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PGA Tour ups ante with simulcast gaming

NBC Sports and PointsBet Sportsbook will team with PGA Tour to debut live gaming show during next week's Phoenix Open

Announced: By NBC Sports, that it will team with the PGA Tour and PointsBet Sportsbook to offer the first golf simulcast gaming show. "NBC Sports Edge BetCast" will debut Thursday, Feb. 4, during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. The show, which is designed to speak directly to golf gamblers and run concurrently with the tournament coverage, will be available only on Peacock Premium. The streaming service costs $4.99 per month. BetCast will air for 2½ hours daily during the Phoenix Open and feature Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski and George Savaricas and PointsBet's Teddy Greenstein from a booth at the famed stadium par-3 16th hole. The show will monitor live odds and proposition bets while focusing on featured groups. Betting odds and information will be provided by PointsBet, with insight from a PointsBet oddsmaker from the company's trading desk. A live leaderboard with odds is expected to be available soon on PGATour.com and on the Tour's phone app. For decades, the PGA Tour had dismissed overtures from the gaming industry because of the potential for undue influence on the competition. But as Gary Van Sickle wrote for Morning Read in early 2020, times have changed.

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