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Gotta Play to Win? Will Ravens Strike a Deal with the Maryland Lottery?

From the Baltimore Sun…

The Ravens are huddling with Maryland Lottery officials over placing the team’s logo for the first time on scratch-off tickets.

“We are in discussions,” Ravens’ spokesman Chad Steele confirmed Friday, just 48 hours after the National Football League decided to allow clubs to strike licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries.

Maryland Lottery officials declined comment Friday.

Thursday, the New England Patriots reached an agreement with the Massachusetts State Lottery to put their logo on instant tickets next season. Friday, the Washington Redskins and Virginia Lottery did the same. Other clubs figure to follow suit, said Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesman.

Such collaborations in other sports have generated millions in revenue for both the states and professional teams. In Massachusetts, a three-year accord between the state lottery and baseball’s Boston Red Sox has reaped more than $200 million a year through scratch-off tickets.

Not much of a surprise that all 32 owners voted in favor of the policy change. I’m sure that with the impending possibility of uncapped football teams are looking for any extra revenues streams that they can find.

There has been some opposition to the acceptance of this plan. But, as long as the gambling aspect stays limited to scratch off tickets and doesn’t get into sports betting I think that their isn’t much of a conflict.

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