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DraftKings, MLB Expand Partnership With New Deal

MLB was DraftKings first league partner back in 2012.

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DraftKings isn’t slowing down its growth anytime soon. The sports betting company has struck a new multi-year deal with Major League Baseball.

MLB.tv is involved with the two sides discussing ways to integrate betting-themed broadcasts into the league’s flagship streaming platform. The “Bet & Watch” streaming integration allows fans with open and active MLB.com and DraftKings accounts to watch a free, live MLB game within the DraftKings app.

“In 2012, MLB helped ignite the daily fantasy industry by becoming our first-ever league partner,” DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish said in a statement. “That same foresight has persisted over the years as our organizations look to disrupt and innovate further through this expansion.”

Designated game streams are happening every Monday on the app when the project goes live. DraftKings is currently the only U.S. sportsbook to integrate live games into their sports betting platform.

The deal between these sides is another win for live sports betting in the United States. Once legal wagering is allowed nationwide, don’t be shocked to see a DraftKings Sportsbook in every MLB stadium while also giving fans even more live betting options to play with.

DraftKings was already the league’s official daily fantasy partner, and now their branding will be prominent at major events throughout the year, including the 2021 T-Mobile Home Run Derby. An on-field “Hit It Here” trigger where lucky fans will have the chance to win tickets to a 2021 World Series game is now a part of the festivities. Additionally, DraftKings is offering customers two free-to-play pools around this year’s Home Run Derby, totaling $50K in prizes.

“For nearly a decade, our growing relationship with DraftKings has been rooted in fan engagement, and the second-screen immersion of sports gaming and entertainment products,” MLB Executive Vice President of Business Development Kenny Gersh said. “This next iteration of unique and experiential offerings is something we look forward to rolling out together as baseball fans continue to embrace technological advances.”

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Lachlan Murdoch: ‘FOX Bet Has Been Disappointing’

“In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch.”

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FOX is the only network to have a stake in the sports betting industry. The network partnered with FanDuel to launch FOX Bet in 2019. So far, FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch has not been pleased with the results.

In a recent interview, he told Axios that the app has around 6.5 million users since its launch. He called the performance thus far “disappointing.”

Sports betting is a crowded marketplace. It is possible that players are watching games on FOX and seeing advertisements for the betting app, but are choosing to trust their experience to companies like FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, and other companies that are more commonly associated with gambling.

Murdoch believes that a dispute with FanDuel owner Flutter has set FOX Bet back. The two companies have been involved in a standoff over who owns which aspects of FOX Bet and what price FOX is obligated to pay in order to acquire an 18.6% stake in FanDuel. Murdoch says everything “should be resolved by the summer.”

In March, Bloomberg reported that the app is struggling to find new players. FOX Bet is one of the betting partners of the NFL and can advertise its services during games in the fall, but its potential is hindered by only being available to bettors in four states.

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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