Michigan could be next to legalize gambling; CB Josh Shaw appeals gambling suspension

Michigan could be the next state to legalize sports betting.

Legislation that would create the framework for sports betting and internet gaming in Michigan cleared the Senate Wednesday morning morning after amendments were made to the proposal the House passed this fall.

The Senate passed an array of amended gaming-related bills Wednesday with wide bipartisan support, and the House began approving the updated legislation later Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer needs to sign the legislation for it to become law. Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said Tuesday the governor “is pleased with the progress made on gaming over the course of this year” and said the changes made addressed many of her initial concerns.

“This is a good, bipartisan solution made possible by working together on a complex issue, and the governor looks forward to closely reviewing this package once it hits her desk,” Brown said in an email.

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw was suspended from the NFL through the 2020 season for gambling on league games. He has appealed his suspension.

Shaw, who is on injured reserve, has not played during his first season with the Cardinals. He placed at least one of his wagers on Nov. 10 at a Las Vegas sportsbook operated by Caesars Entertainment, multiple gaming industry sources told ESPN.

According to the sources, Shaw bet a three-team parlay on the second-half results of three Week 10 games, including the Cardinals’ game at Tampa Bay. On his parlay, Shaw bet against Arizona, backing the Buccaneers to cover the second-half spread against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers failed to cover the second-half spread and the bet, which the sources said was for a few thousand dollars, did not win.

The NFL found no evidence that Shaw used inside information to make his bet or that any game had been compromised.

Shaw, who had a player’s card with Caesars, had bet with the company previously, sources said, but not on the NFL until Nov. 10. Immediately after realizing Shaw had bet on the NFL, Caesars contacted the Nevada Gaming Control Board and subsequently the NFL, which launched an investigation.

Sports betting handle in Indiana increased 60.6 percent following the introduction of mobile sports betting.

 Mobile bets accounted for $96.2 million in handle, or 65.3% of Indiana’s total handle last month. That’s up from 52.4% in October but still a bit shy of the more than 80% share found in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

Those states followed a similar trajectory to what is happening in Indiana. Mobile share grew steadily over the first few months of legal sports betting to reach more than four out of every five wagers today.


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