The primary sportsbook in the US has secured its betting partner for North Carolina sports betting.

A spokesperson from FanDuel confirmed on Thursday that the sportsbook has teamed up with the PGA Tour to gain access to online North Carolina sports betting as reported by Sports Business Journal. As per a change in legislation in September sportsbook operators are required to have a written agreement with a sports organization to be eligible for a license in North Carolina.

Operators must submit their applications by December 27 and once approved regulators will determine a launch date. However they have already ruled out any launches before the possible date permitted by law, which is January 8 2024 and also before the Super Bowl. The commencement of NC sports betting is mandatory by June 14 2024.

FanDuels preparedness for NC sports betting

Prior to this change FanDuel had intended to directly apply for access to North Carolina and collaborate with one of two PGA Tour events according to SBJ. Christian Genetski, President of FanDuel mentioned that they are fully ready on day one when it comes to North Carolina.

“We have a rapport with the Tour and our intention is definitely to maintain that ” Genetski shared with SBJ. “Working together with an existing partner made it quite straightforward for us to reach agreeable terms, for this deal.”According to sources in the industry it seems that the changes in law might be influenced by the PGA Tour, NASCAR and related facilities in North Carolina. However NASCAR has denied any involvement.

FanDuels expanding options for PGA

As an operator of North Carolina sports betting for the PGA Tour, FanDuel is continuously strengthening its relationship with the organization. Both NASCAR and the PGA Tour believe that offering betting options can enhance fan engagement.

In August FanDuel announced the integration of IMG Arenas Golf Event Centre into their sportsbook.

According to FanDuel this integration will enable them to provide a range of live markets for fans to engage with every hole. Some examples of types include;

  • Longest drive
  • Closest to the pin
  • Scoring results on a hole by hole basis
  • Various shot by shot markets

Golf plays a significant role in North Carolina This week there was news about ESPN Bet partnering with Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship. Additionally Quail Hollow will serve as host for the 2025 PGA Championship.

Another golf course, in North Carolina that could potentially form a partnership is Sedgefield Country Club.

Sedgefield hosts the Wyndham Championship organized by the PGA.Partnerships now open for North Carolina sports betting apps. When Governor Roy Cooper signed the sports betting legislation in June it allowed for up to 12 sportsbooks to apply for licenses with a preference given to operators who have partnerships with sports organizations. Currently there are 11 organizations for these partnerships but that number could increase as professional sports expand within the state.

Month Bet365 became the first sportsbook to announce a partnership with the NBAs Charlotte Hornets. During a committee meeting held by the North Carolina State Lottery Commission on Wednesday regulators revealed that 11 operators have requested applications.

Other qualified sports organizations available, for partnerships include;

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • MLSs Charlotte FC
  • NASCAR
  • NWSLs NC Courage
  • NHLs Carolina Hurricanes
  • NFLs Carolina Panthers
  • North Wilkesboro Speedway

Users can expect to see North Carolina sportsbook promos and details on the FanDuel North Carolina promo code as more sportsbooks launch in the state.

✅ Fact Checked on January 27, 2024 by Ken Weaver