Industry News of the Day for May 26, 2021

iDEA Growth Member News: 

  • IGB, 5.26.21: FanDuel Pens Exclusive Odds Deal With Associated Press (Adam Kaplan quoted) 
    • Sports betting and daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel Group has entered into a deal to become the exclusive provider of sports odds to non-profit news agency the Associated Press (AP). 
  • Legal Sports Report, 5.25.21: Why FanDuel Odds Deal With AP Is Good News For Legal US Sports Betting 
    • FanDuel has become the official odds provider of the Associated Press (AP) in a move that might clear up some confusion over legal versus illegal sportsbooks. Under the agreement, FanDuel Sportsbook odds will appear in AP’s daily game previews, recaps and fixture lists. 
  • Play Indiana, 5.25.21: BetMGM, DraftKings Show ‘Strong Interest’ As Deadwood Sets Stage For Sports Betting 
    • About 3 of every 5 voters in South Dakota supported Amendment B in November 2020, which allowed Deadwood casinos to open sportsbooks in the Black Hills community. Gov. Kristi Noem on March 18 signed Senate Bill 44, which officially opened the door for sportsbooks there. 
  • Legal Sports Report, 5.25.21: Sports Betting In Connecticut Gains Senate Approval In Late-Night Session (DraftKings mentioned) 
    • HB 6451 authorizes Gov. Ned Lamont to sign renegotiated gaming compacts with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians. The bill passed the Senate late Tuesday night, 28-6, after a lengthy day of debate. The bill quickly passed the House last week. 
  • Legal Sports Report, 5.26.21: Analysis: Past-Due DC Sports Betting Audit Likely To Show GambetDC Failures (FanDuel mentioned) 
    • The rollout of DC sports betting has been less than perfect since Intralot’s contract was steamrolled through DC Council more than two years ago. It is only fitting, then, that a deep dive into the market’s performance is delayed because the office in charge of the audit did not know it had to do it. 

New Hampshire: 


  • IGB, 5.26.21: Connecticut iGaming Bill Passed By State Senate 
    • Connecticut’s state senate has approved House Bill 6451, which would legalize online sports wagering, fantasy sports and other forms of igaming in the state through the state’s two tribal operators.] 



  • IGB, 5.26.21: Tennessee Total Betting Handle Surpasses $1bn in April 
    • Results published by the Tennessee Education Lottery show that the state’s sports betting market saw players wager $172.4m in April, bringing the total sports betting handle in the state to over $1bn since the market’s launch in November. 


  • Play Illinois, 5.25.21: Why The Illinois VGT Industry Doesn’t Want Online Casino Legalized 
    • The days are winding down to pass online casino legislation in Illinois this session. There are online casino bills in the House and Senate, but video gaming terminal (VGT) operators are adamantly against expanded internet gaming for fear of cannibalization.