4 May 2020

As quickly as the US sports betting market sprang into life, it has now ground to a halt. This, of course, is down to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic rather than regulatory pushback, but this puts operators across a number of states under huge pressure.

Considering the rapid progress and high regulatory costs were already weighing heavily on margins, the challenge now shifts to keeping the expensively acquired customers playing. This issue’s cover feature looks at the products available to mitigate the sporting shutdown.

iGB North America’s finance columnist Mohit Kansal also examines the impact of the pandemic, in a change to his regular column. He points out that the crisis could provide opportunities for investors, but warns that the impact will be most keenly felt on gaming destinations such as Las Vegas.

The pandemic has also resulted in iGB’s parent company Clarion Gaming postponing the ICE North America show until spring 2021. It will be replaced by ICE North America Digital, a week-long series of panels, interviews and presentations that will run from May 11 to 15. We hope as many of our readers as possible will be able to join, and with some digital networking opportunities, the iGB North America team will be available to meet remotely.

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    22 November 2018

    Welcome to our ICE Sports Betting USA issue, which doubles as the delegate guide for the second edition of Clarion Gaming’s event focused on understanding and unlocking the huge potential of US sports wagering.

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    3 October 2018

    Compared with igaming, which has experienced glacial progress since the first three states went live in 2013, US-regulated sports wagering has come flying out of the blocks.

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    25 June 2018

    The huge mainstream media coverage of SCOTUS’ lifting of the 25-year sports betting ban reflects how transformative this will be not just for US gaming but for a culture of sports so deeply embedded in American society.

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    25 April 2018

    Seven states currently have legalization bills on the books, while the US professional player unions are now demanding a seat at the table, claiming they “cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses.”

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    7 December 2017

    This issue drops just after the oral arguments got underway in Christie vs NCAA et al in the US Supreme Court, which one of the US’ preeminent gaming law experts, Professor I Nelson Rose, is describing as the “case of the century”.

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