Buffalo Sabres Add FanDuel Sportsbook As Official Sports Betting Partner

Written By Mike Mazzeo on February 24, 2022 - Last Updated on February 25, 2022
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FanDuel is an official sports betting partner of the Buffalo Sabres.

The sportsbook operator announced the multi-year deal Wednesday. The deal allows FanDuel to receive exclusive broadcast integration — and do sports betting segments — on Sabres’ telecasts.

This becomes the second pro franchise owned by Pegula Sports & Entertainment to align with FanDuel. The Buffalo Bills announced a similar partnership in January 2021 (and with Caesars a year later) with FanDuel.

“On the heels of bringing America’s No. 1 Sportsbook to the great state of New York, we’re excited to partner with the Sabres to infuse sports betting content into the hockey viewing experience,” FanDuel CEO Mike Raffensperger said in a statement. “This is just the beginning for New York sports fans, and partnering with a fellow leader in the sports and entertainment industry lets us collaborate to take things to the next level.”

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Sabres dive into NY sports betting waters

The Bills and Sabres had joined the New York Yankees in supporting the Super Bid that included FanDuel Sportsbook NY — not to mention DraftKings, BetMGM and Bally Bet — during the licensing process in NY.

“We’re proud to expand our relationship with FanDuel and extend its engaging content to Sabres fans,” Dan Misko, PSE senior VP of business development, said in a press release.

“FanDuel has built a strong reputation as a premier sports betting destination for sports fans, and we’re very excited for all that this partnership will offer our valued fans throughout the state of New York. We look forward to working with FanDuel for many years to come.”

Well before FanDuel received licensure to offer NY online sports betting, the sportsbook partnered with the Bills as the NFL franchise’s official sports betting partner.

FanDuel NY to integrate within Sabres broadcasts

According to the news release, FanDuel will celebrate the Sabres partnership with a special promotion. Dubbed the “Sabres Correct Score Bonus,” for the Buffalo Sabres games on Feb. 23 and Feb. 25, users of the NY sportsbook can wager at least $25 on the correct score of Sabres games and receive a $5 bonus in site credit for each goal the winning team scores in the game, up to a max bonus of $25 per game.

That return comes regardless of if the bet wins or loses.

In addition, the Sabres will feature FanDuel branding, odds and promotions during game broadcasts. That includes pregame, in-game, intermission and postgame shows. Real-time Sabres betting odds will also appear from FanDuel throughout the broadcasts.

Such a deal comes as FanDuel thrives in New York. After all, the NY online sportsbook has been No. 1 in terms of market share of late.

Photo by AP / Patrick Semansky
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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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