The Dallas Cowboys play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo: Drew Tarvin

Chickasaw Nation lands first-ever casino partnership with NFL team

The Chickasaw Nation has entered into a unique partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.

The tribe's WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma will serve as the official casino of the Texas-based Cowboys. The deal marks the first time a gaming facility has sponsored an NFL team.

“Hundreds of Chickasaws live in the Dallas area and the Dallas Cowboys are a vital part of the community,” Gov. Bill Anoatubby said on the team's website.

The partnership, announced on Thursday, would have been unheard of until recent changes in law and NFL policy. The U.S. Supreme Court in May opened the door for gambling on sports at the tribal and state level. The NFL has since relaxed rules on team associations with gaming facilities, Sports Business Daily reported.

The Chickasaw Nation, however, does not authorize sports betting at this point.

WinStar is located near the Oklahoma border with Texas, about an hour north of the Dallas metropolitan area.

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