In a big development that will cheer sports enthusiasts, the National Football League (NFL) has decided to permit some specific stadiums to run betting lounges beginning in football season this fall. The decision has been taken as sports betting continues to witness a huge rise and popularity all over the USA.
According to reports, the stadiums will allow these betting lounges on-site as the league will not permit you to place actual bets at them.
According to NFL’s chief strategy and growth officer Chris Halpin, the betting lounges will be made available in stadiums where their respective states will permit legal sports betting. As of now, fourteen states have allowed legal sports betting. Meanwhile, a large number of states are expected to make sports betting a legal activity in the current year.
Chris Halpin also said, sports betting is continuously evolving state-wise, and it feels good to see its growth. We have also enhanced our efforts to contribute more towards its growth. We are highly positive about how it continues to develop.
We’re allowing betting lounges. Similar to daily fantasy lounges today, in an adult, discreet area, there will be a betting setup, but we’re not going to have betting windows.
The latest betting lounges also showcase the NFL’s keen desire to support the increased comprehensive sports betting culture more than anything else. NFL may establish the foundation for real betting culture on stadium ground all across the USA.
Reports state that the teams will be permitted to allocate an official sportsbook sponsor and allow their sponsor’s signage to be highlighted in the stadium as long as it is not showcased in the lower bowl of the stadium. It is mandatory for the signage to specify the word “sponsor” in it as and when a sportsbook is mentioned.
Earlier, the NFL had always discouraged the sports gambling industry for years. The primary reason behind this was the NFL always felt wagering on football might pose a direct threat to the integrity of the game. However, now the NFL has finally changed its approach towards the betting industry and decided to embrace it.
NFL does not view sports gambling as a threat anymore. The football league now perceives it as an industry that will help in enhancing fans’ engagement by letting fans get more into the game.