The Week In Sports Betting: NCAA Passes On Integrity Fees, But Does Form A Committee

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Welp, the Legal Sports Report crew didn’t win the Mega Millions jackpot this week. And you better believe we tried. Maybe not as hard as this guy, but we tried.

Our loss is your gain, though, as we’ve retained our day jobs reporting on the sports betting industry. So instead of spending Friday afternoon picking out upholstery for our new private jets, we’re here scribbling out a rundown once again.

If you’d prefer to listen to your news rather than read it, TheLines Podcast covered most of the headlines this week (with a few spicy takes thrown in for good measure.)

For the avid readers in the group, let us continue.

This week’s recap will heavily feature New Jersey as if often does, even dropping into Newark for one of two huge sponsorship deals. First though, some news from the world of student athletics …

NCAA prioritizing sports betting education

The NCAA filed sports betting testimony with a panel of lawmakers, its first public stance since a short statement in May. The collegiate sports body expressly omitted the integrity fee as it asked Indiana committees for a list of “core regulatory standards.”

The proposal amid renewed internal efforts to fortify education and awareness within collegiate sports. Over recent weeks, the NCAA has formed a new committee tasked with studying the industry as it relates to students and athletic integrity.

An excerpt from a Thursday announcement explains the goals:

The committee will work with the national office staff, student-athletes and other organizations to build upon the NCAA’s existing efforts related to sports wagering rules, policy, research and education.

The NCAA Sport Science Institute also plans to conduct a Sports Wagering and Well-Being Summit in March.

Sports and sports betting getting to know one another

As sports betting expands, teams and leagues are starting to explore opportunities to work cooperatively with the industry. Well there’s a novel idea. Three such deals have fallen into place in recent months:

This week, two more:

First, the Baltimore Ravens expanded their relationship with Horseshoe Baltimore, allowing the property to use team marks in branding and promotions. Maryland sports betting likely won’t be legal until at least 2020, so this deal doesn’t directly involve the industry for now.

The other one very much does.

On Thursday, William Hill announced another NHL partnership, this time with the New Jersey Devils. A dedicated lounge inside Prudential Center will serve as the anchor for broad on-site branding presence. Though the lounge won’t have ticket writers, NJ sports betting is available statewide on mobile devices.

More from NJ sports betting

Cleaning up the rest of the state’s headlines for the week:

News from other states

It’s a short list this week, so we’ll just hit it:

Over on PlayUSA, the sports betting power rankings showed no change in this week’s update.

Takes and tidbits

The “tidbits” aren’t the tiny little morsels we’re used to this time around. The week’s leftovers feature a few large bites — including some movement in a long-running DFS lawsuit and a laughable copyright caper.

That’s about all she wrote for the week that was.

If you’re speculating on the NFL games this Sunday, TheLines has begun compiling a weekly betting guide with NJ price comparisons. And PlayPicks offers DFS tips across the two big sites, if that’s more your thing.

Have a happy weekend, y’all.