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 stories and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.
TN to release draft regs, names new gaming chief
The Tennessee Education Lottery on Thursday announced that it will release draft sports betting regulations on Friday, Nov. 22. The regulations will then be open for a 30-day public comment period before being considered by the by the state’s sports betting council.
In addition to taking that step, the group also installed a Las Vegas veteran to oversee the state’s regulation of sports wagering: Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV Jennifer Roberts announced on Wednesday that she will be leaving her position to become the Director of Sports Betting for the TEL.
Well, big life change happening in two weeks. Today, I formally accepted an offer to oversee sports betting regulation for the Tennessee Education Lottery. I hope y’all will come visit me in Nashville. Las Vegas will always be special to me and I’ll still be cheering on VGK!
— Jennifer Roberts (@JRoVegas) November 20, 2019
Sports betting rules approved in MT
The Montana Lottery Commission on Thursday voted 4-0 to approve the draft rules for sports betting, according to a Lottery spokesperson. In addition, it was announced that the new product will be called “Sports Bet Montana.”
Some minor changes were made to the wording of the draft rules in response to public comments, but the substance of the rules did not change. The rules will be published in the state register in early December, and the Lottery can open the application process.
It is expected that up to 1,400 locations around the state — from bars and restaurants to existing Lottery vendors — could apply for licenses. Locations that want sports betting must also have the appropriate gambling and alcohol licenses required by the new law. Bettors will be able to wager on college and professional sports either at a kiosk or on their phones in range of the kiosk. State-wide mobile sports betting was not legalized.
Does Oregon Lottery need oversight?
Lawmakers in Oregon believe that the Lottery, which launched sports betting on its mobile app in October, requires legislative oversight for its new ScoreBoard app, reports Willamette Week. According to a recently released opinion from the state’s legislative counsel:
“You asked whether the Legislative Assembly may place limits on the operations of the Oregon State Lottery Commission and the Oregon State Lottery, particularly with respect to the introduction of betting via mobile platforms,” reads a Nov. 6 memo from Legislative Counsel Dexter Johnson. “We think a court would likely uphold legislative restrictions on the use of mobile platforms for lottery gaming.”
Lawmakers expressed concerns rooted in problem gambling, but the Lottery stands by its decision to launch, and a spokesman said the process has been “transparent” from the start.
The Lottery released a draft summary of its October operating report, which included about two weeks of legal sports betting. According to the summary, handle was $560,000 with $538,500 paid out in prizes. After expenses, revenue to the state was $146,700. Sports betting revenue in Oregon is earmarked for the state’s pension fund. According to Willamette Week, more than 30,000 consumers have signed up for ScoreBoard and have bet more than $13 mm in the first month.
More of the most important stories
FINGERS CROSSED: Bars and restaurants in D.C. hoping to take bets by Super Bowl. [WTOP]
NFL PLUS POKER: The World Series of Poker is now an official NFL sponsor. [PocketFives]
MAKING MOVES: William Hill to purchase CG Technology’s Nevada, Bahamas operations. [CDCGaming]
15 remaining sports book operations in NV(updated by followers to include Mike Pegram's CVI/Bodines)
Carson Valley Inn
— Roxy Roxborough (@RoxyLasVegas) November 21, 2019
BENGALS BITE: Bettor ‘bitter’ after he be barely misses turning $20 into $50K. [ESPN]
ROAD SHOW: Georgia lawmakers studying a gaming expansion held a hearing in Valdosta. [AP]
EVEN MORE: West Virginia casinos adding more sportsbooks. [MetroNews]
WHAT’S THE PLAN: Still no firm timeline for Illinois sports betting. [NewsTribune]
MOBILE DEBATE: Stakeholders say no mobile will hurt CA, but tribes disagree. [CDCGaming]
GLITCH: William Hill credited customers after Nevada app went down Sunday. [LasVegasSun]
Thanks for the shoutout Fiona! pic.twitter.com/GkE4g7N3Lg
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) November 21, 2019
In the wider world of sports
John Harbaugh has a 25-year-old behavioral economics major giving him win probabilities during games.
John Harbaugh has become the most aggressive 4th-down coach in the NFL.
These 2 things are related.
Really enjoyed reporting this story from Baltimore: https://t.co/QTs1j5KHki
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) November 22, 2019
DIGGING DEEPER: MLB says it will extend Astros’ probe to including 2018, 2019. [HoustonChronicle]
BIG DEAL: White Sox make $73 mm deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal. [SunTimes]
A Full Update on the Astros Cheating Scandal (as of today)https://t.co/qUtp3JuaNd
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) November 17, 2019
HERE’S AN IDEA: Mike Bloomberg wants to be president. He should buy the Knicks, instead. [WSJ]
MAYBE THIS WILL HELP: Baffert: Horse racing needs more scientific solution for tracks. [Bloodhorse]