The NFL will allow some of its stadiums to have betting lounges starting this season, a significant step as sports gambling continues to grow in popularity across the country, according to reports.
There’s just one problem: The league won’t actually allow betting to take place on site.
Stadiums in states with legal sports gambling, NFL chief strategy and growth officer Chris Halpin told ESPN on Friday, will be able to offer betting lounges this fall.
Per the report, teams will be allowed to designate an official sportsbook sponsor and display their signage in the stadium. That signage, however, can’t be in the lower bowl of stadiums and must include the word “sponsor” when referencing sportsbooks. The league had previously allowed casino sponsors, as long as it didn’t include sports betting.
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