The NFL Is Embracing Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In this newsletter, Joey discusses North Carolina legalizing sports betting, Iowa launching sports betting on August 15th, 2019, the NFL partnering with SportRadar, Penn National Gaming, and more! With North Carolina legalizing sports betting there are now 17 states with some form of legal betting.

The NFL Embraces Sports Betting

As mentioned in the above video, the NFL has partnered with SportRadar. SportRadar will have the exclusive rights to distribute official NFL data to legal sports-betting operators in the U.S. and around the world. SportRadar will also be able to distribute live game video overseas to gambling houses. These are both signs that the NFL is transitioning away from the bearish stance they initially took on sports betting.

Another indicator that the NFL is becoming more open to gambling is the Watch and Win contest the Washington Redskins to put on in a preseason game on August 8th, 2019. The contest allowed viewers to answer as many as 80 questions about outcomes taking place during the game. One of the questions from the contest was, "Will the Redskins score on this drive?" The viewer that got the most questions right each quarter received a $1,000 cash prize. Although the Redskins initiated this gambling contest, the NFL still approved it, signifying they are opening up to sports betting.

Redskins Watch and Win
Redskins Watch and Win Contest

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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