The National Basketball Association (NBA) and La Française des Jeux (FDJ) – the operator of France’s national lottery and one of the world’s largest sports betting companies – announced a new multiyear expansion of their partnership in France.
Under the partnership, ParionsSport will continue to use official NBA betting data and branding across its digital and retail offerings. French NBA fans will be provided with exclusive benefits and authentic experiences, including access to NBA games in the U.S., official NBA merchandise and engaging products through FDJ’s betting platforms, with over 100 bets available per game. Building on their support of the NBA’s first-ever regular season game in France, as Associate Partner of The NBA Paris Game 2020 presented by beIN SPORTS, ParionsSport will also partner on future NBA games in France.
The partnership sees the continued collaboration on the popular, localised free-to-play prediction game “NBA Pick‘Em Weekly 6 presented by ParionsSport”. This gaming experience offers French fans the chance to win prizes by predicting the result of six NBA games each week during the regular season at nba.com/pickem.
“We are delighted to expand our partnership with La Française des Jeux, an industry leader in the French sports betting landscape,” said Kuljeet Sindhar, Senior Director, International Fantasy & Gaming, NBA. “With the 2020-21 NBA season about to tip off on December 22, the league is looking forward to uniting millions of NBA fans and FDJ customers across France, providing another touchpoint for those fans who choose to engage with the NBA through betting.”
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the NBA, the world’s most iconic basketball league,” said Head of Sports betting for FDJ, Richard Courtois. “The NBA is synonymous with basketball and represents the pinnacle of the sport. Through this partnership, our sports betting portfolio will gain even more visibility, with our customers and NBA fans alike able to enjoy unique experiences. This partnership will be key to the growth of the ParionsSport brand over the next few years.”
beIN SPORTS presenter Mary Patrux will continue in her role as ParionsSport ambassador, providing weekly predictions and tips on ParionsSport social media channels, with popular NBA YouTubers and social media influencers TrashTalk also joining the ParionsSport team.
The expanded partnership will be promoted in 27,000 retail locations in France and across ParionsSport and the NBA’s digital assets, including NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA France social media platforms.
Sports betting continues to be a growth area for FDJ, representing 21% of FDJ’s total stakes in 2019. FDJ saw an increase of more than 40% in bets on the NBA since 2019.