SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Sports betting is now legal in 21 states, with another five bills recently passed.

The media is spending more time discussing betting and new TV shows are emerging to promote the opportunities and goals of the sports game.

This week, during live TV coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the Golf Channel and NBC, the streaming service Peacock Premium will debut as the “first betting companion show during a PGA Tour event” – a live second-screen experience titled NBC Sports Edge BetCast. ”

NBC will have 10 hours of this content – 2½ hours per day – spread over the four days of the competition. A major focus will be on how golfers’ odds of winning change over the course of a round or week.

Arizona is not one of the states where betting is legal, so local fans will not be legally betting on any particular golfer at the Phoenix Open this week.

But how will legal sports betting affect the PGA Tour beyond this week’s event? Three golfers on the field at the Phoenix Open were asked for their opinion.

Webb Simpson

Yes, I am not well versed in this area. I’ve been in conversations with guys where most of the guys just seem to worry while we’re playing whether there’s going to be more chatter before and after punches, or before and after putts or putts, guys out there playing on us. Hopefully the PGA Tour has a very strict schedule for this type of joke, from viewers to players. Hopefully they’ll make a strict plan so that we don’t get any comments from the weather out there during the round. We have obviously never looked at that. Hopefully we don’t have to. That’s just one potential problem I see.

Justin Thomas

It seems to be the way gambling and live gambling in sports. Obviously, as a gamer, I am selfishly worried about any kind of sketchability, whether it is communication within a person who is on the premises and possibly could shout or do something to influence a person making a bet or something else, for example has, and that is a serious, serious concern. We’re playing out here. … That’s our job and we’re out here trying to win golf tournaments. Lots of people support families and themselves. I would hope it would never come to that. But at the end of the day you can’t sit there and tell me that’s not a realistic chance. I would hope it wouldn’t happen, but I’m sure it will be great and yes, I’m interested to see how it goes.

Jon Rahm

I’ve never made a bet on a sports game in my life so I have no idea about it. Like nobody. … I mean, someone who has $ 20 to put the putt or miss is not going to have any control over what I do. I can tell you I’m pretty sure that most of us players get a lot more on the line by putt or missing. It’s not what I’m thinking of It’s something that has happened since I was a pro. It’s been like that for a long time. Often you can hear fans and they bet among themselves. I mean, it’s part of the culture, I would say everywhere. I’m a person who didn’t grow up with sports betting, but it’s getting bigger in Spain, bigger in Europe. It’s already big here. It’s part of the entertainment too. Again, I don’t know much about it, but I mean I don’t have a problem with it. Fans have to do what they have to do to enjoy the day.


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