Industry News of the Day for June 24, 2022

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  • Legal Sports Report, 6.23.22 – ESPN President: Sports Betting Has Become A ‘Must-Have’
    • ESPN still plans to become more involved with sports betting despite its relative inaction so far, according to ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro. Pitaro appeared on The Athletic’s Sports Media podcast this week, where he said sports betting had become a “must-have” for ESPN.


  • Bet California, 6.23.22 – Online California Sports Betting Supporters Won’t Be Deterred By ‘False Political Attacks’
    • We’re less than 150 days away from Election Day, when two different California sports betting initiatives will go before voters. The two proposals — one backed by California’s largest tribes and another by the country’s preeminent online sportsbooks — would work hand-in-hand to guide sports betting in the state if both are passed. [Jeff Ifrah, Ifrah Law]
  • Play CA, 6.23.22 – Op-Ed: Why Legalizing Sports Betting in California Will Protect Consumers – If Done Responsibly
    • Legalized sports betting is coming to California. There are currently two statewide measures to legalize sports wagering that have qualified for the November ballot. A UC Berkeley poll conducted in February found that 45% of California voters support sports betting, while 22% are undecided and 33% are opposed. If even one-fourth of the undecided voters opt to support a ballot measure this November, sports betting will likely be legalized in the state.
  • iGB, 6.23.22 – California’s sports betting showdown
    • With two different measures to be placed in front of California voters at the ballot box this November, Cole Rush examines what the future may be for betting in the most populous state of the US. California voters will have the opportunity to decide the fates of two sports betting initiatives in 2022, whittled down from an initial four. Talk of the Golden State’s path to legalization is reaching a fever pitch, with two very different approaches competing for the public eye and, more importantly, the public vote.


  • The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, 6.23.22 – Atlanta teams frustrated but continue to support legal sports betting
    • As legalized gambling spreads across the country, Atlanta pro sports franchises contend Georgia’s lack of movement in that direction puts the local teams at a disadvantage. The Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United teamed up three years ago to push for online and mobile sports betting in Georgia, but their efforts so far have come up empty with the state Legislature.


  • Play Illinois, 6.23.22 – Illinois Lawmakers Will Push For Online Casinos In 2023
    • Illinois could make a real push iGaming legislation in 2023. Adding legal online casinos would be a major milestone for the state’s gambling industry. Illinois is already home to sports betting, retail casinos, lottery games, video gaming terminals and horse racing. The only missing piece of the puzzle is iGaming.


  • Play Michigan, 6.23.22 – Will Rising Gas Prices Cut Down On Michigan Casino Trips, Boost Internet Gaming?
    • After making it through more than a year of COVID restrictions, the retail casino industry was likely hoping for a few years of smooth operations. Unfortunately, rising gas prices and inflation rates have started to put a pinch in some pocketbooks. With no end in sight for the gas issues, and possibly even higher prices on the way, operators know they have another challenge ahead. With online casinos a legal option in the state, will this latest issue lead more people to their apps?

New York

  • Play NY, 6.23.22 – Addabbo: Addiction Is Biggest Challenge In New York’s Online Casino Gaming Push
    • Addiction is the biggest challenge when trying to pass an online casino gaming bill in New York, Sen. Joe Addabbo told PlayNY. Addabbo, who chairs the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, plans to significantly push the New York online casino expansion bill again for next year’s state legislative budget should he win re-election in District 15. Addabbo’s Democratic primary is on Aug. 23.