SportsHandle: the week that was in US sports betting

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

The Consequences Of Perception: What If Sports Bettors Don’t Consider Themselves Gamblers?

The large, high-ceilinged room on the second level of the Anaheim Convention Center was packed, with tribal casino representatives, gambling industry executives, press, and vendors filling most of the available seats.

Melissa Blau, a gaming consultant, had the attention of the audience during the opening session of the Indian Gaming Association tradeshow and convention in April. She was speaking about the options tribal organizations have as sports betting expands in the United States — retail vs. mobile, running their own shop vs. partnering with an operator, etc.

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Live Betting Leaves A Lot To Be Desired, But Bespoke Services Are Coming

It was, as these things go, quite an eye-opening statement. After all, it’s not every day you hear someone from a mobile sports betting concern admit their product is imperfect.

“In general, the customer experience with in-play leaves a lot to be desired across the industry,” said Jay Croucher, the director of trading at PointsBet, during a panel discussion on the future of in-play betting at last week’s SBC Summit North America in New Jersey.

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When Does Marketing Of Sports Betting Become Oversaturation?

If you’ve been living in a WiFi-free cave for the past few years — or perhaps just avoiding large crowds for fear of infection — you’ll likely be in for a surprise the next time you attend a major sporting event in the U.S.

Sports betting, once verboten in those venues, is all over the place.

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Burns: No Rollbacks On Rigorous Ontario Sports Betting Ad Standards For Now

BetMGM made waves in March when it secured a partnership with Connor McDavid in a deal in which the two-time NHL MVP became the league’s first active player to serve as a brand ambassador for a major sports betting operator.

But when McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs next season, BetMGM will be unable to place a billboard outside Scotiabank Arena with an image of the forward complemented by a betting promotion.

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It’s Shaping Up To Be A Cruel, Cruel Summer For Michigan Sportsbooks

April showers may bring May flowers, but May flowers bring Michigan residents becoming allergic to sports betting, as online sportsbook handle fell in June to $270 million, down from May’s $333.4 million, according to numbers released by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

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Sports Betting Just Declined In Pennsylvania In A Rare Way

June stood out in one very unusual way for Pennsylvania’s sportsbook operators: They took less betting action than they did in the same month a year earlier.

That decline from a $420.2 million June 2021 betting handle to $393.5 million last month — shown in the latest revenue report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board — was uncharacteristic but not unprecedented. A year-to-year monthly decline occurred once before, but for an extraordinary circumstance.

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The Ohio Slate: State On Schedule To Have Sports Betting Platform Up By New Year’s Day

Ohio Casino Control Commission Executive Director Matt Schuler believes the process to build a sports betting platform in Ohio is moving steadily along as Ohioans anticipate being able to bet on sports come Jan. 1, 2023.

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Court Schedule Ensures No 2022 Resolution In Florida Compact Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 8 filed a brief and hearing schedule for a case surrounding legal sports betting in Florida and the validity of the Seminole Tribe’s compact with the state. The schedule ensures that the case won’t be resolved until at least 2023, which means no legal wagering in the state before then unless is comes via legislation, referendum, or initiative.
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