The Week In Sports Betting: Goodbye New York, Hello Rhode Island

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NY sports betting and RI sports betting

There were no new states to travel to this week. No mindless, endless drives through the nation’s nether regions. Nary a stale slice of gas station pizza. The number of states with legal sports betting remained stuck at three.

What’s going on?

Fortunately, there was plenty of movement to monitor from afar. A tiny state did put a new law on the books, while a giant one failed to do so before closing up shop for the year. There was a sudden flurry of news from a keystone sports betting state, too, and updated timelines in three more.

This is the point in the week we typically lean back with something frosty in our hand and browse through the headlines. I can’t think of any good reason why this week should be any different.

Shall we?

States falling into place (or not)

It looks like we have a pretty complete picture of states that will have legal, active sports betting before the end of the year. The list looks like this right now:

Falling into place…

Thanks to recent rumblings, we know that four more states will join the pool in the coming months. The week’s biggest news comes out of the country’s smallest state:

Partial sports betting laws are also on the books in New York and Connecticut. Both statehouses have adjourned for the year, but CT lawmakers are seriously considering returning for a sports betting special session this summer.

The guys on TheLines Podcast expect the list of green states to grow to 10 or 12 by the end of next year.

Or not.

Hang on, New York, may we have a word? Get back here.

Perhaps no state worked as hard toward sports betting during session as the Empire State did. The two chairs of the gaming committees drove the bus for months, and with a purpose. And yet, here we are in the middle of the dang summer without a new law on the books.

The NY legislature adjourned this week with both chambers failing to even reach a vote on sports betting. The same goes for NY online poker, which has been lurking near the finish line for years. Talk about missing the boat…

Congrats if you bet the “over” on 2018.

Everybody has comments about PA sports betting

Hey look, Pennsylvania gets its own section this week!

Regulators recently published the first set of PA sports betting rules, and the period for public comment closed on June 15. The comments numbered many, and they were awesome.

Stakeholders (and would-be stakeholders) from across the sports and betting industries aired their grievances in earnest. Some even took the opportunity to complain — and rightly so — about the onerous $10 million fee and 36 percent tax. Those numbers are baked into the law, but there’s still room to wiggle around some of the pillars.

Here’s what the sports industry wants PA regulators to know:

Harrah’s and Churchill Downs are among the gaming interests that also submit comment. More notably, a spicy letter from Penn National Gaming throws DraftKings and FanDuel under the bus as unwanted competition.

By the way, the state collected $200,000 in tax revenue from its first month of regulating daily fantasy sports. And FanDuel outpaced DraftKings in Pennsylvania, at least.

It’s worth reading the full packet of comments if you find yourself needing some entertainment on a lonely night. We could write a whole good-takes-bad-takes section on these letters alone.

Other sports betting tidbits

Poor outlining has once again left a bunch of items straggling without a good category in which to fit. Here: