Industry News of the Day for February 28, 2019

iDEA Growth in the News:

  • iGaming Business, 2.28.19 – State of the Union: iDEA takes on Wire Act opinion and more (Founder J. Ifrah quoted in article)
    • This week’s State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, looks at the latest legal challenge launched against the DoJ’s revised Wire Act opinion, plus developments in Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and more.
  • US Gambling Sites, 2.27.19 –New Legal Challenge Emerges Against the DOJ Wire Opinion (Founder J. Ifrah mentioned in article)
    • As of this week, a third lawsuit has been filed against the DOJ involving the Wire Act opinion. iDEA Growth is a trade group that works to advocate for online gambling regulation. They have now decided to work with the Ifrah Law firm in order to file suit.

Industry News:



  • Sports Handle, 2.27.19 – Religious Groups Line Up Against Kentucky Sports Betting Bill
    • As proponents of a sports betting and online poker proposal in Kentucky work toward reaching the 60 votes in the House that are needed to send the legislation to the Senate, some of the state’s most prominent religious groups are campaigning against it.
  • Chief Investment Officer, 2.28.19 – Odds Improving that Kentucky Will Pass Sports Betting to Help Bolster Pensions
    • However, bill would need 60 of 100 House votes to pass. Kentucky moved closer to legalizing sports betting after the state’s House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee approved a bill that was introduced earlier this month.



  • Indianapolis Recorder, 2.28.19 – Sports gambling inches closer to reality
    • Despite it being technically illegal in Indiana, sports gambling remains a popular pastime for fans. However, on Feb. 26 the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 552, which legalizes sports gambling, putting it one step closer to becoming another form of state-approved gaming.
  • iGaming Business, 2.27.19 – Indiana edges closer to sports betting as Senate passes bill
    • The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that could lead to the legalization of sports betting in the state, with the House now set to debate the legislation.

West Virginia:


  • WFMY, 2.27.19 – Virginia Legislators Approve Casino Bill
    • Virginia lawmakers have made up their minds about new casino legislation. The bill legalizes casino gaming in the state specifically 3 cities including Danville, VA.

South Dakota:


iDEA Growth Member News:

Overall Industry News:

  • Legal Sports Report, 2.27.19 – Japan Push Continues For MGM With Title Sponsorship Of MLB Opening Series
    • MGM Resorts announced this week its title sponsorship of Major League Baseball’s Opening Series in Japan. The deal adds another log to the fire of the gaming giant’s ambitions to earn a casino license in Japan. The country legalized limited casino gaming in 2018, authorizing three licenses that major casino companies covet.