ESPN BET North Carolina is poised to make a notable debut in the state’s sports betting scene on March 11, partnering with the esteemed Quail Hollow Club and the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. This strategic move diverges from the typical sports team alliances, positioning ESPN BET in a unique collaboration with these renowned golf entities.
ESPN BET’s Entry into North Carolina with a Golf-Centric Partnership
This collaboration signifies ESPN BET North Carolina’s exclusive role as the official betting operator for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Benjie Levy, Head of Penn Interactive managing ESPN BET North Carolina, expresses enthusiasm for this venture, especially the opportunity to connect with fans through innovative activations at the championship event.
Having already launched in 17 states since November, ESPN BET is gearing up for a significant impact in North Carolina’s growing sports betting market, aiming to compete with leading platforms like FanDuel North Carolina and DraftKings.
North Carolina’s Online Sports Betting Launch Timed with March Madness
North Carolina is set for a major entry into the US sports betting arena, coinciding with the excitement of March Madness. The state has confirmed the launch of online sports betting on March 11, following applications from nine companies, including ESPN BET North Carolina.
The state has already secured partnerships with six entities: Bet365, BetMGM, DraftKings, Fanatics Betting and Gaming, FanDuel, and PENN Sports Interactive/ESPN BET, with Underdog Sports expected to announce its entry soon. Additionally, Cherokee’s Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprises and the Catawba Two Kings Casino, currently offering in-person betting, are extending their services online.
Governor Roy Cooper’s aim to have sports betting operational for March Madness aligns perfectly with the NCAA tournament dates. The March 11 launch precedes Selection Sunday and the tournament’s start, marking a pivotal moment in North Carolina’s sports betting history. Anticipation is high for the rollout of sportsbook promos across North Carolina.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) Landscape in North Carolina
As North Carolina prepares for sports betting, the state’s Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) scene remains active. In the absence of specific legalization or prohibition laws, DFS platforms operate freely in the state. This allows North Carolinians to engage in DFS activities without legal concerns.
Platforms like DraftKings and FanDuel offer a variety of gaming options across major sports, catering to diverse interests in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports. For DFS enthusiasts in North Carolina, this scenario presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy fantasy sports competitions.
ESPN BET North Carolina’s approach to entering the state’s sports betting market through a unique partnership with Quail Hollow Club and the Wells Fargo Championship reflects a strategic focus on golf. With the state’s online sports betting launch coinciding with March Madness, and the thriving DFS scene, North Carolina is set to become a dynamic and multifaceted market for sports betting and fantasy sports.