Industry News of the Day for August 15, 2022
- Sports Handle, 8.15.22 – Sportsbooks Should Be Sending Customers A Monthly Statement
- Modest proposal: American sportsbook operators should immediately — and willingly — take this on. Australia, the UK, and many other European countries are the very obvious canaries in the coal mine, having allowed online sports betting for decades.
- Bonus.com, 8.14.22 – Gambling Problem Hotlines Aren’t Online Casino Tech Support
- Gambling problem hotlines are short on staff and money. So when online horse racing bettors dialed 1-800-GAMBLER recently with customer service complaints rather than gambling addiction issues, it would’ve been logical for call-takers to be irritated.
- iGB, 8.12.22 – Disney continues to work on “important” ESPN betting venture, says CEO
- Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said that the business remains in talks with a number of platforms in regard to the potential launch of a new sports betting offering involving the ESPN brand.
- iGB, 8.12.22 – US commercial gaming revenue reaches record $14.81bn in Q2
- Commercial gaming revenue in the US amounted to $14.81bn during the second quarter, a new record for the industry, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA).
Sports League News
- ESPN, 8.12.22 – Major League Baseball announces support of online sports betting initiative in California
- Major League Baseball on Friday announced its support of an initiative that would authorize online sports betting in California, becoming the first major sports league to take sides in the high-stakes battle between bookmaking giants and the state’s powerful tribal gaming operators.
- Sports Handle, 8.12.22 – California’s Proposition 27 Scores Big With MLB Endorsement
- Major League Baseball on Friday became the first professional sports league to stand up in support of California’s Proposition 27, the statewide mobile wagering initiative that will be on the November ballot. The statement capped a week of opposition press releases featuring California state lawmakers, two education groups, and a homelessness advocate group.
- Legal Sports Report, 8.12.22 – MLB Backs CA Legal Online Sports Betting Initiative
- MLB released a statement Friday supporting Proposition 27, which would legalize online sports betting in CA. State policymakers spoke out against sportsbook operator-backed Prop. 27 on Wednesday.
- Legal Sports Report, 8.12.22 – NFL Stadium Lines Up Retail Sportsbook For Maryland Sports Betting
- Online Maryland sports betting is still a ways off, but two more retail sportsbooks are on their way. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission qualified two sports wagering facility licenses at its meeting Wednesday, including one for the Washington Commanders’ FedEx Field. There are six retail sportsbooks open for MD sports betting, with another five in the pipeline.
- Sports Handle, 8.12.22 – Illinois Barely Misses Second Spot Nationally For Sports Betting Handle In June
- The Illinois Gaming Board reported traditional sports wagering handle of close to $628.5 million for June late Thursday, marking the second consecutive month Illinois narrowly finished behind New Jersey as they vied for the No. 2 spot nationally behind New York.
- Sports Handle, 8.12.22 – Indiana Sportsbooks Post July Revenue Gain
- The Indiana Gaming Commission reported sports wagering revenue totaling $20.9 million for July, as operators posted a double-digit hold for just the seventh time since launch in August 2019.
- The Topeka Capital-Journal, 8.15.22 – Officials are going all in to get sports betting going in Kansas. When will it actually start?
- Regulators approved a temporary set of guardrails that will guide sports betting in Kansas when it launches later this year — but an exact start date remains uncertain.
- Legal Sports Report, 8.12.22 – Approved Kansas Sports Betting Rules Move State Closer To Launch
- The race to launch Kansas sports betting before the NFL season took a positive step Friday. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission approved KS sports betting regulations at its meeting Friday. The regulations now move on to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
- The Daily News of Newburyport, 8.14.22 – State Senator talks about new gambling law in Mass.
- Charlie Baker signed the bill that passed last week that will officially legalize Massachusetts sports betting. One of the major players in getting that bill to the governor’s desk was state Sen. Eric Lesser, a Democrat from Londmeadow.