Industry News of the Day for April 20, 2023

Industry News

  • Legal Sports Report: Top US Leagues Form Sports Betting Advertising Coalition
    • Seven major US sports leagues have formed a group dedicated to responsible sports betting advertising as gambling companies continue to spend and the threat of federal action has never been higher. The NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, WNBA, and NASCAR make up the Coalition for Responsible Sports Betting Advertising, announced Wednesday. FOX and NBCUniversal, which broadcast a number of events for those leagues and incorporate sports betting into their coverage, are also members.
  • CDC Gaming Reports: The United States Igaming Revenue Report – March 2023
    • Internet casino gambling set new revenue records in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware in March, while Connecticut tied its previous record. Total igaming revenue for March in the six states where it’s legal added up to $524.7 million, a 21.8% increase over March 2022’s $410.1 million. The online-casino juggernaut continues to make mincemeat of month-over-month totals, let alone year over year.


  • PlayIAIowa Lawmaker Pushes Online Casino Bill Knowing It Will Fail
    • Despite its ultimate demise, Iowa Representative Bobby Kaufmann has once again introduced a bill to legalize online casinos. For the third straight year, Kaufmann is pessimistic his online casino legislation will pass the General Assembly. But that’s OK, Kaufmann told PlayUSA.


  • PlayMarylandSuperBook Sports Officially Earns Maryland Online Sports Betting License
    • Initially, seven online sportsbooks were awarded licenses from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. An eighth, Betfred, launched after the initial efforts, and a ninth is on the way. The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has approved an application from SuperBook Sports. The operator passed its controlled demonstration with SWARC last week.


  • PlayUSA: Golden Nugget Casino Shutting Down Its Nevada Sports Betting App
    • The Golden Nugget casino in Nevada announced its sports betting app would no longer be available from Apr. 26. The sportsbook notified customers about the change in a Monday email. Players’ sportsbook accounts will remain open, but users won’t be able to access them through the mobile app after Wednesday next week.

New Jersey

  • Covers: Sports Betting Mogul Kindred Group Gains Approval For Proprietary Platform In New Jersey
    • An online legal sports betting giant is expanding its market access in North America. Kindred Group — the owner of sports betting and casino brand Unibet — has received final approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to launch its proprietary platform in the state. The platform, which improves Unibet’s performance, will go live in May.

New York

North Carolina

  • NC Sharp: North Carolina Plans To Regulate Sports Betting Differently Than Most States
    • The North Carolina House of Representatives recently passed a bill to allow online sports betting. Currently, legal bets only can be placed in person at three tribal casinos in the state. Since the state Senate passed a similar bill in 2021, and Gov. Roy Cooper has said he would sign such legislation into law, there is much anticipation in the state for legal North Carolina sports betting before the 2024 Super Bowl.


  • SBC Americas: PlayUp Withdraws Ohio Sports Betting Application After OCCC Settlement
    • PlayUp will no longer be entering the online sports betting market of Ohio and will not do so for the foreseeable future after a settlement was reached with the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). At an OCCC meeting this morning, the commission approved a settlement reached with the operator following a cease-and-desist order made by the regulator late last year.


  • PlayTexas: Texas House Calendars Committee Poses Two Possibilities For Gambling Bills
    • Gambling bills in the Texas House are generating competing narratives about their status. One narrative spells doom since the bills have landed in the House Committee on Calendars, where bills go to die. The other suggests that by advancing out of the State Affairs Committee and landing in Calendars, the bills have made a vital step in the legislative process that no previous gaming bills have made.