September 5, 2023
LOS ANGELES – With football season roaring into Week 1 and wagering lines awaking from hibernation, FOX Sports brings forward a sports encounter like no other with the launch of BEAR BETS: A FOX SPORTS GAMBLING PODCAST, its all-new Digital Show & Podcast Series for sports gambling fans. FOX Sports’ newest digital property, hosted by longtime television producer and broadcaster Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica and former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, debuts Thursday, Aug. 31, across all FOX Sports platforms & channels, from the FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com, to FOX Sports channels on YouTube, Facebook, X/Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Threads, as well as full-length audio-only editions across Apple, Spotify and wherever else podcasts are downloaded.
“We’re excited to provide ‘Bear’ the space to share gambling insights and real-life, actual bets with fans,” said Michael Bucklin, Senior Vice President, Digital Content, FOX Sports. “To us, that’s what makes ‘Bear’ so interesting: this isn’t picks for picks’ sake and this isn’t all chalk, but this is high value bets ‘The Bear’ and his real-life gambling group chat friends are actually making.”
“Fans know ‘The Bear’ is a brilliant sports gambling mind,” said Nick Rago, Executive Director, Digital Content, FOX Sports. “What they may not know is the process he goes through to make these bets, endlessly trading stats, insights and opinions with friends and experts like Geoff and Sam Panayotovich – who will both be key parts to this show – while debating bet value week to week. We hope to bring out the best of ‘The Bear’ as well as his network and process to fans.”
Starting next week, college football-focused episodes will release on Thursdays and be presented by BIG NOON KICKOFF, with an NFL-themed episode dropping on Fridays, and special episodes for notable championship events.
A FOX Sports newcomer this year, Fallica is featured in a variety of roles across the network as an on-air personality, sports wagering expert and writer for FOXSports.com. Beginning this season, Fallica serves as a sports wagering expert on FOX’s BIG NOON KICKOFF, airing Saturdays at 10:00 AM ET.
Prior to joining FOX Sports, Fallica spent nearly 30 years at ESPN, most notably as a research producer and on-air personality for “College GameDay.” Fallica recently won the inaugural Circa Football Invitational and finished in the Top 10 of the Golden Nugget Football Contest. Additionally, he’s a multiple-time qualifier for the NHC Handicapping Championship, one of the most prestigious handicapping tournaments of the year for horseplayers.
Schwartz, a Betting Analyst for FOX Sports digital, joins BEAR BETS as co-host and adds a former player’s vantage point from his eight seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL spent with five different teams. In the college ranks, he started at right tackle for the University of Oregon for three seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection his senior year.
BEAR BETS is the latest addition to the FOX Sports Podcast Network, joining an established lineup of award-winning original podcasts that have amassed millions of listeners and fans. This includes THE SKIP BAYLESS SHOW, WHAT’S WRIGHT WITH NICK WRIGHT, FLIPPIN’ BATS WITH BEN VERLANDER, THE JOEL KLATT SHOW: A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PODCAST, and many more.
Clips and highlights from the show can be found on BEAR BETS’ social media accounts in addition to the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com.
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