In episode eight of the World Series of Politics, Brendan Bussmann of B Global Advisors and Brandt Iden, now Fanatics Betting and Gaming's newly appointed vice-president of government affairs, take on California, Minnesota, Texas and Maryland.
We kick off this week’s podcast by congratulating Brandt Iden, who has taken on a major new role as vice-president of government affairs for Fanatics Betting and Gaming.
California sports betting hopes crash land
Our dynamic duo start off by picking over the wreckage of California’s sports betting ballot measures, reflecting on what went so disastrously wrong.
Is Minnesota in play?
Next they run the rule on the other states where the Midterms have heralded change. Brandt is surprised by the Democrats’ clean sweep in the Gopher State, but that could create opportunities for the industry.
The party’s strong relationship with the tribes facilitate legal Minnesota sports betting in 2023. Remember, there’s more on the Midterms from Brendan, Brandt and experts such as John Pappas, Stacie Stern and Brianne Doura-Schawohl here.
Lone Star hopes
Brendan is optimistic that 2023 will bring regulatory progress in Texas.
What remains unclear is what form this will take. As Brandt says, all eyes – and industry efforts – are likely to be focused on the Lone Star State next year.
And with Maryland launching mobile sports betting last week, there’s a bet on the line – who wins?