San Manuel Band of Mission Indians which operates the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California has inked a sponsorship deal with Oakland Raiders NFL franchise.
The gambling operator will now be officially sponsoring raiders as well as the Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium once the team moves from Oakland to Vegas in 2020.
According to the deal, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will also be the ‘founding partner’ of Allegiant Stadium. The stadium will be hosting Raiders from 2020. At present, it is the home ground of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’s (UNLV) college football team.
Loren Gill, chief executive of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said: “The popularity of the Raiders in Southern California is unmatched.
Through this partnership, we are thrilled to offer our guests more access to high-quality sports and entertainment.”
The casino does not offer sports gambling as it is not legal in California yet. As such, the deal is not violating any of the guidelines issued by the NCAA which has been against gambling on college-level tournaments and sports betting in general.
Earlier this year, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) lifted the ban and revised its policy concerning hosting of tournaments and sports events in states that have legalized sports betting.
The association has said that they are revoking their earlier decision because with several states legalizing sports betting it would not be practically possible to keep them out.
NCAA still seeks a ban on betting on college-level tournaments.