NFL Stadium Sportsbooks Can Now Accept Bets On Gamedays

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on March 31, 2023
Fans Can Now Gamble On Games In NFL Stadiums

It’s official, US sportsbooks inside NFL stadiums will be allowed to accept sports bets on game days once the 2023 season begins.  

First reported by The Atlantic, team owners voted to allow the change during a league meeting earlier this week. 

Washington Commanders could be first to accept bets at their stadium

To date, only one franchise, the Washington Commanders, has a physical sportsbook on stadium grounds. The Commanders’ sportsbook comes from Fanatics, which opened the Fanatics Sportsbook at FedEx Field in January.

The new rule would make Washington the first franchise to take bets during games. Other teams, such as the Arizona CardinalsNew York Giants and New York Jetshave sportsbooks located outside their gates. 

Sports betting is not available for every team

Unfortunately, not every team can take advantage of the new rule. Currently, only 18 franchises exist in states where sports betting is legal. However, placing a sportsbook outside a stadium might not be a bad idea. Placing a sportsbook outside the stadium lets teams like the Arizona Cardinals, bypass the league’s gate revenue-sharing agreement.

Teams that play their home games in states with legal online sports betting include:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • New England Patriots
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Washington Commanders

According to The Athletic, should teams decide to build sportsbooks inside their stadiums, they will be allowed to keep roughly the first $20 million in gaming revenue. After that, they will be required to pool the excess with other teams per the gate revenue-sharing agreement.

In January, the Fanatics Sportsbook generated over $140,000 in sports betting handle, translating to $6,732 in state taxes. After two months of operations, the sportsbook has generated around $45,000 in revenue, according to data from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Association.

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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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