This week, NBC Sports Radio launched The Daily Line, hosted by Michael Jenkins and Tim Murray weekdays from 3 -7pm. The Daily Line will focus on sports gambling, continuing the growing trend of media companies entering the realm of betting since sports wagering outside of Nevada has been legalized.
When NBC Sports Radio announced it would be cutting back on their daily programming over a month ago, they also shared plans to debut an afternoon drive show that would focus “on what matters to today’s sports fan.”
“We are excited to offer NBC Sports Radio listeners a program that looks at sports through the lens of the bettor, which resonates now more than ever in the daily discussion of sports in America,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “We like our odds with Michael and Tim, who will entertain and inform each weekday afternoon.”
Co-host’s Michael Jenkins and Tim Murray are both longtime sports media personalities with ties to the DC area, although The Daily Line does not yet have a DC affiliate. Jenkins joined NBC Sports Washington in 2004 and is a nine-time Emmy award winner. Murray joined Jenkins as an NBC Sports Washington contributor last summer after previously serving as a radio host on The Team 980 as well as SB Nation’s morning show for five years.
The Daily Line will feature the top stories in the world of sports and connect them to gambling. Still, the hosts expect to relate to all sports fans, not just in-depth gamblers.
“I don’t think anyone expects me to give a deep dive into my algorithm or spread sheets,” Jenkins told The Washington Post. “I’ve been to Vegas like 15 times. I love to gamble, but I’m not a degenerate gambler. We want to have conversations with the average sports fans.”
Being produced in conjunction with Westwood One, The Daily Line will originate from NBC’s Washington DC area studio, airing nationally on NBC Sports Radio, the NBC Sports Radio app and all NBC Sports digital platforms. The show is expected to be simulcast on NBC Sports Regional TV Networks later this year.