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BetRivers goes live with new Chicago CityCast show

BetRivers CityCast

The BetRivers Chicago CityCast is now on the air as Rush Street Interactive has been targeting big sports betting markets.

Rush Street (RSI) is the parent company of BetRivers, and it is a big name throughout the US gaming industry.

Danny Burke was named as the host of the new show, and he is someone that has deep roots in the city of Chicago. This new CityCast program will break down a wide range of matchups, but there has been a clear focus since the show launched.

Burke has spent the majority of his time previewing the Chicago Bears. Not only does the host of this show talk about the outcome of the game, but there is also time spent talking about prop betting options.

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RSI has been launching similar shows in other big markets throughout the US as sports betting and media continue to work well together. BetRivers is the official sports betting partner of the Bears, and this new product gives the “Monsters of the Midway” additional exposure as well. Take a listen over on iTunes.

Detroit, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh are the other cities that currently have a new sports betting show live on the air. Other big cities are next on the list, and these betting shows should continue to launch over the next few weeks or months.

BetRivers Trying to Catch Back Up

There are a number of reasons that RSI chose to target Chicago with one of its first offerings, but making BetRivers into an Illinois leader is at the top of the list. BetRivers was the first online sportsbook in the state, and it remained on top for several months.

Now it is DraftKings and FanDuel that are leading the way in Illinois, and those two operators continue to increase the gap between the rest of the competition. BetRivers is also seeing stiff competition from PointsBet for the number three operator in the state.

The current in-person registration requirement should help BetRivers over the next few months due to its location in the state. BetRivers will continuously be mentioned on the new Chicago CityCast program, and that should get more action at the site.

Bears Seriously Considering Arlington Park?

Now that the Chicago Bears have begun play in the 2021 NFL season nearly all of the attention is on the field. That doesn’t mean that the Bears aren’t still working on business deals off of the field, and Rush Street is involved in those discussions as well.

Churchill Downs has agreed to sell Arlington Park, and the Bears immediately submitted a bit to purchase the property. Most believed that the Bears were only bluffing to put pressure on the city of Chicago, but it appears as if they are a serious threat.

An announcement is expected to be made soon, and Churchill Downs is not likely going to sell to another gaming company. Churchill Downs is a partner of Rush Street, and it doesn’t want any competition for the BetRivers Sportsbook or Casino in Des Plaines.

If you want to stay up to date on all sports betting in Illinois, then make sure you check back regularly on our news blog.

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