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. 

ESPN Updating, Expanding, Prioritizing Sports Wagering Content

ESPN may still not know its sports wagering end game with regard to whether it will have its own sportsbook or partner with one, but the Disney-owned network and multimedia platform is definitely making the commitment to content as betting continues to expand across the United States.

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PointsBet Aims To Process Bets In Under A Second As Shift To In-Game Accelerates

Ask any hardened in-game bettor to compile a list of grievances on vexations they must deal with while placing an in-play sports wager, and there is a strong likelihood that the dreaded “spinny wheel” will land near the top of the list.

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Online Sportsbooks Are Playing Catch-Up When It Comes To ADA Compliance

Josh Basile had just completed his freshman year as a varsity tennis player at Skidmore College when he wandered into shallow water on Delaware’s Bethany Beach, boogie board in hand.

The next thing he knew, he was floating in the Atlantic, motionless. A wave had slammed his head into the ocean floor, leaving him paralyzed beneath the shoulders. Now a C4-5 quadriplegic, Basile requires a power wheelchair and assistive technology to live his life to the fullest.

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NBA Needs To Step Up Its Response To Brittney Griner’s Imprisonment

With all due respect to the Las Vegas Aces, the biggest story in WNBA quarters over the past week was not Chelsea Gray leading Sin City to its first major professional sports title on Sunday. No, the biggest WNBA story of the past seven days was President Biden meeting face-to-face with the family of Brittney Griner, the seven-time Phoenix Mercury all-star who’s been wrongfully detained in a Russian prison since mid-February.

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Baseball’s Rules Changes Could Be A Bonanza For Bettors In 2023

While it may seem odd to look ahead to betting the 2023 Major League Baseball season when A) we haven’t even reached the 2022 MLB playoffs and B) it’s freaking football season, know this: Plenty of sportsbooks and sharps are already thinking about the first few weeks of the 2023 season.

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Cavaliers, Bengals, Guardians Approved For Sports Betting Licenses

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) approved sports betting licenses for 10 sports gaming proprietor and four sports gaming supplier applicants during its Wednesday morning meeting in Columbus.

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PA Sportsbooks And Online Casinos Saw Revenue Boost In August

Pennsylvania’s iCasino industry rebounded nicely in August and sportsbooks in the state had a strong month against bettors, even without a whole lot of additional action from them.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Monday reported revenue figures for last month showing total revenue of $425.4 million from all forms of commercial gaming, which was off slightly from $429.1 million in July but an increase from $408.1 million in August 2021. Total tax revenue to the state from last month’s gaming was $175.3 million.

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Two Companies Announce Bid For Hudson Yards Casino Project

Until now, each of the entities looking to bid for one of the three New York City-area casino licenses being dangled by the state gaming commission has operated largely in the shadows, making back-channel deals to advance their project.

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Sweat-Free Sunday Is Anything But For A Novice High-Roller

Injury-prone folks should avoid using tools like electric hedge clippers. Easily terrified? That local “haunted house” might not be the place for you. If a down escalator is enough to make you nervous, you might want to reconsider the idea of going skydiving. And — as I learned all too well in the first two weeks of the NFL season — if you’re a risk-averse sports bettor, trying four-figure wagers could be a lousy idea, no matter what the outcome.

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