Buffalo Bills Add FanDuel as Official Mobile Sports Betting Partner

  • The Buffalo Bills also named FanDuel a daily fantasy sports partner
  • FanDuel gains the right to use Bills’ marks and logos and host activations at Highmark Stadium
  • The sportsbook gets access to media assets, in-game signage, podcasts, TV and radio spots
  • FanDuel is among four sportsbooks going live online in New York starting 9am Saturday
  • The Bills’ parent firm said FanDuel was “a premier sports betting destination for sports fans”
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New York brands the Buffalo Bills and FanDuel have inked a multi-year sports betting and DFS partnership. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Strategic, multi-year deal

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have added FanDuel to their roster as an official mobile sports betting partner in a strategic multi-year deal.

The Bills took to Twitter Thursday to welcome FanDuel on board the same day the partnership got inked:

The strategic tie-up between the two brands also names FanDuel as a daily fantasy sports (DFS) partner. The partnership gives FanDuel the right to use official Bills marks and logos, plus the sportsbook can also host activation events at the Bills’ Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

The deal also gives FanDuel access to media assets, including in-game signage, TV, and radio spots. Another win for FanDuel is that it gets to be presenting sponsor of the Buffalo Bills-themed podcast, Bills by the Numbers. The popular show, which discusses team updates and key fantasy matchups, is hosted by Bills’ Wall of Famer Steve Tasker and Bills insider Chris Brown.

Battleground New York

Rival, big-name sportsbooks consider New York a vital strategic staging post in establishing brand leadership in the national sports betting and iGaming market. FanDuel, along with DraftKings, Caesars, and BetRivers were among the operators the New York Gaming Commission (NYGC) awarded ten-year online sports betting licenses to in November.

The four rivals have gotten out of the blocks early, with the NYGC giving the sportbooks the green light to go live in the state starting 9am Saturday. For FanDuel and the Bills, the partnership comes at an exciting time, with the franchise on the verge of the AFC East division over the New England Patriots.

The Bills (10-6) meet the New York Jets (4-12) on Sunday and are the favorites to clinch their second consecutive AFC title this weekend.

FanDuel Group’s CMO Mike Raffensperger said the partnership with his firm was a “natural collaboration.” He drew parallels between FanDuel’s “absurdly fan-focused” model and the Bills’ culture being founded on “genuine connection with their fans.”

one of the most loyal fanbases in sports”

Raffensperger said the partnership will bring “unique content and experiences to one of the most loyal fanbases in sports.”

The CEO’s comment in the official news release about his company preparing “to bring America’s #1 sportsbook to New York state” illustrates how rival sportsbooks will use every opportunity to get one over each other in the battle for New York market share.

Excitement for Bills fans

Pegula Sports & Entertainment senior VP of business development Dan Misko talked up FanDuel’s strong reputation as “a premier sports betting destination for sports fans.” Misko expressed his firm’s excitement over what the tie-up will give Bills’ fans “as part of their gameday experience.”

Pegula Sports is the parent company of the Bills, formed after multi-billionaire Terry Pegula and his family combined their sports, real estate, and entertainment assets into one. In addition to owning the Bills, Pegula Sports also owns the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres along with other franchises in the National Lacrosse League and the American Hockey League. In 2019, the Bills’ struck a deal with the Seneca Tribe, naming New York-based Seneca Resorts & Casinos the NFL franchise’s first official casino partner.

Misko added that FanDuel’s innovative customer engagement chimed with the Bills’ mindset of connecting to its own fans.

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