Fiesta Bowl Dives Into Sports Betting With Caesars Entertainment Deal

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Fiesta Bowl announces multiyear partnership with sports betting group Caesars Entertainment​

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PHOENIX -- The Fiesta Bowl Organization announced a multiyear partnership with Caesars Entertainment on Monday, pairing one of the biggest postseason college football games with legal sports gambling in Arizona.

It's the first partnership between a college bowl game and a company that specializes in sports betting. Caesars will host fan lounges at the Fiesta Bowl in suburban Glendale and at the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which is played at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

Sports betting is set to become legal in Arizona on Sept. 9.

Fans will be allowed to make bets at a sportsbook and bar on the plaza adjacent to Chase Field -- which is also home to MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, who also have a partnership with Caesars -- once the building is ready and goes through the required regulatory approvals. They can also use the Caesars Sportsbook app.

The partnership is another sign of just how accepted and widespread legal sports gambling has become in much of the United States. A partnership of this kind was once almost unthinkable in college sports.

"Five years ago, this was probably taboo or you didn't even speak of it," Fiesta Bowl chief marketing officer Jose Moreno said. "But this is the evolution of sports as a whole, and we're excited for it."

Caesars will also be the title partner of the Fiesta Bowl's pregame parties and the presenting partner of the game's kickoff luncheon. Dan Shapiro, the chief development officer of Caesars Digital, said the partnership helps position the company to be a market leader in sports betting.

"When this opportunity presented itself to be a part of the Fiesta Bowl and Guaranteed Rate Bowl, we really jumped on it," Shapiro said. "We thought it was a perfect fit for everything we're doing in Arizona."

Shapiro said that once professional sports embraced sports gambling, it was bound to trickle down to the college level.
 

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It will combine one of the most important college football postseason games with legal sports betting in Arizona. It's also the first time a collegiate bowl game has partnered with a sports betting company. At the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Caesars will offer fan lounges. This is amazing imo. It's a good time to start betting again. I am using a software from bossaction.com which improves my win rate on bets, and I make more money from this.
 
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It will be interesting to see how they deal with "past post" live bets in a situation where they are offering "court side" betting app access.

Books are going to have to stop retroactively voiding live bets for this reason if they reasonably expect to offer on site app betting.
 
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