Steve Bittenbender

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Steve Bittenbender covers Midwest and Gulport news for He also specializes in sports betting and horse racing. Steve is a veteran reporter and brings more than two decades of experience covering sports, business and politics. He joined in 2019.

Steve has also covered major collegiate and professional sports for the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal and is frequently featured on local network TV newscasts and podcasts for his horse racing business and legislative expertise. A Reuters contributor, he has also previously served as editor for Government Security News.

Steve lives in Louisville, Kentucky -- the epicenter of the US horse racing industry -- with his wife and son. He is also an avid poker player, having learned from his uncle as a wholesome after-school pastime with cookies and milk.

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1569 stories by Steve Bittenbender

Hard Rock Hollywood

Seminoles Withholding Payments to Florida as Sports Betting Case Appealed

 The Seminole Tribe of Florida has suspended payments to the state that were part of the gaming compact the two sides amended last year. That's with its sports betting operation currently on hold because of a federal judge’s ruling, Politico Florida first...

Steve Bittenbender April 30, 2022
NIU Football MAC Title

NCAA to Allow Conferences, Colleges to Share Stats with Sportsbooks – Report

The relationship between college athletics and sportsbooks is showing signs of thawing. Earlier this week, Sportico reported the NCAA notified member schools that statistics available to the public can be also provided to sports betting operators. The move is seen as a...

Steve Bittenbender April 29, 2022
Steph Curry

California Sports Betting Measure to Aid Homeless Backed by Voters in Poll

Poll results released Friday morning show 59% of likely voters would support amending the California state Constitution to allow commercial sports betting operators to offer mobile wagering applications. Proceeds would support social services, like programs for the homeless. Likely voters favor the...

Steve Bittenbender April 29, 2022
Resorts World NYC

New York Voters Back New Casinos in Poll, But Bills Stadium Plan Slammed

A poll released Monday by a New York college found that the state’s plan to license three casinos in or around New York City enjoys modest support from voters. The Siena College Research Institute reported that 46% of registered voters it surveyed...

Steve Bittenbender April 25, 2022
NY Powerball slips

Powerball Sees Sales Spike as Jackpot Now Surpasses $400 Million Mark

No one won the Powerball on Saturday, so that means Monday night’s drawing is now worth an estimated $421 million. Saturday’s winning numbers for the then-$400 million jackpot were 10-39-47-49-56 and a Powerball of 8. While the grand prize jackpot grew, 1.2...

Steve Bittenbender April 24, 2022

Powerball Hits $400M as Multi-State Lottery Game Celebrates 30th Anniversary

For the first time since the first week of the year, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is worth $400 million. No one has won the multi-state lottery jackpot since Valentine's Day. That's when an anonymous ticketholder in Connecticut claimed the...

Steve Bittenbender April 23, 2022
Trump nomination

Donald Trump Scheduled to Attend Political Fundraiser at Kentucky Derby

Former President Donald Trump is expected to attend a high-dollar fundraiser his super PAC is hosting at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported the news on Thursday afternoon on Twitter, posting part of an...

Steve Bittenbender April 22, 2022
Beto O'Rourke

Beto for Betting — Texas Candidate for Governor Open to Expanded Gaming

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke told reporters in a Dallas neighborhood Wednesday that he would consider backing efforts to expand gaming in the Lone Star State. That would include legalizing casinos and sports betting. O’Rourke made his comments during a press...

Steve Bittenbender April 21, 2022
Golden Gate Bridge

California Sports Betting Debate Not Waning as Petition Deadline Nears

The battle for control of sports betting in California is heating up. In the past few days, a number of organizations have issued statements of support or opposition to the various initiatives being proposed in the Golden State. The crossfire of commentary...

Steve Bittenbender April 20, 2022
Charlie Blackmon

MaximBet Signs Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, First in MLB to Endorse a Sportsbook

Charlie Blackmon, a Colorado Rockies outfielder, has officially become the first Major League Baseball player to partner with a licensed sportsbook. MaximBet announced on Wednesday its deal with the four-time All-Star. The deal comes a little more than a month after the...

Steve Bittenbender April 20, 2022