Industry News of the Day for February 20, 2019
- 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.
- 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.
- Courthouse News, 2.15.19 – Justice Department Sued for Targeting Online Lotto Sales
- New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and his state’s lottery commission sued the Department of Justice on Friday over a recent regulatory change that would bar the sale of lottery tickets online.
- NHPR, 2.15.19 – N.H. Lottery Commission Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration Over Online Ticket Sales
- The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is suing the Trump Administration over its ability to sell lottery tickets online.
- NJ Gambling Sites, 2.19.19 – NJ Senate President Ready To Defend Online Gambling Against Recent Wire Act Opinion
- New Jersey Senate President Steven Sweeney is making his position crystal clear when it comes to the Department of Justice’s recent opinion on the Wire Act.
- Online Poker Report, 2.19.19 – Lucky No. 13 In New Jersey: Golden Nugget Launches NJ Online Sportsbook
- Fresh off a record-setting January, the New Jersey online gambling market is expanding once again. On Tuesday, Golden Nugget unveiled a new digital sportsbook within its industry-leading NJ online casino platform.
- NJ Gambling Sites, 2.19.19 – Golden Addition: Golden Nugget Makes It A Baker’s Dozen Of NJ Online Sportsbooks
- Just in time for Oscars betting and March Madness betting, Golden Nugget joined the race of online sports betting. That’s right. Golden Nugget’s online sportsbook is now live. The NJ sports betting platform is integrated with the NJ online casino.
- NJ Gambling Websites, 2.19.19 – Power Play: Take A Shot At NHL Sports Betting In New Jersey
- The New Jersey Devils may be the state’s only NHL team, but the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and even the New York Islanders are close enough to have a ton of fans in the Garden State.
- Legal Sports Report, 2.19.19 – New Iowa Sports Betting Bill Includes Online Wagering, Could Be On Fast Track To Passage
- Iowa sports betting could be on the fast track now that a new bill has dropped in the capitol. A variety of sports betting bills had already been introduced in the state, but this seems to be the most serious effort and likely has the backing of the state’s casinos.
- KCCI, 2.1919 – Lawmakers take gamble on sports betting bill, pass it out of subcommittee
- A bill that would legalize sports betting in Iowa is moving ahead at the Statehouse. The Senate Government subcommittee advanced the bill Tuesday to the full committee.
- Legal Sports Report, 2.19.19 – New Governor Pritzker Expected To Pitch Illinois Sports Betting Revenue In Budget
- Incoming Gov. J.B. Pritzker will include revenue from Illinois sports betting when delivering his budget proposal to the state legislature Wednesday, according to an advance briefing to lawmakers Tuesday.
- 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.
- WSOC, 2.19.19 – Channel 9 looks into new push to legalize sports betting in Carolinas
- Americans spend billions of dollars every year on illegal sports betting, including right here in Charlotte. A recent Supreme Court ruling set in motion a seismic shift in the gambling world.
- 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.
- Yakima Herald-Republic, 2.19.19 – Editorial: Bill to legalize sports gambling in the state might be a good bet
- Are we going to try our best in this space to avoid employing cringe-worthy puns when analyzing a bill working its way through the state Legislature to legalize gambling on sports in tribal casinos?
- 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.
- CT Post, 2.19.19 – Eastern CT mayors rallying against Bridgeport casino
- A growing number of mayors and first selectmen in eastern Connecticut are organizing a unified effort to oppose an MGM casino in Bridgeport.
- 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.