The Washington Football Team has become the first NFL team to join the American Gaming Association in its “Have a Game Plan Bet Responsibly” public service campaign.
The agreement was announced prior to the WFT’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals and comes as the sports betting industry continues to expand in the United States. To date, a total of 22 states and the District of Columbia have launched legal sports betting with six more states to open their markets soon.
In a statement Washington Football Team Chief Partnership Officer said:
“With legal sports betting now permitted across our region, we are ensuring responsible gaming serves as a foundation for how we engage in this exciting commercial market. We’re not only proud to partner with the AGA, the architect of Have a Game Plan, but also proud to lead by educating fans as they enjoy football in an engaging, new way.”
Educating Fans on Principles of Responsible Gaming
Initiated in 2019, the Have a Game Plan campaign was created to educate fans on the principles of responsible betting. Since then, it has partnered with sports organizations like NASCAR, National Hockey League, PGA Tour, Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The campaign suggests a series of steps to take in order to become a responsible bettor.These steps include setting a budget and sticking to it, keeping sports betting social by betting with friends, family, or colleagues, to be informed and to learn the details of the game that is being played, and to only bet with licensed and regulated sports betting operators.
Promoting Responsible Betting Through Multiple Channels
By joining the campaign, the Washington Football Team commits to promote responsible betting through multiple channels. These include in-stadium activities, sponsored content on their website, and promotion on the team’s upcoming preseason radio and television broadcasts.
The Washington Football Team announced that its preseason radio and TV broadcasts will include 20-second spots that will encourage fans to bet responsibly. Fans will also be directed to the AGA’s Have a Game Plan website for resources and information.