Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by satcaster Dish, has added a betting information channel for National Football League games and related wagers. The streamer previously launched wagering info channels for MLB, NBA and NHL teams as well as college football.
The channels, which are produced in collaboration with digital gaming company DraftKings, follow a marketing agreement earlier this year between Dish and DraftKings to bring the latter’s sportsbook and daily fantasy sports gaming features to Dish and Sling subscribers. (The channels are available on Dish’s Hopper set-tops.)
The NFL channel allows subscribers to view betting odds and real-time game scores. The other channels do the same for baseball, basketball, college football and hockey.
Despite the possible appeal to sports fans who wager, the DraftKings experience is somewhat limited for Dish and Sling TV customers because the two TV services do not carry the regional sports channels that provide the broadcasts of most NBA, NHL and MLB teams. Dish and Sling are engaged in carriage disputes with Bally Sports, the AT&T-named regional sports networks, and the NBC regional sports channels.
Under the Dish-DraftKings deal, new DraftKings customers can get a free $50 bet at the DraftKings web site by using the promo code, SLING. The DraftKings site allows sports betting in states where it’s legal.
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— Phillip Swann