Industry News of the Day for July 12, 2023

Industry News

  • Study of 100,000 Online Gamblers Shows Live Dealer Games Correlate With High Risk
    • Slots are the gambling product most strongly associated with addictive behavior, but a new study of online gamblers in the United Kingdom suggests that some live dealer games aren’t far behind. Researchers from the UK and Australia teamed up with Kindred Group to assess the behavior of 100,000 UK users of Kindred’s Unibet brand of casino and sports betting products.
  • CDC Gaming Reports: Responsible Gaming, Mergers And Acquisitions, Casino Siting Focus At Denver Conference Of Lawmakers And Regulators
    • The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States kicks off a four-day summer conference Wednesday in Denver. It will tackle responsible gaming and hear a keynote address from the NFL’s first executive hire to focus solely on the sports-betting industry. David Highhill, the NFL’s general manager of sports betting responsible for driving the league’s efforts in game integrity and brand and fan engagement, will speak Friday at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.
  • AP News: In Las Vegas, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Discusses Keeping Eye On Gambling
    • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday that he believes all leagues have to continue keeping an incredibly close eye on gambling trends within their sport, mindful of issues that the NFL in particular has had to address in recent months. Silver — who has been a longtime proponent of legalized sports betting frameworks within sports — spoke in Las Vegas, part of a moderated discussion as part of the Associated Press Sports Editors convention. He said he draws the analogy to insider trading, and how leagues, he believes, are finding ways to stay ahead of major problems.
  • Legal Sports Report: Caesars Sportsbook, Sportradar Expand NBA Player Tracking Data Deal
    • Caesars Sportsbook has agreed to extend its NBA partnership with Sportradar, granting it access to certain player tracking data for the first time. Sportradar’s “NBA optical tracking data” will allow Caesars Sportsbook to offer more prop bets and “support additional growth of same-game parlays,” according to the Tuesday morning announcement. Sportradar has exclusive rights to that data under an agreement with the NBA, which kicks in next season.


  • PlayUSA: How The Seminole Compact Ruling Impacts California Tribes’ Path To Online Sports Betting
    • California Indian tribes see the federal court ruling reaffirming the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s compact as a potential game-changer for their path to online sports betting. But is it too late to impact the 2024 election cycle? The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 30 that the District Court erred in invalidating the first tribal compact with statewide online sports betting under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).


  • PlayKentucky: Churchill Downs Applies For 2 Retail Sportsbook Licenses In Northern KY
    • Churchill Downs Inc. has confirmed two sports betting license applications it filed Tuesday. The Kentucky gambling giant has applied for retail sportsbook licenses at Turfway Park in Florence and Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport, CDI spokesperson Tonya Abeln told the Cincinnati Business Courier on Tuesday. CDI owns Churchill Downs in Louisville, Oak Grove Racing & Gaming in Oak Grove, and Ellis Park in Henderson, in addition to Turfway Park and Newport Racing & Gaming.


  • PlayMA: Massachusetts Denies Request To Add LIV Golf To Sports Wagering Catalog
    • The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has voted unanimously to deny a request to add LIV Golf to the state’s sports wagering catalog. In so doing, any LIV Golf event prior to its subsequent merger with the PGA will not be eligible for sports betting in Massachusetts. Despite it being available in other jurisdictions, LIV Golf was not added to the state’s sports wagering catalog prior to the launch of Massachusetts sports betting.

New York

  • PlayNY: Move Over FanDuel: DraftKings Reigns Over NY Sports Betting Realm – At Least, For Now
    • It only took 18 months, but New York’s legal online sports betting market has a new king. Well, had anyway. For the first time in the market’s history, a NY sports betting operator other than FanDuel Sportsbook saw the most action in a monthly reporting period. In June, DraftKings Sportsbook edged out FanDuel $488.5 million to $418.2 million in reported handle, or the total amount wagered.

North Carolina

  • NC Sharp: Raleigh Uses NC Sports Betting To Bolster Bid For MLB Expansion
    • Coupled with the excitement around North Carolina sports betting legalization is fan enthusiasm for placing wagers on home-state teams. While those home teams do not include Major League Baseball, a grassroots effort to bring an MLB team to Raleigh is underway. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has made it clear that he would like to see at least two more teams in the league. “We need to get Oakland and Tampa resolved,” Manfred said last fall. “Once they’re resolved, I am an advocate of getting the industry to 32.”


  • PlayOhio: The Curious Case Of Ohio’s Ever-Evolving Sports Betting Tax Rate
    • Ohio’s sports betting tax rate has been at the center of an unexpected tug of war between members of the same political party that worked for months to nail down and pass the legislation. Fourteen months after signing sports betting into law and only six weeks into legal Ohio sports betting, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine pushed for doubling the tax rate from 10% to 20%. The February move did not sit well with the GOP state representative who sponsored the legislation, Bill Seitz.


  • SBC Americas: Kindred Continues US Platform Rollout In PA
    • Kindred Group has continued to roll out its proprietary platform across its live US states by taking its tech stack live in Pennsylvania.  Players in Pennsylvania will now be able to use the Unibet Casino and Sportsbook apps on the Kindred platform after securing the necessary regulatory approvals from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Kindred’s Unibet brand has previously been operational in the Pennsylvania market for the past three years, offering personalized content and products to players in the Keystone State.