It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad). Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top U.S. sports betting stories, highlighting some fresh news, and rounding up key stories. Also check out this week’s Wild World of Gambling at US Bets.
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Feature story of the week
Shame of the week
Investigation of the week
You’re hired of the week
Mystery solved of the week
Boycott of the week
Operator of the week
Poker of the week
What’s up in Maine?
Two weeks ago, the Maine House voted to enact a sports betting bill, LD 1352, on what appeared to be one of the final days of this session. The bill was immediately sent to the state’s Appropriations Table for review before progress came to a screeching halt. Stakeholders expected the bill to be taken up this week, but the state legislature didn’t have any full floor sessions. The bill could be considered Monday, when both the House and Senate have full floor sessions scheduled.
LD 1352 would allow for statewide mobile sports betting and would require digital platforms to be tethered to existing gaming facilities. The engrossed version of the bill was passed by both chambers on June 18, but it must be passed as enacted by both before it can be sent to Gov. Janet Mills for action. The last time a sports betting bill landed on Mills’ desk in 2019, she vetoed it six months later.
More of the most important, interesting stories
Total on WNBA All-Star Game moved 53 points.
"At worst, I don't think this was more than 15 points off. That's as bad as I think it could be. I didn't think it would be the worst number ever."https://t.co/WGx8ByvjEH
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) July 14, 2021
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has an immediate opening for a ticket writer at its William Hill sportsbook. Safe to say they'll be among the first to take a bet when Maryland sports betting goes live later this year https://t.co/pi6Kn812gK
— Ryan Butler (@ButlerBets) July 15, 2021
GET OUT THE VOTE: Florida OK’s two more gambling-related constitutional amendment drives for 2022 ballot. [FL Phoenix]
RACKETS: Multiple matches being investigated for fixing, per report. [CBS Sports]
TRIBAL CHAMPION: Connecticut’s Cathy Osten an incredible advocate. [The Day]
FINE PRINT: Athletes would be wise to read fine print before making a deal. [Gazette]
CHECKOUT COUNTER: Bruin Capital to buy Flutter affiliate OddsChecker in $218 Million Deal. [Sportico]
BALLY BINGE: Casino company adds Association of Beach Volleyball Professionals. [Bally’s]
BLACKOUT: Ban on gambling ads could be introduced ‘relatively quickly.’ [Irish Times]
— Sam Panayotovich (@spshoot) July 3, 2021