Detroit Lions Name BetMGM as Their Official Sports Betting Partner

Detroit State Flag With the MGM Grand Detroit

The Detroit Lions announced on Thursday that they have entered into a sports betting partnership with MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. The join venture will make BetMGM as the Lions’ first and official sports betting partner and it comes just in time for the start of the 2020 NFL season later this month.

The agreement will make BetMGM as the official sponsor of Lions Bingo and Lions Perks. It also includes other “fan-focused assets” such as team broadcast programming, digital marketing assets, and in-stadium promotions and signages.

Said Detroit Lions President Rod Wood in a statement:

“The Detroit Lions historic relationship with BetMGM has been years in the making and we’re proud to announce details of our official partnership. We’re continuously seeking new ways to entertain and involve our fans which is especially important during such unusual times; this partnership with BetMGM will provide additional and exciting opportunities to engage our fans.”

Lions Bingo and Lions Perks

Lions Bingo is a free to play game which was introduced in 2019. The game, which is available via the team’s mobile app, is a bingo game where fans can guess what plays happen next or which stats the team can achieve during games for a chance to win non-cash prizes. With BetMGM as partner, Lions Bingo players now have a chance to take home cash prizes or all-expense paid trips to MGM Resorts properties across the country.

Lions Perks was introduced during the 2018 NFL season and it is the team’s rewards system for fans at their home games. Available also via the Detroit Lions’ app, Lions Perks cards can be scanned during in-stadium purchases to earn points and join sweepstakes. Points can either be redeemed for rewards or donated to the Lions’ charities.

Long Standing Partnership

While sports betting was passed into a Michigan law only in late 2019. BetMGM and the Detroit Lions have a long standing partnership that isn’t betting related. MGM Resorts’ MGM Grand is one of the three commercial casinos in Detroit and it has been the sponsor of the MGM Grand Detroit Tunnel Club at Ford Field, the home of the Lions.

BetMGM started operating a sports betting lounge at the MGM Grand Detroit on March 12. Three months later, BetMGM also entered into a similar sports betting pact with the Denver Broncos. Michigan and Colorado both entered the sports betting arena earlier this year.

BetMGM to Launch “Betting Across America” Show in Collaboration with VSiN

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BetMGM announced a partnership with the Las Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) for a daily sports betting show starting next month. The show entitled “Betting Across America” will use the latest sports betting data and and analytics to provide expert betting commentary and insights from some of the most credible experts in the business.

Said BetMGM chief marketing officer Matt Prevost:

“VSiN has been a great media partner for BetMGM and we look forward to continuing to work with the VSiN team to produce engaging sports betting related content. By giving VSiN unprecedented access to BetMGM Sportsbooks, there will be no shortage of interesting story lines and excellent opportunities for betting enthusiasts and sports fans to get an inside peek.”

BetMGM recently got a $1B boost from the IAC earlier this month. The influx of new money is expected to help BetMGM increase its presence in the U.S. sports betting industry market and this TV deal with VSiN is seen as one of the first steps to achieving that.

Betting Across America

“Betting Across America” will be broadcast by VSiN will be broadcast live from the BetMGM studios in large sports betting markets across the country. Pending approval, it will air on weekdays from 3-5 pm ET/ 12noon-2pm PT starting August 31 and weekdays from 1-3 PM ET/10am-12noon PT beginning September 5th.

The show will feature BetMGM’s oddsmakers and experts who will be joined by VSiN’s top hosts including former NFL player and Las Vegas personality Mike Pritchard. Former NBC The Daily Line host Tim Murray and famed sports bettor James Salinas will also be among the VSiN personalities who will appear on the new show.

Aside from VSiN.com, sports fans and bettors can watch Betting Across America and VSiN’s other sports betting programs via Sirius XM, Comcast Xfinity, Sling TV, fubo TV, and RSN’s across the U.S. and Canada.

Sports Betting Going Mainstream

Since its legalization in the United States in 2018, Sport Betting has come a long way. Aside from new states following the lead of those before them, the sports betting industry has taken a major leap in 2020 and is going mainstream.

We have seen TV and sports betting provider relationships established recently. In January, Penn National Gaming finalized its purchase of Barstool Sports. CBS and William Hill formally announced their partnership in February.

Earlier this week, ESPN announced the opening of its Las Vegas Studio at the LINQ, where it will produce sports betting content in cooperation with Caesars Entertainment. Aside from moving its “Daily Line” show there, the collaboration is expected to come up with a new sports betting digital show this fall.

Two IAC Top Execs Added to MGM Board

MGM Resorts International LogoCasino giant MGM Resorts International named two top officers from the InterActiveCorp. (IAC) to its Board of Directors following the latter’s $1B investment in MGM.

In an August 20 release MGM Resorts said that IAC Chairman and Senior Executive Barry Miller and CEO JOey Levin have joined MGM’s board., which now consists of 14 members.

Said MGM Chairman of the Board of Directors Paul Salem:

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Barry and Joey to our board and to benefit from their collaboration as MGM Resorts continues developing innovative products and elevating our leadership in digital experience. IAC’s significant investment, expertise and support come at a pivotal time and will play a key role in MGM’s strategy to seize emerging opportunities and lead the industry with unparalleled in-person and digital experiences.”

Experienced Executives

Diller served as the Chairman and CEO of IAC from 1995-2010. He boasts of a vast experience across several senior executive positions at the likes of Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Prime Time Television. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Expedia, serves on the Board of The Coca-Cola Company, and is a member of The Business Council.

Meanwhile, Levin joined the IAC in 2003 and he previously served as director of numerous publicly traded consumer technology companies like The Action Network, Groupon, and LendingTree. Levin is also the Chairman of the Board at ANGI Homeservices and MatchGroup. He also sits on the board of Turo, a privately held peer-to-peer car-sharing service.

IAC Had Eyes on BetMGM

IAC bought a 12% stake of the Casino Operator worth $1B with its eyes on MGM’s online gambling app BetMGM. Diller had long wanted to join the online gambling industry and he felt that BetMGM has the “immense potential” to emerge as a top plyer in the billion-dollar online betting business despite its small contribution to the overall revenue figure of MGM.

MGM President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle recently told analysts that its sports betting and online gambling platform is projected to earn $130M this year which is a very negligible amount compared to MGM’s casino earnings of $6.5B for the year 2019.

But MGM has become the premier sports betting outfit since sports wagering was legalized in 2018 in the United States. BetMGM, which was established with the collaboration of GVC holdings, is expected to pick up with the influx of funds from IAC. With the coronavirus pandemic also forcing brick and mortar casinos to close or operate at limited capacity, the online gambling industry is expected to rise this year.

NBA Launches NBABet Steam in Orlando Bubble


The NBA used the bubble tournament in Orlando to showcase NBABet Stream, a new and experimental betting-focused broadcast option which is available via NBA League Pass and NBA TV Networks.

A Betting-Focused Broadcast Option

NBABet Stream features tailored commentary, different camera angles, and enhanced graphics. The stream also has real-time betting odds and stats provided by BetMGM. The league used nine seeding games for the first run of this betting-driven telecast. Said NBA head of Fantasy and Gaming SVP Scott Kaufman-Ross:

“The point of an alternate broadcast is for it to be different from the primary telecast. We didn’t feel we needed a perfect professional play-by-play person. We wanted to provide a group of people that would simulate you and your friends talking about the game from a betting perspective. It’s light. It’s fun. It’s supposed to be much more conversational and provide a different way of viewing the game — specifically, in this case, targeted at those thinking through betting concepts as they are watching NBA content.”

Aside from the alternative camera angles, betting odds, and stats, NBABet Stream also showcases betting analysts from the likes of Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, and Action Network to provide commentary and analysis throughout the broadcast. The alternate broadcast also gives fans a more engaging option to watching the games, especially since they are not allowed to watch inside the venue due to health and safety protocols.

New Sports Betting Landscape

Teams in other sports have experimented with alternate broadcasts centered on betting. But as far as the NBA is concerned, NBC Sports affiliates, beginning in Washington D.C., started offering alternate telecasts while focusing on in-game betting. But other than that, this is the first step for the NBA at a league level. It’s the NBA’s latest step in its approach to the new sports gambling landscape in the United States.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in May 2018. The Act restricted and regulated sports betting primarily in the state of Nevada. Since the 2018 ruling, legal sportsbooks have opened in a total of 18 states plus the District of Columbia. There are several other states which are waiting to launch sports betting in their areas. Last month, William Hill USA opened inside the Capital One Arena, complete with betting windows and self-serving kiosks. It is the first ever physical sportsbook to open inside a U.S. sports arena venue.

As for NBABet Stream, it is an experiment for the league this season but according to Kauffman-Ross, the league thinks that this is where the nature of the game broadcasts are headed to. It may be a secondary screen option right now but they are looking at the possibility of integrating watching a game and betting in the near future.

BetMGM and NASCAR Forge Partnership for In-Race Betting

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MGM Resort International’s BetMGM App and NASCAR have entered into a multi-year sports betting partnership that will offer in-race betting options for racing fans across the United States.

Authorized Gaming Operator

In an announcement made on Tuesday, NASCAR Managing Director for Gaming Scott Warfield said that NASCAR will be collaborating with MGM to create and promote engaging sports betting experiences. Said Warfied:

“Partnering with a best-in-class operator like BetMGM positions NASCAR to build on the positive energy and momentum we’re seeing around gaming and in particular the live in-race experience. We’re excited to have such an iconic brand on board to expand our offerings and deepen our engagement with the most passionate fans in sports.”

As an authorized gaming operator, BetMGM will have the rights to use NASCAR marks and will promote NASCAR betting markets on BetMGM’s mobile app, BetMGM.com, BetMGM social media channels, and in BetMGM retail sportsbooks. BetMGM and NASCAR will offer cross-promotional opportunities that could include the promotion of BetMGM on NASCAR’s digital platforms, NASCAR.com, the NASCAR mobile pp, and NASCAR’s social media channels.

BetMGM will expand the betting markets currently available on its mobile app throughout the NASCAR season. The inclusion of pre-race and in-play bets are among the top markets being discussed. Other bet types that are being explored include top-finishing drivers, drivers matchups, stage bets, and over/under bets tied to the winning car’s number.

In Race- Betting Option in 2021

To strengthen its position around in-play sports betting, live betting on NASCAR races will be offered in 2021. This live betting option will be established by BetMGM with the partnership of Betgenius, the sports betting division of data company Genius Sports. Aside from this, BetMGM and NASCAR are also working on developing a free-to-play NASCAR game.

Said BetMGM Chief Marketing Officer Matt Prevost:

“We’re excited to work with the Nascar team to build immersive sports betting experiences that 21st-century racing fans crave.BetMGM’s unparalleled betting technology combined with Nascar’s iconic races will create a superior betting experience for racing fans all over the US.”

BetMGM is the gambling app of MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings. It is the only betting app to offer sports betting, online poker, and online casino game all under one login. Established in 2018, it is currently available in seven states in the U.S. and will be up in an additional four more states next year.

BetMGM’s growth has lagged but it has began to pick up over the last year with improved selection of bets, live betting menu, and mobile app. Earlier this month, BetMGM also entered into an agreement with golf’s PGA Tour to become an official betting partner. MGM Resorts International got a fresh $1B investment from Fox Broadcasting founder Barry Diller recently.

Fox Founder Barry Diller Invests $1B in MGM

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MGM Resorts International got a huge boost after Fox Broadcasting founder Barry Diller invested $1B in the gaming giant.

Diller’s IAC/Interactive said on Monday that it had bought a 12% stake in the MGM Resorts International. In a letter to the shareholders, Diller wrote that the gambling operator’s online gaming business was initially what attracted him. Said Diller:

“We believe MGM presented a ‘once in a decade’ opportunity for IAC to own a meaningful piece of a preeminent brand in a large category with great potential to move online.”

Interest In Online Gaming Business

Diller added that he has followed the online gaming business for a while and his company has been looking for a venue to enter the $450B industry. MGM’s online gaming business comprises just a small portion of its revenue but in his letter, Diller said that it is poised to thrive and develop.

“MGM also is an aspirational brand, which could be delivered with daily accessibility and offer gaming consumers (including the 34 million M-life Rewards members) a wider range of services, both physical and digital, than any competitor.”

MGM Resorts and the U.K. based sports betting giant GVC Holdings partnered to form Roar Digital in 2018, with each company investing $100M. Their product is the BetMGM app which is currently live in seven states and is expected to be available to a total of 11 by the end of 2020.

Last July MGM and GVC put in an additional investment totalling $250M. BetMGM’s progress has lagged but it is expected to accelerate, especially with IAC coming up with a $1B investment in MGM.

MGM’s Shares Soar

Diller’s purchase comes at a time when when the gambling industry has been severely affected by the government restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the people’s fears about mass gatherings.

MGM saw its entire U.S. fleet of two dozen resorts in six states close at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last March. All of its regional casinos have reopened except Empire City in New York while only The Mirage and Park MGM in Las Vegas are still closed.

MGM shares, which are traded in the New York Stock Exchange, closed up $2.62, 13.8% on volume or more than two-and-a-half times the daily average on the news of the deal. It retreated by $20 cents, 0.9 percent to end at $21.45 per share. Early trading saw the shares peak at $23.76 per share.

IAC Background

IAC acquired more than 59 million shares of MGM Resorts International over a nine-week period starting from the start of June 2020. The $1B purchase took some 34 stock transactions to be complete.

The 78-year old Diller founded Fox Broadcasting Co. and USA Broadcasting. He is currently ranked 168 in the Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $3B. Diller founded IAC in 1995 and is also the chairman of online travel titan Expedia, which acquired its holding company Liberty Expedia in 2019 for $2.6B.

IAC is a New York-based investment company with vast experience in media and online commerce. The portfolio of IAC includes Vimeo, Dotdash, and Care.com. It also owns a majority stake in ANGI Homeservices whose products include HomeAdvisor, Handy, and Angie’s List.

BetMGM and the PGA Tour Officially Sign New Partnership

The popularity of sports betting is growing every single year. With the PGA Tour now up and running, golf fans around the country are starting to place their bets on different events. News has just broken that BetMGM and the PGA Tour have signed a new partnership agreement.PGA Tour Logo

Officials within the PGA clearly recognize how popular sports betting has become. The world’s top golf league is choosing to embrace this industry, rather than push against it. Today, we’re going to look at what this partnership means for the sport moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

PGA Events Have Resumed Without Crowds

Professional golf, like all other sports, was forced to shut down back in March. It didn’t take long for PGA officials to start looking at ways to resume the regular schedule. As the weeks went on, it became clear that this was no easy task.

Between March 15th and June 14th, the PGA was forced to cancel eight major events. Health experts warned that starting too soon would put players at risk. Eventually, a plan was established to safely hold major PGA events without crowds in attendance.

In mid-June, the PGA finally held its first return event. Things went smoothly and the PGA Tour is now back to holding tournaments on a regular basis. It’s still unclear when exactly fans will be allowed to attend these games. For now, many are enjoying betting on the games from home.

There are still some exciting events scheduled to take place over the next couple of months. On August 9th, for example, the highly-anticipated PGA Championship is being held. It’s the first Major Championship put on in months and many are excited to see who comes out on top.

News is now starting to come out that the PGA Tour is teaming up with a major betting platform.

BetMGM and the PGA Tour Deal Have Agreed to a Deal

Sports betting is growing every single year. Since PASPA was removed in May of 2018, 24 states have officially passed laws to legalize and regulate this form of gambling. Even in states with a regulated sports betting platform, this form of gambling is surging.

Some of the country’s top sports leagues now recognize that fact. More are choosing to embrace this industry. That certainly includes the PGA Tour, which has just announced a new partnership with BetMGM.

BetMGM is one of the country’s top regulated sports betting platforms. It’s currently available in seven different states and offers a wide range of different golf betting options. This online sports betting app will continue becoming in states with regulated markets as time goes on.

This deal between BetMGM and the PGA Tour is exciting for several reasons. Moving forward, the MGM betting app will have permission to use PGA’s logo and can begin using official PGA highlights and betting programming. Norb Gambuzza, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Media and Gaming, spoke about this new partnership to the media this week.

“BetMGM is part of a premium brand that is deeply connected to golf through sponsorship of various PGA TOUR players and tournaments,” he said. “Through the power of the BetMGM brand and resources, this new relationship will help accelerate our sports betting strategy, and enable the TOUR to reach new fans and further engage current fans who enjoy betting on golf.”

This is a good time to be a golf fan. Unlike the MLB and NBA, this league seems to be moving along smoothly right now. Soon, a number of unique wagering options will become available on different PGA events.

Here’s a look at some of the big golf tournaments coming up.

PGA Events to Look Forward To

Most of the sports that are able to operate right now are thriving. That certainly includes golf. Television ratings for major PGA events are higher now than they have been in many years. Most expect this trend to continue for weeks to come.

Below are some of the PGA events scheduled to take place over the next few months.

PGA Championship: August 9th

Wyndham Championship: August 16th

The Northern Trust: August 23rd

BMW Championship: August 30th

US Open: September 20th


Obviously, the events on August 9th and September 20th are the ones that fans are most looking forward to. Both are Major Championships and will feature some of the world’s best players. Even the best betting experts are having a difficult time predicting who will win.

For fans in certain states, the BetMGM and PGA Tour deal will be very exciting. Fortunately, some great online sportsbooks are available even in states without a regulated sports betting market.

Which PGA event are you looking forward to the most this summer? Do you plan on betting on any tournaments? Let us know in the comments section below!

BetMGM Sports Betting Launches in Las Vegas

Sports Betting on Mobile DeviceOn Friday, MGM Resorts debuted their new sports betting experiences that will touch their Las Vegas properties which include over 100 gaming kiosks throughout.

In addition, they also announced the launch of BetMGM in Nevada, which is a partnership with Roar Digital, LLC (MGM Resorts’ joint venture with GVC Holdings).

With the launch of BetMGM in the Silver State comes a state-of-the-art mobile betting app for bettors to enjoy, as well as the rebranding of MGM Resort’s current sportsbooks.

Roar Digital executives had an impromptu meet and greet at Park MGM’s remodeled sportsbook and bar. The staff on hand demonstrated just how user-friendly the new kiosks and the unique features they offer.

The kiosks they used in the demonstration are primarily the ones that will be implemented across MGM Resorts properties.

“MGM Resorts has emerged as a leader in sports betting, striking significant partnerships with professional sports leagues, expanding our market reach and harnessing best-in-class mobile technology from Roar Digital, powered by GVC,” said Scott Butera, president of Interactive Gaming for MGM Resorts.

“Beyond sports, we continue to offer new and exciting amenities at our properties as we’ve found our sport bettors appreciate world-class hotels, restaurants and entertainment; BetMGM allows us to incorporate them into the ecosystem of everything MGM has to offer.

“I certainly believe live betting (in-game) will eventually capture the lion’s share of total wagering.”

Benefits of Sports Betting with BetMGM

With the launch of BetMGM in Nevada, Silver State sports bettors now have the flexibility and convenience to choose their own betting experience. They can choose to wager from their phones, in person at MGM Resorts sportsbooks, or the various accessible kiosks.

The intuitive mobile app and new gaming kiosks will offer simple navigation for ease of use, as well as the full suite of wagering options available in-person at the sportsbooks. Some of the sportsbook options that will be included are pre- and in-game bets, parlays, prop bets and more.

“We’re proud to formally introduce the new BetMGM app in Nevada today. MGM Resorts’ iconic properties across Las Vegas and GVC’s technology combine to deliver streamlined sports betting experience that’s easy to use and exciting to play, giving BetMGM a leading edge in the industry,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO of Roar Digital.

Rebranded BetMGM Sportsbooks

The launch of BetMGM in Nevada will mean the rebranding of many of MGM Resorts sportsbooks in the coming weeks.

Sportsbooks at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Park MGM, New York-New York, Luxor, and Excalibur will all be refreshed to reflect the new partnership, as well as the addition of 100 gaming kiosks across the sportsbooks.

Key Features of the BetMGM App

  • The access to all of the key features and wagering options included at traditional brick-and-mortar sportsbooks from your mobile device
  • Simple in-app registration
  • Dedicated BetMGM windows on-site at MGM Resorts’ Vegas sportsbook to assist with quick and easy account activation and first cash deposit
  • Clean interface and instant access to various games and bet types
  • 24/7 wagering opportunities anywhere in Nevada with your phone (available only for bettors 21 years or older)
  • A robust menu of prop bets and live, in-game wagering
  • Perks and amenities with MGM Resorts’ properties nationwide

The BetMGM mobile app is available for download on iOs and Android.

About BetMGM

Originally known at playMGM, BetMGM is the joint venture product between gaming giant MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, who operate under the name Roar Digital.

Currently, BetMGM is active in four states: New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, and now Nevada. It will soon launch in Michigan with the debut of retail sportsbook betting at MGM Grand Detroit.

In an effort to expand the reach of its brand, BetMGM also recently announced partnerships with Buffalo Wild Wings and Yahoo Sports.

About MGM Resorts International, BetMGM’s Parent Company

From their official website:

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings.

MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry.

About Roar Digital, LLC

From their official website:

Roar Digital is a partnership between MGM Resorts International and GVC—Great Britain’s betting technology leader. We’re not just building the world’s best gaming experience – we’re changing the way people experience and enjoy sports.

 We’re pioneering the sports betting and online gaming industry. Born out of a partnership between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, we have exclusive access to all MGM U.S. land-based and online sports betting. ROAR will offer real money and free-to-play online casino gaming under the BetMGM and Borgata headline brands—and there’s no limit to where we go from there.

 Founded on the belief that sports aren’t meant to be watched, they’re meant to be played, we’re charging ahead with a competitive spirit, a dedication to fairness, and a commitment to investing in our team.

MGM’s New Sports Betting App is Coming to Nevada

For years, MGM Resorts International has operated one of the largest sports betting applications in the country, called PlayMGM. Recently, the company teamed up with GVC to relaunch this betting platform called BetMGM. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app will officially launch in Nevada.MGM Resorts Logo

Many feel this is a long time coming. The original betting application from MGM Resorts faced criticism. Hope is that this one turns out to be considerably better.

Let’s take a look at what the new sports betting app has to offer!

Nevada’s Sports Betting Industry Continues to Grow

Nevada has always been the sports gambling capital of the United States. In fact, for many years this was the only state where sports betting was even legal. That all changed in May of 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA.

This decision immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Within just months, several states officially launched their first regulated sportsbooks. Many felt this would take away from the sports betting revenue that Nevada was used to earning.

That hasn’t necessarily been the case, though. While competition in this industry has increased, Nevada’s sports betting industry has continued to grow. The fact remains that millions of tourists still flock here every month and many of them place bets on sporting events.

It’s good news for major gambling companies in the city, many of whom continue to invest in their sports betting operations. Several major casino-resorts in Las Vegas also recently launched new sportsbooks. More are likely to open here over the next few years.

The online sports wagering industry hasn’t taken off in Las Vegas like many expected it would. Some blame the poor betting applications. MGM Resorts recognized this and is now working to improve their online sportsbook platform.

MGM’s New Sports Betting App Launches in Nevada Today

PlayMGM, the first online sportsbook created by MGM Resorts International, launched to the public back in 2019. As we already mentioned, the app faced a fair share of criticism almost immediately. Company officials began discussing plans to re-launch the app in the near future.

Eventually, MGM announced that it was teaming up with GVC Holdings to launch a new online sports betting platform. This new app, called BetMGM, is expected to be considerably better than the first betting application. Today, MGM’s new sports betting app officially launches in Nevada.

MGM recently had a soft launch of the app in Nevada. Today, the app is truly opening to the public. It offers pre-bets, in-bets, parlays, prop bets and more. It also allows for wagering on professional and collegiate sports.

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of Road Digital, the joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC, spoke about the launch to the media this week.

“We’re proud to formally introduce the new BetMGM app in Nevada today,” he said. “MGM Resorts’ iconic properties across Las Vegas and GVC’s technology combine to deliver a streamlined sports betting experience that’s easy to use and exciting to play.”

The sportsbooks across all of MGM Resorts’ major Las Vegas Strip properties will soon be rebranded. We’ll need to wait and see how popular this new betting platform becomes.

Coronavirus Fears Continue to Escalate in Las Vegas

2019 was a fantastic year for Las Vegas. Almost every single month, revenue in the city increased dramatically. Unfortunately, many now fear that 2020 will be a tough month for the city due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Covid-19 has already spread to many states across the country and has infected more than 250 individuals. Two cases have already been confirmed in Clark County. It seems like just a matter of time before a case is confirmed inside Las Vegas.

The spread of this virus could lead to a significant decrease in tourism here. It may eventually force the city’s major casino-resorts to temporarily shut down, as well. This would be devastating to the economy of Nevada.

State governments are still working hard to contain this virus. As of now, these efforts have been largely successful. Every day, several new cases are reported in new areas of the country.

Exactly how this will affect Las Vegas is still unknown. For now, it does not appear that the coronavirus is having a significant impact.

MGM’s new sports betting app is finally here. If you’re in the city, check the app out and place some bets!

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Sign New Partnership Deal

One of the biggest casino companies in the United States has just signed a major partnership deal. According to multiple reports, Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts have agreed to a sports betting collaboration. It’s extremely exciting news for both companies.

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Today, we’ll be looking at the details of this new deal. We’ll also look at the US sports betting industry’s expansion. Let’s get into it!

MGM Resorts Recently Sold Las Vegas Strip Properties

MGM Resorts has recently been looking for new ways to generate revenue. Months ago, officials announced that they were interested in selling some of the company’s major Las Vegas properties. Then, earlier this month, MGM Resorts announced that it had sold The Bellagio and Circus Circus.

The latter was sold to Phil Ruffin, owner of Treasure Island. Ruffin purchased this property for an astounding $825 million. It’s unclear exactly what plans the executive has for this popular venue. Hopefully, he renovates and expands this hotel-casino.

MGM also made history by selling The Bellagio to the Blackstone Group. It cost Blackstone $4.2 billion, the largest of any casino-resort sale in Las Vegas history. Blackstone will soon begin leasing the property back to MGM Resorts for $245 per year.

Back in May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Now, every state in the country can set laws on sports betting. Nearly 20 states have outright legalized this form of wagering. MGM Resorts International quickly began working on ways to capitalize on the emerging US sports gambling industry.

Officials revealed their new online sports betting platform, called BetMGM, earlier this year. This week, Yahoo Sport and MGM Resorts signed a new deal to help promote this platform.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts Officially Partner Up

Yahoo Sports’ app has a massive user base. It looks like MGM Resorts is looking to capitalize on the company’s existing status. This week, these companies officially agreed to a sports betting collaboration.

Next month, these two companies will begin offering traditional online sports betting and daily fantasy sports options through Yahoo using MGM’s Roar Digital platform. During the multi-year deal, the Yahoo Sports app will begin offering sports wagers, with all transactions taking place through BetMGM.

Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts International, commented on this new partnership to the media this week.

“This partnership marks an important moment for BetMGM in the growing U.S. sports betting sector,” he said. “Integrating Yahoo’s leading fantasy sports operations and content with BetMGM’s world-class sports betting and interactive platform uniquely positions us to drive market share and large-scale adoption among sports fans.”

Commissioners of the NBA and NHL have both voiced their approval of this new deal. Hope is that the Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts partnership helps to provide players with the best possible experience.

Several States Will Soon Launch Sports Betting Platforms

As we mentioned earlier, almost 20 states have officially passed bills to legalize sports gambling. 13 of these states have their sports betting operations up and running. An additional six are currently working to launch these platforms.

Montana is expected to have its online and land-based sports betting platforms operating very soon. Sports betting was made legal here back in May yet it’s taken lawmakers time to prepare for this industry’s launch.

Tennessee should also have its sports gambling operations made available soon. This state legalized sports betting in May, as well. Hope is that sportsbooks start operating within the next month or two.

In time, it’s likely that almost every state in the country will legalize sports betting.

Yahoo Sports and MGM Resorts will soon begin offering sports betting odds and DFS games. Make sure to stay tuned for more news on this situation over the next few months!