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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 5, 2016

“We continue to see tremendous support for fantasy sports in legislatures across the country, with nearly 30 states advancing thoughtful and appropriate regulations for fantasy play. [W]e will work closely with the NCAA and lawmakers on a carve-out for collegiate sports in any proposed regulatory framework moving forward. DraftKings is committed to ensuring that fantasy sports players are able to continue to play these skill-based contests that bring them closer to the sports that they love.” DraftKings statement on the company's agreement to stop offering college competitions, in ESPN --- “The idea of taxing free play makes little or no sense. It is counterproductive. It will cost the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in terms of tax revenue and will steal dollars away from reinvesting in properties.” Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association said Pennsylvania’s proposed 8 percent tax would force casinos to cut back on the promotional play they offer and reduce revenues to the state, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Eagle Mountain Casino Helps Groups Raise Money (CA – Tribal Relations)
The Porterville Recorder (April 4, 2016) Eagle Mountain Casino is helping local nonprofit organizations support worthy causes through a fundraising program in place since 2013. The Charter Fundraiser Program has hosted members of local nonprofits. “All proceeds raised benefit their organization at no expense to them,” according to a casino press release.
DraftKings, FanDuel To Stop Offering College Fantasy Games (US – Fantasy Sports)
ESPN (March 31, 2016) Leading daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel are suspending contests on college sports indefinitely in all states as part of a deal with the NCAA, company officials told ESPN on Thursday.
Appeal Of Traditional Fantasy Leagues Differs From Online Sites (NY – Fantasy Sports)
The Daily Star (April 4, 2016) Traditional fantasy sports have been around for decades. The pastime is supported by family members, friends, or co-workers who handpick players for teams and follow a season of games to see whose roster wins in the end. Charts are outlined, and plenty of joshing, who-rahing, and ribbing goes on.
U.S. Court Gives Tohono O’odham Casino Project Green Light (AZ – Court Cases)
The Navajo Post (April 3, 2016) On March 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld that the Tohono O’odham Nation can operate a casino near Glendale, Arizona. This was the 19th consecutive decision that ruled in favor of the Nation despite heavy opposition from the state of Arizona and two Phoenix area tribes.
Ho-Chunk Plan To Open South Sioux City Race Track With Or Without Casino (NB – Racetracks)
World Casino News (April 4, 2016) Ho-Chunk Inc., the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s economic development wing, is planning to build a sports bar and simulcast wagering center and short horse track at the site of the now-shuttered Atokad Downs in South Sioux City. Not too long after Ho-Chunk purchased the property in 2013 tribe officials said they had plans to open a casino at the site.
Pennsylvania Casinos Could Face New Tax Under Governor's Proposal (PN – Casino Finance)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 5, 2016) Pennsylvania casinos could be taxed for the “free play” they award to customers under Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget — a plan that a top gambling industry executive decried Monday as comparable to taxing grocery store coupons.
Council Approves Bill Banning Casinos At Fairgrounds (MD – Gaming Legislation)
The Baltimore Sun (April 4, 2016) The Baltimore County Council on Monday passed a bill that allows a controversial off-track betting facility at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium, to continue operating at the fairgrounds, while banning a potential casino on the property indefinitely.
Quebec Bill Would Force Internet Firms To Block Access To Online Gambling Sites (Int. – Internet Poker)
Global news (April 3, 2016) A little-publicized bill that is making its way through Quebec’s legislative process has digital-law experts and others worried that the concept of a free and open Internet is being threatened in the province.
Should The Indians Get Rid Of Chief Wahoo? (Int. – Tribal Images)
NBC Sports (April 4, 2016) The Cleveland Indians haven’t gotten nearly as much flack as the Washington Redskins have for team-related racist connotations. For the Redskins, it’s right there in the name. For the Indians, it’s their logo mascot, Chief Wahoo.