Jonathan Von Tobel (JVT)
VSiN Senior NBA Analyst
A Las Vegas native who started his career as a board op for KWWN/ESPN Las Vegas in 2013, Von Tobel became producer for ESPN’s afternoon drive program “Cofield & Company” while doubling as a host for the station’s UNLV football and basketball coverage. In February 2017, he joined VSiN as its first on-air producer.
Jonathan’s odds and ends ...
Favorite movies: The Departed, Troy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Favorite actress: Rosario Dawson
Favorite TV show: Rick & Morty
Favorite musical acts: ‘90s Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Chevelle
The sports broadcasters I most admire are Scott Van Pelt, Ryen Russillo and Colin Cowherd. ESPN heavy, I know, but I entered radio after listening to these shows for years. SVP and Russillo showed me I could come back to hip-hop songs and host a show while making it entertaining and relatable. Cowherd made me realize it’s not wrong to have a wrong opinion, but it’s wrong to have no opinion.
My favorite teams are the Indianapolis Colts, L.A. Angels and UNLV.
The top pro athlete is LeBron James or Mike Trout.
My worst betting beats were actually two props in Super Bowl 47 between the Ravens and the 49ers (also just the second Super Bowl I could legally bet on). Delanie Walker was 10/1 to catch the first 49ers pass. He was indeed the first target for Colin Kaepernick but dropped the pass as he went out of bounds. I also held the Field goal-First Score prop in that game. The Ravens were stopped on a third down in 49ers territory but a defensive holding call extended the drive. Anquan Boldin pulled in a touchdown the next play.
My best and biggest bet was the New York Giants in Super Bowl 46.
On my first day in Vegas, I don’t remember since I was 2 years old. On my first day as a 21-year-old I won $200 playing blackjack at The M Resort
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