SportsHandle and friends deliver another round-up of the week’s big developments in US sports betting.

Here’s How Much ‘Official’ League Data Actually Costs

For bettors who backed the New York Mets in a pitchers duel between Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels, a wager on the road underdogs seemed worth the risk.

DeGrom, who entered last August’s matchup with a Major League-leading 1.71 ERA, bolstered his Cy Young campaign with a 10-strikeout performance against the Cubs, allowing just one run over eight innings. The game remained tied into the 10th inning when rain stopped play at Wrigley Field. When the contest resumed nearly 14 hours later, a prominent Las Vegas sportsbook spotted a pricing irregularity.

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Bill Introduced To Legalize Retail, Mobile Sports Betting In Ohio

A bill to legalize brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and mobile betting platforms has been introduced in Ohio, one of the remaining large market potential states without active legislation on file.

Shell legislation consisting of just 15 words was filed last year, indicating that the Ohio legislature wanted to take up the issue in 2019. Ohio’s new governor, Republican Mike DeWine, has also indicated he supports the legalization of sports betting in his state.

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Iowa Sports Betting Likely To Come Down To Wire In 2019

Many signs have pointed to Iowa as one of the strongest contenders to legalize sports betting in 2019, but a compromise over the provisions of the bill has yet to be hashed out.

According to a report from The Daily Iowan, some policymakers are currently at odds over whether or not to make it illegal to take bets on college sports. Some Iowa Democrats reportedly want the bill to prohibit those bets, as well as in-play wagers on an individual athlete’s performance in collegiate and professional sports. Ironically, the pro sports leagues welcome in-play wagering with open arms. “Those are all potential, additional forms of engagement for viewers,” NBA Commissioner Silver said in April 2018.

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New Jersey February Sports Betting Numbers A Mixed Bag

New Jersey’s legal sports betting operators cleaned up on wagering on the Oscars in February – but got burned by Super Bowl bettors.

And since the latter drew a lot more action than the former, that helped produce a drop in gross revenues for the books as well as a decline in handle.

Still, the books took in $320.4 mm in bets, a figure virtually identical to December, and only about $10 mm off from November – in spite of the fact that February has fewer days. The outlier, so far, is January and its record $385.3 mm in handle.

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