Industry News of the Day for March 4, 2020
- Gambling.Com, 3.3.20 – Sports Betting Legislation Advances In Some Western States
- Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal sports betting ban in 2018, most of the 22 jurisdictions to start taking bets or approve legislation to do so have been in the Midwest or along the East Coast. In 2020, states west of the Mississippi River are starting to catch up.
- Law360, 3.3.20 – NH Lottery Co. Pushes Back On DOJ’s Wire Act Appeal (subscription paywall)
- A New Hampshire lottery vendor is urging the First Circuit to uphold a ruling overturning the U.S. Department of Justice’s controversial opinion that the Wire Act applies to all betting, saying the lower court was right to find the agency’s new interpretation of the act contrary to the law.
- Associated Press, 3.3.20 – Connecticut Lawmakers Revisit Whether To Expand Gambling
- State lawmakers are revisiting a proposal to greatly expand the gambling reach of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes, but the governor expressed doubts Tuesday whether that’s the right approach this year.
- CT Mirror, 3.3.20 – Lamont And Tribes Deadlock Over Sports Betting
- Ned Lamont dealt a serious blow Tuesday to sweeping legislation that would give the state’s two federally recognized tribes exclusive rights to take bets on sports, open a casino in Bridgeport and offer virtual casino games on smartphones and computers.
- Republican American, 3.3.20 – Tribal Official ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Lamont’s Stance On Sports Betting (subscription paywall)
- The thorny question of who will get a piece of legalized sports betting remains the big holdup in Connecticut nearly two years after a federal wagering ban was overturned.
- US Bets, 3.3.20 – Connecticut Mulls Mobile Sports Betting Legislation
- The state of Connecticut’s chances for legal online/mobile sportsbooks and broader forms of online gaming were described Tuesday as being stuck on the 1-yard line, but with “15 defensive players” blocking the TD.
- Cite And State NY, 3.3.20 – Poll: New Yorkers Want Online Sports Betting
- More than a third of likely New York voters who were polled admitted to betting on sports in some way, despite restrictions.
- Legal Sports Report, 3.3.20 – Virginia Sports Betting Could Happen If House, Senate Can Compromise
- A political tug-of-war might be all the stands in the way of Virginia sports betting passing the legislature this session.
- MLive, 3.3.20 – In-Person Sports Betting Could Be Available Before March Madness In Michigan
- Michigan residents could be betting on sports in the state’s licensed casinos in time for March Madness tipoffs – but it will be a while longer before they can do it from their phones or computers.
- Sports Handle, 3.3.20 – Minnesota Senator Attempts To Revive Sports Betting Bid In Face Of Considerable Opposition
- While Minnesota voters flocked to ballot booths on Super Tuesday, political leaders in the North Star State convened in the State Senate in an effort to revive a bid for legal sports betting.
- Legal Sports Report, 3.3.20 – Kansas Sports Betting Bill At The Mercy Of Online Lottery Discussions
- Casino operators likely will need to give ground on internet lottery to get Kansas sports betting, according to a lawmaker on the House side.
- PlayUSA, 3.4.20 – Sporting KC President Is Bullish About Legalizing Sports Betting In Kansas
- As Major League Soccer side Sporting KC embarks on the 2020-21 season, the landscape for legalizing sports betting in Kansas has never been more favorable.
- The Jefferson City News Tribune, 3.3.20 – Missouri House Closer To Debate On Sports Betting
- A Missouri House of Representatives committee cleared the way Tuesday for two plans to legalize sports betting to be heard on the House floor, where legislators will get the chance to iron out their remaining wrinkles.
- The Columbus Dispatch, 3.3.20 – Ohio Legislature’s ‘To-Do List’ Isn’t Shrinking Even Though Time Is Running Out
- The Ohio legislature has a long list of priority bills to pass, including legalizing sports betting, but not a single one has been approved.
- Associated Press, 3.3.20 – Sports Franchises Favor Proposal To Legalize Sports Betting
- Atlanta’s major sports franchises are applying their muscle to a state Senate bill that would legalize sports betting underneath the umbrella of the state lottery, even as opponents say legalized sports betting would be addictive and corrosive.
- Gambling Compliance, 3.4.20 – Atlanta Falcons CEO Says Unofficial Sports Data Providers Are Under Surveillance (subscription paywall)
- Individuals who supply unofficial sports data at home games of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League are being watched by team officials, Falcons’ president and CEO Rick McKay told a Georgia Senate Committee on Tuesday.
- Marietta Daily Journal, 3.3.20 – Sports Betting Gets Through Airing In State Senate Committee
- Legalizing sports betting in Georgia would convert what’s already going on illegally into a regulated activity that would offer greater protection for consumers and much-needed tax revenue for the state, supporters said Tuesday.
- Florida Politics, 3.4.20 – Senate President Signals ‘Progress’ On Gambling Deal
- With time running out on the 2020 legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Senate President Bill Galvano continue to hold out hope that the state can seal a lucrative gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
- Associated Press, 3.3.20 – South Dakota Voters To Decide On Deadwood Sports Betting
- South Dakota voters will decide whether to allow sports betting in Deadwood after the House on Tuesday passed a proposal to put the question on the November ballot.
- Betting News, 3.3.20 – Countdown To Launch: Montana Prepares For Legal Sports Betting
- Just like the countdown to winter ending, it feels some days like the launch of legal sports betting in Montana will never come.
- Asbury Park Press, 3.4.20 – NJ Sports Betting: Freehold Raceway Finally Ready For Sports Betting
- Some 20 months after sports betting was legalized at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey, Freehold Raceway is finally ready to build a sports book of its own.
- Penn Bets, 3.3.20 – Sports Betting Now In Allentown’s Midst Thanks To State’s 3rd OTB Sportsbook
- With a new sports betting opportunity offered this week to patrons of The Downs at Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania has its 13th retail sportsbook, the third at an off-track betting parlor and the first in the Allentown area.
- Play Pennsylvania, 3.3.20 – PA State Police Crackdown On Illegal Gambling Devices In Full Effect
- The Pennsylvania State Police are back to seizing unauthorized and untaxed gambling devices and their proceeds from across the state, after a temporary pause during a legal challenge.