Los Alamitos racetrack.
  • The Works – A look at the final preparations of contenders in major stakes races.
  • Trackside Live – analysis and information provided by TVG's team of hosts and analysts, live from featured tracks and the Los Angeles studios.
  • TVG Classic – Highlights of TVG coverage of past major races and events.
  • Television Games – Racing coverage on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day with one host who analyses the races as well as answers emails and tweets. Usually hosted by Rich Perloff and Caleb Keller, although Peter Lurie and Nick Hines have filled in on occasion.
  • Up & Adams – A weekday morning program dealing with sports coverage, hosted by Kay Adams.

On Air Talent[edit]

Commentators
  • Adam McGrath
  • Tom Amoss
  • Andie Biancone
  • Christina Blacker
  • Simon Bray
  • Caton Bredar
  • Donna Barton Brothers
  • Matt Carothers
  • Tom Cassidy
  • Britney Eurton
  • Gabby Gaudet
  • Scott Hazelton
  • Nick Hines
  • Kurt Hoover
  • Joaquin Jaime
  • Mike Joyce
  • Caleb Keller
  • Lisa Kerney
  • Peter Lurie
  • Jorge Ortuzar
  • Rich Perloff
  • Ken Rudulph
  • Todd Schrupp
  • Dave Weaver

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Betfair US/TVG's Levin Sees 'Positive Early Indicators' In Exchange Wagering Launch In New Jersey – Horse Racing News | Paulick Report". www.paulickreport.com. September 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  2. ^ a b Steinberg, Brian (25 August 2022). "FanDuel Readies Launch of Cable Network Focused on Sports Betting". Variety. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  3. ^ "THIS NETWORK BETTING IT CAN REIN IN HORSEPLAYERS". Chicago Tribune. October 20, 1999. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  4. ^ "All Articles - BloodHorse.com". bloodhorse.com. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "TVG Makes Changes, Rebrands HRTV as TVG2". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  6. ^ "TVG re-brands HRTV, promises more live racing". Courier-Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Ron (February 18, 2015). "TVG Acquiring HRTV; Operations to Merge". Blood-Horse. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "TVG/FanDuel launch two new gambling shows, More Ways to Win and The Barstool Sports Advisors". Awful Announcing. 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  9. ^ "FanDuel Plans Sports-Gambling TV Shows as Betting Parlors Open". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  10. ^ "Minnesota-fed horse racing network seizes moment almost all its own". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  11. ^ "FanDuel Plans To Turn TVG Into 24/7 Sports Betting Network Featuring Kay Adams | Barrett Media". 2022-07-22. Retrieved 2022-08-02.
  12. ^ "FanDuel To Create 24/7 Betting Network With Rebranded TVG Channel". www.legalsportsreport.com. Retrieved 2022-08-02.
  13. ^ "SBJ Betting: Do June handle figures show a trend?". www.sportsbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved 2022-08-25.
  14. ^ "TVG Network To Be Rebranded As FanDuel TV". Paulick Report. 25 August 2022. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  15. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (2022-08-25). "FanDuel announces rebrand of TVG to FanDuel TV". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2022-08-27.
  16. ^ "Residency Requirements & Age Restrictions". TVG. Retrieved 2021-05-14.

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