The Dallas Cowboys Make History as First NFL Team to Have Their Own Casino

Dallas Cowboys Open Their Own CasinoGoodbye prohibition, hello Official Casino of the Dallas Cowboys! This past Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys announced their partnership with WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

This is the first time a casino can display an NFL brand. The General Manager of WinStar, Jack Parkinson (who now calls himself a Cowboys fan), joined Jerry Jones, the team’s owner, and general manager during the announcement. This is what he had to say:

The Dallas Cowboys take great pride in aligning themselves with the best brands in the world. It is a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder as partners with such a prominent entertainment brand like WinStar World Casino.

WinStar Casino and Resort

WinStar World Casino & ResortBut who is the Cowboys’ new sponsor? The WinStar opened 9 years ago as a small Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma casino. It may have opened small in 2003, but it has undergone massive expansions. In 2009, the WinStar Casino and Resort become the world’s largest casino with 600,000 square feet of casino floor. It doesn’t hold that record anymore but it still is the biggest in the US.

It is a 3-star hotel and holds a 4.3 average user-rating (based on 16,709 Google reviews). Even though the casino isn’t on Texan soil (it’s in Thackerville, OK) it is just a stone’s throw away from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. In fact –according to Google Maps– it’s only a 1.5-hour drive from the Cowboys AT&T Stadium to the WinStar.

All Bets Are On

WinStar Dallas Cowboys CasinoUntil very recently casinos couldn’t sponsor NFL teams officially and team owners would not make deals where gambling was involved. But this has changed since the United States Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in May 2018.

As a result, the prohibition of sports betting in the US under federal law. As states have been moving to legalize and regulate betting, it seems like a natural next step for the gambling and sports worlds to come together. Teams can partner up with casinos and gaming companies, but they cannot deal with sportsbooks directly.

The NFL’s Bottom Line

NFL - National Football LeagueThe American Gaming Association (AGA) recently commissioned a Nielsen Sports study regarding the relationship between the NFL and sports betting. In a nutshell, it concluded that the NFL’s revenue could increase as much as $2.3 billion as a result of legalized sports betting in the US.

According to the AGA’s Senior VP of Public Affairs, Sara Slane:

Legal, regulated sports betting will create huge new revenue opportunities for sports leagues—and the NFL could be the biggest winner of all. Once legal sports betting expands across the country, the NFL could take in more than $2 billion a year, reinforcing how much sports leagues stand to gain from increased viewership and private partnerships with sports betting operators.

More About the Nielsen Sports’ NFL Study

Nielson Sports surveyed 1,000 fans (bettors and non-bettors) to determine how their habits could impact the NFL’s revenue. It was reported that “viewership and fan engagement could increase the total annual revenue involving ticket sales, merchandise sales, sponsorships, and media rights by just over 13%”. In other words, just with merch and products, we’re talking about an additional $1.75 billion.

Other ways in which the NFL’s revenue will increase according to the study:

  • $573 million – Spending by sportsbooks services and data providers
  • $451 million – Money from advertising by gaming operators on advertising
  • $92 million – Estimated sponsorship revenues each year

OUSC’s Take on The News

The Dallas Cowboys and WinStar are making current history with this deal. While it is the first, OUSC predicts it will not be the last. Other NFL giants will surely want to get in on the action – soon. This seems to be the turning point for professional sports opening the door to the gambling world.

Could this be the start of online casinos and sportsbooks partnering with sports teams? We think so.

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Jackie Nicholls

Jackie Nicholls - Senior Editor

Jackie is a slots enthusiast and a trivia geek. She is our resident savant when it comes to table games, betting limits, and deposit methods (especially cryptos). She also has a knack for finding special seasonal casino promos.