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The states that have legalized sports betting

Sports betting is now legal and fully operational in 18 states, plus Washington, D.C.

Updated Aug 7, 2020 - Sports
Sports betting, two years later

18 states and counting have legalized it, launching an explosive new industry.

May 14, 2020 - Sports
The growth of mobile sports betting

The best way to reach the vast majority of average sports fans is through their phones.

May 8, 2020 - Sports
How on-site sportsbooks could transform stadiums

Sports venues are among the most underutilized pieces of real estate on Earth.

Jun 19, 2019 - Sports

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Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Mar 12, 2021 - Sports

The rise of sports fandom investing

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

For nearly a century, investing was driven exclusively by ticker symbols. Now, there's more room for passion-aligned investing — and sports is at the forefront of that movement.

The state of play: Sports fans have always followed the players and teams they love. Now, there are more ways than ever to actually invest in them.

Casinos throw cash at sports betting media

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Casinos are investing millions on sports betting content to lure bettors to their online and in-person sportsbooks.

Why it matters: It’s a mini gold rush for some sports media companies that were struggling in the pandemic.

Jan 30, 2021 - Sports

Casinos add fantasy sports in high-stakes partnerships

Betting lines at Race & Sports SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Casinos, internet gambling, sports betting and fantasy sports are all colliding with new, high-stakes partnerships, AP reports.

Why it matters: This expansion is leading Wall Street analysts to predict fast-growing revenue in the U.S. over the next five to 10 years. Morgan Stanley sees a $15 billion sports betting and internet gambling market by 2025.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jan 7, 2021 - Sports

Cuomo embraces mobile sports betting to boost revenue crushed by pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

After watching New Jersey turn into America's new sports betting capital this fall, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ready to embrace mobile betting as a way to generate much-needed revenue for the state amid the pandemic.

Driving the news: In a statement to the New York Daily News, Cuomo said he will make mobile sports betting a central part of his policy proposals to be laid out in next week's State of the State address.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 13, 2020 - Sports

The emerging media landscape for sports bettors

Al Bernstein (left) and Brent Musburger unveil VSiN's first studio in 2017. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

As the U.S. sports betting market matures, a robust media landscape is forming alongside it, with companies aiming to educate and entertain bettors.

The state of play: One of the early entrants is Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), which launched in January 2017. VSiN has three studios in Las Vegas (South Point, Mandalay Bay, Circa), one in Atlantic City (Borgata) and one outside Chicago (Rivers).

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 4, 2020 - Sports

The impact of the third wave: NHL 2021

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

All North American sports leagues face enormous uncertainty heading into 2021, but the NHL's reliance on ticket sales and cross-border travel puts it in a particularly tough spot.

The state of play: While leagues like the NBA and NFL make most of their revenue from media rights, the NHL is a much more gate-driven league.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 3, 2020 - Sports

Betting operators target outcomes of 2020 election

Photos: Brian Blanco/Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

While legal wagers on the election aren't offered through U.S. sportsbooks, betting operators have launched free contests to drive sign ups and engagement.

Driving the news: DraftKings' $100,000 pool has attracted nearly 400,000 entries, and those who pick the winner overall and in 11 states have a chance to win.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Oct 28, 2020 - Sports

Now open: The world's biggest sportsbook

Courtesy: Circa Las Vegas

Circa, the first ground-up resort built in downtown Las Vegas since 1980, opens today with what's being billed as the "world's largest sportsbook."

  • The book: The three-story, 1,000 seat auditorium faces the world's largest TV screen, and the top floor is filled with media studios, where sports betting networks like VSiN will broadcast live shows.
Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Oct 16, 2020 - Sports

New Jersey is America's new sports betting capital

Data: Legal Sports Report; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New Jersey's sports betting market shattered its own national record in September, taking in nearly $749 million in bets.

By the numbers: Online bets accounted for 90.7% of September's handle ($678.7 million). FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet topped the market with $25.1 million in gross revenue.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
Oct 6, 2020 - Sports

Sports betting apps still have low awareness

Reproduced from CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

Sports betting stocks have been some of the best performers on the market this year, with DraftKings shares up 466% and Barstool Sports-backed Penn National up 176%.

The state of play: A new survey from CivicScience, provided first to Axios, shows sports betting likely has a great deal of growth potential. But much of that may be baked into already-lofty shares prices.

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