BUSA Brief Issue 2
Industry Updates

BettingUSA Brief: Indiana Sets Mobile Launch Date; Free-To-Play Sports Betting

The Betting USA Brief recaps the week that was in the worlds of gambling and sports betting. The Betting USA Brief is a one-stop-shop for US gambling information, from headline news and stories that may have fallen through the cracks to upcoming hearings, revenue reports, and gaming conferences.

Topics in this week’s the BettingUSA Brief include:

  • The impending launch of mobile sports betting in Indiana;
  • Our exclusive interview with Chalkline Sports co-founder and CEO Daniel Kustelski;
  • Why horseracing is suddenly a hot topic in Massachusetts;
  • The NFL names DraftKings its Official Daily Fantasy Partner
  • And much more.

This Week’s Headlines at BettingUSA

Mobile Sports Wagering Is Coming To Indiana Next Week

Indiana has a mobile sports betting launch date, and it’s sooner than expected: October 3.

The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) greenlit Rush Street Interactive to launch its BetRivers app on Thursday, October 3. Several other big-name apps are expected to join BetRivers over time.

Here’s our full report.

Exploring the Value of Free-to-play Sports Betting

We had the chance to talk shop with Daniel Kustelski, the co-founder and CEO of Chalkline Sports, to get his take on the free-to-play sports betting phenomenon. As a free-to-play supplier, Chalkline has a unique perspective on the market, and Kustelski provided several insights about the games.

Check out the full story here.

Massachusetts’ Casino Subsidy Spurs Interest In New Horseracing Venue

Horseracing was once the sport of kings, but its appeal has been in decline in the US for decades. Track closures are common, and new investment in venues is rare, with one exception: Massachusetts.

The 2011 Massachusetts casino law provided a healthy subsidy for horseracing, and with three casinos up and running the state’s horseracing fund is swelling. Not surprisingly, some horseracing groups are targeting the state and proposing new racing venues.

You can read about horseracing’s Massachusetts revival here.

NFL Names DraftKings Its Official Daily Fantasy Partner

Numerous NFL teams have signed partnerships with daily fantasy providers, but the league itself has maintained its distance, until now. On Thursday, the NFL announced it has selected DraftKings as its Official Daily Fantasy Partner.

The deal will have DraftKings and the NFL partner on content and product offerings as well as grant DraftKings access to NFL stats, video and branding.

You can see the full story here.

Newsbytes from Around the Gambling Industry

  • DC Court issues temporary restraining in sports betting case. The DC sports betting saga is turning into quite the fiasco. The most recent lawsuit has led to the DC Superior Court issuing a temporary restraining order against the government that prevents it from issuing Intralot the (no-bid) contract.
  • Unibet increases US presence with the launch of its Pennsylvania sportsbook. Unibet’s Kambi-powered retail sportsbook is now live in the Keystone State at Mohegan Sun Pocono with mobile betting to follow soon
  • DraftKings inks deal with the NFL that makes it the league’s official daily fantasy sports partner. The NFL made DFS juggernaut DraftKings its first official DFS partner this week.
  • New Jersey horsemen claim a victory in its lawsuit against the professional sports leagues. Following a favorable ruling in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) is one step closer to claiming some, or all of the $150 million in damages it’s seeking from the professional sports leagues that spent years fighting the state over legalized sports betting.

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