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November 26, 2020

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ESPN studio at the Linq debuts today

ESPN Linq Studio


The ESPN studio at the Linq with a view of Caesars Palace in the background.

A new ESPN studio will debut today at the Linq with produced segments for SportsCenter and digital platforms, the network and Caesars Entertainment said.

With the new studio, ESPN will expand its content with Caesars to bring more robust, Las Vegas-exclusive sports betting and entertainment news to fans around the world, according to a news release.

That includes moving ESPN’s “Daily Wager” show to the Linq studio and launching a sports betting-themed digital show this fall, the companies said.

The new studio is “a testament both to Las Vegas’ position as the sports betting capitol of the world and its transformation into a sports city,” Chris Holdren, co-president of Caesars Sports, said in a statement.

“With the marquee location of the studio right at the heart of the Strip, we’re excited to see the unique programming that could only be produced here in Las Vegas,” Holdren said.

The 6,000-square-foot facility includes three studios and features 12 cameras, including two exterior robotic cameras. It will play a vital role during major sporting events, including marquee events in Las Vegas, the release said.

Starting Sept. 8, the “Daily Wager” show, which has been on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, will return to ESPN2 at 6 p.m. weekdays.

The show is hosted by Doug Kezirian, who has covered sports betting for more than 15 years. He is joined on the program by sports betting experts and ESPN analysts and reporters. The show celebrated its one-year anniversary in March.

This fall, ESPN will expand its sports betting-themed content into multiple platforms with the launch of a new digital show, officials said. New episodes will be available three days a week on the ESPN app, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as part of a new sports betting channel that will include content originating from Caesars.

“The appetite for sports betting content continues to grow among fans,” Connor Schell, executive vice president of content for ESPN, said in a statement.

“Our new studio will not only operate as the headquarters for that content, but it will also anchor our year-round presence in Las Vegas – a city that has become a destination for the biggest events in sports,” Schell said.