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Arkansas Racing Commission drafting new casino legislation

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The Arkansas Racing Commission has started drafting rules for the new casino regulation. This is after the state’s voters had approved a move to expand gambling. The legislation would make the path to the creation of fully developed casinos in the state.

The deadline for approval of the proposed new regulation is March 14.

At present casinos are legalized in four Arkansas counties, including horse and dog tracks that already offer electronic gambling.

Both Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs have electronic gambling, but the state’s Amendment 100 allows them to expand into full-fledged casinos.

Commissioners have also discussed adopting emergency casino-application rules that would allow prospective casinos to begin construction sooner.

Officials in Jefferson County have already written letters of support for Downstream Development Authority of the Quapaw Tribe to build the proposed Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff.

Alex Gray, an attorney for Downstream Development Authority, told the commission that expediting the application process could allow his group to break ground on construction early next year. Gray said once the rules are approved, casinos can start generating tax revenue for the state and local communities.

However, several commissioners have cautioned against moving too fast, noting that the public is watching to ensure the state’s casino expansion has a smooth rollout.

Alex Lieblong, chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission, recommended the commission review the application rules before assembling again later this month.

Lieblong said the group could vote on whether to use the expedited approval process at that meeting.

“We are not whatsoever trying to be a roadblock,” Lieblong said. “We’re just trying to make sure that it’s done in the fairest possible way for Arkansas.”

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Caesars becomes the official casino for the NFL

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Caesars Entertainment signed on as the official casino for the National Football League (NFL). But the deal has some significant shortcomings, so its value is much less than the rest of the jewels snagged by MGM Resorts , which has partnered with professional baseball, basketball, and hockey.

The deal between Caesars and the NFL gives it some opportunities, but because the football league cannot get past its opposition to sports gambling generally, it diminishes the potential.

Starting with the 2019 NFL playoffs, Caesars will have the right to use NFL trademarks, like the logo and the words “Super Bowl,” to promote its casinos and properties here and abroad to create “unique experiences” for fans.

The agreement only names Caesar’s the league’s official casino and specifically excludes sports betting, daily fantasy football leagues, and non-casino hotels and resorts. As a result, Caesar’s cannot use NFL trademarks to promote its sportsbooks. Since sports betting — and arguably fantasy football, too — are where the real potential is, Caesars is basically just getting the chance to advertise its casinos at games and related events.

Caesars’ deal is much less than what MGM Resorts has secured through its agreements with the other sports leagues. They allow MGM to use official league branding with both its casinos and its digital sports-betting operations.

 

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Delaware continued it’s strong performance in December

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Delaware shows another strong performance on legalised sports betting in December. An increase in stakes on its online gaming market pushed annual revenue for the sector up 8 per cent year-on-year.

Net proceeds from legal sports betting amounted to $2.2m last month, up from $1.1m in November. This was mainly down to players winning less in December, with the $13.6m.

Delaware Park remains the main source of sports betting income for Delaware, with revenue in December amounting to $1.5m, from handle of $10.8m. Since launching legal sports betting on June 24, Delaware has generated revenue of $8.9m in total, with punters staking $87.0m.

There is good news for Delaware’s struggling online gaming market after a strong performance in December helped push full-year revenue to $2.6m, up by 8 per cent on $2.4m in 2017.

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NBA to change gambling policies

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Mark Tatum, NBA COO and Deputy Commissioner, has revealed that the league is preparing to double down their policies, as legalised sports betting expands in the United States. The COO said that the ruling brings extra resources to the table to prevent in-house infractions.

“We’re spending a lot of time learning from the mistakes that were made and what we’re seeing in sports betting in places around the world. We’re trying to educate our fans. We’re educating our players and our teams. We’re taking a little bit of a cautious approach here… but generally, we think it’s a good thing for sports betting to be regulated, to be legalised, so there is better information being captured,” said Tatum.

Tatum said that how the soccer league from the UK manages a balance between revenue and responsibility has been observed.

“That really helped inform some of our thoughts on how sports betting could work in the United States. We’re seeing a large shift now and a change in the landscape of sports betting in the US” Tatum said. “We’ve gone to school on them. We’ve actually shared a lot of information with them and have a great partnership with them.”

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