Last Updated on August 6, 2020
The Barstool Sportsbook app is coming to Pennsylvania soon according to Penn National Gaming, Barstool’s parent company. In a press release, Penn National Gaming details its plans for a September launch in Pennsylvania that will coincide with all four major sports leagues playing games.
“We currently anticipate launching the app in Pennsylvania with additional states to follow throughout Q4-20 and Q1-21,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National Gaming. “We have already seen very high levels of interest in the Barstool Sportsbook app from the Barstool audience as well as on a wide range of social media platforms, and we are extremely excited about Barstool’s plans to introduce the app to their growing and loyal audience.”
The outbreak of COVID-19 hit Penn National hard. The company saw decreases in revenue during Q2 of 2020 when compared to Q2 of 2019, but that was expected with the absence of live sports. As live sports continue to return in full force, Penn National is seeing encouraging trends in Q3 along with big stock gains.
“Our cashless and contactless initiatives will also bring our property technology in line with other industries while helping to attract a younger customer to our properties,” Snowden added. “We look forward to reopening the remainder of our properties and to the easing of restrictions at our reopened properties when it is safe to do so. We also anticipate resuming construction later this year on both of our Category 4 projects in Pennsylvania, which we expect will open in the second half of 2021.”
Barstool Sportsbook App Is Launching At The Perfect Time
COVID-19 has slowed down the growth of sports betting to a certain degree, but it’s impossible to keep a lid on it. Barstool Sportsbook’s app could be a major hit in Pennsylvania. Rather than rushing the app to market, Penn National is looking to hit the ground running with a great first impression in Pennsylvania and then expand out from there.
September might be the perfect month for this launch. The NBA and NHL will be in the midst of their respective playoffs. MLB will be smack dab in the middle of its season so long as the league can keep COVID-19 outbreaks in check. And perhaps the biggest cash cow of sports betting, the NFL betting season is set to kick off on Sept. 10 with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
Big things are coming for Barstool Sportsbook and the Barstool Casino app in 2020.