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Giants, Jets, Bills Sign Letter Outlining Concerns Over New York Sports Betting

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It’s not unusual that professional sports teams would want to weigh in on the future of New York sports betting. On the other hand, you might expect those teams to actually be located in the state. The Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and New York Jets all signed on to a letter from the NFL…Read More

Bill to Restore Mashpee Land Rights and Casino Ambitions Passed by US House, Despite Trump Opposition


A bill that would secure the federal trust status of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts’ land was approved by the US House Wednesday. The Democrat-backed HR 312 was approved by 275-146, in a vote broadly split across party lines, although 42 Republicans jumped ship. It faces a tougher test in the GOP-controlled Senate and…Read More

Horse Racing Won’t Be Excluded from New York Sports Betting Legislation: Sen. Addabbo

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New York mobile sports betting bill sponsor Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-15th) has denied his legislation would freeze the state’s racetracks out of a future sports-betting market. Speaking during at a hearing for the bill Monday by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which he chairs, Addabbo agreed his bill in its current form appears…Read More

One Year After PASPA Overturn, Is US Sports Betting State-by-State Growth Living Up to the Hype?

May 14, 2018: that’s the day the sports betting world changed forever in the United States. It’s been a year since the overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), and the push for massive US sports betting expansion has had a tumultuous 12 months. The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled a year…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law, Becomes 11th State to Legalize

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law on Monday afternoon that made the state the 11th in the country to legalize sports betting. The law, which will take effect on July 1, allows the state’s 22 casinos to establish retail sportsbooks. The sportsbooks also will have the ability to offer mobile sports betting….Read More

Missouri Senator Proposes Banning Loot Boxes, ‘Pay-to-Win’ Features from Video Games

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) says he is planning to introduce a bill that would ban “manipulative” features in video games marketed at children, including loot boxes and other “pay-to-win” features. Loot boxes have drawn the attention of regulators across the globe, many of whom feel that they represent something close enough to gambling to be…Read More

Pennsylvania Bill That Would Allow Counties to Prohibit Truck Stop Gambling Advances

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A Pennsylvania bill that would allow counties to opt out of allowing video gaming terminals (VGT) at truck stops located within their jurisdictions has advanced through a Senate committee. Senate Bill 87 – introduced by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster County) in January – would give counties the right to decide whether VGT machines can be…Read More

Connecticut Governor Backs Bridgeport Tribal Casino, But Concedes No Gaming Expansion Legislation in 2019

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) said this week that while he supports allowing the state’s two Native American tribes to build a casino resort in Bridgeport, he doesn’t expect any gambling-related legislation to pass this year. The first-term governor responded to media questions on his way to the Connecticut Conference on Tourism conference in the…Read More

New Hampshire Casino Legislation Dead, But Sports Betting Bill Progresses

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week strongly rejected legislation to legalize two full-scale casino resorts by a vote of 289-63, but sports betting remains on the table. Senate Bill 310 – introduced by State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) – would have authorized two casinos. The legislation projected the state would receive $60 million…Read More

New York Senator Remains Hopeful Mobile Sports Betting Becomes Reality in 2019

A New York state senator is holding out hope the state will be able to implement mobile sports betting sooner rather than later. Prior to Wednesday’s Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee’s meeting that focused on the topic in Albany, state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said doing sports betting without the mobile component barely “scratches the…Read More

With Governor’s Signature Wednesday, Indiana Joins the Ranks of Sports Betting States

Indiana became the first Midwestern state to legalize sports betting when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Wednesday that dealt with it and other gambling issues. In a statement regarding House Bill 1015, Holcomb said the bill will help the state’s gaming industry stay competitive against venues in neighboring states. By modernizing our…Read More

President Donald Trump Tweets Opposition to Tribal Casino Bill Backed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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A congressional tribal casino bill in the US House of Representatives won’t have the support of President Donald Trump should the legislation reach his Oval Office desk. House Bill 312 – introduced by Rep. Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts) in January that has the public backing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) – would return two parcels of…Read More

New Jersey AG Demands Answers From DOJ Regarding Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Wire Act Influence

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is suing the Department of Justice for allegedly failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over the federal agency’s recent Wire Act interpretation. Filed in the US District Court in New Jersey, Grewal is seeking information on whether lobbyists working on behalf of Las Vegas Sands…Read More

New York Mobile Sports Betting Bill Revised, But Lawmakers Preserve Leagues’ Cut of the Action

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A pair of New York sports betting bills that two Democratic lawmakers hope will legalize mobile wagering in the state have been fine-tuned and were reintroduced to the legislature at the end of last week. Representative Gary Pretlow (D-89th) and Senator Joe Addabbo (D-15th) believe that New York does not need to change the constitution…Read More

Montana Governor Steve Bullock Legalizes Sports Betting but Rejects Private Market

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Montana has become the ninth US state to legalize sports betting and the first this year, although bills also sit on the desks of governors in Tennessee, Iowa, Colorado, and Indiana. Governor Steve Bullock signed Montana sports betting legislation Friday authorizing the state lottery to offer wagering services via the state’s current lottery provider, Intralot….Read More