Another week flies by with plenty for gamblers and fans to take in from the sports world. The NBA season is plugging along with the Warriors and Raptors currently sporting the leagues best records. The NFL pushed thru week 9 and the final unbeaten team has fallen as the Rams were downed by the Saints 45-35 in a battle of Super Bowl contenders. Week 10 on the college gridiron was full of excitement as ranked teams lost left and right (some to other ranked team but still plenty of upsets). Let's dive right in and take a quick look around the industry in this week's Gambler's Report.
NHL And MGM Deal
MGM Resorts International has struck again, this time announcing a deal with the NHL to receive data for use in their betting platform. The NHL is the second U.S. major sports league to strike a deal with the casino giant since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA and opened the floodgates for expanding gambling in the United States.
MGM takes pride in being able to again say they are the first official sports betting partner of the NHL. Much like they were with the NBA and WNBA. As part of the agreement, MGM will gain access to proprietary data to use in offering legal betting to clients in the US. The data will not be exclusive to MGM.
Complete terms of the deal were not disclosed but the NHL is not getting a "cut" of the action.
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Dolphins Backing Betting
In a move that again shows the leagues changing stance, the Miami Dolphins are encouraging fans to protect their right to legally bet on sports. They are asking fans to vote on Amendment 3. Amendment 3 would strip the legislature of the power to expand gambling, including sports betting in the state of Florida. They would instead require a voter referendum.
Opponents of the amendment say it would "potentially close the door" on the future of sports betting in the state. They are worried as any voter referendum requires 60% approval which is difficult to achieve in an election. It is also very time consuming as it generally takes two years. The Dolphins sent out a tweet posting their concerns regarding Amendment 3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have lobbied against the amendment.
This is an odd spot for the Dolphins though as one of the major backers of the Amendment is the Seminole Hard Rock Indians. They are major supporters of the amendment as it would impede competition for their casino property in Hollywood, Florida. This is the same group that recently paid the Dolphins $250 million dollars for naming rights to the Dolphins' stadium.
Florida currently has no pending legislation to legalize sports betting in the state but sources within say it is definitely something that would be considered in 2019.
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