- The MLB and DraftKings have partnered to offer fans some virtual sports betting.
- The MLB Dream Bracket games will begin on April 20 with a number of games to stream and wager on.
NEW YORK – DraftKings and the Major League Baseball (MLB) have come together to offer the MLB Dream Bracket game for sports bettors. The game is part of the “Out of the Park Baseball” video game series centered around the MLB.
The new offering consists of 32 different teams and the “tournaments” will be played through a best of seven series, the way the World Series is played. Currently, the Negro league and the 25 & under Stars team are both the number 8 seed for the National and American leagues.
With the MLB and every other major sports league suspended due to COVID-19, this form of legal sports betting aims to keep baseball bettors occupied for now.
What It’s All About
“Baseball fans have passionately debated about the best players and teams across the 150-plus years of the sport. Now DraftKings and Major League Baseball are partnering to bring the discussions to life by collaborating on the innovative gamification of simulated MLB matchups,” said Ezra Kucharz, Chief Business Officer of DraftKings.
“Our longstanding partnership with Major League Baseball has always been focused on enhancing the fan experience and we are proud to offer fans everywhere yet another way to engage with our products and the great game of baseball.”
The Dream Bracket game features all of the greats, from Babe Ruth to Nolan Ryan and the rosters can get a little crazy. The MLB Network will be covering the events and have Scott Braun and Jon Morosi providing commentary.
Eight round, 32 game matches are slated to begin on April 20 and go till April 21. Games will be available to livestream with DraftKings or through the Twitch Channel of the MLB network.
The rosters cover a number of big names. As stated by the MLB, “Rosters were constructed with balanced depth to specifically compete in a simulated regulation game. The full rosters for each of the 32 competing teams, which include a combined 185 Hall of Famers, 115 Most Valuable Players, 61 Cy Young Award winners and 67 Rookie of the Year Award winners.”
These free-to-play pool style video game simulations are an effort by both DraftKings and the MLB to keep fans engaged during the current hiatus from sports matchups due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Fans can both watch and bet on the MLB games. The game brackets will be based on data accumulated throughout baseball’s history since the league has been operating for decades. The teams will be fairly placed against one another through skill level and accolades they’ve received while playing in the MLB.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.