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Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill Introduced, Penn State Football Popular at Sportsbooks

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill Introduced, Penn State Football Popular at Sportsbooks

A Pennsylvania sports betting bill has been introduced by State Rep. Rob Matzie (D-District 16) that seeks to allow residents in the Keystone State to place financial wagers on sporting outcomes should a federal law be repealed.

James Franklin’s Penn State football team provided large payouts for fans who backed the Nittany Lions last fall, and a Pennsylvania sports betting bill has been introduced to keep those monies inside the Commonwealth.

House Bill 519 would allow the business of accepting wagers on sporting events or on the individual performance of athletes. Traditional Vegas sports betting formats including straight bets, moneylines, parlays, exchange wagering, and pools would all be authorized. However, Matzie’s bill wouldn’t legalize daily fantasy sports.

‘Sports betting is a $400 billion business in the United States,’ Matzie said in a statement. ‘Most of that betting takes place illegally, through bookies and offshore wagering companies. This bill would position Pennsylvania’s casinos to be among the leaders in sports betting as soon as the legal hurdles are removed.’

Those legal hurdles are complex, as sports betting is currently outlawed in all but Nevada. For that to change, a federal statute passed in 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), would need to be repealed by Congress.

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MGM Resorts Misses Fourth-Quarter Projections, but Springfield Casino Construction Ahead of Schedule

MGM Resorts Misses Fourth-Quarter Projections, but Springfield Casino Construction Ahead of Schedule

MGM Resorts posted improved fourth-quarter revenues in 2016 compared to the previous year, but the generated income fell far short of projections.

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren is encouraged heading in 2017 despite a disappointing fourth quarter for his company.

The Las Vegas-headquartered gaming and hospitality company reported net income of nearly $70 million for the final three months of the year. That translates to four cents per share, a far cry from the analysts’ consensus estimate of 21 cents for the quarter.

Though the company’s new property in Washington, DC, appropriately named National Harbor, brought in big money for MGM, and performance improved at the conglomerate’s 10 venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City’s Borgata, the convention space underperformed.

Regardless of coming in well under fiscal expectations, CEO Jim Murren painted the earnings data in a rosy light.

‘The achievement of key financial and strategic milestones demonstrates our continued focus on driving profitability,’ Murren said in a release. ‘We are excited about the outlook for 2017.’

Investors on Wall Street don’t normally take the bait, and value numbers over words. Traded on the New York Stock Exchange, shares of MGM Resorts fell as much as nine percent following the financial announcement.

For the complete year, MGM generated a net income of $1.24 billion, or $1.94 per share. That’s a substantial im (suite…)

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