PointsBet Added to NFL’s Roster of Approved Sportsbook Operators

  • PointsBet’s NFL status gives it a variety of sponsorship integrations across multiple NFL assets
  • The Aussie-based sportsbook also gains access to fan-engagement-rich official NFL data
  • A focal point of PointsBet’s NFL impact is its brand ambassador, legendary QB Drew Brees
  • Brees is transitioning into an NBC Sports role, which will boost the NBC-PointsBet relationship
  • The Chicago Bears named PointsBet their first official sports betting partner in September 2020


NFL logo in front of a wall of footballs
PointsBet has positioned itself strategically for the 2021-22 football season after being dubbed an Approved Sportsbook Operator by the NFL. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Approved in time for 2021-22 season

Australia-based PointsBet Holdings Limited has made it onto the National Football League (NFL)’s Approved Sportsbook Operator (ASO) roster in time for the start of the 2021-22 season.

Announced August 19, the milestone will boost PointsBet’s brand visibility across the broad football market landscape, bolstered by a variety of sponsorship integrations across multi-media and digital assets proprietary to the NFL and its media partners.

Access to official NFL data gives the sportsbook operator an additional route into enhanced fan engagement, as its subsidiary PointsBet USA continues its statewide expansion into the US professional sports market.

a cornerstone for PointsBet to provide the fastest and most comprehensive in-play betting experience”

PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken expressed excitement over his firm’s selection as an NFL ASO ahead of the new season, which kicks off September 9. Aitken trumpeted that the tie-up “will be a cornerstone for PointsBet to provide the fastest and most comprehensive in-play betting experience in the world.”

PointsBet going for big NFL plays

According to the PointsBet press release, the NFL relationship will augment the brand’s pre-game appeal through enhanced in-play experience. The sportsbook’s fixed odds and PointsBetting platform is at the forefront of its objective to deliver the most NFL pre-game wagering options. Aitken also pointed out the brand will continue to grow its US market penetration “on a more seamless and reliable app across every customer touchpoint.”

Central to PointsBet’s NFL impact is legendary quarterback and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. PointsBet appointed Brees — who is transitioning from the gridiron to the press box this season in a new a role with NBC Sports — brand ambassador earlier in 2021. While Brees gives the PointsBet brand a human face, he will also act as bridge between the already robust NBC Sports-PointsBet relationship.

In August 2020, NBC named PointsBet its official sports betting partner in a multi-year media deal that secured the US media giant a 4.9% stake in the sportsbook operator. A key takeaway from the equity partnership, said to be worth nearly $500m to NBC, is the fusion of PointsBet into NBC Sports Regional Networks’ exclusive multiplatform gameday integrations, with access to over 2,200 live sporting events. PointsBet also can tap into NBC’s television audience of 184 million, plus digital assets that include 60 million active users a month.

Following the appointment as ASO for the NFL, PointsBet can now springboard off NBC Sports’ premium television and digital assets to create further brand awareness during NFL events.

Widening NFL, US sports footprint

The addition of the NFL to its roster strengthens the compacts PointsBet already has in place with professional football franchises and college athletics programs. In September 2020, the Chicago Bears named PointsBet the team’s first official sports betting partner, giving the global sportsbook operator access to its logos, marks, and intellectual property.

The Aussie-based operator had earlier that month inked a partnership deal with the University of Colorado. The gaming, betting, and fantasy sports partnership broke new ground, as PointsBet became the first operator to secure a deal with a major NCAA Division-I athletics program. 

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