Official betting involves placing wagers on a sporting event using the governing body’s official data. This type of betting has gained in popularity, and sportsbooks have embraced the trend by offering a variety of official-themed promotions.

Merch Giveaways

Barstool Sportsbook is one of the few sportsbooks that offers merch giveaways as an incentive for players to place wagers. These prizes are typically exclusive pieces of clothing and other merchandise that are shipped directly to the winner a few weeks after their bet settlement.

League Partnerships

As more states legalize sports betting, partnerships between sportsbooks and sports leagues are becoming more common. The National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have both signed deals with sportsbooks that provide access to their in-play data.

NCAA Partnerships

NCAA member institutions are also working with sportsbooks to provide access to their data for oddsmaking and live betting. These relationships are a natural alignment that should grow as more universities and the public come to accept legal, regulated sports betting.

Collegiate Player Props

College sports betting laws vary on a state-by-state basis, so it’s important to check local regulations before placing a wager. Some subsets of bets, like player props, are not available at all in certain states.

Rule 21

The rule against gambling in baseball is a strict one, which prohibits players, umpires, or club or league officials from placing bets on any MLB game. It also forbids people from accepting bribes or receiving benefits to fix a match or match event.