Bills Name FanDuel As Official Online Sports Betting Partner

Written By Mike Mazzeo on January 7, 2022
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Get ready for another wave of online sports betting partnerships between New York operators and the state’s professional teams.

Shortly after the NY State Gaming Commission announced that four online sports betting operators would be eligible to launch in the state on Saturday, the Buffalo Bills named FanDuel as their official online sports betting partner.

FanDuel will join DraftKings, Caesars and RushStreet (BetRivers) in launching Saturday morning.

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Details on FanDuel-Bills partnership

From the release:

“In addition to the use of official Bills marks and logos, FanDuel will gain access to a range of media assets, including TV and radio spots to engage Bills fans and in-game signage and activations at Highmark Stadium.FanDuel will also be the presenting sponsor of the Buffalo Bills-themed Podcast, Bills by the Numbers, hosted by Steve Tasker and Chris Brown, discussing team updates and key fantasy matchups.

“The Bills take pride in being a culture that is built on genuine connection with their fans, and we  are absurdly fan-focused at FanDuel, making this a natural collaboration,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group. “As we prepare to bring America’s #1 sportsbook to New York state, we will collaborate with the Bills to bring unique content and experiences to one of the most loyal fanbases in sports.

“FanDuel has built a strong reputation as a premier sports betting destination for sports fans,” said Dan Misko, Pegula Sports & Entertainment Sr. Vice President of Business Development. “The ways they reach people through engaging and entertaining content is innovative and aligns with how we think about connecting with our fans. We’re very excited for all this partnership will offer our valued fans throughout the state of New York as part of their gameday experience and look forward to working with FanDuel for many years to come.”

Connecting the dots: Why the Bills picked FanDuel

The partnership between the Bills and FanDuel comes as no surprise, as Buffalo supported the NY super bid featuring FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and Bally’s. Also supporting that bid were the Yankees, Sabres and NYCFC.

The Giants (DraftKings) and Jets (BetMGM, WynnBet, Fubo) also have their own online sports betting partnerships.

The Bills are NY’s only hope for a playoff run, with both Big Blue and Gang Green sitting at 4-12 and looking toward the 2022 NFL Draft (and in the Giants’ case, a potential much-needed coaching staff and front office overhaul).

NY online sports betting will be live for the entire NFL playoffs, which kick off Jan. 15. The expectation is that all nine operators — BetMGM, Bally’s, PointsBet, Wynn Bet and Resorts World —  will be live in NY by the Feb. 13 Super Bowl.

Photo by AP / Jeffrey T. Barnes
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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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