Daily Archives: November 4, 2022

Fanatics hires Brandt Iden as VP of government affairs

Fanatics Betting and Gaming has hired former Michigan legislator Brandt Iden as its new vice-president of government affairs, as the business edges closer to launching its betting product.

Iden was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014, until 2020 when he reached the state term limit. During this time he spearheaded the efforts to legalise both sports betting and online casino gaming in the state.

He then joined Sportradar, where he was head of government affairs during a period in which the business went public on the Nasdaq exchange.

Now, he joins Fanatics ahead of the apparel brand’s long-rumoured launch of a sports betting operation.

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Betr secures market access in Indiana

Betr, the new micro-betting business founded by Simplebet co-founder Joey Levy and social media personality Jake Paul, has secured market access in Indiana via a partnership with the Caesars Southern Indiana land-based casino.

Subject to regulatory approval, the new arrangement, which also includes EBCI Holdings, the gaming entity of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that operates the casino, will allow Betr to launch real-money micro-betting in the state.

Upon Betr securing the relevant licence, consumers in Indiana will be able to place wagers on a range of in-game plays or events such as the number of strikes thrown in a baseball game or how many touchdowns will be in a football game.

The deal will predominantly be equity-based and forms part of a wider partnership between Betr and EBCI Holdings that could lead to further launches in other states.

“Market access is one of the primary expenses that comes with launching a regulated sports betting business in the US, so we have ..

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So what went wrong with California sports betting?

iGB Op-Ed: Both Prop 27 and 26 look like they are headed to defeat in next week’s vote; Zak Thomas-Akoo asks what went wrong, and how can the industry learn to better sell itself to the electorate?

With 39.2 million people, California is the most populous state in the union. If it was an independent country, it would have the fifth largest economy on earth. The state is home to the jewel of the global modern economy, Silicon Valley; has one of the most potent network of colleges on the planet and is the site of America’s second city, Los Angeles. But it’s looking like none of that wealth will be flowing into sports betting any time soon, as the state’s duelling sports betting proposals are both likely heading for defeat.

According to polling by the Berkeley Institute of Government Studies (IGS), both ballot initiatives are underwater: The tribe-led Proposition 26, for retail betting only, sees numbers of 31% for and 42% against, while the commercial-led effort – which would permit o..

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