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The Lede. Jersey’s Back in the Gaming Game

The Lede, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
By David Royse

The LEDE

New Jersey should have been the first state to allow sports betting after the Supreme Court said it was OK for states to legalize it, because it was Jersey that pushed the case through the courts in the first place. While Delaware moved more quickly to allow sports betting  New Jersey gets in on the action this week.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday went to Atlantic City and signed the bill allowing sports betting in the Garden State. He says he’ll place a bet on Thursday at Monmouth Racetrack.

More here from The Press of Atlantic City

The FOLLOW

So where is the rest of the country?

Sports betting was already legal in Nevada. New York lawmakers have been considering the idea but the Assembly is split and there are only six days left on the legislative schedule in Albany. Could have to wait another year there. Politico’s New York Playbook quoted an Assemblywoman saying there just may not be enough time. In West Virginia, lawmakers moved to pre-legalize sports betting even before the Supreme Court ruled, making sure it would be ready if the ruling was favorable. West Virginia’s state lottery is now working on regulations, and officials there have said they hope to be up and running by the fall NFL season. Mississippi officials have said the same, having moved similarly to West Virginia to pass just-in-case legislation.

ESPN had a good story on how the leagues are working the state capitols, trying to craft legislation that’s favorable to them. And Legal Sports Report has more on New Jersey’s law – and whether other states might copy its provisions, including a ban on betting on high school sports, and local college games.

NOTES FROM THE AGE OF DISRUPTION: 

Tesla
Says a proposed California labor rule that would require car makers to be “fair and responsible” for thei cars to be eligible for electric vehicle rebates punishes the company for building there. Sacramento Bee.

And, in late-breaking news, Tesla is cutting about 9 percent of its workforce. Ledetree

Airbnb
Is puzzled by Japan’s decision to cancel several bookings. Nikkei Asian Review.

Amazon
Wins the fight over a proposed tax on Seattle’s big businesses. Leaders there will repeal it. LedeTree

So there you have it. Don’t make Amazon mad, and have a good Tuesday. Send me your tips and ideas. 

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Sept. 26-29, Los Angeles

Thanks for reading!

As always, I welcome your thoughts. @daveroyse on Twitter or dave.royse@ledetree.com

About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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