Rovell: Redskins, NBC Sports Get NFL’S Approval for First Predictive-Gaming Live TV Broadcast

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Aug 07, 2019, 07:07 PM EDT
  • The Washington Redskins and NBC Sports have announced they are partnering for the NFL's first interactive, predictive-gaming live television presentation.

NBC Sports Washington announced Tuesday that it will bring the predictive gaming broadcasts that it has done for Washington Wizards games to its Washington Redskins broadcasts.

The streaming “Predict The Game” broadcast will feature the same video and audio as the main TV broadcast, but will feature prompted questions in which fans can win $1,000 each quarter if they are best at answering them.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Action Network that the league approved the pilot experiment between the Redskins and the affiliate for one year. No other teams asked for a similar provision.

“We are committed to delivering the most engaging experience possible to fans, so the opportunity to partner with the Redskins to combine live NFL action with predictive gaming this preseason is something we are very excited about,” said Damon Phillips, NBC Sports Washington senior vice president and general manager, in a statement.

Fans who want to participate in “Predict the Game” have to enter their answers to questions on a separate device. The game is free to play.

The presentations will be exclusively available on NBC Sports Washington Plus, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8, when the Redskins open the preseason at the Cleveland Browns at 7:30 p.m.

The NFL is the only one of the major sports leagues to have not embraced gambling. Its partnership with Caesars is a casino sponsorship, not a betting one.

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