Audacy and BetMGM announced Monday that BetMGM will become the exclusive sportsbook of the BetQL Network, Audacy’s network of sports betting content heard across its broadcast portfolio and digital platforms. The partnership (The BetQL Network presented by BetMGM) is an exclusive, multi-year agreement that significantly expands the current relationship between BetMGM and Audacy.
“We are delighted to expand our strategic partnership with BetMGM, highlighted by their new exclusive position with the BetQL Network,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. “Barely a year old, the BetQL Network has a bright future ahead of it as legalized sports betting continues to expand over the next decade.”
BetMGM will have category exclusivity of the network’s full slate of programming, including flagship program “You Better You Bet,” commencing in September, and “BetQL Daily,” “The Daily Tip” and “BetMGM Tonight.” BetQL Network’s weekly lineup will distribute approximately 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms. Audacy will also produce content for live audiences at various MGM Resorts across the country who will host the network inside of BetMGM sportsbooks.
“We’re excited to further our strategic partnership with Audacy and to bring our market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment content to millions of listeners nationwide across the entire BetQL Network platform,” said Matt Prevost, Chief Revenue Officer, BetMGM.
As part of the expanded partnership, Nick Kostos, host of “You Better You Bet,” the most consumed sports betting podcast in the country, and co-host Ken Barkley will become brand advocates for BetMGM. An industry leader in the sports-betting space who has been covering the medium since 2013, Kostos joined Audacy in 2019 when he and Barkley launched "You Better You Bet" in August of that year. Alongside Barkley, Kostos has built “You Better You Bet” into the No. 1 sports betting podcast in the U.S., according to Triton.
Audacy first announced a partnership with BetMGM in March 2021, which designated the market-leading platform as a preferred sports betting partner of Audacy across its sports broadcast stations, the Audacy and BetQL apps and digital platforms, and the BetQL Network. Initial key partnership details included integrated content across Audacy’s broadcast sports stations, customer acquisition opportunities, and talent endorsements across Audacy’s wide spectrum of local and national sports betting content, while bringing BetMGM’s sports betting content to the millions of sports fans across the country who tune in daily to Audacy’s portfolio of broadcast stations, podcasts and shows.