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Tony Romo says discussing sports gambling on broadcasts would ‘make it feel less pure’

This year’s Super Bowl may be in Las Vegas, but don’t expect to hear CBS broadcaster Tony Romo discussing any bets on the big game.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, Romo made it clear he is not a fan of how much sports gambling has influenced the NFL in recent years. To him, the idea of discussing sports gambling on a broadcast would make the game feel “less pure” than sticking to the angle of how each team can win.

“To me, it’s a slippery slope,” he said. “I grew up where we never talked about or thought about lines or anything like that in football.”

Despite Romo’s opinions against it, the reality is sports gambling has already made its way into some sports broadcasts and may be a part of the future of TV sports coverage. It’s something fellow CBS commentator Jim Nantz brought up in the same interview.

“It’s already happening in some golf broadcasts… It’s a revenue source for the companies that employ them, and I believe it will be much more widespread with each passing year,” he said. “The idea that it becomes commonplace in the broadcast? I give it 2 1/2 years. But I’m pulling for the over.”

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Super Bowl betting could hit record highs this year

Regardless of how the CBS announcing team may feel about it, sports gambling and the discussions surrounding it will be more prevalent at this year’s Super Bowl than any in history.

For one thing, Super Bowl 58 is the first to take place in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the U.S. For another, a recent survey from the American Gaming Association (AGA) concluded that a record 67.8 million American adults – more than 25% – are expected to bet on the big game.

That number does include “casual” bets with friends (“as part of a pool or squares contest”), but 42.7 million American adults plan to place a traditional sports wager using a sportsbook or bookie. Overall, the number of American adults with action on the big game has seen a 35% increase since last year as sports betting legalization has expanded.

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Nantz, Romo and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson are on the call for CBS at this year’s Super Bowl.

How to watch Super Bowl 2024: TV, streaming and schedule for 49ers vs. Chiefs

When: Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cable TV: CBS

Streaming: Paramount+; YouTube TV; Sling; fuboTV

How to watch: Catch all Super Bowl action with a Fubo subscription

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