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Rhode Island Republicans Threaten Lawsuit to Block Mobile Sports Betting

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Rhode Island Republicans have thrown a spectacular monkey wrench into the works of a legislative movement to authorize mobile sports betting. On Thursday, the state’s Republican Party Chairman, Brandon Bell, threatened to sue Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration unless the legislature opts to seek voter approval on this new direction in gambling expansion. Rhode Island…Read More

Oddsmakers Tab Kyler Murray as Favorite for Top Pick in NFL Draft

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After the NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up in Indianapolis earlier this week, US sportsbooks started rolling out their odds for whom would be chosen as the top pick in next month’s draft. Right now, those odds are looking pretty good for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has approached prohibitive favorite…Read More

Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Off-Track, Lottery, and Mobile Wagering, Leagues Would Get Cut

Connecticut sports betting

A Connecticut sports betting bill dropped in the General Assembly this week wouldn’t just restrict wagering to casinos, it would offer off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery a piece of the market too, both online and land-based. It would also offer the sports leagues their pound of flesh. In its current form, the bill…Read More

MLB Teams Must Send Lineups to League Office Prior to Being Made Public, Effort to Protect Game Integrity

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Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will be required to send the league their starting lineups at least 15 minutes before they are made public. The new mandate for this season comes as legal sports betting continues to expand across the country. MLB will distribute the lineups to its data and business partners, one being Sportradar,…Read More

California Sports Betting Ballot Initiative Goes Down in Flames, Gathers No Signatures

California sports betting

A campaign to put sports betting on the California ballot has hit the skids without gathering a single signature of support, but Russel Lowery — consultant for the group Californians for Sports Betting — told LegalSportsReport this week he believed he had at least “started a conversation” in the Golden State. Californians for Sports Betting…Read More

Gamblers Vexed as BetBright Shuts Down, Voiding Outstanding Bets, 24 Hours After News of 888 Acquisition

BetBright

Customers of Irish online betting platform BetBright were complaining they had been left high and dry this week after the company abruptly ceased trading on Tuesday, declaring all outstanding bets void, with just a week to go before the famous Cheltenham horse racing festival. Cheltenham is the UK’s biggest horse racing meeting and one of…Read More

Real Madrid Stunned by Ajax in Champions League Drama as Dutch Side Overturns the Odds

Real Madrid

Soccer superpower Real Madrid went crashing out of the European Champions League on Tuesday night in one of the most shocking results in the history of the tournament. The Spanish team was outthought, outplayed — and well beaten — by a brilliant young Ajax side. The 4-1 defeat at the Bernabeu Stadium — so often…Read More

Scientific Games Signs Massive, Decade-Long Deal to Provide Sports Betting to Turkish Government Monopoly

Scientific Games

US casino equipment and gaming solutions giant Scientific Games has won a major contract to provide land-based and mobile sports betting technology to Turkey’s state-owned sports betting company, IDDAA, exclusively, for the next ten years. Turkey, a country of almost 80 million people, is the largest state-owned sports betting market in Europe and among the…Read More

Tiger Woods Neck Injury: Oddsmakers and Bettors Scramble to Determine Seriousness

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Tiger Woods won’t be teeing it up this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill due to ongoing complications stemming from a neck strain. The eight-time winner of the event took to Twitter to inform fans and PGA Tour officials of his withdrawal. “Unfortunately, due to a neck strain that I’ve had for…Read More

Legal Sports Betting, Gaming Company Sponsorships Both Backed by Soccer Commissioner

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Sports betting on professional soccer received key support Sunday after MLS Commissioner Don Garber said it was a way to better “connect with … fans.” Speaking to reporters at the DC United versus Atlanta United match — won 2-0 by the hosting Washington team — the Major League Soccer executive explained that leagues “overall” will…Read More

New York State Gets Online Sports Betting Bill That Could Bring Wagering Kiosks to Madison Square Garden

New York sports betting

The push to take New York sports betting online is underway, thanks to a bill presented in Albany Thursday by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th). As well as digital wagering, Pretlow’s bill would allow racetracks and other commercial operations to partner with the state’s four casinos to offer in-person kiosk-based sports betting as “affiliates” — which…Read More

William Hill Posts $950M Loss in 2018 Thanks to New Regulations on FOBTs

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William Hill might be making huge strides in the US market, but that wasn’t enough to make the British bookmaker profitable last year. The company reported a loss of £722 million ($954 million) in 2018, despite the fact that revenues were up slightly over 2017. Positive Year Offset by FOBT Concerns That didn’t come as…Read More

Kentucky vs. Tennessee Rivalry Highlights Weekend College Basketball Action

This weekend marks the next-to-last regular season weekend for most major college basketball conferences, but there’s only one game that features two teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. But, boy, is that game a big one. Fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4) travels down to Knoxville on Saturday afternoon to play No. 7 Tennessee (25-3)…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Hidden Scroll Gets His First Test in Deeply Competitive Fountain of Youth

Last year, Justify bucked more than a century of horse racing tradition to go from an unraced 2-year-old to a Kentucky Derby winner. Could we see a repeat in 2019? Saturday may help us find out the answer to that question as a colt making just his second start is the morning-line favorite in the…Read More

Jon Jones Defends Light Heavyweight Title vs. Anthony Smith at UFC 235

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is a heavy favorite heading into his title defense against No. 3 contender Anthony Smith on Saturday in the main event of UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jones is coming off of a knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December, while Smith is…Read More