Every Monday our "What's On Tap" series shows a preview of the coming week in the world of sports betting. Come here for a recap of upcoming financial events, legislative and regulatory sessions, industry conferences, top games scheduled for the week, and more. Also check out our weekly Get A Grip and Wide World of Gambling review at US Bets for a look back at the relevant news over the past week.
Monday February 15th
An Arizona House bill that would allow nationwide mobile sports betting is said to have a headline on the regulatory committee on Monday after going through the trade committee last week. The bill would provide 10 sports betting licenses each for commercial entities (in this case, professional sports franchises) and tribal casinos, and 10 retail licenses for horse racing tracks in the state. A double draft in the Senate is scheduled for the committee's first hearing on Wednesday.
Tuesday February 16
Boyd Gaming reports fourth quarter 2020 earnings
The winning season continues this week when Boyd Gaming, one of the leading regional casino operators in the country, reports an annual profit and an annual profit in the fourth quarter of 2020. According to Zack's consensus estimates, Boyd is expected to post earnings per share of 33 cents, which corresponds to a decrease of around 50% compared to the same period last year. Although Boyd has been hit hard by fewer visits to retail casinos, the regional operator continues to make strides from a sports betting perspective. By November, online and retail sports betting at Boyd Gaming's Par-a-Dice casino in Illinois topped $ 195 million, ranking second in the state among all operators. The sports betting at Par-a-Dice is operated by FanDuel under a trade agreement between the companies from 2018. Boyd Gaming operates 29 retail casino properties in 10 states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, all of which enable legal sports betting.
Barcelona face PSG in the Champions League R16 clash
The knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday when Paris Saint-Germain visits Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16. PSG were runner-up in the Champions League at Bayern Munich last year, while Barcelona last won the European crown in 2015. Brazilian star Neymar will be out of the opening game for PSG. Nevertheless, PSG (+1100) is the fourth choice to win the Champions League at PointsBet, behind Bayern Munich (+260), Manchester City (+380) and Liverpool (+570). Also on Tuesday, Liverpool will face RB Leipzig, a German team that Manchester United eliminated with a 3-2 win in the group stage in December.
PSG are robbed by Neymar and expect Pochettino to beat old enemy Barcelona. Https://t.co/upZNVuFJIn pic.twitter.com/4Zk4JmO2Il
– World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) February 15, 2021
Wednesday February 17th
Tennessee Education Lottery board meeting
At the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC) board meeting Wednesday, stakeholders could learn more about the state's regulations for customer withdrawal. Last month, TELC regulators vowed to discuss a business practice outside of New Jersey in which multiple operators were accused of delaying payments to various customers after customers tried to quickly withdraw funds. Tennessee Sports Betting Regulations require sports betting operators to process withdrawals in a "reasonable time".
"A player's application for a withdrawal of funds (i.e. funds deposited and released and funds won) must be completed within a reasonable time frame, unless there is an unresolved dispute pending or an investigation triggered by a player dispute or The TEL was triggered. Withdrawal funds may be withheld from payment until the funding transaction is completed or the chargeback period ends. ”- Tennessee Customer Withdrawal Policy
Arizona Senate Committee Hearing
Days after an Arizona Senate committee passed a bill that would allow nationwide mobile sports betting, the Senate Funds Committee will hold a hearing on Bill SB 1797 on Wednesday. The committee postponed a hearing last Wednesday, a day after a parallel bill was passed 9-1 in the House. There were some concerns that the Senate measure didn't get enough votes, sources told Sports Handle. The bill for sports betting is listed on Wednesday's agenda.
Saturday February 20th
Golden Knights take on Avalanche at Lake Tahoe
Although the NHL has played more than two dozen outdoor games since early 2008, this weekend's NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe event marks the first time the league has held regular season competitions on a golf course. On Saturday night, the Vegas Golden Knights will face the Colorado Avalanche in the first of two games over the weekend on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. A day later, the Philadelphia Flyers will face the Boston Bruins in the weekend's second double header game. Games are played on an outdoor lane built on the 18th fairway of Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, a venue best known for hosting the American Century Championship, an annual celebrity golf tournament. The Flyers, who last played on February 7th, could miss Sunday's game due to the effects of COVID-19. If Philadelphia can't attend on Sunday, the NHL is considering contingency plans, including the possibility of sending another Eastern Conference team to Lake Tahoe, ESPN reported.
A first look at Edgewood Tahoe turning into a hockey rink for the NHL Outdoors games this coming weekend! 🏒 pic.twitter.com/Z8KbRmgUDY
– Shannon Kelly (@shannonkelly_tv) February 9, 2021
James Madison highlights the opening week of the 2020-21 FCS season
The conference game for the regular season of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) 2020-21 starts this weekend with 12 games on the schedule. The regular FCS season lasts approximately three months before a 16-team playoff begins on April 18th. James Madison, the 2019 runner-up, will open the season at home against Morehead State. Several other 2019 playoff teams including Illinois State, Wofford and Furman will make their season debut on Saturday. Formerly known as the NCAA Division I-AA in football, the division was renamed FCS in 2006. Usually the FCS soccer season took place in the fall and was postponed to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunday February 21
Australian Open men's finals
The first week of the Australian Open was full of chaos. A game in the third round between Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz was postponed by a few minutes on Friday when the tournament officials removed the spectators from the Rod Laver Arena in the middle of the game. Officials from the Australian state of Victoria allowed the tournament to continue despite the start of a five-day lockdown on the fourth leg, which began at 11:59 p.m. on Friday. The tournament will continue without fans at least until the semi-finals of the draw for men and women. Djokovic, a seven-time champion, has battled through a nagging oblique injury in each of his last two wins. As a result, Djokovic's chances of asserting himself in Melbourne on Sunday night have plummeted in the futures pools of the world's leading sports betting. Rafael Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champion, won 33 straight sets in Grand Slam games on Monday morning.
Australian Open Futures odds at DraftKings (as of February 15)
Novak Djokovic – +210
Daniil Medvedev – +275
Rafael Nadal – +375
Alexander Zverev – +750
Stefanos Tsitsipas – +800
Andrey Rublev – +1400
Grigor Dimitrov – +1600
Have a good week everyone!