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Betting on Sports America hits major leagues with sporting delegates

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Teams from all of the major professional sports leagues across the US are flocking to Betting on Sports America, the biggest dedicated sports betting trade show in the country taking place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey from 23-25 April.

Representatives from teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS, as well as from international leagues such as La Liga will be attending Betting on Sports America, including the Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76-ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Devils, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls.

The agenda will touch on a number of issues interesting to sports teams, such as data, integrity and sponsorship. Among the 175 speakers across the two days are: Keith Wachtel, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President at NHL; Scott Kaufman-Ross, Head of Fantasy & Gaming at NBA; Andy Levinson, SVP – Tournament Administration at PGA Tour; Dennis Drazin, CEO at Monmouth Park racetrack; Joe Januszewski, CRO at Texas Rangers; Shelly Cayette, VP, Global Partnerships at Cleveland Cavaliers; Bill Ordower, EVP and General Counsel, Major League Soccer; and Kenny Gersh, EVP Gaming & New Business, MLB.

The agenda also features three members of US sports royalty in the shape of MLB superstar Ryan Howard and Philadelphia Eagles legend Brian Westbrook, who will be discussing investment in the sports industry, and NFL record holder and Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, who will talk about the NFL’s ability to reach audiences.

Jaap Kalma, Business Development Director at conference organiser SBC (Sports Betting Community), explained: “The response we’ve had to Betting on Sports America from the sports world has been fantastic. Using our expertise in sports sponsorship elsewhere in the world where sports betting is more established, we have been able to curate a dedicated track with seven sessions that addresses various aspects of this enormous opportunity and potential issues now that sports betting is ready to explode in the US.

“During my time at AC Milan and Ferrari the importance of aligning your offering based on a deep understanding of sponsor markets was a key element of the job and it will be no different in the US.”

Following the PASPA decision, the number of states now regulating sports betting is expanding at an incredible pace and opportunities are opening across the country.

Sports leagues and sports teams obviously have an intrinsically close relationship with the betting industry. The betting & gaming category brings enormous revenue to sports in Europe, through sponsorship or other commercial partnerships ranging from data provision to hospitality sales.

Therefore it’s no surprise US sports teams and leagues are closely following market developments and several pioneering deals have already been announced.

Betting partnerships, however, also bring unique concerns not present in other sponsorship categories. Legal and reputation issues can make partnerships difficult, and need to be discussed and understood between the sports and betting industries in order to best capitalise on this opportunity.

Betting on Sports America is a unique event that offers just that with more than 1,500 executives from the worlds of sports betting, sports, casinos, tribes, regulators and lotteries coming together to look ahead into new US market.

The event will present 175 expert speakers across 40 sessions and 3 conference rooms to cover the most relevant topics from the emerging US sports betting market. The 61,000 sq ft large exhibition floor will bring you 60 exhibitors, world class hospitality, and the very best networking and business opportunities.

Each evening there will be complimentary dinner and drinks networking receptions at venues such as Jay Z’s 40/40 club, Meadowlands Racetrack rooftop bar, and Sky Room rooftop bar in Manhattan.

For further information about the event, check out the Betting on Sports America website.

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USA Today Names Barona “The Best Casino Outside Las Vegas”

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San Diego’s Barona Resort and Casino has been named “The Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in the Readers’ Choice Awards of USA Today.

“At Barona, we pride ourselves in providing our players with the best gaming experience in the country so it is an honor to receive recognition as the ‘Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas.’ It is almost poetic to receive this top distinction because Barona is patterned after the casinos from the Golden Age of Las Vegas when the casino player was the focus. We recognize, reward and welcome casino players,” Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort and Casino said.

“We attribute all of our industry accolades to our singular focus on our casino players. Everything we do at Barona is for our players and we couldn’t do it without our 3200 friendly staff members who deliver the best hospitality in the industry,” Salinas added.

Barona Resort and Casino features 2500 slot and video poker machines and 120 table games, award-winning dining, Spa Barona and a full-service events centre. The hotel at Barona Resort & Casino has 400 guest rooms and suites with beautiful views of the Barona Valley and the championship Barona Creek Golf Club, ranked top 10 in the Golfweek Magazine for the past 18 years.

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Sycuan Awarded Best Casino Buffet from 2019 Best of Mission Times Courier

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Sycuan Casino Resort announced today that the organization has been awarded Best Casino Buffet from the San Diego Community News Network’s 2019 Best of Mission Times Courier.

Each year, Mission Times Courier releases the Best of Mission Times Courier issue, which puts a spotlight on those who are doing the very best in a variety of categories. Hundreds of nominations from local residents are submitted and tallied and the winners are announced.

“We are honored to be voted Best Casino Buffet by the readers of the Mission Times Courier,” said Dan Morales, vice president of marketing at Sycuan Casino Resort. “The Buffet is one of our most popular dining venues amongst our guests and features everything from seafood to prime rib to many international dishes.”

The Buffet at Sycuan is open seven days a week and serves up a variety of different cuisines. The lunch buffet features a full spread as well as a made-to-order burger bar and malt shop with nine different handcrafted milkshakes and malts. The dinner buffet features hundreds of items including slow-roasted prime rib, crab legs, shrimp cocktail, specialty international foods and a delectable dessert bar.

 

About Sycuan Casino Resort:

Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 35 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of San Diego’s premier casino and resort destinations. Sycuan recently completed a $260M expansion, which includes a 12-story luxury hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. Guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a variety of new restaurants from fast-casual to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness center and a state-of-the-art pool and gardens area with a lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also boasts a newly expanded casino floor for a total of 2,800 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of gaming options. Sycuan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit www.sycuan.com or call 619-445-6002.

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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