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

Analysis Of Josh Shaw’s Ban: Is Transparency Required From Leagues When Releasing Details On Betting Investigations?

Last week on Black Friday, one of the slowest news days of the year, the NFL announced the suspension of an active player for gambling for the first time in more than two decades.

The NFL’s suspension of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw for betting on multiple NFL contests this season represents the first time a major U.S. professional sports league has banned a player for a gambling-related offense since the repeal of PASPA in May 2018. Shaw, a fifth-year defensive back from USC, is suspended by the NFL through at least the entirety of the 2020-2021 NFL season.

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DraftKings Sportsbook NFL Pick’em Frontrunner Talks Strategy, Sweating, Stretch Run

DraftKings Sportsbook’s “Super Pool” NFL Pick’em Contest for New Jersey bettors only, which flew under the radar with an NFL Week 4 launch and little fanfare, is now descending before a Week 17 landing as the success of varying strategies come into focus.

One of the tournament frontrunners is William Bierman, entered as “CSMANIAC,” which some daily fantasy sports regulars may recognize from NFL, NBA and MLB contests. Bierman is currently rated #134 overall on RotoGrinders’ ranking of almost 50,000 DFS players. Each Super Pool entrant must make 70 picks against the spread — at any increment in any week — between Weeks 4 and Weeks 17 the NFL regular season.

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After Fast Start In The U.S., How Far Can Kambi Go?

As legalized sports betting proliferates across the U.S. landscape, a European-based company the public will rarely if ever hear about is originating the odds for many of those first legal bets.

Kambi, a sports betting technology provider with a global presence long before PASPA repeal changed everything for the U.S. market, is happy to remain in the background for its better-known partners like DraftKings and Penn National Gaming.

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It Just Might Pay To Sign Up With All These PA Sports Betting Sites

Here’s a message for Pennsylvania’s recreational sports bettors that the sharp ones already know about: Register with all the online/mobile sites available, or you’re likely leaving money on the table.

The addition of DraftKings and Unibet in November brought the number of Pennsylvania apps to seven, although the two Rush Street Interactive sites attached to the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Rivers Casinos are essentially one and the same.

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NJ Sports Betting Boss Has A Message For Media About Using Offshore Odds

David Rebuck, the director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and thus perhaps the nation’s most prominent regulator, has a bone to pick with traditional sports media.

This view has been expressed in speeches at various gaming conferences over the past few years, and as of last week, it has been codified in a “Director’s Advisory Bulletin.”

Rebuck — living in a state with close ties to the nation’s largest market of the New York City and with another in the Philadelphia region — knows all too well how many media outlets blithely reference illegal offshore sportsbook betting lines in mainstream articles.

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Here’s How To Apply For A D.C. Sports Betting License

Washington, D.C.’s Office of Lottery and Gaming on Tuesday morning opened the application process for sports betting licenses. There are four licensing categories listed — operator, management services provider, supplier and occupational — and the fees differ per license, the highest being $500,000 for a Class A license in one of the four professional sports venues approved for sports betting. All licenses will be valid for five years.

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