3. Sportradar and SportsGrid launching free 24-hour sports betting network A partnership was announced yesterday between Sportradar and SportsGrid to introduce the first free, 24-hour sports betting network. “Sportradar is always looking to enhance the fan experience through the use of data and technology,” said Jason Sukhraj, SVP US Advertising and OTT, Sportradar. “Collaborating with the SportsGrid executive team provides us with the platform to mesh our core competencies around betting with their programming talent and address the increasing demand for information and content geared around sports gaming.” The new offering will bring together Sportradar’s technology and data with SportsGrid’s programming, which provides fans with coverage and analysis of stats and odds on professional sports. Penn National Gaming to close Resorts Casino Tunica On Tuesday, Penn National Gaming announced plans to close Resorts Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. This plan will take effect on 30 June. The company acquired the operations of both 1st Jackpot Casino and Resorts Casino Tunica back in March 2017. In addition, Penn National Gaming operates Hollywood Casino - Tunica, located adjacent to Resorts Casino. “With our acquisition of Resorts Casino as part of the two-property deal, we knew we were acquiring an aging barge in need of significant capital improvements,” said Al Britton, Penn National Sr. Vice President of Regional Operations. “While we did everything in our control to keep the property profitable over the last two years, increased competition from recent gaming expansion in Arkansas continues to drive the property’s business volumes lower. After exploring all viable alternatives, we are left with the difficult decision to close the business.” 1. Pennsylvania online gambling scheduled for July launch Finally! Get ready for iGaming in Pennsylvania. On 15 July, almost 18 months after the Pennsylvania’s Senate gave the go-ahead for online gambling, the Keystone State will officially roll out online casinos, according to an announcement at Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board public meeting. Along with that news, we can expect sports betting apps to be introduced within in the next few months, or even earlier, according to Doug Harbach, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Communications Director, in a statement to iGaming certificate holders and iGaming operators. Of course, land-based sports betting was introduced in Pennsylvania late last year, and the introduction of mobile apps is expected to immediately boost revenue. Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director of the PGCB, emphasized the importance of the 15 July date in his statement to the Board. “This timeframe will provide approximately 90 days from this date for certificate holders and operators to fulfill their duties to submit materials to the Board’s laboratory, to submit required internal controls and to obtain all certifications necessary to operate iGaming in Pennsylvania.” Online gaming will generate more revenue for the state, even after a record-setting month in March.
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