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Sports coverage and commentary

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Tubbs, May 11, 2013.

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  1. Tubbs

    Tubbs High-Roller

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    I have been in and around a few sportsbooks. There are usually a number of events being covered on various screens of different sizes. I cannot remember what commentary there was, if any.

    Outside of Superbowl and monster events, how does it work if I want to follow a golf or tennis tournament, for example? Do I just find a seat that offers a good view of the screen(s) covering that event? What about commentary? Is it just tough if there is no commentary on my event, are there any individual headsets or similar?:confused2:

    Are sportsbook patrons expected to place bets or is that purely optional?

    Slightly off topic but how extensive is sports coverage on TV in Vegas rooms? I have watched Superbowl and Australian Open tennis in the past. Are the big golf and tennis events usually available? US sports coverage rights seem so fragmentary to me that I find it a bit confusing.

    Sorry for all the questions. I wait to be enlightened. :beer:
     
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    IxAccDnf VIP Whale

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    Football,baseball and basketball will dominate the screens.
    Sometimes early in the morning ( before 10 am) you might have some tennis etc on with some sound available.

    If you see something you want to watch in the sportsbook, just grab a seat and start watching.
    You don't have to make a bet to sit and watch.

    Sometimes some of the personal TVs in the racebook area have some of the sportsbook channels on them. You could check the channels and see if what you're looking for is on there. They have an outlet in the TV that you can plug personal headphones into so you can listen to whatever channel you're watching.

    I hope some of that helps.
     
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    Tubbs High-Roller

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    Thanks for that. Any more advice or information?
     
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    In the hotel rooms, you’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT and all the networks. The vast majority of sporting events will be on these channels. However, tennis – unless it’s a Grand Slam – will be hard to find on these stations. Occasionally, you’ll get the semis and finals of some of the “bigger” non-slam events. But, if you want to see a second round match between the #22 and #68 players in the world, you’re going to be out of luck – unless it’s a Grand Slam (in which case the coverage is usually quite extensive).

    Golf tournaments will be easier to find than tennis (but will still receive less coverage than the big US team sports). Between the ESPN’s and the networks, you should be able to watch at least the Saturday and Sunday rounds of whatever the biggest tournament is that particular weekend.

    The Golf Channel and Tennis Channel will probably have everything you’re looking for. But I doubt you’ll be able to find those on the TV in your room. The sports books and sports bars should probably have them. And unless it’s a Saturday or Sunday during football season, you can probably get at least one TV changed to the golf/tennis you want – but you’ll probably have to ask. And you’ll probably only get the sound if there are no Football, Basketball, Hockey or Baseball games on.

    Otherwise, I think the idea of finding one of the personal TV’s in the racebook is a good idea.
     
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    Thanks, really helpful. Looks like it's just best to check on an event-by-event basis, check who has TV coverage and then hope to see what I want in room or at the sportsbook.

    I will definitely check those personal TVs. Personal screen, headphones and a beer from the sports bar could be just the ticket!
     
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