According to a report from Boston Bruins insider Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is “pushing hard” for betting kiosks in NHL Arenas.
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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly reportedly told SBRPicks.com in an email yesterday, that while it likely won’t happen on opening night of the 2019-20 season, fans can expect to see betting kiosks introduced in the NHL at some point in the upcoming season.
“Potentially at some point during the season, but not by opening night,” Daly said.
Bruins owner Jacobs is reportedly one of the biggest advocates for in-arena betting amongst NHL owners.
“Jacobs has been one of the biggest advocates of in-arena betting and these kiosks and while he has some hurdles to overcome with the state of Massachusetts, he is determined to make this a reality,” a source said to Murphy. “Jacobs is the head of the board of governors and he has the full support of the league and many NHL owners. He’s been spearheading this for a while now and knowing him, he won’t back down until not only his rink has these Kiosks, but as many as possible do in the NHL.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has already expressed similar sentiments, so it seems like betting is coming to an NHL arena near you, whether fans like it or not.
“The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity for fan engagement utilizing technology and data that are exclusive to our League,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said when the partnership between MGM and the NHL was announced. “Fan engagement, technological advancement and innovation are paramount to our progressive approach and will be at the forefront of everything we do.”