The new studio of ESPN and Caesars Entertainment Inc at The LINQ Hotel + Experience in Las Vegas debuted this week starting with the SportsCenter and digital media segments created.
ESPN will broaden its partnership with Caesars with the new studio to offer more comprehensive, Vegas-exclusive sports betting and entertainment coverage to viewers all over the world. This includes switching the Daily Wager from ESPN to the new LINQ studio beginning on September 8, and launching a streaming sports betting series this fall.
Mike Morrison, vice president of Business Development, ESPN, commented: “In our ongoing mission to serve sports fans we are committing to a bigger presence both in Las Vegas and with our content across platforms to authentically serve a fast-growing, highly engaged audience.
“We are incredibly fortunate to work alongside a great partner like Caesars Entertainment to achieve this and look forward to collaborating on more opportunities in the future.”
Chris Holdren, Co-Pesident of Caesars Sports of Caesars Entertainment Inc, commented: “The debut of the all-new ESPN studio at The LINQ Hotel + Experience is a testament both to Las Vegas’ position as the sports betting capitol of the world and its transformation into a sports city.
“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.”
The new 6,000 square foot building includes three studios and incorporates 12 cameras, including two robotic cameras on the exterior. It will operate using REMI production workflow from ESPN, with 24 transmitting and receiving routes to ESPN control rooms and technical operations throughout the world.
The building is the first built by ESPN to be completely capable of embracing native 4 K, and will be unveiled in 1080p. This will act as the epicenter for linear, streaming and social shows on ESPN’s sports betting-themed content. During major sporting events, including the that number of franchises and signature events in Las Vegas, the studio will also play a vital part.
Chris Calcinari, SVP of Remote Production Operations, ESPN & ABC Sports said: “Our new studio with Caesars is ideally located in the middle of The Strip and has been designed and built out with state-of-the-art UHD 4K-capable technology, a first for ESPN.
“We will leverage this technology and our innovative REMI production model to serve this growing audience of sports fans with the quality content for which ESPN is known.”
ESPN’s sports betting news and information service Daily Wager will switch permanently to Las Vegas when it returns to ESPN2 at 6 pm ET on weekdays following a pandemic break from the LINQ studio beginning on September 8.
Daily Wager is hosted by Doug Kezirian who has been covering sports betting for over 15 years and is joined by sports betting experts as well as ESPN analysts and reporters on the show. In March the series was celebrating its one-year anniversary.
Through introducing a new streaming series, ESPN will also extend its sports betting-themed content to various platforms this Fall. New episodes on the ESPN app, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be available three days a week as part of a digital sports betting platform that will feature programming originating from Caesars.
“The appetite for sports betting content continues to grow among fans,” said Connor Schell, EVP of Content, ESPN. “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.
“The LINQ studio allows us to meaningfully cover the lineup of major events on the horizon with our league partners like UFC and Top Rank, the NFL regular season with the Las Vegas Raiders – beginning with the Monday Night Football home opener on September 21 – the Las Vegas Bowl, the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, NBA Summer League, and the rescheduled NFL Draft in 2022.”