As legal sports betting continues to expand, the NBA is expanding its partnerships. It’s made DraftKings and FanDuel co-official betting partners, giving both companies expansive rights to use NBA data and marks throughout their platforms. The league will also continue to collaborate with both on responsible gambling initiatives, including social media messaging and public advocacy.

Official betting isn’t a new concept, and it’s the way the NBA wants to do business in sports gambling markets that have yet to legalize or launch legal sports books. Basically, players sign an agreement with a professional betting group that takes over their account(s) and places winning bets on behalf of the player. That betting group may be a team of people or a computer program that spits out hundreds of bets at the same time, using a system called “bots.”

The betting groups have to be careful not to violate NFL rules on player betting. The league works with regulators, sportsbooks and independent integrity monitors to enforce its policies. Any time a player logs in at a venue, his or her location is displayed on a dashboard that integrity analysts can access. The dashboard can help them spot any suspicious activity, like point-shaving or game-fixing.

Those who work in the league are also prohibited from placing bets on the NBA, WNBA, G-League, Basketball Africa League or NBA2K League. The same goes for any in-uniform personnel, including coaches, trainers and officials. They must acknowledge in their contracts that they’ll follow the league’s rules on gambling and sign a waiver indicating that they understand the risks of betting on games. If an NFL player is found to have placed bets while at a team or league facility, he or she faces a suspension from six games to a year.