NFL, NBA, MLB, and other professional sports leagues have partnered with companies to provide official betting data for their events. DraftKings and BetMGM have announced partnerships with NFL teams for the 2020 season, while the Giants and Jets will sign up two years earlier. These deals are not exclusive, and NFL teams may also sign up other teams as official betting partners. However, NFL teams will not be allowed to market this relationship outside of their local areas.
Some states are moving toward legalizing sports betting. Tennessee, Maryland, and North Carolina are all considering legalizing betting. Some states have already approved sports betting sites, including New Hampshire. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has partnered with PointsBet as an official betting partner for several sports brands. However, some professional sports leagues are concerned that the use of unofficial data could threaten the integrity of their games. For this reason, they are wary of letting fans place bets on sports events that are not officially supervised.
In addition, PGA Tour events require official data in order for people to make informed bets. Without official league data, “squatters” can price their bets, and players cannot be certain of their shots. Without official league data, there is no way to tell the distance to a hole in one without a reliable source of information. Moreover, without official data, golfers cannot know the distance of their shots, and betting websites would lose money.