ESPN BET, the new sports betting app born of the partnership between ESPN and PENN Entertainment, is expected to go live in Maryland tomorrow, Nov. 14.
Online Maryland sports betting customers already have had access to a Hollywood Casino/Barstool sports betting app, which has been the PENN Entertainment online sports wagering presence in Maryland.
Now, those customers will have access to the new ESPN BET Maryland. Earlier reports have been that the ESPN BET sports betting apps will have a familiar look to it for the Hollywood/Barstool customers.
Reportedly, customers in as many as 17 jurisdictions soon will have access to ESPN BET. In addition to Maryland, ESPN BET plans to launch in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Chairman’s View on ESPN BET
When the PENN Entertainment-ESPN partnership was announced in August, ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said: “Our primary focus is always to serve sports fans and we know they want both betting content and the ability to place bets with less friction from within our products. The strategy here is simple: to give fans what they’ve been requesting and expecting from ESPN. PENN Entertainment is the perfect partner to build an unmatched user experience for sports betting with ESPN BET.”
It won’t be long before there’s some evidence of how influential the ESPN brand will be on sports wagering.
On Nov. 20, the premiere Monday Night Football game of the season is scheduled between the two teams from last season’s Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. So far this season, the Eagles are 8-1 atop the NFC East and the Chiefs are 7-2 in first place in the AFC West. The game is being broadcast by ESPN.
ESPN BET now joins the field of Maryland sports betting apps.