Showtime to air sports gambling documentary in March
The documentary will give the inside scoop on the sports gambling industry
A new documentary on sports gambling is coming to Showtime next month. The film, which is being developed by Showtime Sports Documentary Films, will be a four-part series and will take a look at some of the various components of the industry, including oddsmakers, handicappers, gamblers and more.
Among those being covered by the documentary, which is simply titled “Action,” is David Oancea. He is most widely known as “Vegas Dave,” the handicapper and gambler who made a deal with the feds this past January to avoid a long prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to unwittingly causing casinos in Las Vegas to violate record-keeping rules and was sentenced for a misdemeanor crime, instead of the 19 felonies originally slapped against him.
Also in the cast will be people like Brent Musburger, oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro and “Cousin Sal.” Cousin Sal is a comedian and sports show host whose real name is Salvatore Iacono and who is a cousin to Jimmy Kimmel, hence the name.
According to Stephen Espinoza, programming president for Showtime Sports and Event Programming, “The world of sports gambling has fascinated Hollywood for decades. Through the lens of industry professionals and real-life gamblers within every virtual layer of the business – both legal and illegal – ‘Action’ delivers a one-of-a-kind look as sports gambling enters a brave new world.”
The film culminates in the action from Super Bowl LIII. While the NFL didn’t get the public response it had hoped for this year, the gambling action remained high, giving sportsbooks an increase in their profits.
Action premiers Sunday, March 14 at 8 PM Pacific Time.