With the NFL’s recent announcement, fans are likely to have more options when it comes to official betting. For starters, the NFL is working with three sportsbooks to be its official betting partners. These companies will receive official league data and can use it to promote their brand and relationship with the league. The NFL also expects to see betting content integrated into NFL Network broadcasts this fall. If the deal works out, the NFL will receive almost $1 billion in revenue.
In addition to sports books, the MLB and NBA are also requiring their partners to use the data they have. Since the NBA and MLB have been a major source of betting data, these organizations have also become official betting partners of those organizations. Genius Sports, the first company to join the NBA as an official partner, is in the same boat. Its direct-license strategy could affect Genius Sports and its growing business. The NBA and MLB have both paid Perform Group to become official partners.
As sports betting became legal in the U.S., the leagues were eager to capitalize on the newfound revenue stream. They sought to generate more money through the use of official league data, which they will distribute to sportsbooks through their league partners. The new system will also ensure that the data has a longer shelf life than commercial data. It will also be easier for sportsbooks to update their odds with a quick update. Ultimately, this will benefit the industry, as fans in the US will have more choices when it comes to betting on their favorite team.