The NHL is embracing legalized sports wagering, signing a deal with MGM Resorts. In doing so, it reversed course against its years of resisting legalized gambling.
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As the league’s first sports-betting partner, MGM Resorts will be able to use official NHL logos and trademarks at sports books in states where betting has been legalized. MGM Resorts will also have access to new proprietary game data that the NHL is currently developing and hopes to roll out by next season.
It’s a sharp turn for the NHL, which for years fought New Jersey’s attempt to legalize the activity. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said in the past few years that the NHL didn’t lend itself to gambling in the same manner as other sports.