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NEWS 25 January 2019

DC Mayor signs sports betting bill

By Nathan Joyes

The District of Columbia’s Mayor has signed a sports betting bill, a few months after the DC City Council passed sports betting legislation.

DC Officials are now able to launch sports betting within the next 60 days. Both online and mobile betting will be allowed throughout the state.

DC previously attempted to legalise sports betting, but it was revoked in 2012.

The state has a decision to make on whether or not to hand over sports betting to supplier Intralot, through the DC lottery, without listening to or talking to competitors.

The DC Council will  hold a public hearing on Monday, where it will decide whether to exempt the lottery’s selection of a sports betting vendor from the district’s public procurement law.

The American Gaming Association said: “We remain deeply concerned about giving the lottery a virtual monopoly in the mobile market.

"Predictably, this will result in less investment and innovation, to the detriment of consumers and the ability of a nascent legal marketplace to compete with the accessibility and convenience offered by many established illegal wagering operations.”

RELATED TAGS: Legal & Regulatory | Sports Betting
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