To be clear, we’re not telling you to bet on the NBA. Or the WNBA. Even though anecdotal research suggests that doing so may improve your viewing experience, side effects be damned. But if you were already planning to spice up your Wednesday by placing a wager at the Bellagio on, say, the Las Vegas Aces -1.5, you could now count on Adam Silver to endorse it.
The league announced Tuesday that MGM Resorts International is now the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.
“As the landscape for sports betting in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace, MGM Resorts is a proven gaming leader for us to work with on this groundbreaking partnership,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “Our collaboration will result in the best possible gaming and entertainment experience for consumers through the use of accurate, real-time NBA and WNBA data, and our collective efforts to maintain and enhance the integrity of our games.”
Sure, you could have legally bet on Kyrie Irving’s Celtics or Candace Parker’s Sparks in Las Vegas before Tuesday. But now, you’ll probably experience less shame in doing so.