DraftKings Joins the Sports Gambling Market in Arizona through a PGA Tour Agreement

May 3, 2021 Todd Winkler

PGA Tour Logo Next to a Golfer in Action The step will come after the Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2772, which would allow wager on sports and fantasy sports in the state. DraftKings will also be the preferred sports gambling partner for the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open held at TPC Scottsdale.

DraftKings and PGA Tour stated that they would grow their existing business relationship to provide DraftKings with corporate approval for mobile and retail sports betting in Arizona, pending legal approval.

It is because of the following passage of House Bill 2772 by Arizona lawmakers which will legalize sports gambling in the state. Both organizations also declared their intention to launch a high-end retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale as part of the deal.

More Details about the Deal

Ezra Kuharz who is a Chief Business Officer at DraftKings said, “When DraftKings had become the 1st legal bookmaker of the PGA Tour, it opened up several opportunities for collaborative innovation. This significant effort to find a unique bookmaker for PGA TOUR is proof to the idea of both companies that they think will help betters who want to play the sport legally.”

At TPC Scottsdale, where lovers can gather throughout the year to place bets, watch games, and experience world-class food and drink, the Draftkings and PGA Tour think to build a noticeably fun “19thhole” experience. The various locations are under consideration at TPC Scottsdale for the local bookmaker; details will be announced later.

Norb Gambuzza is a Senior Vice President at PGA Tour. Gambuzza stated that the PGA Tour supports the Governor and State for their innovative strategy to legalize sports betting. He is excited to partner with DraftKings, Thunderbirds, and the City of Scottsdale to discover a unique world-class Waste Management Phoenix Open and TPC Scottsdale sports betting experience. One of the most visited events in golf is ‘The People’s Open’; and with this report, they cannot wait to take the fan experience to the next level.

Expanding an Existing Partnership

The expanded agreement also makes DraftKings the preferred sports gambling partner for the Waste Management Phoenix Open held yearly at TPC Scottsdale. Also, DraftKings and the PGA Tour will engage in mutual marketing actions and unique hospitality events to put TPC Scottsdale as the world’s leading point for golfers and gamblers.

This relationship is the latest in a series of growing and leading sports gambling actions under the PGA Tour. In 2018, pursuant to a United States Supreme Court ruling reversing the Amateur and Professional Sports Protection Act, PGA Tour teamed up with Genius Sports to create a strong integrity program.

The official bookmaker ranking was introduced in 2020, and the company continues to develop GolfBet’s innovative partnership with The Action Network. TOUR is a platinum sponsor of the National Gambling Council and is an affiliate of the AGA for the Have a Game Plan program.

For those who are not familiar, DraftKings is one of the most prominent daily fantasy sports operator in the United States and enjoys huge popularity among American bettors.

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