Landmark deal sees Stoke-based giant becomes first OBO outside of North America.
The PGA Tour and Bet365 have announced a three-year content and marketing agreement until 2024 naming Bet365 as an Official Betting Operator of the PGA Tour. Bet365 becomes the tour’s first OBO outside of North America with territories including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia in addition to Canada.
In the UK, Ireland and Australia, Bet365 will serve as the exclusive source for odds on the leaderboard and player pages on PGAtour.com and on Tourcast, the tour’s award-winning platform that allows fans to follow every shot from each group with a 3D rendering of the golf course. Bet365 will further activate the relationship by having a brand presence across PGA Tour media properties including on Discovery platforms in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada.
“We are excited to work with Bet365 to expand the tour’s sports betting initiatives outside of North America,” said Scott Warfield, vice president of gaming at the PGA Tour. “Bet365 was the first operator to integrate the tour’s official in-play betting product and they are poised for tremendous growth being on the forefront of in-play sports betting in golf. The tour continues to look for opportunities to innovate in new areas with a goal of engaging with fans.”
As part of the tour’s Official Betting Operator programme, Bet365 will have rights in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada to use PGA Tour marks, rights to advertise within tour media and tour partner platforms.
A spokesperson for Bet365 said: “The Bet365 group is delighted to be working with one of the most iconic brands in global sport. Throughout this partnership with PGA Tour, Bet365 will strive to continue delivering a market-leading in-play experience to our golf customers, both across our global sites and the PGA Tour platforms.”
Additionally, Bet365 was the first sports betting operator to integrate the IMG Arena Golf Event Centre product, which is an unparalleled, frontend sports betting solution, designed to revolutionise the golf betting experience by enabling interactive in-play betting on the sport. Created in association with the world’s leading golf tours, the Golf Event Centre is a real-time experience for golf fans and bettors. The industry-first product is the only place to find fast, comprehensive, shot-by-shot data and markets, live streaming purpose-built for in-play betting and interactive course visualisations. The Golf Event Centre is available to sports betting operators worldwide where betting is legal.
Following the US Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, the PGA Tour instituted a robust integrity programme in collaboration with Genius Sports and later that year announced a global partnership with IMG Arena to license its official, live scoring data to betting operators around the world.
The PGA Tour is a platinum member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and is aligned with the American Gaming Association (AGA) as a ‘Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly’ public service campaign partner to educate golf fans on responsible sports betting.