Team offers gambling-focused telecast

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August 7, 2019 - 10:07 AM

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) runs the ball for a first down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 11, 2018. MONICA HERNDON/TAMPA BAY/TIMES/TNS

(AP) — The Washington Redskins will become the first NFL team to have a gambling-focused telecast of their games, offering cash prizes to viewers who correctly predict in-game outcomes during the preseason.

The telecasts on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington will follow a formula established by the Redskins’ NBA neighbors, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, however, offered the free-to-play contests during the regular season, while the Redskins will have them only during the four preseason games, when NBC Sports Washington has TV rights.

The network will continue to offer a traditional telecast on its main channel, while the gambling-focused telecast will air simultaneously on its secondary channel, NBC Sports Washington Plus. The Wizards offered the alternate telecast on eight games this season, and they saw increased ratings and fan engagement, said Damon Phillips, the network’s general manager.

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