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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Wanna Bet? Not Online In Michigan Until Next Year

by Jill R. Dorson

In a bit of news that will be unwelcome for sports bettors looking to access legal sportsbooks for March Madness and the rest of the 2020 sports calendar, the Michigan Gaming Control Board on Wednesday announced that mobile sportsbooks likely won’t be up and running until 2021, according to the Associated Press.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Japan delays naming of sites for 3 future resort-casinos

by Bailey Schulz

Japanese officials have delayed naming the sites for three future resort-casinos.

Japan plans to issue three licenses that would allow selected operators to build integrated resort-casinos in those to-be-determined locations, but the country’s ruling party is pausing the process following accusations that a Chinese gambling company bribed Japanese officials to obtain one of those spots, according to the Japan Times and other local media.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Veto Override Attempt Coming in Maine

by Jill R. Dorson

In the three days since Maine Governor Janet Mills vetoed a sports betting bill, Mainers have voiced their discontent in a big way, through an editorial in the Bangor News and with a host of heated and angry comments on Twitter.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on CasinoReview.com

Wakayama steps up, Nagasaki shifts into high gear, and Hokkaido throws in the towel

Wakayama prefecture has purchased the land for a prospective casino resort in a $70.8m deal, while Nagasaki prefecture received four confirmed applicants for its request-for-concept process and Hokkaido has dropped out of the race for one of Japan’s first three integrated resort licenses.

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Steve Gallaway quoted in GGR Asia

Former Nevada regulator head Becky Harris joins GMA

Former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Becky Harris, is joining gaming consultancy Global Market Advisors, LLC (GMA) as its regulatory, policy, and legal consultant, announced GMA in a Friday written statement.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Maine Governor Vetoes Sports Betting Legislation

by Jill R. Dorson

Maine was set to become the first state to legalize sports betting in 2020.  However, Governor Janet Mills decided to veto the legislation Friday in what many consider a disappointing, and somewhat surprising development.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Global Gaming Business News

Could Corruption Scandal Derail Japan IRs?

by Marjorie Preston

Japanese lawmakers who oppose integrated resorts (IRs) are using the country’s widening casino corruption scandal to try to overturn the IR Promotion Act that legalized casino gaming.

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Steve Gallaway quoted on CDC Gaming Reports Inc

Former Nevada regulator Becky Harris to join Global Market Advisors

by Howard Stutz

Becky Harris, the first woman to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, will join Las Vegas-based Global Market Advisors in the gaming, entertainment, sports, integrated resort and hospitality industries the company said Friday.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

California Lawmakers All Ears at 2020’s First Sports Betting Hearing

by Jill R. Dorson

State.  Wide.  Mobile.

Those are the only three words that everyone testifying at Wednesday’s California Joint Committee on Governmental Organization informational hearing on legal sports wagering could agree on.  While potential operators made their case for low taxes and fees, and representatives from the pro leagues lobbied for a “data mandate,” all parties believe that for legal sports betting to really succeed in the Golden State, it needs unfettered mobile.  No in-person registration.  No restrictions.  Just a patron and his phone.

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