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MLB’s Nationals, BetMGM Announce Sports Betting Partnership

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MLB’s Nationals, BetMGM Announce Sports Betting Partnership

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BetMGM on Monday announced a multi-year partnership with the Washington Nationals to be their official sports betting partner. It will also open a BetMGM Sportsbook connected to Nationals Park (its first in-stadium sportsbook) and the launch of its mobile app within the permitted area around the park.

The BetMGM sportsbook will be located where Center Field Social (across Center Field Plaza from the Nationals Team Store) resides, according to the news release. It will give patrons a stadium view and sports betting experience that complements MGM National Harbor Dugout Club, a sports box located adjacent to the team’s dugout.

Fans will not be able to access the sportsbook during Nationals games, but they can place bets on BetMGM's mobile app, the news release said.

“The Nationals are thrilled to expand our strong partnership with MGM Resorts into the sports betting realm,” Alan Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Sports Group, owners of the Nationals, said in the release. “As our official sports betting partner, BetMGM will further enhance the greatest in-venue fan experience in Washington, D.C. through its state-of-the-art entertainment products and services.

”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 D.C. community with a first-class gathering place to celebrate their passion for sports together.”

Last year, in a coronavirus-shortened season, the Nationals, 2019 World Series champions, finished tied for fourth place with the New York Mets (26-34) in the National League Eastern Division.

Other DC Sports Venue Deals

Capitol One Arena in D.C. became the first sports venue to open a sportsbook on site. It partnered with William Hill and opened in early August inside the arena in a temporary site.

William Hill’s retail sportsbook outpaces the D.C. Lottery’s sports betting app and it can now be used near the arena — within a two-block radius around Capital One Arena. The D.C. Lottery went live with its GambetDC website at the end of May and followed with iOS and Android apps later in June.

FanDuel announced in late October that it will open a retail sportsbook at Audi Field, home of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, as part of a multiyear partnership with the team. FanDuel will become the United’s exclusive sports betting sponsor.

The United and FanDuel said they hope to open the sportsbook in 2021, pending licensing and regulatory approvals from the DC Lottery.

MLB Gaming Partner

MGM Resorts is an Official Gaming Partner of Major League Baseball. In July, PointsBet became the first operator to reach a deal with an MLB team, the Detroit Tigers.

“I can't think of a better extension to MGM National Harbor's long-standing partnership with the Washington Nationals,” Jorge Perez, president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor, said in the release. “Fans will have the opportunity to experience America's pastime in the most innovative and exciting way possible.”

BetMGM’s branding will be featured inside Nationals Park as well as on the team's social media and digital platforms, according to the release. BetMGM and the Nationals will also create exclusive benefits for members of each partner's loyalty program.

More on BetMGM Partnerships

Currently, BetMGM is live in 11 states and soon will launch in neighbor Virginia in the near future, pending regulatory approval. BetMGM now is partners with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Detroit Red Wings and the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

“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,” Matt Prevost, chief revenue officer for BetMGM, said in the release. “We're extremely excited to work together to create unique experiences for Nationals fans and the broader D.C. metro area during and after games.”

On Dec. 22, BetMGM and the Philadelphia 76ers announced a partnership. It was the day the NBA season started and just four days after BetMGM launched in Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Lou Monaco for Bookies.com
Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA.