08.25.2022. Daily highlights
DraftKings venues open in Michigan
Michigan’s first Sports and Social DraftKings venue is opening this fall! Back in July 2021, DraftKings and Sports and Social had announced a strategic partnership focusing on creating “a unique food, beverage, and entertainment experience.” In the new venue, you will be able to access DraftKings’ mobile platforms to play daily fantasy sports. Also, you will be able to watch live sports, and bet on games with a 32-foot LED media wall.
There will be a DraftKings Lounge available for your private parties and events. Guess what? Your dog is invited too! There will be a dog-friendly outdoor patio that will provide a setting for dining, live music, and socializing.
Michael Kibort, Senior Director, Retail Sportsbooks at DraftKings, commented: “We are thrilled to debut the first-ever Sports and Social DraftKings! We will offer customers in Michigan our innovative mobile sportsbook app with an exciting in-person experience.” Kibort added that they want to thank Live! Hospitality and Entertainment believe that together they have created a premier dining, sports, and entertainment destination for fans to enjoy.
Reed Cordish, Principal of The Cordish Companies and CEO of Live! Hospitality and Entertainment stated that they are creating a new standard for dining and sports entertainment with Sports and Social DraftKings.
Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion calls to close down skill games
Pennsylvania Lottery has analyzed that skill games have led to an estimated loss of $650m in Pennsylvania Lottery scratch sales. In the statement, you could read “To put it another way, the $14.9bn in the scratch product sold between October 2017 and March 2022 could have been more than 4.4% higher, which would, in turn, have generated over $200m more for older Pennsylvanians and local businesses during that time.”
Since 2017, the Pennsylvania Lottery retail network has seen 17 times more skill machines found on-site across the state, eight times the number of retailers with at least one skilled machine, and six times the maximum number of skill machines found at any one retailer, and the spread of skill machines to every county in the Commonwealth.
Pete Shelly, Pennsylvanians Against Gaming Expansion Spokesman, stated that this should serve as a flashing red light for lawmakers. And requested to tighten state law and shut these machines down. These machines do not generate a penny in gaming taxes. They also are bringing crime to communities across the state, and they drain revenue from programs for seniors that the Pennsylvania Lottery funds.
California Republican Party opposes online sports betting initiative
California’s Republican Party has joined numerous unions, politicians, and teachers in opposing Prop 27, a ballot initiative intended to legalize online sports betting. To add, Prop 27 hasn’t received a warm welcome from all. Many Golden State tribes, alongside elected officials, and business and community organizations, among others, have come out against the measure. Instead, this coalition has supported an alternative ballot initiative: Prop 26. This would legalize in-person sports wagering at tribal casinos and racetracks.
Jessica Millan Patterson, Chairwoman of the California Republican Party, declared its support for tribes. “Prop 27 breaks the promise made to California’s Native American tribes to grant them the sovereign right to operate gaming in California in order to improve the lives of their communities across the state,” she said. “We stand with California tribes and oppose Prop 27.”
However, the measure hasn’t gone entirely unsupported. Read more on who is for and who is against here!