DraftKings is constructing a retail sportsbook at the famed TPC Scottsdale golf course in Arizona, a part of an expanded partnership with the PGA Tour that may even give the playing firm entry to function throughout the state.
The deal was introduced simply two days after the Arizona senate passed a bill to legalize sports activities betting and grant licenses to sports activities entities inside the state. Pending an anticipated signature from the governor, the nation’s 14th largest state is hoping to have sports activities betting up and working by the beginning of the 2021 NFL season.
The sportsbook shall be what DraftKings chief enterprise officer Ezra Kucharz known as a “flagship” location, in an identical vein to the one DraftKings is constructing next to Wrigley Field. It will do massive enterprise throughout main occasions, in fact, but in addition be open year-round for foot site visitors and golfers who go to the course usually.
“Whether you’re someone who lives in Scottsdale, traveling there on vacation, or someone there for a PGA Tour event, this is going to be a marquee facility,” Kucharz mentioned in an interview. “TPC Scottsdale is a destination for golfers year-round.”
DraftKings has been a associate of the PGA Tour since 2019, however the specifics of this deal had been made potential by particulars inside the authorized Arizona sports activities betting invoice, which grants retail sportsbook rights to professional sports activities stadiums that seat at least 10,000, plus just a few racing and golf venues. The TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course’s well-known 16th gap, thought of the rowdiest hole in skilled golf, is totally enclosed with grandstands and skyboxes that seat 20,000.
DraftKings can be getting market entry to Arizona by the course, a part of the TPC community of programs operated by the PGA Tour. The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open, which routinely attracts the largest crowds on the PGA Tour schedule. DraftKings will develop into the unique sports activities betting associate of that occasion.
The partnership consists of each DraftKings and PGA Tour, plus town of Scottsdale and the Thunderbirds, the group that hosts the Phoenix Open. Kucharz declined to touch upon monetary particulars, which weren’t supplied in the official announcement.
There are presently 21 U.S. states (plus Washington D.C.) with reside authorized sports activities betting. That will develop in the close to future, with a handful of states which have both handed or are on the cusp of passing new legal guidelines.
While nearly each sport sees a possibility to develop its fanbase as authorized sports activities betting turns into extra pervasive, few have as robust an argument as golf. The stop-start nature of the sport gives myriad, distinct betting alternatives, notably with in-play betting, which makes up the overwhelming majority of all wagers in mature markets in Europe. To that finish, the PGA Tour has official sportsbook companions, a knowledge partnership with IMG Arena, an integrity partnership with Genius Sports and a playing media partnership with the Action Network.
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