Longtime Vancouver sportscaster Shanel Pratap leaves Global television

Feb 10 2022, 11:14 pm

After nearly 18 years as a sports anchor and reporter, Shanel Pratap is leaving the game.

The longtime Vancouver sportscaster has left his job at Global BC to start his own company, Parlay One Media. He’s starting the company, which specializes in sports betting content, with Jon Strocel.

A BCIT grad, Pratap has worked on television locally for nearly two decades, first for CBC for five years before moving on to Global in 2010, where he spent more than 11 years.

Fun fact: he’s also technically a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers. Pratap says he has proudly owned one share of the team for the past 10 years.

“This is something that my business partner and I have been thinking about for years,” Pratap told Daily Hive. “I have been writing ideas since 2019, and with the landscape of sports betting taking off in Canada and North America — more legalization — we felt the opportunity to do this was now. Having the opportunity to capitalize in this industry was too hard to pass up.

“And hey, life is all about regrets. Want to make sure this isn’t one of them!”

Single-game sports betting was made legal in Canada last June, when Bill C-218 was finally adopted. The Criminal Code previously outlawed betting on single sporting events, forcing many gamblers to bet on off-shore betting websites.

BCLC estimates the total market for sports betting in BC to be around $125 to $175 million in revenue. PlayNow.com expects it will double its Super Bowl betting record this weekend, due in large part to single-event gambling.

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