1-word answers: The future of sports betting in America

1-word answers: The future of sports betting in America

Editor Jeff D'Alessio asked 26 familiar faces who talk sports for a living for the one word they'd use to describe big changes that appear to be on the way — where anyone, in any state, without breaking any law, can bet on sporting events.

OVERDUE

— Brent Musburger. Now hosts the "My Guys in the Desert" radio show for Vegas Stats & Information Network. Ex-Illini coach and ESPN analyst John Mackovic also went with this word.

CAUTION

— Jim Nantz. "It won't affect how I broadcast" events, says CBS' Masters and Final Four voice. "But I think everyone in the industry has to exercise this." In other words, everyone better 'beware' (the word of choice for ESPN's Jeremy Schaap).

UNCHANGED

— Keith Olbermann. 'Pro sports came into existence in this country to facilitate gambling. Period,' says Olbermann, back at ESPN Monday in an expanded role.

CONTAMINATED

— Dr. Jerry Punch. ER physician turned ESPN NASCAR pit reporter is set to retire from broadcasting after working one last Indy 500.

ABSURD

— Mary Carillo. Former French Open mixed doubles champ talks tennis and Olympics for NBC, does award-winning long-form stories for HBO's 'Real Sports.'

INEVITABLE

— Gary Danielson. CBS' No. 1 college football analyst chose same word as four others — Hall of Famer/NFL color man Dan Dierdorf and ESPN's Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla and Jalen Rose.

ASTONISHED

— Steve Lavin. Former UCLA basketball coach is more flabbergasted than his Fox Sports teammate, Chris Myers, who chose 'unleashed.'

DANGEROUS

— Steve Levy. SportsCenter anchor and hockey junkie will be talking plenty this week about Las  Vegas, where the puck drops Monday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

CONSEQUENCES

— Charles Davis. What those repercussions will be, the Fox football analyst isn't sure. But he is sure "curious," the term BTN host Dave Revsine selected.

SEDUCTIVE

— Jimmy Johnson. The word of choice for both the Super Bowl- and national championship-winning coach turned Fox analyst and CBS play-by-play man Kevin Harlan. ESPN 'Outside the Lines' host Bob Ley selected something similar — 'enticing.'

FINE

— Wayne Larrivee. Play-by-play voice of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978-84), Chicago Bears (1985-98), and Green Bay Packers (since).

GROSS

— Doug Gottlieb. Former Oklahoma State guard took his talents from ESPN to CBS to Fox, where he now hosts a radio show and does basketball analysis.

INDIFFERENT

— Mike Mayock. NFL Network draft guru's take was similar to the word Turner Sports NBA studio host Ernie Johnson selected ('unaffected').

RISKY

— John Smoltz. First-ballot Baseball Hall of Fame inductee has been Joe Buck's broadcast partner and Fox's lead analyst since 2016.

UNSETTLING

— Dick Stockton. You name it, he's called it — from the 1975 World Series to Champaign's Bonnie Blair winning gold at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.

AMBIVALENT

— Clark Kellogg. Former Ohio State great succeeded Billy Packer as CBS' top college basketball analyst in 2008. He switched to studio analyst in 2014.

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