Celtics Lab 247: Stretch run, blurred lines; new media and gambling in the NBA with Sopan Deb

Fans of the Boston Celtics (and, truthfully, the entire league) can’t watch their favorite team without a gambling segment, an ad about betting, or an opportunity to gamble. And when the game ends, more and more of the players playing it are jumping on their podcasts to talk about it.

With the lines between multiple, entangled businesses that make up the NBA ecosphere blurring more with every passing day, what are the benefits — and more importantly, the risks — of these phenomenons? Is the ubiquity of sports gambling here to stay? Can we expect the same objectivity from NBA players acting as new media as we can from the old? And what potential concerns might be coming down the pike that we have yet to even think of?

To talk about the blurred lines of today’s NBA landscape (and a bit about the Celtics), the hosts of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast linked up with Sopan Deb of the New York Times.

We get into everything from LeBron James’ new podcast with JJ Redick to how these blurred lines both fuel and threaten the NBA’s bright future. So, tune in for a headier look at the league while we slog through the rest of the stretch run.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire