With the Super Bowl LV potentially becoming the ‘most legally wagered-on event in U.S. history’, engagement with fans ahead of the game has been a key focus for the Great Dane Nation – a VegasInsider podcast.
In this edition of the Better Collective Spotlight, we sat down with the hosts of the podcast – NFL Hall of Famer Morten “Great Dane” Andersen and Key Contributor Kevin Rogers – to discuss their predictions for the game, betting volumes in newly legalised states and why NFL expertise is key to keeping fans engaged.
SBC: Can you explain what the idea behind the podcast is?
MA: Over the last two years, I’ve developed a strong relationship with the team at Vegas Insider who are committed to offering products and resources that support responsible and educated betting as well as entertain sports fans.
In that spirit, we knew that Vegas Insider’s customers would benefit from and appreciate the stories, some previously untold, from legendary NFL players and leaders. We’ve been able to not only hear intimate and unique perspectives from our guests but also learn from their iconic journeys through one of the most competitive sports in the world.
The reception to Great Dane Nation has been terrific and we look forward to continuing to bring exclusive Hall of Fame interviews to our listeners.
SBC: Can the podcast keep NFL fans engaged at a time when so many are yearning for the traditional game-day experience?
MA: In such a difficult year, when people are stuck at home, we are happy to be able to bring these legendary stories to NFL fans on a weekly basis. We’ve had the chance to hear from greats like Franco Harris, Emmitt Smith, Archie Manning, Michael Irvin, Joe Namath, and many more larger-than-life NFL icons.
Additionally, each episode provides key insight into upcoming matchups from Vegas Insider’s veteran experts and my co-host Tom Carroll. There is plenty of content on Great Dane Nation to help fans feel closer to the game.
SBC: Will the lack of fans in the stadium have any impact on the betting volume?
KR: The betting volume should still be high in spite of the lack of fans at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The viewership will still be high with the intrigue of Patrick Mahomes squaring off with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl ever.
SBC: For Illinois, Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee, this will be the first time that they can legally accept wagers on the Super Bowl. With these new states joining the legal market, could this year’s game be the most legally wagered-on single event in US history?
KR: The handle may not be as high in Nevada like it is in years past, but in these new legal betting states, there is a strong possibility that this could be the most legally wagered-on event in U.S. history simply because of extra outlets in these states.
SBC: And finally, what are your predictions for the game?
MA: It will be a close game but Kansas City’s speed may be too much offensively for the Buccaneers’ defense. Andy Reed is a creative, veteran coach with lots of weapons to choose from.
However the Chiefs are vulnerable to the play-action pass which Tom Brady is the master at exploiting. If Tampa can keep Mahomes contained and inside the tackles they have a chance, but I am leaning towards the Chiefs to win.