Starting Monday, the Los Feliz native will host Daily Wager, a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app.Its the first regularly scheduled program from the Walt Disney Co.s sports media behemoth solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests, and it likely wont be the last as legal sports betting spreads throughout the country.The Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized sports betting is expected to be a boost for sports talk shows, which are the low-cost moneymakers for outlets that need programming to supplement their live play-by-play telecasts.,Open discussion of odds, point spreads and other analytical data related to wagering on pro and college games each night could potentially energize the format for an audience that has a financial stake in the outcomes.The changes in the law open up an entirely new genre of entertainment, said Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.Other sports networks are already on the bandwagon.,WarnerMedias digital sports website Bleacher Report announced last month that it is building a studio inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where it will produce gaming-related content.But as the countrys leading source of sports programming, ESPN, with its entry into gaming-themed shows, is marking the strongest indication yet of an attitudinal shift toward a once-verboten subject on which sports TV coverage has traditionally tread lightly.A daily ESPN show is an important milestone, said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment Media.,ESPNs SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has a popular segment called Bad Beats, which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.Van Pelt sidekick Steve Coughlin will be one of the contributors to Daily Wager along with ESPN radio host Chris The Bear Fallica, ESPN.com gambling industry reporter David Purdum, Las Vegas-based handicapper Preston Johnson, fantasy football analyst Anita Marks and sports betting expert Joe Fortenbaugh.Rishe believes programs that provide usable data for bettors have the potential to draw younger viewers who have drifted away from traditional TV for sports news.,After graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University, he immersed himself in the analytics and data related to gaming and became an expert as a sports journalist in Las Vegas, where the home team is betting, he said.While wager-related data crunched by ESPNs statistic and information group will line the screen during Daily Wager, Kezirian said the programs content will still be accessible to the non-betting fan.Were still in Year 1 of legalization and I think there is a new audience that is open-minded to the space, so we want to be inclusive, he said.

The future is taking shape in the concrete pillars and sloped canopy roof of a transformative new stadium that will serve as home to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers when the world’s most expensive sports complex opens in 2020.,[Rams-Patriots Super Bowl guide] Moreover, after decades in which taxpayers shouldered much of the cost of new sports arenas, the privately funded stadium is being closely watched as a potential new model for first-rate NFL venues built without public subsidies.,It is the vision of Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke, a Missouri-born billionaire developer and sports mogul, who took to heart NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s insistence that any new stadium built for pro football’s return to Los Angeles must be iconic and serve as home to two teams.,(Allison Zaucha/For The Washington Post) NFL's most expensive stadium Though the Kroenke organization won’t confirm the cost or provide details of its privately funded financing plan, NFL owners in March agreed to raise their debt waiver to accommodate the Los Angeles project.,[Sally Jenkins: Gifting Daniel Snyder any money or land for a new Redskins stadium would be absolute madness] Just a decade ago, it seemed the Dallas Cowboys had set a spending mark that wouldn’t be topped when they opened ATT Stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion, with the city of Arlington helping team owner Jerry Jones finance the project with tax hikes and bonds.

Tucson attorney Ali Farhang recently phoned Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain, introduced himself and pitched a plan for the Raiders to play their 2019 home schedule at Arizona Stadium.,The man who created the Arizona Bowl and has become part-owner of the indoor football league’s Tucson Sugar Skulls, is not shy about an attempt to execute a grandiose Act III, putting the National Football League in Tucson — if only for a season.,+1 

Before settling in Las Vegas, the NFL’s Raiders would be smart to call Tucson home in 2019, Ali Farhang believes.,Or, perhaps, the Raiders could be creative, schedule a preseason game or two at Arizona Stadium, and play the ’19 regular-season schedule — eight home games — in a variety of Western cities.,In the hallway to his office is a subway sign that reads: read more

It's time to peer into my crystal ball to see what 2019 has in store for the Southlands high school athletes (and a few former ones too), coaches and fans.The greatest duel matching brother against brother will occur when sophomore infielder Cody Schrier of San Juan Capistrano JSerra stands in the batters box to face brother Alex, a senior pitcher for Santa Margarita.,Prepare for months of trash talking either way.Sophomore Diego Barahona of L.A. Cathedral will become so good in soccer that the local pro teams will start to pay attention.Solomon Strader of West Ranch will win the state title in the 400 meters.Oaks Christians new on-campus dorms in Westlake Village opening in August will become so popular (hot tubs anyone?),that other private schools will hire real estate agents to look for property to create their own housing options.DJ Uiagalelei of Bellflower St. John Bosco will look like Giancarlo Stanton at the plate and throw 90 mph fastballs on the mound when he takes a break from football this spring.Ziaire Williams of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, at 6 feet 9, long, lanky and only a junior, will be compared to a young Brandon Ingram.A fantasy football league for high school players will be created.All-City catcher Johnny Tincher of Lake Balboa Birmingham, known for his backflips after victories, will upgrade to a double flip when the Patriots defeat Woodland Hills El Camino Real to win the City championship.The younger brothers of Tommy Brown (Santa Ana Mater Dei), Jaime Jaquez (Camarillo) and Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco) will arrive this fall and make an immediate impact in football as freshmen.The best prep baseball game of the season will match Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and ace pitcher Lucas Gordon against Studio City Harvard-Westlake and ace pitcher Sam Hliboki the week of April 22.,Junior softball pitcher Sarah Willis of Norco will hit for the cycle and also throw a shutout.Mater Dei will play St. John Bosco for the fourth consecutive season in the Southern Section Division 1 football final, leading to a revolt among public schools.Bleacher Report will launch a pay-per-view halftime dunk competition among Cassius Stanley of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, Onyeka Okongwu of Chino Hills and Joshua Christopher of Lakewood Mayfair.Sierra Canyon's Cassius Stanley dunks during a game against Corona Centennial last season.Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will write the majority opinion denying LaVar Balls lawsuit against the NCAA trying to get his son, LaMelo, eligible to play college basketball.Former Vista Murrieta and USC 400-meter runner Michael Norman will set another world record and be featured on 60 Minutes.The high school basketball debut of freshman Bronny James will cause the LAPD to declare a tactical alert to deal with the overzealous fans and media trying to get into the gym.Santa Ana Foothill outfielder Kyle Ashworth will go five for five in a baseball game, reinforcing the comment from coach Vince Brown that Ashworth is the best hitter Ive coached since Shawn Green.A high school football player will set a world record for the number of times he tweets, Im blessed to receive my 300th offer from Former Santa Monica Crossroads basketball player Shareef ONeal will begin his freshman season at UCLA with an emphatic dunk, showing his comeback from heart surgery is complete.L.A.,Windward, led by Charisma Osborne, will win another state girls basketball championship.Former L.A. Loyola cornerback David Long of Michigan will be the steal of the NFL draft.The Simi Valley pitching duo of 6-foot-7 Justin Campbell and 5-8 Andrew Devine will leave pro scouts arguing for months whos better, then cause everyone to conclude, Theyre both good.The coming teachers strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District will cause even more parents to abandon the district for private or charter schools.Loyola and Cathedral will meet in the soccer game of the year that will be decided by penalty kicks while fans from both schools continue to debate who has the best view of downtown Los Angeles.

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Cindy Boren Reporter covering sports, with an emphasis on politics and national stories

Des Bieler Sports reporter covering national topics, including fantasy football, as well as supporting coverage of D.C.-area teams read more