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MLS strikes four-year deal with MGM

MGM now the league’s official betting partner

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The LA Galaxy and legalized gambling? It could be a thing sooner than you think.

Sports Business Journal reported this morning that the league has agreed to a four-year deal with MGM Resorts International. The betting corporation with ties to the NBA, NHL and MLB have plans this season including developing a free game for the fans.

The player’s union have released the following statement:

MLS’ sponsorship agreement with MGM and sports betting in general will generate additional revenues. At the same time, sports betting presents significant, attendant challenges for players that need to be addressed by MLS and state and federal legislatures. Players’ rights and protections must be clearly defined in this new landscape.

The MLSPA has been working cloesly with the other player assocations and with the league to both understand and mitigate any negative impacts of sports betting on players. We will continue to work to assure that the players have a seat at the table and that their concerns and understood and addressed.

I’ll take $100 on Zlatan scoring vs. the Timbers in two weeks time.