Matthew Waters and the team at Legal Sports Report highlight some of the key US sports betting issues to look out for in the week ahead.
DraftKings, Intralot get New Hampshire contracts Monday: Sports betting contracts with the state for DraftKings and Intralot should be confirmed at the New Hampshire Governor and Executive Council meeting Monday. Right now, it looks like DraftKings will have a mobile monopoly as no other operators are listed for mobile contracts. The state could have awarded up to five mobile operators. DraftKings will also get the right to operate retail sportsbooks while Intralot can offer sports betting through the lottery. There’s no timetable for when the first bets will be taken but Gov. Chris Sununu is on record saying he plans to bet on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in his state before the NFL season ends.
Nevada revenue Tuesday: Sports betting enthusiasts will find out Tuesday whether October is the latest month to set a sports betting handle record when Nevada reports gaming figures for the month. Nevada would also need about $512 million in handle to hit $1 billion in handle between Nevada and New Jersey for the month after the Garden State set a new handle record itself. That’s certainly a possibility since last October’s handle hit $528.6 million.
Colorado sports betting applications possibly launching: There’s a chance Colorado could take its first sports betting applications as early as next week. That’s a quick turnaround considering the state’s gaming commission just approved its emergency rules for licensing on Thursday. Colorado was famously close to not getting sports betting at the beginning of the month, but voters wound up passing the referendum by a margin of less than 3%. Don’t get overly excited for any legal betting on the NFL this season, though: Colorado isn’t expected to launch sports betting until around May.