BetMGM, the betting brand operated through the Entain and MGM Resorts joint venture Roar Digital, has secured a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball franchise the Washington Nationals.
Under the deal, BetMGM will open a retail sportsbook inside the team’s Nationals Park home ballpark.
The wagering facility will not be open to fans attending matches, but supporters will be able to place bets via the BetMGM mobile application, which is licensed to operate within a permitted area around the stadium.
This is due to the regulations passed by the DC Council, which gives the DC Lottery’s Intralot-powered Gambet app exclusive rights to offer mobile wagering across the city.
The agreement will also see BetMGM become the official sports betting partner of the Nationals and benefit from branding opportunities at Nationals Park, as well as on the franchise’s media and digital platforms.
In addition, BetMGM and the team will create exclusive benefits for members of each partner’s loyalty program – MGM Resorts’ M life Rewards and Red Carpet Rewards.
“This new partnership with the Nationals is our most in-depth partnership with a team and showcases the multitude of ways we’re able to engage fans in and out of stadiums,” BetMGM chief revenue officer Matt Prevost said.
“We’re extremely excited to work together to create unique experiences for Nationals fans and the broader DC metro area during and after games.”
Alan Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Sports Group, which owns the Nationals, added: “The BetMGM mobile app will enable our fans to engage with the game in new and exciting ways, while the BetMGM sportsbook connected to Nationals Park will provide Nationals fans and the DC community with a first-class gathering place to celebrate their passion for sports together.”
The new partnership comes after William Hill last week announced it was to strengthen its presence in the US capital by rolling out its mobile sportsbook in Washington DC.
The sportsbook complements its retail presence in the city’s Capital One Arena, though will only be available within a two-block radius of that property due to the DC Lottery’s exclusivity rights.