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The NFL has recently decided to allow sportsbooks to operate on game days, with stadiums hosting these betting facilities being given the green light to remain open. As reported by ESPN, NFL owners voted in favor of the decision, which means that the Washington Commanders, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, and Jets can continue to operate sportsbooks in their stadiums.
This change in stance towards gambling represents a significant shift for the NFL, and the decision comes after fans were already permitted to place bets on their mobile devices while attending games. This move is part of a broader strategy by the NFL to embrace sports betting, with the league announcing its first sportsbook partnerships in April 2021. The NFL has now approved seven outlets to operate sportsbooks, with this latest vote extending their reach further.
The decision has been received positively by sportsbook operators, who have long been pushing for increased access to stadium facilities. However, there are some crucial stipulations to note. For example, it has been reported that revenue from the sportsbooks will not be shared with other teams until the Commanders, Cardinals, Giants, and Jets have collectively exceeded an amount believed to be $20 million. Once this threshold has been reached, the remaining 31 teams will be entitled to a share of the revenue.
According to Forbes, the decision also reflects the growing trend towards legalized sports betting across the US. As it stands, 33 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., have already legalized sports betting, with more states expected to follow suit.
In summary, the NFL's decision to allow sportsbooks to operate on game days represents a significant shift in the league's approach to gambling. The decision to permit sportsbooks to operate at stadium facilities is expected to be welcomed by sportsbook operators and reflects a growing trend towards legalized sports betting across the US. It will be interesting to see how this decision impacts fan engagement and the revenue generated by NFL teams moving forward.
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