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Avs, Nuggets official partners with PointsBet

On Friday PointsBet, a worldwide sportsbook operator, and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) announced a new, multi-year partnership making PointsBet the official and exclusive partner of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth, and the Pepsi Center as a whole.

As part of the agreement KSE plans to unveil a new destination inside Pepsi Center that is expected to be ready when the teams’ 2020-21 season begin, the PointsBet Bar as well as the PointsBet Premium Club. Pepsi Center’s club level also will undergo a name change and will now be known as the PointsBet Club Level.

“Sports fans are hungry for the added dimension that fantasy sports and gaming add to their experience. We know that Nuggets, Avs, and Mammoth fans will be excited to have the opportunity to engage more deeply with their favorite teams via PointsBet.”

KSE executive vice president and CEO Matt Hutchings said.

One upgrade that should excite fans is significantly enhanced WiFi inside Pepsi Center. Part of the reason for the upgrade will be so fans can better utilize PointsBet’s sports betting app as well as KSE’s upcoming app that is designed to make planning and attending events at Pepsi Center better.

Another detail fans likely will notice about the partnership will be PointsBet becoming a parter with Altitude TV and Altitude sports radio. The plan is for PointsBets data, presumedly betting lines and the like, to be integrated in both pregame and in-game features during Nuggets and Avalanche games.

While PointsBet’s sportsbook app is not currently available in Colorado, it is expected to be released in the near future.

For those unfamiliar PointsBet was originally founded in Australia, and currently is building its new flagship U.S. headquarters in the LoDo area. It also will have a retail sportsbook located at Double Eagle Hotel & Casino in Cripple Creek.

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Rockies, Nuggets and Avs all gearing up for seasons

Rockies

It’s hard to believe that Opening Day is this week … assuming all goes according to plan. The Rockies are scheduled to play two exhibition games Tuesday and Wednesday in Texas against the Rangers, with the opener set for Friday.

Colorado wrapped up it’s 15-day summer camp on Sunday and manager Bud Black was most excited about how good the offense has looked.

My thoughts: I’m definitely excited for the season to be here at last, but my expectations for the Rockies still haven’t changed that much from when Spring Training began months ago. I expect them to hover somewhere around .500, probably finishing a few games under.

In this shortened season though their playoff chances definitely have increased though. All it takes is a hot stretch for a couple of weeks and they’ll be right in it.

Nuggets

The start of the NBA restart is coming up fast as well. Denver has its first scrimmage this Wednesday against the Washington Wizards and while they likely won’t play Gary Harris and Torrey Craig were reportedly en route to Orlando as of Sunday afternoon.

Harris was the final member of the Nuggets regular starting rotation that had yet to enter the NBA bubble. No word yet on the whereabouts of rookie Michael Porter Jr. though.

Avalanche

As the Avs also near their return to action count Ian Cole among those players who believe Colorado has a legitimate shoot to lift the Stanley Cup in a couple months.

Cole, a 10-year veteran, begins growing his playoff beard at the start of the hockey season, in October, if he thinks he’s on a playoff team. And since the playoffs are usually over by now this is already the longest he’s ever had it.

Here’s hoping he still is growing it in late August.

Broncos

The Denver Post began its series previewing the Broncos position groups. First up, the quarterbacks.

My thoughts: I’m cautiously optimistic that Drew Lock will be the long-term answer at quarterback for Denver. I don’t think that means he’s going to be be like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes and win the MVP award in his second year in the league however.

I do love the fact that John Elway and company have surrounded him with talent though. I also am hopeful that even if he struggles some this year, which is highly likely, that he still gets another year or two to learn and grow into the position.

Nationally

ESPN previews the upcoming MLB season with a look at the stars and storylines they’re most excited to see. Not surprisingly no Rockies players made the list.