AUSTIN (KXAN) – Gaming and sports betting company PointsBet has become the exclusive and official sports betting partner of Austin FC, the franchise announced on Wednesday.
The agreement does not means you will be able to place a bet in a kiosk or window at Q2 Stadium (this is illegal in Texas), but this sets up the franchise with a long-term gaming operator as the sports betting industry is growing rapidly Across the country .
The sponsorship deal between Austin FC and PointsBet is built for the long haul and focuses on online and retail sports betting, daily fantasy contests and free games, according to a franchise statement.
This is PointsBet’s first partnership with a major league sports property in Texas and the first partnership with an MLS club, the statement said.
“We look forward to a future where our revolutionary technology is in the hands of passionate and discerning Austin FC fans,” said Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA.
Although sports betting is not yet available in the state of Texas, those interested in PointsBet can enter the “Lone Star Pick’Em”, which is a free competition, the statement said. The Q2 Stadium will also house the PointsBet Sports Bar on the second floor of the North Building.
In the last legislative session, more than 50 Las Vegas Sands Corporation lobbyists attempted to push lawmakers to legalize gambling in Texas as a source of new revenue for the state budget.
These efforts did not result in legislation. Thirty states have some form of legalized gambling or legalized gambling on hold.