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Arbitration panel rules US tribe to pay the pending dues

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An arbitration panel ruled that the Seneca Nation tribe, which stopped honouring the revenue-sharing deal with New York after renewal of a contract in 2017, must pay the pending revenue share.

In 2017, the tribe stopped the payment arguing that a drafting omission had released them from their obligation to pay the revenue-sharing agreement. That moved them to stop paying the state’s share from the three gaming venues it operates in western New York, which would already amount to over US$100 million.

A three-member arbitration panel has ruled that the Seneca Nation wrongly halted more than $100 million in revenue-sharing payments to the state derived from the three gambling halls it operates in western New York.

“A majority of the Panel… supports the conclusion that ‘renewal’ means that the Compact was continued on the same terms and conditions that were in place immediately prior to expiration of the Compact’s initial term which entailed revenue sharing for exclusivity,” the ruling argues. “To conclude otherwise and interpret ‘renew’ to mean that the Nation gets exclusivity without sharing revenue would render several provisions of the Compact meaningless, ignore the purpose of the Parties’ agreement, challenge common sense and produce a commercially unreasonable result.”

According to Kevin Washburn, a University of New Mexico Law School professor, former Interior Department official and the member of the panel chosen by the tribe (voted against), the decision “rewrites the Compact in a way that harms the Nation and provides an unjustified windfall to the State.”

Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong added: “While we know we are right on the law, we also knew that making that argument to an arbitration panel gave no assurance of an opinion in our favor. As is often the case, the Courts, and apparently arbitration panels, do not always decide cases on the law, even their law. We have prepared for this circumstance, and, now that the panel has issued its opinion, we will take the appropriate time to review and respond to the opinion, and move forward.”

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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