The PGA Tour is now listing sports betting odds on their website and on the official PGA Tour app. The PGA is partnering with BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and SportsBet to provide betting odds from across those four sportsbooks.
According to the PGA Tour website, the Professional Golfers Association is “committed to making sports betting safe and fun.” Most players in each PGA Tour event will have “to win” odds listed under the “Odds” tab on the website or mobile app. Each player also has their own betting odds web page with notes on their performance.
PGA Viewership Is Up
The PGA Tour is one of the most popular sporting events in America. Prior to the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the PGA Tour was experiencing a boom across all channels. Television ratings on CBS and ESPN were up more than 30 percent, and the Golf Channel was one of the most popular entertainment channels with more than 70 million households in the US tuning in at least once per month. According to the PGA, in 2019, the PGA Tour attracted more than 3 million fans to their 46 official tournaments.
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Other Sports Who List Betting Odds on Their Websites
The PGA joins the National Football League in partnering with online sportsbooks to list odds on their official league website and mobile applications. Several NFL teams have signed deals with sportsbooks, typically as state laws go into effect to legalize sports betting online. For example, last October, the Philadelphia Eagles announced a partnership with DraftKings. Other NFL teams have signed deals with sportsbooks over the last 12 months.
The National Hockey League lists sports betting odds on their website in conjunction with their partnership with BetMGM, listed as “an official sports betting partner.” NHL.com shows the Money Line, Over/Under, and the Puck Line, which is always set to 1.5 (serving as the game point spread).
Could The NBA And MLB Be Next?
The NBA and Major League Baseball are notable in that they do not offer sports betting odds on their websites. However, each league has its eyes on the sportsbook industry and they have their toes in the water in different ways.
The NBA was the first professional league to launch a virtual reality sports betting game and at least two MLB teams: the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, have official sports betting partners who will operate near their ballparks or within the confines of their ballparks.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has suggested that sportsbooks should pay a “royalty” to the NBA for betting on their games, and MLB has partnerships with fantasy sports companies.