Monumental Sports Network – the station that’s best known for broadcasting the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics – is partnering with Sportsradar to improve its digital platform.
This is significant news because the Network’s owner, Ted Leonsis, who also owns the aforementioned teams, has been a huge proponent of opening a sportsbook in the stadiums.
Monumental Sports Network is adding a betting flavor to its broadcasts. In the partnership with Sportsradar, the network will now integrate live scoring updates, real-time betting odds and in-game tracking feeds to the television network and its website.
That means going forward, Sportsradar will provide all box score data, advanced stats and betting odds for each game in the NHL, NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and the AFL.
The first place where the partnership will be noticed is on the website’s home page, which will have a lot more life to it going forward. All of the data feeds, scores and schedule will now appear on the home page and they’ll also provide all sorts of data, stats and odds with team pages, standings and much more.
Sportsradar is one of the biggest providers of data and feeds to not only many of the major leagues like the NBA, NHL and FIFA, it's also a tool frequently used by sportsbooks to settle bets. Their information is among the most reliable out there, which is why so many betting shops rely on it.
What’s interesting with this deal is that it appears to bring Leonsis and all of his different entities closer to sports betting. Of course, Washington, D.C. is now one of the places in the United States where sports betting is legal.
The D.C. Council cleared the way in December when they legalized sports gambling. Venues like Capital One Arena could host a sportsbook while the D.C. lottery would oversee sports betting in the city.
Leonsis has long been a big proponent of sports betting. In March, he announced that Capital One Arena plans to add a sportsbook. Currently, there is a bar on the bottom floor named The Green Turtle, which he plans to transform into a sportsbook that will be accessible both from the outside and inside, depending on what is permitted.
This is relevant to the Sportsradar partnership as it essentially paves the way for a sportsbook. One of the essential aspects of it would be a company like Sportsradar, which can provide the data necessary to run the book, set the lines and grade the bets.
Now it looks like it’s a question of when, not if, there will be a sportsbook in Capital One Arena. It’s not the first time we’ve seen that as there’s already a sportsbook at The Meadowlands – right next to Giants Stadium – and there is talk that the Chicago Cubs plan to open one at Wrigley Field.
It’s just the latest sign that sports betting is set to go mainstream in the United States.