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Odds Say Nantz & Romo Abide By CBS’ Rule – Not Mention Gambling During Broadcast

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Jan 26, 2019 · 8:27 AM PST

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Billions of dollars are set to be wagered on Super Bowl 53.
  • CBS insists that broadcasters Jim Nantz and Tony Romo won’t mention gambling during the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl 53
  • CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus says it is network policy not to mention anything to do with gambling
  • Last May, the US Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting

Evidently, CBS considers it a gamble to talk about legalized sports betting on the day when the most legalized sports betting takes place in the United States.

And that’s even with the fact that soon, that number will be dwarfed.

Just under $5 billion was wagered last year on Super Bowl Sunday and that was prior to the US Supreme Court’s decision in May to strike down a 1992 ruling that prohibited sports betting in the majority of US states, paving the way for legalized sports betting to sweep across the nation.

Will Nantz and Romo heed the wishes of their bosses at CBS, or is it a gamble that they might slip up? Sportsbooks are offering a prop bet on whether Nantz and Romo will behave themselves and not utter a word about gambling.

Odds Jim Nantz or Tony Romo Mention the Spread During Super Bowl 53 Broadcast

Will Jim Nantz or Tony Romo Mention the Spread on Game During Super Bowl 53 Broadcast? Odds
Yes +350
No -600

*Odds taken 1/26

There’s also a prop bet on how many times Romo will say, “Here we go” during the Super Bowl.

CBS Doesn’t Mind Telling You How To Bet

Odd that a network with a website and writers devoted to sports gambling would not allow its broadcast team to discuss sports gambling.

They sure don’t mind encouraging you to bet on the Super Bowl.

CBS could do a fun segment on some of the wild Super Bowl Sunday prop bets. Wouldn’t you like to know Romo’s thoughts on what color the bag will be in the first Doritos commercial?

Considering how Romo anticipated the Patriots offense during the winning TD drive in the AFC Championship, his takes would hold merit.

Will They Follow Policy?

If you look up company man in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Nantz. Ever seen the laundry list of on-air taboos he’s handed each year by Augusta at the Masters?

Romo might be more of a wildcard, but he’s got a good thing going at CBS. He’s not going to risk it.

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