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. 

Mass Gaming Commission Not Ready To Divulge Timeline Or Look Of Go-Live

Will all qualified Massachusetts gaming entities go live on the same day? Will retail launch ahead of mobile or vice versa? Should existing casinos and parimutuel facilities get preference?

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Charlie Baker’s signature made sports betting legal in the Bay State, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission began exploring these questions and more during a meeting Thursday. While it’s too soon to have clarity on most of the questions, the MGC did set a time — 10 a.m. on Aug. 18 — for its first meeting with stakeholders.

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Options Abound For FuboTV As Streaming Service Mulls Next Steps For Sportsbook

As recently as June, FuboTV appeared to be making strides with a variety of immersive betting experiences built into the company’s live streaming product.

At the time, Fubo Sportsbook unveiled a new predictive product under which it became the first company to offer a free sports contest that could be directly integrated into a customer’s live TV streaming capabilities. But the harsh realities of a challenging macroeconomic environment have caused Fubo to pivot. While Fubo is not abandoning its sports betting unit altogether, CEO David Gandler emphasized last week that the streaming service can no longer conduct sports betting operations on its own.

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Mount Airy Allows Smoking Within Casino Again, Which Draws Some Fire

Mount Airy Casino Resort stood out months ago as one of few casinos in Pennsylvania to ban indoor smoking, but a state hearing last week for its periodic licensing renewal made clear that’s no longer the case.

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For Responsible Gambling Advocates, College Is Tough To Get Into

Patrick Chester attended his first University of Washington football game at the age of 5. 

When he was 9, his parents divorced, and he remembers his dad would frequently go “out drinking and gambling.”

“Seeing that as a kid, that was pretty exciting,” Chester, now 50, said of his dad’s carousing. 

Chester was aware that his family had a history of substance abuse, so he was careful not to fall into those traps himself. But as for gambling, even as he entered the University of Washington as a student, Chester said, “I had no idea what could happen if I got carried away with it.”

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Jake Paul, Joey Levy Launch Micro-Betting And Sports Media Company

Add “sports betting company co-founder” to Jake Paul’s interesting resume, which includes wide-ranging career endeavors such as Vine star, YouTuber, rapper, and boxer

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Agrees To 10-Year Deal With Micro-Betting Company Betr

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and media figure/celebrity boxer Jake Paul have become business partners in the sports betting industry.

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, which owns the Hall of Fame Village that includes the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, has announced a 10-year partnership agreement with Betr, a sports betting company founded earlier this year by Paul, a Cleveland native, and sports betting industry veteran Joey Levy.

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A Canadian Story: How Props.Cash Is Helping People Make Smarter Prop Wagers

For Pete Smaluck, it all started with a pack of baseball cards.

The founder of, an education and resource tool that helps sports bettors make 

better player prop wagers using relevant analytics, grew up in a sports-loving household.
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