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The Detroit Red Wings Enter Into A Partnership With PointsBet

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have entered into a strategic multi-year partnership with PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator and provider of a market-leading sports wagering app. The partnership, designed to enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement, includes the rebranding of Sports & Social Detroit at Little Caesars Arena to the PointsBet Sports Bar. Expected to be operational in 2021, the PointsBet Sports Bar will offer a full-service food & beverage menu, high-definition televisions, live betting odds, special guests, unique programing, VIP access and fun gaming promotions. 

“Our fans will enjoy the lively atmosphere of the PointsBet Sports Bar and the energy this partnership will bring to the game-day experience in and around Little Caesars Arena,” said Chris Granger, Group President, Sports & Entertainment, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We are proud to deepen our relationship with PointsBet and we look forward to creating dynamic experiences for our fans.”
The partnership also features television broadcast-visible virtual signage just inside the blue lines, as well as LED PointsBet signage and branding throughout Little Caesars Arena during Red Wings home games. PointsBet will also have a sponsored presence on the Red Wings’ digital platforms, the Detroit Red Wings Radio Network, be integrated into The District Detroit mobile app and be regularly featured on The Word on Woodward, a twice-weekly live streaming show that airs on the Red Wings and Tigers channels.
PointsBet was named the official gaming partner for the Detroit Tigers last July. 
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Ilitch organization and announce this partnership with the Detroit Red Wings, a very proud and storied NHL franchise with an extremely passionate fanbase,” said Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA. 
Originally founded in Australia, PointsBet made its U.S. debut in January 2019.  PointsBet features a fully compliant and easy-to-use app, providing bettors with fast and seamless legal access to the most markets for wagering in the world. Powered by PointsBet’s proprietary technology, PointsBet is the only U.S. provider of the revolutionary PointsBetting product, which rewards players exponentially the more correct their wager is. PointsBet is expected to release its market-leading sports wagering app for sports bettors within Michigan in early 2021, pending regulatory approval.  
“We now have the unique opportunity to work closely across both the Red Wings and Tigers, and we look forward to leveraging our competitive advantage of owning our technology environment from end to end to implement engaging product innovation and personalized offerings to complement our app's market-leading speed,” added Aitken. “PointsBet offers the most betting options in the world on NHL and MLB games via our unique PointsBetting product, and we are excited to unveil a deep and differentiated betting option into the great state of Michigan.”
Those interested can currently participate in the company’s free-to-play challenge, the PointsBet Pick 6, a contest-style game that allows sports fans across the country to experience PointsBet’s premier service and technology while presenting an opportunity to win $25,000 every week. 

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Maybe I’m old fashioned but this is kind of gross.

In my opinion a fan shouldn’t need to have money riding on a game to
be engaged or excited.

I’m sure some people can handle a little gambling just fine, enjoy analyzing
countless variables, enjoy themselves and maybe come out ahead.
To that extent, to each his own.

But we’re just reading about a guy in the middle of a 49 million (on paper)
deal who is almost 30 million in debt, in significant part it seems due to gambling.
We’re in a world where there are a lot of desperate, hurting, vulnerable people who might be too inclined to keep taking implausible chances on bets to bail themselves out. I consider myself lucky that, like cigarettes, I’ve never had any interest in betting and never was tempted.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/12/21 at 01:51 PM ET

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