DraftKings Inks Exclusive Chicago Cubs Deal, Opens Second NH Sportsbook

  • The deal names DraftKings as the official sports betting and DFS partner of the Cubs
  • A retail sportsbook is planned for Wrigley Field
  • Online wagering will be offered in Wrigleyville
  • DraftKings also now operates two sportsbooks in New Hampshire
Statue of Ernie Banks outside Wrigley Field
DraftKings and Chicago Cubs have signed a partnership deal which will bring a retail sportsbook to Wrigley Field. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Sports betting expansion continues

Sports betting growth continues for DraftKings after signing a deal to be Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Chicago Cubs’ official partner. DraftKings is now the exclusive sports betting and daily fantasy partner of the team and will open a new retail sportsbook at Wrigley Field.

DraftKings North America co-founder and president Matt Kalish commented that the partnership is an historic moment. Kalish pointed out that the two organizations have a mutual passion for innovation as well as being committed to excellence.

an organization steeped in tradition”

“We look forward to working in collaboration with the Cubs, an organization steeped in tradition, and making our presence felt in and around Wrigleyville,” he said.

Along with the Cubs deal, DraftKings just launched a new sportsbook in New Hampshire. The DraftKings Sportsbook at Manchester is the second retail location to open in the state, offering bettors a physical spot for wagering on professional and college sports.

DraftKings Chicago Cubs deal

The new multi-year deal between the Cubs and DraftKings includes a plan to create a one-of-a-kind sportsbook at iconic Wrigley Field. Players located in the Wrigleyville area will have online access, able to place sports bets while in the area outside the stadium.

The sportsbook at Wrigley will include a full entertainment experience for guests. Sports betting is legal in the state of Illinois, but to offer services, the city of Chicago must approve DraftKings’ new plan.

The exact location of the sportsbook has not been provided. There is also no timeline yet as to when a venue would be operational. DraftKings must apply for a master sports wagering license with the state Gaming Board to move forward.

Jordan enters the picture

DraftKings had another announcement this week involving Chicago sports icons, revealing that it is now working with famed former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. DraftKings has added Jordan to its board as a special advisor. He will receive an undisclosed equity stake for his new role within the company.

Jordan will offer strategic and creative input to members of the board in relation to strategy, product development, and a host of other categories. The share price of DraftKings rose around 8% after the announcement was made.  

New Hampshire sportsbooks

Along with the Cubs deal, DraftKings has been busy launching new retail sportsbooks in New Hampshire. On August 12, the brand opened the first retail sportsbook in the state at The Brook casino. The new facility includes video walls and self-serve betting kiosks.

a spot that has earned awards for being a top bar and restaurant in the state

This week, the betting brand opened the DraftKings Sportsbook at Manchester. This second location offers betting at a spot that has earned awards for being a top bar and restaurant in the state. This facility also includes betting kiosks, wall-to-wall televisions, and many seating areas.

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