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.

Media Notebook: Bally’s Sports Takes Steps To Distance Sinclair From MLB Negotiations

An ugly dispute between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Major League Baseball appears to have prompted a management change among the Bally’s Sports networks that operate in 19 U.S. markets.

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Are Arizona Tribes Being Left Behind As Sports Wagering Grows?

When Arizona tribes in 2021 agreed to a sports betting framework that allowed an equal number of sportsbooks at professional sporting venues, there were rumblings throughout the nation from tribes who felt that their Arizona counterparts were giving up their monopoly on gaming. At the time, Arizona tribes said they were comfortable with the arrangement that allots 10 wagering licenses each to tribes and pro franchises, even though that left at least six gaming tribes out of the mix.

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Navigating Social Media To Become A More Intelligent Bettor

On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Chicago Bears PR team tweeted less than an hour before kickoff against the New York Jets that backup quarterback Nathan Peterman was set to start due to Trevor Siemian getting injured in warmups, with regular starter Justin Fields already sidelined.

Bettors salivated at the thought of not just leftover turkey but a Peterman turnover fest, with some quickly wagering on the favored Jets to cover the 7.5-point spread. 

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Smoking Inside Casinos In Atlantic City Will Likely End, But When?

CEASE members would prefer, at this point, if New Jersey politicians would cease their backroom jibber-jabber and pass legislation that will, once and for all, ban smoking (of all stripes, including vaping) inside casinos.

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Jay-Z In Times Square Casino State Of Mind As Bid Competition Builds

Developers and casino operators are pulling out all the stops in their pursuit of one of the New York City-area casino licenses being dangled by the New York State Gaming Commission as the selection process draws closer.

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New Authentication Steps Coming To All PA Online Gaming Sites

Online casino and sportsbook operations have recently begun implementing a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requirement that multi-factor authentication be adopted by the end of the year for customers to use their accounts.

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Canadian Regulators Get Aggressive, TKO UFC Betting Amid Scandal

In a court of law, it’s “innocent until proven guilty.” But Canadian gaming regulatory boards are not a court of law, and with them, apparently, it’s “guilty until proven innocent.”

Or, using phrasing more sympathetic to the thinking of those regulators in Canada, perhaps it could be presented as “erring on the side of extreme caution until confidence is fully restored.”

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NYT Portnoy Story Creates Slowdown For Massachusetts Commission License Decision

New York Times story painting Barstool Sports founder and Massachusetts native Dave Portnoy as a “degenerate gambler” is causing angst for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and affecting its review of PENN Entertainment.

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