iDEA Blog Post:
- Pushing Back: iDEA Growth Files Suit to Challenge DOJ Opinion
- Yesterday, Ifrah Law filed suit in New Hampshire against William Barr, in his capacity as Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice. The suit challenges a January DOJ Opinion that threatens to disrupt America’s rapidly growing online gaming industry.
- Online Poker Report, 2.26.19 – WSOP Online Bracelets Might Be Off Limits In New Jersey, Thanks To Wire Act Opinion
- The new Wire Act opinion from the US Department of Justice may have claimed its first victim. In a scheduling announcement for the 2019 World Series of Poker, the company wouldn’t commit to saying if online poker players in New Jersey will be allowed to compete in online bracelet events this summer.
- NJ Online Gambling, 2.26.19 – WSOP Online Bracelet Event Expansion Comes Amid Uncertain Times For Interstate Poker
- “Eligibility for New Jersey players in WSOP.com online gold bracelet events has yet to be determined.” For a lot of East Coast poker grinders, that’s the sentence that stands out from last week’s World Series of Poker release about the 2019 online bracelet schedule.
- NJ Gambling Sites, 2.26.19 – DraftKings And Caesars Join Forces, But What Does That Mean For New Jersey?
- Monday’s big sports betting news, believe it or not, was not Oscars betting in New Jersey. DraftKings and Caesars Entertainment stole the spotlight by announcing a multi-state agreement.
- NJ Online Gambling, 2.26.19 – NJ Horsemen Tell Court Of ‘Lies’ By Leagues On Sports Betting
- The sports world is a lot different today than it was in mid-2012, when the commissioners of four pro sports leagues and the president of the NCAA were deposed in the long-running New Jersey sports betting lawsuit.
- Legal Sports Report, 2.26.19 – Smooth Sailing For Indiana Sports Betting Bill As It Clears State Senate
- A comprehensive gaming bill that includes Indiana sports betting easily passed the state Senate on a third reading Tuesday. The Indiana Senate approved the bill on a 38-11 vote. The proposed legislation now moves across to the House after facing very little resistance in the upper chamber.
- Legal Sports Report, 2.26.19 – Caesars Deal Will Not Open PA Sports Betting For DraftKings Sportsbook
- Eyes immediately shifted to the United States map when DraftKings Sportsbook and Caesars Entertainment announced their new partnership Monday. Would this provide the long-awaited path into PA sports betting for DraftKings? Caesars owns Harrah’s Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, so the possibility crackled.
- Philly.com, 2.26.19 – State’s top bookie calls Pennsylvania’s current ban on spring training betting ‘a slippery slope’
- When Major League Baseball asked states last week to prohibit wagers on spring training games, Nevada basically told MLB to get up the street.
- PA Online Casino, 2.26.19 – MLB Wants PA Sportsbooks To Strike Spring Training Betting
- Aside from futures, wagering on Major League Baseball is on hold in Pennsylvania. In a Tuesday email, Doug Harbach, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), confirmed the board received a request from the MLB to prohibit PA sports betting on spring training games.
- Penn Live, 2.26.19 – More sports-betting sites come online, revenue increases, and more Pa. gambling notes
- Figures released and posted today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on its web site, report that table games revenue for January 2019 was $74,409,695, an increase of 4.75 percent over January of last year when revenue was $71,032,273.
- PA Online Casino, 2.26.19 – PA Lottery Fighting Multiple Battles To Protect Revenue
- The Pennsylvania Lottery can consider 2018 a success. However, the first few months of 2019 have already presented a number of obstacles.
- Sports Handle, 2.26.19 – Arizona Senate Committee Moves Sports Betting Forward After Tense Hearing
- Despite more than an hour of testimony from tribes across Arizona opposing the measure, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted, 6-3, to advance a sports betting bill that would give the tribes exclusivity over sports betting.
- Phoenix Business Journal (subscription paywall), 2.26.19 – Revamped Arizona sports betting bill passes key Senate vote
- The Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 on Feb. 26 in favor of moving SB 1163, the newly named sports betting bill, along in the legislative process.
- Arizona Daily Star, 2.27.19 – Arizona Senate to vote on bill allowing tribes to take sports bets
- State lawmakers are moving to make it easier for Arizonans to wager on sporting events. On a 6-3 margin the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would permit most tribes to take bets on professional and amateur sporting events at the casinos they operate.
- Arizona Capitol Times, 2.26.19 – Tribes oppose sports betting bill
- Arizona’s Native American tribes overwhelmingly oppose a legislative effort to legalize sports betting in Arizona. Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to advance a bill to bring sports gambling to bars and private clubs over the objections of representatives from tribal governments across the state, who argued that sports betting should be discussed in negotiations with the governor’s office.
- Cronkite News, 2.26.19 – As tribes voice opposition, sports betting bill moves forward with 6-3 vote
- In front of a packed Senate hearing room, the Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 Tuesday in favor of moving SB 1163, the newly named sports betting bill, along in the legislative process of the Senate.
- Sports Handle, 2.26.19 – Indiana Senate Passes Sports Betting Legislation, Sending Bill To House
- Sports betting is inching closer to the Midwest. On Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, the Indiana Senate voted 38-11 to send a historic gambling expansion bill to the House. The legislation includes the legalization of sports betting in the Hoosier State.
- Cincinnati Enquirer, 2.27.19 – Indiana Senate passes bill that would legalize sports betting
- Sports betting remains illegal in Ohio, but its neighbors have taken recent steps toward allowing sportsbooks with legislation being introduced and Indiana’s Senate passing a bill that would legalize sports gambling.
- Post-Tribune, 2.26.19 – Senate bets on Gary casino move, Buffington Harbor growth
- Two bills that could shuffle Northwest Indiana’s casino landscape and offer an economic boost to Gary cleared the state Senate Tuesday and moved to the House for consideration.
- Northwest Indiana, 2.25.19 – Senate protects Region casino communities from gaming tax revenue loss due to Gary casino move
- Northwest Indiana casino communities would not lose a dime in gaming tax revenue under changes approved Monday by the Indiana Senate to legislation permitting the relocation of Gary’s Majestic Star casinos.
- News Channel 11, 2.25.19 – Casino legislation passes, but requires study first
- A bill legalizing casino gaming has been approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Now, the bill must be signed by Governor Ralph Northam.
- US Bets, 2.27.19 – Sports Betting Talk Lost In The Shuffle In Connecticut
- If you think that Tuesday’s 10-hour, 45-minute marathon public hearing on gaming issues in Hartford must have left plenty of time for a robust discussion about the future of legal sports betting — well, you don’t know Connecticut politics.
- AP, 2.26.19 – Lawmakers hear from tribes, Valentine on sports betting
- Casino executives, lottery officials, and even former baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine traveled to Connecticut’s Capitol on Tuesday, hoping to get a piece of whatever system the legislature may put in place to legalize sports gambling.
- Boston Herald, 2.27.19 – Editorial: Lottery lifeline is online
- With a slew of online gaming options coming to the Bay State in the very near future, it is critical that the Massachusetts State Lottery get in the game, or cities and towns may be kissing a boatload of revenue goodbye.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2.26.19 – Are casinos in Georgia’s future? Kemp cracks open a door
- Brian Kemp signaled he won’t stand in the way of a constitutional amendment that would let voters decide whether to allow casinos in Georgia, cracking the door open for the revival of a high-stakes debate about legalizing gambling.
- WVLA, 2.26.19 – Legal sports betting? La. lawmaker considers using revenue to fund early education
- Louisiana lawmakers looking to legalize sports betting are poised to take another gamble this spring, with childhood education on their minds.
- Washington Post, 2.26.19 – D.C.’s representative to Congress spars with fellow Democrat over sports gambling contract
- A member of Congress said Tuesday that he is continuing his inquiry into the District’s plan to award a sole-source contract for online sports gambling, contradicting the city’s representative in the House.
- WCAX, 2.26.19 – New Hampshire weighs pros and cons of sports betting
- There’s a new push to legalize sports betting in New Hampshire, which would include online and a local option for retail locations. But how much control would would cities and towns really have?
Sports League News:
- AP, 2.26.19 – Major League Baseball makes last-minute push to ban bets on spring training
- A request from Major League Baseball to gambling regulators to ban betting on spring training games was quickly rejected in Nevada and is under consideration in at least three other states that recently legalized sports betting.
- The Washington Post, 2.26.19 – MLB asked Nevada to stop taking bets on spring training games. Nevada said no.
- Major League Baseball’s spring training games began within the past week, and with them came the chance to wager on such contests in Nevada, New Jersey and other places where sports betting has been legalized. But MLB would like that practice to stop, recently submitting a written request to the Nevada Gaming Control Board to take such games off the board in the state.
- The Hill, 2.26.19 – Nevada regulators reject Major League Baseball request to ban spring training bets
- Gambling regulators in Nevada say the state won’t ban bets on Major League Baseball spring training games despite a request from the league’s officials.
- Online Gambling, 2.26.19 – Nevada Regulators Reject Request from MLB to End Betting on Spring Training Games
- Major League Baseball struck out in an attempt to clamp down on spring training betting last week, with the Nevada Gaming Control Board telling the league that they saw no reason why bettors couldn’t put action on the preseason contests.
iDEA Growth Member News:
- Online Poker Report, 2.26.19 – Caesars Partnership Provides Roadmap For DraftKings Casino, Sportsbook Expansion
- Alliances between traditional gambling companies and ambitious online gambling outfits continue to materialize amid the surge in state-regulated sports betting.
- Sports Handle, 2.26.19 – Breaking Down The Caesars-DraftKings Partnership: Something For Both Companies
- There’s little mystery and less surprise about Monday’s announcement that Caesars Entertainment, one of this nation’s largest casino operators, is taking an equity position in the leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) company, DraftKings.
- Legal Sports Report, 2.26.19 – The Stars Group, NBA Extend Gaming Reach To Australia With BetEasy Partnership
- The Stars Group and the NBA are taking their sports betting partnership down under. In a Tuesday press release, the league announced that it has brought on BetEasy as its “official wagering partner” in Australia.
- Sports Handle, 2.27.19 – MLB, Sportradar Ink Sports Betting Data Deal As Controversy Brews
- Major League Baseball and the Switzerland-headquartered Sportradar on Wednesday announced a “wide-ranging, multi-year partnership” designating Sportradar as the official global data provider for MLB.
- ESPN, 2.26.19 – MLB feeds, stats to be on international sites
- Major League Baseball audio-visual game feeds as well as official real-time statistics will be distributed to international sportsbooks beginning this season through a wide-ranging partnership with data intelligence provider Sportradar, announced on Wednesday.
Overall Industry News:
- AGA, 2.27.19 – American Gaming Association Releases Comprehensive Industry Responsibility Report
- The American Gaming Association (AGA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Corporate Citizenship Center today announced the release of first-of-its-kind research analyzing the scope of the U.S. casino gaming industry’s community impact and commitment to communities, employees and customers.