Brett Smiley from SportsHandle brings SBC Americas another round-up of the week’s big developments in US sports betting.
Understanding the NBA’s Sports Betting Data Deals With Sportradar, Genius Sports
A federal sports betting bill that surfaced on Tuesday helps shed light on a deal the National Basketball Association announced one week earlier — that it’s joining forces with both Genius Sports and Sportradar to form non-exclusive sports wagering data partnerships designed to supply data to sportsbooks in legal, regulated U.S. markets.
The agreement with both companies, among worldwide industry leaders in providing betting data, includes all NBA teams and games and is effective immediately. The arrangement also includes the WNBA, when that league resumes action in the spring.
Full story here.
Oral Argument, One Year Later: 60 Minutes That Changed Sports Betting Forever
One year ago on this day, four hours before the sun rose, I stood on a sidewalk adjacent to the United States Supreme Court, waiting for one of 50 public tickets to hear 60 minutes of oral argument that would help decide the fate of sports betting in the U.S.
Nobody knew exactly what to expect, especially the veteran attorneys on opposing sides of Murphy v NCAA, who knew to expect anything. Before a packed house of anxious and excited observers, counsel for the the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (collectively ‘Murphy’), Theodore B. Olson began on Chief Justice John Roberts’ cue:
One of the most important decisions made at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was replacing the failed confederacy that governed states with a national government that could regulate individuals but not states. In the words of this Court in the New Yorkcase, Congress may regulate interstate commerce directly, but it may not regulate states’ regulation of interstate commerce.
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D.C. Sports Betting Bill Moves Forward With No Amendments, Keeping Single-App System
After much debate, but with no new amendments, the District of Columbia Council voted 9-2 on Tuesday to advance its sports betting bill to a second hearing on Dec. 18. The bill, as written, will effectively allow the the D.C. Lottery to have a monopoly on mobile/internet sports betting within the District. It also allows in-person sports betting within five professional sporting venues around the city.
The second reading is the final reading, and if the bill passes, it moves on for the mayor’s signature and then for review by Congress (standard procedure).
Fully story here.
New Federal Sports Betting Bill Surfaces, Empowering Attorney General and Mandating Purchase of Data
A draft of a federal sports betting bill that surfaced Tuesday would force states to obtain approval from the U.S. Attorney General’s office for their sports betting legalization plans – while also mandating that operators purchase official statistical data from sports leagues at least through 2022.
The bill would amend The Wire Act and The Sports Bribery Act, with the former changes allowing for dissemination of sports betting information across state lines. Also new: establishment of a “National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse,” intended to collect anonymized data in real-time to detect suspicious transactions.
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