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

Shakedown Fees: NBA, MLB Demanding Nevada Sportsbooks Pay More Or Get Cut Off

The National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball’s quest for a direct, off-the-top cut of legal sports bets has escalated well beyond lobbying at statehouses across the country.

The leagues have taken the fight directly to Nevada sportsbooks: pay the NBA an undisclosed, additional flat fee for a package of playoff games, or get cut off — in the middle of the playoffs — from the supply of sports betting data from one of the NBA’s designated “official” data suppliers, Sportradar US.

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Louisiana Senate Passes Sports Betting Without Statewide Mobile Wagering

Louisiana Senator Danny Martiny (R-District 10) has already gotten further on sports betting this session than he did last. On Tuesday, the Senate passed his SB 153, 24-15. The bill would legalize sports betting at brick-and-mortar locations with a very limited mobile component, should voters agree in a parish-by-parish referendum in the fall.

From here, SB 153 will move to the House for approval. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the bill will likely meet resistance from Conservative Christian lawmakers in the lower chamber.

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FanDuel Becomes First U.S. Operator To Offer Live Odds Alongside Streaming Broadcasts

FanDuel Group announced an expanded partnership with Sportradar AG Tuesday under which the company will become the first U.S. sports betting operator to offer live betting odds alongside streaming broadcasts.

The content will be offered on FanDuel’s website and mobile betting app via Sportradar’s Live Channel Online platform. During FanDuel’s initial roll out, the content will be limited to mid-level tennis matches and European soccer matches outside the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League. For bettors unfamiliar of the product, the live streaming product is similar to one in horse racing where live odds are displayed prominently during the course of a race.

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Chicago Says It Might Thwart Illinois Sports Betting If It Can’t Get A Casino

Illinois has a large potential market for sports wagering, but legal bets could be a handful of years away. That’s despite the governor calling for sports betting and lawmakers holding a hearing last week.

At an informational hearing by the House Executive Committee in Springfield on Thursday morning, some lawmakers met to discuss a different but intimately related topic: brick-and-mortar casino expansion in the state. Illinois is currently home to 10 casinos, but multiple cities in the state want their own.

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