Major League Soccer Joins Other Leagues in Signing Deal with MGM Resorts International

Published on March 20th, 2019 11:26 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



Major League Soccer signs major gaming partnership.  Year is 2019. Earlier this week, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that they had entered into a multi-year gaming partnership with MGM Resorts International.

According to the terms of the deal, Roar Digital, which is the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings plc (parent of partypoker), will become the exclusive sports betting partner of the MLS.

The MLS will provide MGM Resorts International and Roar Digital with enhanced data to be used by fans and sports betting customers, while Major League Soccer's teams will provide signage at their events.

In addition, Major League Soccer has pledged to bring "world-class soccer events" to the city of Las Vegas.

Given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team, plus the imminent move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, you shouldn't be surprised to see a MLS team in Las Vegas eventually.

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Roughly a year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on sports betting was unconstitutional, giving states the right to decide whether or not to allow gambling.

Major sports league in North America, led by the NBA, have jumped on this opportunity, inking deals with the likes of MGM Resorts International.

Despite a recent negative opinion on the Wire Act, states are confident that they will be able to continue to allow sports betting within their borders. The major sports leagues obviously agree, as they are pressing ahead with deals such as the one that we saw between the MLS and MGM Resorts International earlier this week.

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This deal gives MLS another stream of revenue which can be put towards improving the product and signing big name players.

Source: MLS Soccer - MLS Announces Multi-Year Gaming Partnership with MGM Resorts International

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