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Anita Marks: 'Daily Wager' Just The Beginning For ESPN, Sports Gambling

March 19, 2019
ESPN debuted "Daily Wager," the network's first-ever gambling show, on ESPNews March 11, and more could be on the way, according to Anita Marks, formerly an afternoon drive-time host on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore and now a contributor on "Daily Wager."

Marks believes ESPNews could become an all-gambling channel in just a few years.

"The ultimate game plan is for ESPN to turn this into a gambling channel maybe in the next few years," Marks said on Glenn Clark Radio March 12.

Whether it was legal or not, Marks has been placing sports bets since she was 7 or 8 years old, she said. 

"When I was growing up as a kid I used to watch football games with my grandfather," said Marks, a host for ESPN Radio in New York. "We'd sit there and we'd talk about the games and the lines. And around 12 o'clock in the afternoon, I was the one who called his bookie."

Today, Marks is an adamant believer in the upside of gambling. She sees more states, like New York, changing its laws to legalize sports gambling.

"I think within the next three to five years we are going to see an explosion where the majority of states in the United States will have legalized gambling," Marks said.

Why? Marks offered two reasons. Your state should make money, not the bookies, she argued, and the play in the NFL has gone downhill. Fans need a good reason to sit and watch three hours of the Buffalo Bills playing the Miami Dolphins, for example. 

"The only reason I'm going to even spend a minute on that game is I have Buffalo plus-3.5 on the road at Miami and, oh by the way, I have [Bills quarterback] Josh Allen rushing for 50 yards," she said. "That's the only way I'm watching that game. And I think the majority of the country agrees with me."

Though Marks will specifically be contributing her knowledge on all things football and golf on "Daily Wager," the betting topics don't stop there. 

"Everything and anything you can wager on, we're going to be talking about it," Marks said.

That may even include betting on the final season of "Game of Thrones" -- specifically, who will be seated on the Iron Throne at the end. Marks said she loves the show and has pitched her analysis on it. 

"For the majority of my career I've kind of been pigeonholed into that NFL fantasy girl," she said. "This platform is going to give me the opportunity to expand my realm and talk about some other topics that most people may not be aware that I'm knowledgeable on."

"Daily Wager" is airing weeknights on ESPNews from 6-7 p.m. Once the football season the starts, the show will expand to Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will exclusively cover betting on college football, and Sunday will be the NFL, Marks said. 

"For [Disney] to take a huge step forward in broadcasting on this platform and create a daily wagering show called Daily Wager is a really big deal for this company," she said. "I'm really thrilled to be a part of it and on the ground floor."

For more from Marks, listen to the full interview here:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ESPN