A few months ago, the Oregon Lottery announced that they were going to release a sports betting app this fall just in time for football season. As we close in on the soft release date, the Oregon Lottery recently announced that their app will be for professional sports only. That means, sports bettors in the state of Oregon will not be allowed to legally wager on college football and other collegiate sports. Although this approach severely limits gaming revenue, sports betting proponents are hoping that the new app will spark state leaders toward allowing wagers on collegiate athletic events in the near future.
Oregon Lottery’s new app is called Scoreboard and it’s being prepped for release prior to the start of the NFL season on September 5th. Unfortunately, college football sports bettors won’t be able to wager on their favorite schools like the Oregon Ducks or any other university in the country because the state agency felt that professional sports was easier to market to a general audience:
“As we’ve been looking to get back into the sports betting market — it’s been more than a decade since we’ve had any — we’re kind of easing into it. Professional sports is an easier sell to the broader audience. We may revisit (wagering on collegiate events) later on. It’s a business decision for it right now. There is concern on our commission about adding colleges, never say never, but we thought it best to shy away from colleges right now.”
The lottery partnered with SB Tech to create this app, which is the same company who partnered with the Golden Nugget in New Jersey. Currently, state personnel are testing this app to work out any glitches and other functions.
The Oregon Lottery also partnered with GeoComply to ensure that this app will only be available within state borders. Like other states with legal online sports betting, this geofencing prevents residents outside of Oregon from accessing the app.
SB Tech has already proven their value in the online sports betting trade with highly successful online platforms. A growing number of industry analysts feel that the Oregon Lottery will benefit greatly from this partnership. The Scoreboard app itself is also expected to be a hit with users. The Scoreboard app will reportedly include the following types of bets.
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