Stars Group deepens National Basketball Association links

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Toronto headquartered gaming and online gambling organisation The Stars Group has unveiled a deepening of its agreement alongside the National Basketball Association.

Inking its previous deal under its BetStars brand, the new agreement comes concerning its majority owned Australian BetEasy entity, which has secured the honour of becoming the first official wagering partner of the NBA in the nation.

Under the terms of the deal, BetEasy is to have the right use NBA assets across its marketing materials, in addition to having its products promoted directly to NBA fans in the country.

Furthermore, the company is to also become the presenting partner of ‘NBA Pick‘Em: Weekly 6’, a free-to-play game where fans can win prizes for predicting NBA games, which is pencilled in to launch in Australia later this year.

The partnership will be promoted throughout Australia on BetEasy assets and the NBA’s online platforms, including the league’s official local destination, the NBA App and the NBA’s localised Facebook and Twitter accounts.

BetEasy will use official NBA betting data, as well as working closely with the NBA to protect the game’s integrity and promote responsible wagering.

Scott Levy, executive vice president and managing director of NBA Asia, explained: “As we continue to explore international opportunities in the sports betting space, we are thrilled to extend our partnership with The Stars Group to include BetEasy in Australia.

“Australia has set the standard for cooperation between leagues and sports betting operators, and we are excited to leverage the local and global expertise of BetEasy, to create the best possible gaming experience for our passionate NBA fans in Australia.”

Launched in August of last year, BetEasy’s founding followed Australia-based CrownBet’s acquisition of, and integration with, William Hill Australia.

“Basketball is the most-popular and fastest-growing sport for Australian wagering customers, and our partnership with the NBA will allow us to offer the best NBA betting experience for our customers,” commented Matt Tripp, BetEasy CEO.