Industry News of the Day for February 20, 2019

Industry News:

  • Sports Handle, 2.19.19 – Tribes Want Monopolies, But Not Mobile. How Come?
    • Numerous Native American tribes across the country believe they have an exclusive right to offer sports betting now that the federal ban on sports wagering fell via the Supreme Court last May.

Washington, DC:

  • Legal Spors Report, 2.19.19 – District Council Gift Wraps DC Sports Betting Contract For Lottery Provider
    • Intralot will run DC sports betting after the district’s council again voted to skip competitive bidding on the contract. In a five-minute discussion seemingly as rushed as the contract itself, the Washington, D.C. council voted Tuesday to approve an emergency measure allowing its current lottery provider to run sports betting in the district.
  • Sports Handle, 2.19.19 – It’s Official: D.C. Bypasses Bid Process, Gives Sports Betting Contract To Intralot
    • In a move that comes as no surprise, the D.C. Council on Tuesday morning voted to pass legislation that will give a monopoly to current lottery vendor Intralot for mobile sports betting. Three Council members have been consistently opposed to skipping the bid process for a mobile sports betting operator, and they voiced concern, but the full Council voted decisively to pass Bill 23-25.
  • WTOP, 2.19.19 – Sports betting coming to DC
    • Sports betting is coming to the District as soon as this fall. The D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill that fast-tracks sports betting. The D.C. Lottery will assume the role of being the city’s sole operator of gaming.
  • WAMU, 2.19.19 – D.C. Sprints Towards Legal Sports Betting With Final Vote On Bill
    • Residents and visitors could be casting legal wagers on sports in D.C. as soon as this fall, putting the city among the first adopters of sports betting in the country and far ahead of both Maryland and Virginia.
  • NBC Washington, 2.19.19 – DC Approves Sports Betting
    • The D.C. Council approved sports betting in a final vote on the matter on Tuesday, making the capital the first place in the region to approve gambling on professional sports teams.

New Hampshire:

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West Virginia:

  • Online Poker Report, 2.19.19 – West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Clears First Committee Hurdle
    • As one of the first states outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting, West Virginia is trying to build upon its unlikely reputation as a pioneer for gaming legislation. A new bill that would legalize online gambling has cleared its first legislative checkpoint with ease.


  • AP, 2.19.19 – State’s sports betting brings in $32M in second month
    • The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $32 million in January at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting.
  • Play Pennsylvania, 2.19.19 – Pennsylvania Sports Betting Revenue
    • In November of 2018, Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry took its first regulated bet at The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino. Two months later, there were six operational retail sportsbooks in the state with at least another three on the way.


  • Legal Sports Report, 2.20.19 – Legalize Ohio Sports Betting Or Ban It? Key Lawmaker Says Yes
    • It looks like Ohio sports betting will be no way or all the way this year, according to a key state lawmaker. Rep. Bill Coley wants to see regulated legal sports betting legalized in Ohio this year, or for the state to enforce a ban on all sports betting.

North Carolina:


  • The Patriot Ledger, 2.19.19 – How sports betting could change gambling in Massachusetts
    • Now, some state officials, including Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, are again pushing to bring the state Lottery into the digital age, and supporters say it’s more important now than ever. But not everyone agrees.



  • KTVL, 2.18.19 – Tribe doubles down on casino
    • A quarter-mile of South Pacific Highway frontage in Medford is under the control of the Coquille tribe after it spent more than $6 million over the past three years for properties around a proposed casino.


  • AP, 2.19.19 – Arkansas athletic chiefs suggest sports betting rule changes
    • The Arkansas Racing Commission has received almost 150 comments on proposed sports betting rules for casinos, including suggestions from four state university athletic directors on how to ensure the integrity of the industry.


  • KTBS, 2.19.19 – Breaking down sports betting and daily fantasy sports across the Ark-La-Tex
    • Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards has said he would support sports betting in Louisiana. He told news outlets he would consider putting any revenue generated towards expanding early childhood education, but making sports betting legal in Louisiana would be a multi-step process.


Federal News:

  • The National Law Journal, 2.16.19 – Gibson Dunn Team Sues Justice Department Over Reversal on Online Gambling
    • The U.S. Justice Department’s abandoning of a 2011 opinion that had permitted certain forms of internet gambling drew a legal challenge Friday from an online lottery company, which said the government’s abrupt reversal was “deeply flawed” and the product of a lobbying campaign by a prominent Las Vegas casino magnate.

Sports League News:

  • The Washington Times, 2.18.19 – Sports gambling: Bet on it
    • Should major sports athletes be prohibited from betting on major league games? Consider the answer through this lens.

Overall Industry News:

  • Legal Sports Report, 2.19.19 – Sports Betting Hall Of Fame Could Be First Step For Chris Christie’s Gambling Career
    • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie forayed into the gambling world through the landmark case that felled PASPA. For his role in the lawsuit that brought legal sports betting to the United States, Christie will enter the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. Sports Betting Community (SBC) administers the Hall of Fame, which it created in 2016, and will conduct the induction event during the Betting on Sports America conference April 23-25 in New York and New Jersey.
  • US Bets, 2.19.19 – MGM Betting Big On Its Sports League Partnerships
    • MGM Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren’s comments last week about what he called the “perplexing” new Department of Justice Opinion on limitations for online gambling rightly received widespread notice.
  • WBUR, 2.19.19 – Media Companies Look To Cash In On Sports Betting
    • Officials in a number of states are working on legislation to legalize sports betting, after a Supreme Court decision last year that struck down a ban on sports gambling, leaving the issue up to states. Now a number of media companies are looking at how to cash in on sports betting.