Industry News of the Day for October 5, 2023

Industry News

  • Legal Sports Report: BetMGM Resolves Technical Issue Unrelated To MGM Hack
    • Several customers took to social media Wednesday to express frustration over not being able to access their BetMGM accounts.  A spokesperson for BetMGM attributed the problem to a technical issue. “We are aware of a technical issue earlier today that resulted in some customers experiencing delays or difficulty accessing their accounts,” the spokesperson told LSR. “That issue has been resolved.” A source said the problem was not related to a cyber security issue, and also isn’t connected to MGM Resorts’ issues the past couple weeks.
  • SBC Americas: NCAA Decides To Reconsider Sports Betting Policy
    • It was only just this past June that the NCAA introduced a revised, tiered system on how the governing body intended to handle sports betting violations by its student-athletes. However, the organization has decided to reevaluate and potentially change how the growing betting industry is handled going forward. The Collegiate Commissioners Association has asked the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement and Legislative Committee to look into the process of reinstating athletes found to be in violation of the policy.
  • American Gaming Association: Gaming CEOs Positive On Current Business Conditions, Neutral On Future Outlook
    • Gaming executives remain upbeat about current business conditions with a neutral outlook on future conditions, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Gaming Industry Outlook presented in partnership with Fitch Ratings. The overwhelming majority of gaming executives surveyed view the current business situation as good (42%) or satisfactory (55%), moderating from Q1 when 62 percent reported good conditions and 35 percent described them as satisfactory.
  • AP News: Illegal Sports Wagering Case Against Iowa State Tight End Dismissed Because State Missed Deadline
    • An Iowa State football player accused of illegal sports wagering has had his case dismissed and faces no more legal action. A Story County judge granted the prosecution’s motion on Monday to dismiss a misdemeanor tampering with records charge against tight end DeShawn Hanika after the state waited too long to indict him. Hanika’s attorneys originally asked for the dismissal, and prosecutors agreed, because Hanika was not indicted within 45 days after he waived a preliminary trial, as state law requires. The deadline was Sept. 24, and he was not indicted until Sept. 28.
  • The Washington Post: Inside The NFL’s Careful, Complicated Embrace Of Sports Gambling
    • In the early 2000s, during his nascent days as the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman asked for a meeting with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He envisioned a franchise in his city, which at the time professional sports leagues treated as a third rail. Vegas meant gambling, and gambling meant a threat — whether perceived or real — to fans’ trust in the integrity of games. Tagliabue met with Goodman, but he made clear that Goodman’s vision would never happen. “We were poison,” Carolyn Goodman, who replaced her husband as Las Vegas’s mayor in 2011, said.

North Carolina

  • NC Sharp: NC Lottery Commission Still In Hiring Phase With Financial Investigator Job Posting
    • With mere months to go, the North Carolina Lottery Commission is still in the hiring stage for sports betting regulators. They’ve posted a job for a sports betting license financial investigator to assist in regulating the new sports betting gaming industry in the Tar Heel State. NCLC Deputy Executive Director of Gaming Compliance and Sports Betting, Sterl Carpenter, a new hire himself, is leading the efforts to put regulatory processes in place for staff. The NCLC held its first hearings on regulatory matters last month, and it appears the state is in no hurry to launch North Carolina sports betting. The law states that sports betting must be launched in North Carolina by Jan. 8, 2024, but no later than June 14, 2024.


  • PlayOhio: NCAA Wants Other States To Mimic Sports Betting Regulations In Ohio
    • The NCAA wants more states to be like Ohio. On Wednesday, the largest collegiate athletic governing body said it would begin advocating for state gaming regulators to pass rules ensuring student-athletes are safe from angry sports bettors. The move comes as Ohio’s neighbor, Kentucky, launched the country’s 35th state with sports betting. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico also allow betting as well. With sports betting becoming more common in the U.S., the threat of harassment to athletes rises too.


  • iGB North America: GiG Powers Goldenbet Ontario Launch
    • MGA Games has partnered with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to support the launch of its Goldenpark brand in the Canadian province of Ontario. The deal marks the first partnership of its kind for Goldenpark outside the Iberian peninsula. GiG will power the launch of the brand in Ontario, building on an existing relationship with MGA Games in Spain and Portugal. Goldenpark will utilize GiG technology in Ontario to support its expansion into the market. GiG is already active with five partners in the province. Ontario’s regulated market opened in April 2022.