The most recent development in Kentucky is particularly interesting. State Attorney General Andy Beshear, publicly threw his support behind the idea of legislators passing an expansive gaming bill in 2019 that would encompass not just sports betting, but daily fantasy sports, casinos and online poker as well. The impetus for Beshear’s stance is relatively straightforward — much-needed revenue for the state coffers, including an estimated $30 million annually from sports betting that would help fully fund the state’s pension systems.
On dealing with Disney: Manfred explained MLB’s rationale for bidding on some of the Fox regional sports networks that were to be acquired by The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS). The networks were part of Disney’s $71 billion purchase of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox (Nasdaq: FOXA, FOX), but in approving the transaction, the U.S. Department of Justice directed Disney to divest the sports networks, since it already owns ESPN.
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