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USA Supreme Court strikes down federal law prohibiting sports gambling

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The Supreme Court of the USA has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on basketball, baseball, football and other sports as well in most of the states, opening the door to legalizing the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports that Americans make every year.

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the PASPA Act (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), a 1992 law that blocked state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

One research firm estimated before the ruling that if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.

“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.

The court’s decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

More than a dozen states had supported New Jersey, which argued that Congress exceeded its authority when it passed the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, barring states from authorizing sports betting. New Jersey said the Constitution allows Congress to pass laws barring wagering on sports, but Congress can’t require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.

All four major U.S. professional sports leagues, the NCAA and the federal government had urged the court to uphold the federal law. In court, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball had argued that New Jersey’s gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. Outside court, however, leaders of all but the NFL have shown varying degrees of openness to legalized sports gambling.

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year.

The 1992 law at issue in the case bars state-authorized sports gambling with exceptions for Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware, states that had approved some form of sports wagering before the law took effect. Nevada is the only state where a person can wager on the results of a single game, though the law doesn’t cover wagering between friends. The law also doesn’t cover animal races, such as horse racing, which many states already allow.

The state of New Jersey is trying for years to legalize sports betting at its casinos, racetracks and former racetracks, spending many years and millions of dollars for this cause. New Jersey legislators have passed a law in 2012 allowing sports betting, directly challenging the 1992 federal law which says states can’t “authorize by law” sports gambling. The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and the state lost in court.

Back in 2014 the state of New Jersey took a shot at abolishing laws prohibiting sports gambling at casinos and racetracks. It argued taking its laws off the books was different from authorizing sports gambling. New Jersey lost again and then they tried their luck at the US Supreme Court.

 

Source: denverpost.com

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 13-19

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

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Catena Media has further strengthened its North American operations by acquiring online sports betting and casino affiliation assets from i15 Media. The total purchase price is USD 45 million, of which USD 12.5 million will be paid with 2,207,357 new Catena Media shares.

Caesars, in partnership with Arizona Diamondbacks, celebrated sports betting legalisation in the state of Arizona with a kickoff event featuring dignitaries and celebrities, a charitable donation of $20,000 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, a ceremonial first bet and more.

Esports Entertainment Group has opened a new office in Hoboken, New Jersey. In addition to the new office, the Company is also expanding its US workforce and has named CFO Dan Marks as Head of Office.

Caesars Entertainment announced that it priced an offering of $1.2bn aggregate principal amount of its 4.625% Senior Notes due 2029 at par. The sale of the Notes is expected to be consummated on or about 24 September 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

JCM Global has installed its GEN5 Thermal Printer on all 1752 slot machines at del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York.

The Dumfries Planning Commission has approved a request from Colonial Downs Group to build a gaming property in the City.

International Game Technology has announced that the company is extending its momentum in cashless gaming technology deployments to Oklahoma. Indigo Sky Casino in Wyandotte is the latest casino to join the cashless gaming revolution by way of a multi-year agreement with IGT and a phased rollout of the Resort Wallet and IGTPay modules of the IGT ADVANTAGE casino management system.

New Partnerships

Tipico Sportsbook has signed a 10-year deal with Caesars Entertainment. The deal includes a 10-year renewal term and provides Tipico with immediate access to launch an online sportsbook in Indiana and Iowa, pending licensing and approvals.

Comtrade Gaming has entered into a partnership with G3 Esports. Under the agreement, Comtrade will provide its iGaming platform – both iCore and backend technology – to G3’s upcoming betting product for gamers.

Passport Technology, a global leader of payment technology for the gaming industry, has entered into a partnership with Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort. This multi-year deal involves the payments technologies company supplying advanced casino payments, marketing and cage automation solutions.

Online gaming operator PointsBet and Major League Soccer club Austin FC announced a new agreement granting PointsBet rights as a proud Founding Partner of Austin FC.

WynnBET has signed a deal with the NFL’s New York Jets to become its official sports betting partner.

Financial Results

Gaming Realms has reported its H1 interim results for the six months ending 30 June 2021. Total revenue grew 50% in H1 2021 to £7.7m from £5.2m in the same period of 2020.

Loto-Québec has published its financial results for the first quarter of the 2021–2022 fiscal year. For Q1 FY2021-22, Loto-Québec generated total revenues of $401.3m, up $243.9m (+154.9%) compared to the same period last year.

New Appointment

PointsBet has appointed Canadian digital media leader Dale Fallon as Senior Director of Product.

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Celebrate Fast Times! Sonic Dash Surpasses 500 Million Milestone as Fans Honour 30th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog

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Beloved IP continues to drive mobile game download growth from loyal global fan base

SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that its hit mobile game Sonic Dash has surpassed a major milestone on mobile devices. Since initially launching in 2013, the game has achieved more than 500 million downloads worldwide. The endless runner game, which stars the famous blue hedgehog running, dashing, jumping, and spinning across stunning 3D environments, is the most played Sonic mobile game ever!

Sonic Dash’s major milestone also falls during the 30th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, which SEGA is celebrating with fans around the world! From the small mobile screen to the silver screen, the Blue Blur is still capturing the hearts of audiences. Last year saw the first live-action movie release of Sonic the Hedgehog, and now the next chapter of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is hotly anticipated to release next year in 2022.

Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka: “Achieving over 500 million downloads is a huge testament to the endurance of the Sonic brand and the truly fun, timeless gameplay of Sonic Dash. We appreciate our loyal fans as well as our partnership with both Apple and Google for their enduring support in showcasing Sonic Dash in the App Stores. This milestone could not have been achieved at a better time!”

SEGA HARDlight’s Studio Director, Neall Jones: “We continue to be amazed at Sonic Dash’s loyal fans and how the game is still driving millions of new downloads every month. A massive thank you to all Sonic Dash fans. We look forward to continuing to provide you with new and innovative in-game events built around the ever-expanding Sonic universe, for years to come.”

Sonic Dash was developed by HARDlight, a SEGA of Europe studio. The studio is also behind another wildly popular mobile multiplayer runner: Sonic Forces. HARDlight produces regular events in Sonic Dash, featuring collaborations with highly recognized IP. Starting Friday, September 17, fans can also join a special event in Sonic Dash, honoring this 500 million milestone.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 6-12

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and compliance updates. Read on and get updated.

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Rush Street Interactive has launched its own branded online live casino studios in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The studios will supply live dealer games to the BetRivers online casino in Pennsylvania and PlaySugarHouse online casino in New Jersey.

888 Holdings has announced the launch of SI Sportsbook in Colorado. SI Sportsbook combines 888’s world-class proprietary and scalable technology with Sports Illustrated’s iconic brand to create a unique value proposition for sports fans.

Gaming Realms has announced that its first Slingo game has now gone live in Pennsylvania, following the company’s recent award of an interactive gaming manufacturer license in the state.

Tipico Sportsbook has selected Colorado as the site for its new technology hub. The sportsbook expects as many as 441 jobs to be brought to the area over the next eight years.

International Game Technology has announced that its world-class PlaySports platform footprint will expand into Wisconsin through an agreement to power sports betting at Oneida Casino, on the Oneida Nation Reservation.

Internet Vikings has launched its iGaming hosting services in Colorado. This follows its recent launch in West Virginia. This new launch is just the second step in Internet Vikings’ expansion into the US with 11 more states expected to come onto their map by the end of the year.

DraftKings has announced the addition of its new and exclusive game DraftKings Rocket to the DraftKings Casino product suite. The game is currently available in New Jersey with Michigan and West Virginia to follow pending regulatory approval.

New Partnerships

BetMGM has entered into a strategic partnership with Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico. Subject to regulatory approvals, BetMGM will expand its retail and mobile sports betting offerings to Puerto Rico, signifying the company’s first market access agreement outside of the U.S. mainland.

MegaFans, a mobile gaming company headquartered in Southern California, has partnered with Launchpool Labs and joined their first incubator programme which kicked off Sept. 1, 2021.

As the Denver Pioneers prepare for a new sports season, Denver Sports Properties has announced a multi-year agreement with its first corporate sports betting partner, SuperBook Sports. The agreement, facilitated by Playfly Sports, will include branding, media hospitality and social media assets with a focus on responsible gaming and education for student-athletes.

Baltimore Ravens and Caesars Entertainment announced a partnership in which Caesars Sportsbook will be the NFL club’s “premier sports betting partner” while also expanding the Ravens’ relationship with Horseshoe Baltimore casino.

Esports Entertainment Group has signed a partnership agreement with Game Fund Partners LLC to become a part of their Venture Capital Arm and a new planned $300 million game fund.

Genius Sports has expanded its existing agreement with WynnBET to provide the operator with official National Football League sportsbook data, content and fan engagement solutions.

Compliance Updates

Genius Sports Limited has announced that it has been granted a long-term Online Sports Wagering Vendor Permit by the Wyoming Gaming Commission.

The company has also secured a temporary event wagering supplier license from the Arizona Department of Gaming.

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