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Sports Betting Integrity Fees Are ‘Extortion’: NJ Senate President Sweeney

Integrity Fees Steve Sweeney

Integrity fees have become the new landmine component in the freshly opened ground on which legal US sports betting is now being created. When professional sports leagues saw the winds shifting in favor of sports betting, they started lobbying state legislatures across the country for integrity fees. But New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester)…Read More

Former NBA Ref Who Bet on Games He Officiated Says Underground Rings Will Continue

NBA ref sports betting Tim Donaghy

Former NBA ref Tom Donaghy, who admitted in 2007 to betting on games he officiated, says the likely expansion of legal sports betting across the country will only lead to more underground gambling rings. Speaking with CNBC this week, Donaghy opined that the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to repeal…Read More

Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City Puts Its Money on William Hill for Sports Betting

Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City

Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City — scheduled to open its doors June 28 — is partnering with William Hill for its sports betting operations. As one of the primary established bookmakers already up and running in Nevada, Hill was a natural choice for the newly legal New Jersey market. The Boardwalk property formerly known…Read More

Monmouth Park Sues Major Sports Leagues for Damages From Sports Betting Obstruction

The William Hill Sports Bar at Monmouth Park

New Jersey’s Monmouth Park racetrack is suing the four major sports leagues and the NCAA for damages for thwarting its ambitions to offer sports betting in 2014. The leagues repeatedly blocked New Jersey’s attempt to regulate sports betting within its borders, citing PASPA, a law the US Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional earlier this month….Read More

President Donald Trump Cancels Kim Jong Un Meeting, Online Odds React

Donald Trump Kim Jong Un odds

President Donald Trump has abruptly canceled his planned June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but online bettors think there’s still a chance the two leaders will meet face-to-face before the year’s end. In a letter to Kim that was released publicly on Thursday, Trump explained of his decision, “Sadly, based on the…Read More

Connecticut Governor Wants Online Gaming as Bargaining Chip in Tribal Sports Betting Negotiations

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut’s efforts to fast-track sports betting legislation at a forthcoming special session are going to require some negotiating with the states two tribal casino operators. Governor Dannel Malloy believes the state’s hand will be strengthened if it includes regulated online gaming in its plans. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegans are the only entities authorized to…Read More

NFL Owners Stand Together on Kneeling Policy, Mandate Players Respect Flag and National Anthem

NFL owners kneeling policy

NFL owners approved a new policy on Wednesday requiring all league players and team personnel show respect to the United States flag and stand during the singing of the national anthem. The league’s 32 owners are in Atlanta this week for the NFL’s spring meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell said addressing the kneeling protests was critical, as…Read More

Paddy Power Betfair Merger with DFS Giant FanDuel Follows on Heels of PASPA Sports Betting Ban Overturn

Paddy Power Betfair DraftKings

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has announced it will acquire the daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel, which it will merge with its existing US assets, a deal which could position the new alliance as one of the biggest players in the developing American online gambling industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Paddy Power is contributing…Read More

Vegas Golden Knights Favored Over Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final

Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup odds

This wasn’t supposed to be. The Vegas Golden Knights are favored in the Stanley Cup Final over the Washington Capitals, in what’s quickly becoming one of the more unlikely sports stories in recent memory. On June 22, 2016, the NHL awarded Las Vegas an expansion franchise, the league’s first since 2000. It additionally marked the…Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Relents on Integrity Fee Amid Conflict of Interest

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

West Virginia is pressing ahead with sports betting, minus the sports leagues’ controversial “integrity fee.” State Governor Jim Justice had threatened to intercede on behalf of the leagues and use a special session this week to reexamine sports betting legislation passed in early March, with a view to tagging the fee on. But when the…Read More

Can Sports Betting Save the Atlantic City Race Course?

Atlantic City Race Course

New Jersey plans to have its sports betting regulations in place by June 7, by which time Monmouth Park will be ready to go. In fact, it was ready in 2014, when only a federal injunction prevented it from unveiling its shiny new William Hill sports book, and it has been chomping at the bit…Read More

Las Vegas Stadium Rumored to Be Included in Four-City Super Bowl Rotation

Las Vegas stadium Super Bowl

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium that will become the home of the NFL Raiders is rumored to also be set for inclusion in a four-city Super Bowl rotation. NFL owners are meeting this week to finalize plans to respectively award Glendale (Arizona) and New Orleans the 2023 and 2024 Super Bowls. But reports have…Read More

Lottery Industry Stakes Claim to US Sports Betting Market

Charles McIntyre, president of North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

Around two dozen states are either exploring legislation to legalize sports betting or have already done so, as America braces itself for a brand new regulated multibillion-dollar industry. But the lottery industry wants a piece of the pie too. The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries praised the Supreme Court’s decision to find…Read More

NBA Odds Say Golden State Title Nearly a Foregone Conclusion

NBA odds Las Vegas Steph Curry

NBA odds in Las Vegas have the Golden State Warriors heavily favored to defend their title and win their third Larry O’Brien Trophy in four years. After a dominating 126-85 win on Sunday night to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, oddsmakers greatly shortened odds on Golden State advancing to their fourth consecutive NBA…Read More

NFL Supports ‘Common Sense’ Sports Betting Laws, Sets Out ‘Four Core Principles’ of Regulation

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

On the eve of the NFL’s spring meeting in Atlanta, commissioner Roger Goodell tentatively embraced sports betting and called on Congress to “enact uniform standards” for states that opt to regulate. These, he wrote, must include four “core principles,” as follows: There must be substantial consumer protections Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual…Read More