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.

New Jersey Mandating Operators Use Hard Data To Identify Problem Gambling

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, in a first-in-the-nation move, has teamed up with online sportsbooks and casinos in an effort to identify gamblers who are at risk of developing problem gambling behaviors, the DGE announced Tuesday.

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Ohio’s Four Brick-And-Mortar Casinos Cleared $1 Billion In 2022 Revenue

It will be weeks before the Ohio Casino Control Commission releases the initial revenue reports from sports betting, but the state’s four casinos had a stable if unspectacular year in 2022 without that new form of gambling.

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Bettor Than Ever: Super Bowl And Sports Betting Take Their Romance To Next Level

Sunday’s edition of the Super Bowl will be historic in a handful of ways, including being the first NFL title game to feature two Black starting quarterbacks and the first to be held in a state — in this instance, Arizona — with legal sports betting

But by the time the 2025 Super Bowl reaches its conclusion, at least one of these milestones (and possibly both) will feel like business as usual.

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March 10 Set As Tentative Go-Live For Massachusetts Digital Platforms

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Executive Director Karen Wells announced plans Thursday for up to 11 digital sports betting platforms to launch in the state at 10 a.m. on March 10.

The date is a Friday two days before the NCAA Tournament’s Selection Sunday and in the heart of several major conference championships, including the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, and Pac-12.

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ICasino Might Prove Too Lucrative For New York To Pass Up

At a joint public hearing organized by two New York legislators last week, the topic was the first year of legal sports betting in the state, but politicians, industry leaders, and others at the meeting couldn’t help but glance ahead to what could come next: Casino.

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BetMGM Navigates Being First Sportsbook At Super Bowl Stadium

Being the first sportsbook at an NFL stadium at the first Super Bowl in a legal sports betting state was bound to be a bit daunting.

In September 2022, the BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium became the first to open at an NFL venue, one that will host the Kansas City Chiefs against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Super Bowl LVII. From the minute the book opened outside Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona, the focus has been not just on providing a great user experience, but also about what this historic weekend would look like.

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New York Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Sportsbook Advertising

If one New York congressman gets his way, the federal government will turn off the spigot of sportsbook advertising — for good.

Congressman Paul Tonko has introduced the “Betting on our Future Act,” and if passed, it would ban all online and electronic sports betting advertising.

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MGM Resorts Quashes Speculation Of Entain Acquisition Bid

Entering MGM Resorts’ quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, speculation mounted that the major casino corporation could renew its pursuit of U.K.-based Entain plc.

The rumors intensified last week when Entain announced that the company would cease its financial commitment to BetMGM if the online gaming operator is profitable in the second half of 2023. One prominent analyst even went so far as describing MGM Resorts’ pursuit of Entain as practically “inevitable.”

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Latest Texas Bills Call For Digital Wagering Only Via Pro Sports Franchises

Texas lawmakers on Monday filed a pair of bills and joint resolutions that would allow for statewide mobile wagering with professional sports franchises as the license holders. Identical bills were filed in the House and Senate, along with joint resolutions that would put the measures, if passed, before voters in November.

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