Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - October 21 2019

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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Monday October 21, 2019.

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Excitement Over Georgia Gambling, Skepticism Too

Can Colleges Police Sports Betting: Some Are Trying

Purdue over the weekend began implementing its ban on college players and faculty from betting on Boilermakers games.

The policy, approved in concept by Purdue’s trustees on Oct. 10 and thought to be the second of its kind among universities, was finalized when guidelines were posted Friday along with Purdue’s other ethics policies on the university’s site.

Other schools in states where sports betting is now legalized have done little to curb the potential for wagering on its teams.

“At this time, the university does not plan on drafting new rules or regulations,” Anne Bassett, a spokeswoman for Iowa, said in an email last week, about two months after legal sports betting started in the state.

A spokeswoman for Penn State, Lisa Powers, told the New York Times that the university had “no plans” for a Purdue-style ban, but had beefed up its educational outreach.

“Concerns and risks associated with wagering on intercollegiate athletics have existed for many years, though the new Pennsylvania law, which we opposed, magnifies the risks and justifies our augmented outreach efforts,” said Powers.

The Times notes that other colleges have already felt compelled to act forcefully. Major universities in Mississippi, a bastion of gambling in the South for decades but a newcomer to legalized sports wagers, took a series of steps (some overt, others more subtle) last year to deter misconduct.

Sid Salter of Mississippi State said that schools coordinated “an extensive education and public awareness campaign” for students, employees and fans “to make sure everyone was aware of essential compliance issues.”

NBA2K Becomes Best Seller of Year Despite Gambling Blowback

NBA2K drew a lot of ire from gamers this year, especially as it continued to defy changing industry attitudes towards loot boxes and gambling, by doubling down on those aspects of the game, writes Geoffrey Tim  of Critical Hit.

Remarkably the game managed to make this milestone just one month after its September 6 release.  Calls for boycotts did little.

Here are all the best sellers of the year, so far at least:

    NBA 2K20
    Mortal Kombat 11
    Borderlands 3
    Madden NFL 20
    Kingdom Hearts III
    Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    Resident Evil 2
    Grand Theft Auto V



Our Free Picks Record October 21

2019 NFL Record: 2-6 (0%)

2019 College Football Record: 3-2 (60%)

2019 MLB Record: 26-18-2 (59%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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