Another sports betting app has launched in Pennsylvania this past week. Fox Bet – Pennsylvania (in partnership with Mount Airy Casino) made its way to the Keystone State in time for the start of the 2019 NFL season. The app, which is separate from the Fox Bet app offered in New Jersey, is available for both iOS and Android. Fox Bet becomes the fifth online sports betting option in Pennsylvania
Signing-up at Fox Bet Pennsylvania
Signing-up for an account with Fox Bet is quick and simple.
– Create a user ID.
– Create a password.
– Enter an email.
– Consent/decline to receive special offers and promotions.
– Confirm that you are at least 21 years old.
– Confirm that you have read terms an conditions.
Enter the following:
– First Name
– Last Name
– Date of Birth
– Last 4 Digits of SSN
– Cell Number
Enter the following:
– Zip Code
– Option to set a self-imposed deposit limit.
– Select and answer two challenge questions.
– Confirm information entered is correct.
– Confirm that you are at least 21 years old and nobody else is permitted to access your account.
Fox Bet Pennsylvania Pros and Cons
Overall, the Fox Bet Pennsylvania app is a solid sports betting option. There are plenty of pros when it comes to the Fox Bet Pennsylvania app. There is a great selection of betting options, including some you won’t find and most other sportsbooks, like darts. The app has an excellent appearance and is very easy to navigate. All of the different sports options are listed in a sliding bar on top of the screen. There is also a tab in the top right-hand corner that users can click to show a list of all of the available sports to bet on.
The home page also features a list of popular betting options as well as a promotions tab. The amount of promotions that Fox Bet offers is also excellent. New users get $20 Free Cash when they sign up. Fox Bet also offers a first-time deposit bonus of up to $100. They also offer daily promotions from a number of Fox analysts that provide odds boosts and money-back guarantees on losing bets. Some of these analysts include Chris Carter, Colin Cowherd, Clay Travis, and Charissa Thompson.
The only noticeable downfall at this point is the Fox Bet live chat customer service. While it is nice that they offer live chat support, it appears to be almost non-existent at this point. When I accessed their live support for a simple question regarding the $20 free cash bonus I waited over 15 minutes and received no response. After waiting in the “queue 1” position for 17 minutes I exited out of the chat and never received a response for my question. Being that the app is still new, small inconveniences like this are expected.
Fox Bet in Other States
Pennsylvania is the second state that Fox Bet has launched in (New Jersey being the other). Fox Bet was created due to a partnership with Fox Sports and BetStars (The Stars Group). Earlier this year, The Stars Group entered into a partnership with Penn National Gaming. This partnership will help Fox Bet launch into as many as nine additional states (pending the legalization of sports betting in some of these states):
Fox Bet Mobile App
Media giant FOX Sports and The Stars Group (TSG) announced in early-May a partnership that will create FOX Bet. The newly created FOX Bet will provide both free-play and real-money options to residents of states with legal sports betting.
FOX paid $236 million for a 4.99% stake in TSG. Fox Sports will also have the option to acquire up to 50% of TSG after 10 years. The current deal could be for up to 25 years. As part of the deal, Fox Sports will grant an exclusive license to The Stars Group for the use of certain Fox Sports trademarks to online sports wagering.
Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Groups, released a statement expressing how TSG believes this could result in huge growth for both companies. “We believe this strategic partnership uniquely positions us to build a leading betting business in the U.S., which represents one of the most exciting long-term growth opportunities for our company. Leveraging our proven media partnership strategy with Sky Sports in the UK, we are excited to partner with FOX Sports to integrate wagering into sports media and drive customer acquisition and retention in the U.S.”
The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Fox Sports, Eric Shanks, agrees with Ashkenazi. “FOX Sports is already synonymous with the best live sports events in the country and now we are expanding the way we immerse fans in the sports culture they love. Digital sports wagering represents a growing market opportunity that allows us to diversify our revenue streams, connect directly with consumers and expand the reach of the FOX Sports brand.”
TSG stock rose more than 10 percent after hours and has a market capitalization of about $5 billion.
Can FOX Bet Compete With FanDuel and DraftKings?
New Jersey is the number one state right now for mobile and online sports betting. So far, FanDuel and DraftKings account for more than 80% of the New Jersey market. FOX Bet will be looking to make a name for itself that will rival with the likes of FanDuel and DraftKings. Trying to be a third legitimate contender in the market was something that would have been difficult for TSG to do on its own. Now with the help of Fox Sports, TSG can reach a wider market due to the resources they acquire in the deal.
FanDuel and DraftKings have been dominating the market due to their success of attracting a customer base with free promotions and excellent advertisements that reach every market. Fox has the capability to reach an even bigger market and get their product in front of as many potential customers as possible. With their free-play option, FOX Bet can attract a large basis of customers to their application. Once signed up, they will be right where FOX Sports and TSG want them.
About TSG and FOX Sports
TSG provides technology-based product in the gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Collectively, their brands have millions of registered customers throughout the world. They are considered the industry leader in online and mobile betting, poker, casinos, and other gaming-related content. The biggest names owned or licensed by TSG include:
– PokerStars Casino
– Sky Casino
– Full Tilt
– Sky Vegas
– Sky Bet
– Sky Bingo
– Sky Poker
TSG is one of the largest licensed online gaming operators in the world. They currently operate in 21 jurisdictions, including Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Their goal is to become the number one iGaming provider in the world and with the help of Fox Sports, they have a great opportunity to do so.
FOX Sports represents FOX Corporation’s wide range of multi-platform US-based sports assets. FOX and its brands have the capability to reach over 100 million viewers in a single weekend. The FOX Corporation has ownership of multiple television networks, mobile programming, digital programming, web sites, broadband platforms, licensing relationships, and joint-venture businesses.
FOX Sports includes a number of different television platforms which include, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes, and FOX Soccer Plus. FOXsports.com and the FOX Sports App provide live streaming of Fox Sports content, instant score updates, statistics, and alerts. Joint-venture businesses include the Big Ten Network and BTN 2go.
They also have a licensing agreement that has established the FOX Sports Radio Network. FOX Sports can certainly help TSG reach an even larger audience. With the two companies working together, they can certainly manage to compete with FanDuel and DrafKings.