Gambling Industry

WinStar World Casino is among the gambling destinations that may open sportsbooks in the future if a Oklahoma sports betting bill passes this year. (Image: Dallas Morning News)

Oklahoma Sports Betting Bill Filed

The Oklahoma Legislature will consider a bill this year that would authorize in-person sports wagering in the state. Rep. Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City, filed House Bill 3008, which could permit sportsbooks in tribal casinos in Oklahoma, with federal approval. The legislation doesn’t broach the issue of online wagers. “I have […]

NYRA plans restoring the historic Wilson Chute to Saratoga this summer. That will allow dirt races like this one to run over a mile on the main track. (Image: NYRA/Coglianese Photo)

NYRA Bringing Back Historic Wilson Chute to Saratoga Race Course

The New York Racing Association (announced plans to return the Wilson Chute, one of Saratoga Race Course’s historic racing landmarks for the 2022 summer meet. Restoration of the Wilson Chute will allow the NYRA to write one-mile dirt races on Saratoga’s main track. The Wilson Chute hasn’t been used since […]

Peyton Manning waves after the Broncos AFC Championship victory over the New England Patriots.  (Image: Joe Amon/Getty)

John Elway, Peyton Manning Vie for Denver Broncos Ownership

John Elway and Peyton Manning are both in the hunt for an ownership stake in the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, the team is not officially for sale. A recent court decision, however, may finally pave the way for new ownership. Pat Bowlen placed the Denver Broncos in a family trust back […]

Alabama's Wind Creek casino could offer sports betting if legislation passes this year that would authorize new casinos and sports betting across the state. (Image: Montgomery Advertiser)

Sports Betting Bill Likely in Alabama in 2022

Alabama lawmakers will take another crack at passing sports betting legislation this year. Last year, legislators attempted to pass a wide-ranging bill that would have authorized not only sports wagers, but also a lottery and casinos. It didn’t make it through the House before the end of the session. Pushing […]

Blokpax gives users the chance to own valuable physical collectibles by purchasing NFTs. (Image: Blokpax.com)

Blokpax Combines Sports NFTs with Physical Collectibles

One of the fundamental criticisms of sports NFTs has been the belief that digital cards or moments simply won’t have the long-term collectability of physical products. A new offering, Blokpax, is trying to overcome that issue by combining the two types of collectibles into one unique system. Blokpax offers users […]

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MINT25 Auction: Babe Ruth Contract, Michael Jordan Last Dance Jersey

If the MINT25 auction is any indication, sports collectibles are going to enjoy another big year. This collection features 25 iconic items, including a 1918 signed Babe Ruth contract. While Ruth’s contract could fetch upwards of $1 million, a rare item signed by Tom Brady could top $2 million. The […]

Mobile sports betting will go live in New York on Saturday morning, with four sites launching at 9 am. (Image: Cole Burston/Getty)

What to Expect When New York Online Sports Betting Launches on Saturday

Sports betting has been legal in the state of New York since 2019, though only at a select number of upstate casino locations. That will change on Saturday, when four online sportsbook launch, instantly creating the largest legal online sports betting market in the United States. The first sites in […]

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The New York Times to Buy The Athletic for $550 Million

The New York Times plans to acquire The Athletic for $550 million. The acquisition of the sports media company solves two problems for the 170-year-old newspaper. The NYT’s sports coverage has always been thin. Meanwhile, the paper has been looking for ways to expand its digital subscription base. Buying The […]

A proposal merging fantasy sports and pari-mutuel wagering could be the first step toward sports wagering in the Golden State. (Image: Ethan Miller/Getty)

Organizers Rush to Meet Signature Requirement for Florida Sports Betting Vote

With a month left to go, a campaign to let voters decide whether to legalize sports betting in Florida remains well short of the required signatures, but organizers insist they’re making enough progress to capture the required minimum. Florida Education Champions, the campaign pushing an amendment of Florida’s Constitution to […]

Fanatics announced it was buying Topps, but little should change about the look of the card manufacturer's products. (Image: Johnny Kampis)

3 Points to Consider in Aftermath of Fanatics’ Acquisition of Topps

While Fanatics’ $500 million acquisition of Topps’ card manufacturing business didn’t come as a big surprise to most industry insiders, the announcement this week was certainly a momentous occasion for the hobby. In the ensuing years, Fanatics will become the license holder to use team logos and player likenesses in […]

Essential Quality won the 2021 Belmont in one of the year's great races. Fox Sports acquired the media rights to the third jewel of the Triple Crown starting in 2023. (Image: NYRA Photo)

FOX Sports Signs Eight-Year Agreement to Broadcast Belmont Stakes

FOX Sports and the New York Racing Association announced Wednesday that the network now owns the exclusive media rights to one of the jewels of the Triple Crown. FOX Sports acquired the exclusive media rights to the Belmont Stakes beginning in 2023. The eight-year agreement with the New York Racing […]

PSA will temporarily stop accepting submissions for all of its lower-tiered grading levels to help it clear its enormous backlog. (Image: Linked In)

PSA Report Shows Millions of Cards Still in Grading Backlog

PSA, the market leader in sports card grading, announced this month the return of another of its grading tiers, but the December blog post shows that the company still has a long way to go to clear its backlog. PSA will reopen its Regular grading service level, although at a […]

Flightline was in his own zip code when he finished Sunday's Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita. Flightline's 11 1/2-length victory came with a 118 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest Beyer by a North American horse this year. (Image: Benoit Photo)

Flightline Unwraps 2021’s Best Beyer With Malibu Stakes Victory

As trainer John Sadler put it after watching his star runner Flightline on Sunday, “Christmas came a day late.” For Sadler and the connections of the 3-year-old son of Tapit, Flightline’s performance in Sunday’s Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park was the gift that keeps on giving. And […]

The United States Anti-Doping Agency couldn't reach an agreement to provide drug testing and enforcement for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. The two sides suspended negotiations Thursday, putting a key element of HISA into flux. (Image: USADA)

HISA, USADA Fail to Reach Agreement on Drug Testing, Enforcement

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) announced Thursday that it suspended talks with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to help enforce HISA’s Anti-Doping and Medication Control program. The two entities broke off negotiations on Thursday after failing to reach terms on an agreement. The USADA was seen as an […]

Disgraced trainer Jorge Navarro was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for doping racehorses. (Image: Gulfstream Park)

Judge Sentences Trainer Jorge Navarro to Five Years for Horse Doping

Former trainer Jorge Navarro, one of the pivotal figures in a federal investigation into alleged doping of Thoroughbreds, was sentenced to the maximum five years in prison Friday. Along with the sentence, Navarro was ordered to pay more than $26.8 million in restitution. That figure represents the amount of earnings his […]

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. (Image: Gettty)

UFC Owner Endeavor to Buy 10 Minor League Baseball Teams

Endeavor Group Holdings has agreed to buy 10 Minor League Baseball teams, including the affiliates of prominent MLB franchises like the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Brave. One of the teams, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, is currently co-owned by Endeavor President Mark Shapiro. Endeavor got its start as a […]

California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) called for the California Horse Racing Board to exhibit transparency in its investigation of Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit's sudden death. (Image: Jay Calderon/Desert Sun)

California Senator Feinstein Calls Out CHRB on Medina Spirit Investigation

California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the Senate co-sponsors of the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 and a frequent critic of horse racing, wrote a letter to the California Horse Racing Board seeking transparency in the sudden death of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit. In the […]

Hard Rock to Buy the Mirage from MGM for $1 Billion

Hard Rock to Buy the Mirage from MGM for $1 Billion

Hard Rock International announced on Monday that it will buy the Mirage Hotel & Casino for $1.075 billion. The Florida-based company will also spend $1.5 billion to remodel the resort, adding another hotel tower. MGM Resorts will net $815 million from the sale after taxes and fees. Hard Rock International […]