The Week In Sports Betting News: Conference Calls Galore

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Happy Monday, everyone. Sports betting news has mostly been legislative headlines recently but this week should be dominated by earnings reports.

The team dove into some of those state stories on the most recent LSR Podcast.

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Top sports betting news: many must-hear calls

There is at least one conference call every day this week that will pull the curtain back a bit on the US sports betting industry:

Three calls for Thursday + DKNG Friday

Last week’s top sports betting news: KS passes bill

It did not seem like sports betting in Kansas was guaranteed when the Senate rejected the House’s changes to SB 84 on Wednesday, but by Friday morning the bill was on its way to Gov. Laura Kelly.

The two chambers sent representatives for a second conference committee early Thursday and was swiftly passed by the House shortly thereafter. There were not many changes, the biggest of which was who would handle the 80% of tax dollars that are earmarked to bring a professional sports team to Kansas.

Meanwhile, neighboring Missouri is not having such luck with sports betting bill. Sen. Denny Hoskins led a three-hour filibuster Wednesday when an amendment was introduced to remove VLTs from the legislation. The bill was then placed on the informal calendar without a vote taken.

Massachusetts Senate acts, but far from House proposal

The Massachusetts Senate passed a sports betting bill out of the chamber Thursday but whether there is a middle ground to be found between it and the House proposal is yet to be seen.

The Senate version taxes sports betting revenue at a much higher rate than the House proposal. The Senate bill also bans betting on all college sports, not just in-state colleges. Amendments to fix those issues and bring them in-line with the House were killed Thursday with little discussion.