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Rev. Al Sharpton Urges Lawmakers To Halt The Legalization Of Mobile Sports Gambling In Colorado

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Civil Rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton says new legislation has the potential to cause job loss and enforce racial stereotypes in the state

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton urged Governor Jared Polis, Speaker of the House Kathleen Becker, and members of the Colorado Gaming Commission to pause legislation that seeks to legalize mobile sports gaming. Rev. Sharpton emphasized that lawmakers should not move forward until the impact on casino workers and people of color is understood.  He calls on these leaders to take this into consideration as they work through the various types of stimulus to handle the impact of coronavirus.

Service industry workers, many of whom are low-income and from communities of color, are among the most vulnerable in this global pandemic. They are more likely to suffer financially from unexpected scheduling changes or sick days than those in other professions. He argues that now, more than ever, we must be thinking about inequality.

The Colorado Limited Gaming Commission approved nine sports betting rules for permanent adoption in early February, and regulators remain on target to reach the state’s projected May 1 rollout. Rev. Sharpton says the problem does not lie in the rules changes, but in the subsequent attraction of “unsavory out-of-state hedge funds who profit off of job loss” due to this legislation.

Sharpton says that casinos need to consider the unintended consequences of opening their doors to these new opportunities.

The text of the letter is below.

 

Dear Governor Polis, Speaker of the House Becker, and members of The Colorado Gaming Commission,

As you are considering various types of stimulus to deal with the impact of the coronavirus, I sincerely hope you will consider the following. I write to you to express serious concern for the hasty move to legalize mobile sports gambling in Colorado. Even a cursory look at the parties pushing the legislation gives me pause about the wisdom of the legislation and it should give you pause too.

Online gaming in Colorado will inevitably attract unsavory characters who profit off of job loss. That’s almost a given. But in looking at who specifically benefits from the legislation, it’s difficult to understand why the state would want to reward bad behavior. Out-of-state hedge funds with long records of mass firings and shady dealings have come into the state to capitalize on mobile sports betting and based on their track record—middle class workers and minorities will be the first to be negatively impacted. My job is to spot those problems before they occur and to speak up about them before it’s too late.

You don’t need to look any further than Rhode Island-based Twin Rivers to start understanding the harm and the forces at play. Twin Rivers, which is owned and run by Soohyung Kim, a New York based hedge fund manager, purchased three Colorado casinos earlier this year. Twin Rivers has a long history of failing to support its employees and Kim and his fund, Standard General, has a long track record of investing in deals that have caused mass layoffs for workers — especially workers of color. Whether it’s the 6,000 people who lost their jobs at Radioshack or the 2,400 people who were fired at American Apparel by Kim’s mismanagement and disregard for working class people, Standard General does not seem like the type of company Colorado should automatically entrust with mobile sports gambling.

Twin River has time and time again operated with only the bottom line in mind. In 2017, Twin River announced it would slash healthcare benefits for workers, which tripled out-of-pocket costs for certain employees, just weeks after Massachusetts cleared the way in 2017 for the company to open a new casino in Tiverton. That same year, they threatened to layoff staff and replace them with private contractors, and to cut the remainders’ healthcare benefits.

As this track record shows, if Mr. Kim, who already over-extended Twin River in his pursuit of potential mobile betting licenses, fails to make a profit, you can be sure that it will be the workers of the Colorado casinos that suffer. Colorado needs to pay full attention to who is profiting off of this new law to legalize online betting —otherwise, jobs WILL be lost. This is a real issue affecting real people.

Please take a deeper look at who is supporting the legislation to legalize online sports betting before you enact it into law. It’s the least that Colorado’s workers can ask of you. 

Sincerely, 

Reverend Al Sharpton

 

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 19-25

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Mohegan, a globally recognised leader in entertainment and gaming, has announced the appointment of Kurt Shotzberger as the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis. In this role, Shotzberger will spearhead budgeting, financial modeling, forecasting and financial and operational analysis, as well as strategic planning.

Sportradar announced the appointment of Felippe Marchetti as Integrity Partnerships Manager in Brazil, as the global sports technology company continues to scale its integrity services team in Latin America. In this role, Marchetti will lead the strategic development of Sportradar’s Integrity Services in Brazil, identifying business opportunities to increase the company’s integrity partnerships in the market and work closely with Sportradar’s Brazil-based integrity analysts.

Lottery.com Inc., a leading online lottery services provider, announced the strategic acquisition of S&MI Ltd. (SportLocker). As part of the acquisition, SportLocker, rebranded as Sports.com, will immediately launch as a premier platform for sports fans worldwide, marking a pivotal leap in Sports.com’s evolution as the next-gen digital sports entertainment space.

GAN Limited, a leading North American B2B technology provider of real money internet gaming solutions and a leading International B2C operator of Internet sports betting, announced that Seamus McGill has recently been named the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGill had previously been serving in an interim capacity. Mr. McGill’s will remain on the Company’s board of directors and will be focused on guiding the Company towards a timely closing with Sega Sammy Creation Inc.

Aruze Gaming Global (AG2) has announced that it has secured approvals from 14 tribal entities in the US and has obtained licenses from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, South Dakota, the West Virginia Lottery and the Wisconsin Division of Gaming.

Partnerships

Scientific Games has added two more partners to the new SG Content Hub and Partner Programme. In addition to games from its own SG Studios, the company will now offer curated iLottery games from Bwloto and Random State to its 30+ iLottery customers globally. Currently, a total of seven lottery-focused game studios have signed on as partners.

Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities.

Light & Wonder Inc. announced the expansion of its integration services through a collaboration with SHR Group’s Allora CRS booking engine. SHR’s Allora CRS software enhances the capabilities of hotel operators by offering advanced booking features that effortlessly integrate with Light & Wonder’s system-independent global loyalty platform, L&W ENGAGE.

SCCG Management has announced the extension of its strategic partnership with AWARE, a world leader in biometric verification software solutions. This renewed commitment builds upon the successful collaboration initiated between the two companies, aiming to further establish AWARE’s advanced biometric software solutions across the gambling sector worldwide.

Hard Rock International has partnered with Major Food Group (MFG) to develop and curate dining experiences at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino properties around the globe. MFG’s support of Hard Rock will extend to proposed projects as well.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 12-18

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) announced new efforts to streamline access to help by promoting 1-800-GAMBLER as the state’s primary problem gambling helpline. Operated by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-GAMBLER) is the largest problem gambling helpline network in the world by call volume, population served and geographic area covered.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s Four Winds Casinos announced that Mary Smith has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mrs. Smith, who most recently served as Executive Vice President of Casino Operations, assumes the role which was being fulfilled on an interim basis by Clayton Mason, who also serves as Chief Financial Officer for Four Winds Casinos.

Mohegan Sun Arena was named “Best Casino/Resort Venue of the Year” at the 35th Annual Pollstar Awards. The Pollstar Awards recognise and support the live entertainment business’ most innovative companies, venues, artists, tours and executives. “Best Casino/Resort Venue of the Year” is an inaugural category for the award ceremony, making Mohegan Sun Arena the first to receive the prestigious recognition.

GAN Limited announced that at a special general meeting of its shareholders held on February 13, 2024, GAN shareholders overwhelmingly approved the previously announced merger agreement and merger of GAN and a subsidiary of Sega Sammy Creation (SSC), an affiliate of Sega Sammy Holdings.

Snail Inc., a leading global independent developer and publisher of interactive digital entertainment, announced significant strides with the launch of West Hunt on Nintendo Switch and the introduction of ASA Premium Mods for ARK Survival Ascended. These initiatives underscore Snail Games’ unwavering commitment to continuously improving and enhancing its current portfolio of game titles.

New Partnerships

BetMGM, a leading sports betting and iGaming operator, announced a strategic partnership with X, becoming the social media platform’s exclusive Live Odds Sports Betting partner. The first-of-its-kind partnership between a premier social media brand and a sports betting operator will integrate BetMGM’s odds and branding into X, with each game linking to BetMGM’s website and app.

Ocean Casino Resort announced its partnership with celebrated chef and restaurateur, Michael Schulson to bring two fine-casual concepts to Ocean’s culinary roster. Opening later this year, Pearl & Mary oyster bar and Samuel’s at Ocean will be located on the lobby level across from The Park.

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced a multi-year agreement naming SAP America Inc. an official signature partner of Churchill Downs Racetrack. SAP, a global market leader in enterprise application software, will be the first official technology partner serving Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

PlayAGS Inc. announced a partnership with EQL Games, a leading iLottery supplier and content aggregator. AGSi, AGS’ Interactive division, will partner with EQL Games to provide its robust library of unique and engaging real-money online games to U.S. and Canadian iLottery players.

Jackpot Digital Inc. has announced that the Company has signed a licensing agreement with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) to install the Company’s Jackpot Blitz dealerless poker ETGs. The installations are subject to Jackpot obtaining the customary regulatory and licensing approvals.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – February 5-11

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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.

Latest News

JCM Global (JCM) and the International Centre for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced that the highly anticipated 25th annual AGEM & AGA Golf Classic will take place on May 8, 2024, at the internationally acclaimed Shadow Creek Golf Course in North Las Vegas.

OddsSeeker.com has unveiled a new sweepstakes casino rating system, which will quantifiably rank operators by several key factors. On February first week, the company launched a new 6-point rating system, a complete reimagining of sweepstakes casino reviews. It will offer insight into the way these casinos work, providing players with invaluable information so they can easily understand which gaming site is right for them. This enables a weighting of sweepstakes casinos that have unique offerings such as PayPal cashier options, live dealer games, sports predictions and so on.

Wynn Resorts Limited reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023. Operating revenues were $1.84 billion for the fourth quarter of 2023, an increase of $835.5 million from $1.00 billion for the fourth quarter of 2022. Net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited was $729.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited of $32.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2022. The increase in net income attributable to Wynn Resorts Limited was primarily the result of increased operating revenues from the Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations, as well as an income tax benefit related to the release of valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets as a result of achieving sustained profitability in the US.

New Partnerships

Global sports and entertainment company Endeavor has announced the integration of its global sports betting and data businesses, OpenBet and IMG ARENA, under the OpenBet banner.

PAGODA Snacks has entered into a partnership with Riot Games, the company behind the leading global esports property League of Legends. PAGODA Snacks will be featured as the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS and offer fans the perfect game-time snack through special activations, product drops and giveaways throughout the LCS season.

New Appointments

Global Gaming Women, the gaming industry non-profit dedicated to supporting, inspiring and influencing the development of professional women, announced the appointment of Lauren Bates to President of the Board of Directors.

Rabona, the leading sportsbook brand and online casino, has announced the addition of former boxing champion Mike Tyson as its brand ambassador. Through this partnership, players will be offered exclusive Tyson-branded bonuses and streams that blend the boxing legend and casino thrills. As Rabona’s new brand ambassador, Mike Tyson brings his unparalleled charisma and passion to Rabona’s players.

International Gaming Standards Association has appointed Mark Pace as the new President, following Peter DeRaedt’s departure. Mark has been in the gaming industry for over 35 years and has been part of IGSA for over 20 years, acting as Committee Chair, Board Member, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, before joining IGSA as the Managing Director of GSA Europe and Vice President of IGSA. Mark will also retain his responsibilities as Managing Director of GSA Europe.

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