A new sports betting information network headed by broadcasting legend Brent Musburger is making its debut just in time for Super Bowl LI.
Monday brought word of the official launch of VSiN (Vegas Stats & Information Network), a “multi-channel network dedicated to sports gambling information.” VSiN will be beamed via web, live streaming, radio, mobile and social channels from a custom-built studio in the sportsbook of the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.
VSiN was founded by Brian Musburger, son of Brent (pictured), who announced his retirement from sports broadcasting last week. The 77-year-old Musburger plans to serve as VSiN’s managing editor and host VSiN’s main afternoon show Thursdays through Mondays, starting with a special broadcast on Sunday ahead of the Big Game.
VSiN will make its official debut at VSiN.com and via SiriusXM radio on Monday, February 27, offering five hours of live programming per day to start. In addition to Musburger Sr., VSiN has enlisted the on-air talents of boxing announcer Al Bernstein, and the company plans to announce more hosts in the coming months.
VSiN plans to offer betting insights from longtime oddsmakers including the South Point’s Race and Sports Marketing boss Jimmy Vaccaro, Vinny Magliulo and Chris Andrews. VSiN’s editorial team will include two Las Vegas Review-Journal scribes; gossip columnist Norm Clarke and sports reporter Matt Youmans.
The junior Musberger said the US government’s stance towards sports betting outside Nevada had left sports bettors “scouring the internet and searching for winks and nods from broadcasters to inform their decisions.” With a wink and a nod, Musberger said the VSiN team’s mandate was to “illustrate the legitimacy of, and science behind, this huge and underserved market.”
That market will remain underserved until either the US Supreme Court or federal politicians see fit to scrap the federal PASPA sports betting prohibition. Until then, VSiN’s efforts to reach beyond Nevada’s borders appear aimed squarely at offering advice to the millions of bettors who patronize the multitude of internationally licensed online sportsbooks currently beaming their signals into the US.