Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is the first active MLB player to endorse a bookmaker. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License picture
April 20 (UPI) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has agreed to an endorsement deal with MaximBet, becoming the first active player in MLB history to sign with a bookmaker, the Colorado-based gaming operator announced Wednesday. .
“Learning more about MaximBet, I knew it was absolutely the right brand for me,” Blackmon said in a press release.
As part of this partnership, MaximBet has collaborated with custom artist SolesbySir to create unique baseball gear and other items for Blackmon including cleats, gloves and hats.
The bookmaker will also offer custom prop bets for Blackmon. MLB and the MLB Players Union paved the way for the agreement when they recently agreed that active players can represent regulated sports betting properties in the United States. The previous embargo on such activities was lifted on Wednesday morning.
MLB rules still state that players will be declared ineligible for one year if they are found to have wagered any amount on a game in which they did not participate. Players can be declared “permanently ineligible” if they are found to have bet on a game in which they were involved.
Players will also be subject to penalties from the commissioner if they are found to have placed bets with illegal bookmakers or illegal bookmaker agents. Players who operate or work for an illegal betting business are subject to a minimum one-year suspension.
Blackmon, 35, is hitting .229 with one home run and four RBIs in 10 games this season. The 12-year veteran is a four-time All-Star. Blackmon hit a National League record .331 with 14 triples and 213 hits in MLB in 2017. He has a career batting average of .300.