Industry News of the Day for April 10, 2023

Industry News

  • SBC Americas: AGA’s Bill Miller Hits Back At “Clickbait” Reporting On Sports Betting Industry
    • Bill Miller, President of the American Gaming Association, has hit back at the media in the US that has used a “cookie cutter” approach in its reporting of criticism of the sports betting industry. Writing a letter to the editor of The Hillin response to an article posted last month, Miller labeled some of the criticism leveled at the industry as “outlandish” and that the author of the article wouldn’t “let the facts get in the way of a good story”.


  • Associated Press: Kentucky’s New Sports Betting Law Sparks Talk Of Launch, Use Of Revenues
    • Gov. Andy Beshear promised an accelerated push Friday to get legal sports wagering started in Kentucky, saying he’d like to see the system set up in time for the upcoming NFL season if possible. While the Democratic governor discussed the timeframe for launching sports betting, a Republican vying for his job talked about what he’d like to do with tax money collected from the wagers. GOP gubernatorial candidate Alan Keck proposed redirecting most of it to bolster school safety.


  • PlayMaryland: Is The Maryland Sports Betting Deal With PointsBet In Jeopardy?
    • There has been a shift recently in the sports betting world. It involves partnerships between university athletic programs and sports betting platforms. The University of Maryland’s deal with PointsBet has recently drawn some scrutiny after the University of Colorado ended its partnership with the sportsbook. It did so three years into a five-year contract.


  • Massachusetts Regulators To Weigh Penalties For Illegal Sports Wagers At MGM Springfield, Encore
    • Gaming regulators plan to hold a pair of virtual hearings next week to decide if they should slap penalties on MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor for a series of illegal sports wagers, according to meeting agendas posted online. Within the first month of in-person betting, all three casinos in the state reported that patrons were able to place illegal wagers on in-state collegiate sporting events.


  • PlayMichigan: As Petition Targets Caesars Deal, Michigan State ‘Aware’ Of New AGA Guidelines
    • A petition to end the partnership between Michigan State University and Caesars Sportsbook is being circulated by a group of faculty at the school. The petition, which went online Tuesday and had nearly 300 signatures in its first two days, comes in the wake of the American Gaming Association updating its guidelines to ban future partnerships between sportsbooks and colleges.


  • PlayUSA: VLT Issue Once Again Derails Missouri Sports Betting
    • The Missouri Senate had a lot of sound and fury over Missouri sports betting legislation Wednesday. But it ended up signifying nothing. After eight hours of discussion and five amendments passed, SB 30 never got called for a vote. Sen. Denny Hoskins once again filibustered a Missouri sports betting bill when colleagues would not agree to include video lottery terminals (VLTs).

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  • The Nevada Independent: Nevada Gaming Regulator Draws Criticism After ‘Second-Guessing’ MGM Business Decisions
    • A Nevada gaming regulator took an unusual step in questioning the past and present leadership of MGM Resorts International, saying the casino giant made poor financial decisions and criticized declines in the company’s stock price while he was a shareholder in the business. Gaming Control Board member George Assad made the remarks during a public hearing in Carson City on Wednesday while the panel was considering an application by MGM to again extend the company’s approval for interactive gaming.


  • PlayCanada: Looking Deeper Into iGO’s Claim That Ontario Is Top 5 In North America
    • Is iGaming Ontario telling the truth when it says the Ontario online casino, poker and sportsbook sector is “among the top five iGaming jurisdictions” in North America? PlayCanada put iGO’s claim to the test. The answer? Ontario is indeed in the top five. But after looking at the numbers, it’s less impressive than it seems.


  • Legal Sports Report: Why Texas Sports Betting Remains Longshot Bid In 2023
    • Just by moving out of a House committee, Texas sports betting bills have already advanced farther than ever. Getting them passed in the House would be seen as a significant victory this cycle, according to some in the industry. However, the idea of TX sports betting being legalized in 2023 remains a longshot. LSR examines why.