Washington Football Team Becomes First In NFL To Join AGA’s Responsible Gambling Program

As legal sports wagering expands throughout the country, stakeholders are taking steps to raise awareness of problem gambling.

In a joint statement released Monday, the Washington Football Team and the American Gaming Association announced the team has become the first NFL franchise to join the AGA’s “Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly” public service campaign.

The initiative begins with the Washington Football Team’s first home preseason game of the year, Friday, August 20 against the Cincinnati Bengals, with activations at FedExField, the team’s home stadium in Landover, Maryland, as well as 20-second spots on preseason radio and television broadcasts. It also includes AGA-sponsored content on the team’s website, washingtonfootball.com.

Washington’s 2021 preseason concludes with a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, August 28.

DraftKings, FanDuel, Monumental Sports and Entertainment (which owns the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, and Capital One Area), NASCAR, the NHL, PGA Tour, Vegas Golden Knights, and UFC are among the groups that have also joined the “Have A Game Plan” campaign. The NFL also has a partnership with the AGA.

“Getting sports betting right is a shared responsibility for everyone involved,” AGA Senior Vice President Casey Clark said in the press release. “The Washington Football Team’s partnership demonstrates their leadership and commitment to making responsibility core to their sports betting strategy. Today’s announcement puts Have A Game Plan in front of more fans and is a step further in building a responsible, sustainable legal market.”

Regional Focus

The Washington Football Team is situated within a burgeoning area for sports betting.

Sports betting is live in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Also, while Maryland appears to be several weeks away from a launch date, legislation making sports betting legal in the state was signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan in May.

“With legal sports betting now permitted across our region, we are ensuring responsible gaming serves as a foundation for how we engage in this exciting commercial market,” said Scott Shepherd, Washington Football Team’s Chief Partnership Officer. “We’re not only proud to partner with the AGA, the architect of Have A Game Plan, but also proud to lead by educating fans as they enjoy football in an engaging, new way.”

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Marcus DiNitto

Marcus DiNitto is Senior News Editor for Gaming Today. He has been managing editor at SportsBusiness Daily, Sporting News, The Linemakers, and USA Sports Gaming. Marcus earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.