Happy Tuesday, everyone. It is finally getting to be that time of year when sports betting news slows, but we are not quite to the slowest points yet.
Let’s be honest: any weekend that presents an opportunity to hammer the over on hot dogs eaten simply cannot be a boring sports betting weekend.
This upcoming week will (hopefully) be far from boring as well after the biggest news story of last week decided to slow-roll the process a bit. The next step for online sportsbooks in New York was just one of many topics discussed on last week’s LSR Podcast.
Keep an eye on @LSPReport on Twitter for any breaking news updates for New York and other key states.
Top upcoming sports betting news: When will NY release bidding details?
The July 1 deadline for the New York State Gaming Commission to launch the mobile sports betting bidding period came and went Thursday with no explanation on where the process stands.
The delay throws a potential NFL season launch into question for New York. That will not bother bettors much – New Yorkers are already accustomed to betting in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, or even with their offshore sportsbooks. It does, however, mean the state is losing potentially millions of dollars in tax revenue by dragging its feet.
Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., one of the men responsible for getting online betting legalized in New York, was less than thrilled by the delay:
“Well, the fact that our state couldn’t meet its initial mobile sports betting deadline to take a positive step towards recognizing additional educational and anti-addiction funding is disappointing.“I remain confident that in the end, New York will have a premier, top-shelf mobile sports betting product to offer its residents and effectively compete in the market.”
Will CT Lottery finally pick a partner?
The northeastern US could be a good source of sports betting news this week as a CT sports betting decision was also postponed last week.
The Connecticut Lottery delayed picking its sports betting partner until July 6 instead of last Monday. It is the last of three mobile betting skins available in Connecticut – or so we thought.
Mohegan Gaming and Kambi made a surprise announcement last week when they jointly announced Kambi would not be running the sportsbook for Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. That agreement was on the books for about two years, so the change was a bit surprising, though not entirely unexpected after recent comments from Mohegan management.
No one is admitting who swept Mohegan off its feet with a hefty cash offer just yet. It does seem like FanDuel Sportsbook is the favorite, though, after FanDuel got its daily fantasy sports license approved through Mohegan last week. DraftKings Sportsbook, partnered for sports betting with the Mashantucket Pequot, also got a DFS license.
While the winning CT Lottery partner might be chosen Tuesday, the public likely will not find out the winner the same day. That announcement will come once the contract is finalized and signed.
Last week’s big news: single-game Canadian betting approved
Canada‘s federal ban on single-game sports betting will soon be off the books as the bill revoking it received Royal Assent Wednesday.
Single-game sports betting in Canada will launch as soon as allowed, at least in British Columbia. The province will expand its offerings from the British Columbia Lottery Corp. for whatever day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sets the effective date of the legislation.
Single-game sports betting in Ontario, meanwhile, may not launch until the end of the year as it considers a competitive marketplace.
Other top sports betting stories from last week
Catch up on last week’s news with some of the other top stories from last week:
- Sports betting platform provider Scientific Games could shake up the betting world with a sale of its sports betting business.
- AZ sports betting finally got its tax rates: 8% for retail and 10% for online. More betting partnerships in Arizona are forming as well with WynnBET picking the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Bally Bet partnering with the WNBA‘s Phoenix Mercury.
- Sports betting in Ohio will have to wait until the fall after the House chose not to act on multiple proposals from the Senate.
- Sports betting in Maine has another chance this year, but will Gov. Janet Mills veto the bill again over unfounded concerns for spelling bee betting?
- IGT will supply sports betting to the Coushatta Casino in Louisiana. But when will LA sports betting start? The launch is likely delayed by a lack of a gaming board chairman.