The Week In Sports Betting: Delaware At The Starting Line, DraftKings Finds NJ Home

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Brighter days are here! June has officially arrived, the first of the summer months. Those in foul-weather states are finally starting to thaw out from that especially clingy winter. Vitamin D intake is up across the board.

The US sports betting industry has never seen this much sunshine before. It’s been almost three weeks since the US Supreme Court repealed the federal ban, and the first states are already preparing for launch.

Have no fear if you’re a little bit out of the loop. Things have been happening fast since May 14. As we’re prone to doing these days, we shall now run through the major headlines of the past week for you. There’s enough here to make you feel like you’ve been keeping up on sports betting, at least.

Happy Friday, y’all.

The First State will be the first state

Did you circle June 5 on your calendar yet? It’s no ordinary Tuesday, you know.

That’s the day Delaware expects to launch sports betting, which would make it the first state outside of Nevada to book a legal wager. DE sports betting was made possible by a lottery expansion back in 2009. And, of course, SCOTUS.

It looks like “The First State” will beat New Jersey into the market, which would be fitting in more ways than one. Although NJ was ultimately responsible for toppling PASPA, its southern neighbor was the first to challenge the prohibition.

By the time we write this recap next week, folks will be betting on sports in Delaware — legally and under regulatory oversight. What a world.

DraftKings finds sports betting partner

Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel made headlines last week, the target of an acquisition from leading bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair.

This week, it’s the other DFS heavyweight generating the big news.

On Friday, DraftKings announced a partnership with Resorts Atlantic City, giving it a launchpad for NJ sports betting pending approval. Details are still pretty sparse, including how DraftKings intends to provide an actual wagering platform. If it gets the go-ahead from regulators, though, it’ll be the first DFS operator to obtain a US sports betting license.

DraftKings is also getting its tires kicked as an acquisition in the US market.

Speaking of our friends in New Jersey…

What’s new in New Jersey?

Delaware might be first, but New Jersey still remains at the very center of the conversation. Operators, lawmakers and regulators are all scrambling to put the final pieces into place.

This week in NJ:

More regulatory movement

Those two states will be the first states to launch sports betting since the SCOTUS ruling, but there’s another ambitious group closing in, too. There was some noteworthy movement in five others this week:

We haven’t written about West Virginia sports betting in a while, but it’s ready to go pending regulations.

A few tidbits

There are a couple other things worth mentioning that we can’t figure out where to put. So we’ll put them here:

Sports attorney John Holden also provided a couple guest articles this week, touching on some of the legal intricacies of sports betting legislation.

The takes

Another week of takes! As usual, we’re forced to take the bad along with the good.

Good ones

Bad ones

Only a few this week, which is refreshing: