Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - July 2, 2019

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C Costigan
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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Tuesday July 2, 2019.

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Women's World Cup Exposures: England vs. USA

House needs the Brits big...

3-way bet count:
12% on England +350
84% on USA -125
4% on Draw +280

To advance:
84% on USA (-250) v England (+210)

Courtesy of Dave Mason at BetOnline

FanDuel Already Paying Out on USA Women's World Cup Win 2019

2:15 pm ET - FanDuel announced on Friday that it is making early payouts to any New Jersey customers who bet the Americans would win it all, sacrificing $400,000 to reward those behind Team USA. The company is only honoring bets placed ahead of the team's Friday quarterfinal against France, but for those who backed the USWNT from the get-go, it's operating as if the Americans have already conquered this year's tournament.

Why would FanDuel do this?

It might be because it genuinely believes the U.S. will reign supreme come July 7.

A bigger potential reason: Publicity.  Source: CBS Sports

Women's World Cup Ratings Have Been Sick This Year

2:13 pm ET - Fox Sports, which has English-language rights to 2019 World Cup matches, recorded a peak of 8.24 million TV viewers for Friday's quarterfinal between Team USA and tournament hosts France, which ended in a thrilling 2-1 victory for the Stars and Stripes. It was the most-watched soccer match on English-language U.S. television since last summer’s men's World Cup final. The audience was up 7 percent from the U.S.-China quarterfinal in 2015 despite being played in a European time zone, which meant U.S. viewers had to tune in at 3 p.m. ET or noon on the West coast.

On Fox streaming sources, the match drew an average minute audience of 211,000, making it the most-streamed Women's World Cup match of all time in the U.S. Across Fox's digital and social media platforms, World Cup content drew 13 million views and the FIFA Women's World Cup Now live feed on Twitter posted 1.05 million viewers, more than double the previous record.  Source: Hollywood Reporter

Five Top UK Gambling Firms Increase Voluntary Levy to Help Addicts

10:25 am ET - William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Skybet and bet365 each will boost their voluntary levy on gambling profits from 0.1% to 1% up to 2023.  This amounts to a total combined contribution of £60 million (over USD 75.8 M).

The move follows criticism of the industry on how little it spends to help addicts compared with its marketing budget.

Former Executive Chairman of Skybet Richard Flint, said: "The industry hasn't done enough to look after problem gamblers. We need to do more to self-regulate, and if we don't do more there will be more regulation forced upon us."

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of charity GambleAware, said: "We welcome this initiative by the leading operators as it's essential there is sufficient funding to provide for treatment and support for both problem gamblers and for those who are 'at risk' - particularly the young and vulnerable.”

Our Free Picks Record July 2

2019 MLB Record: 17-12-2 (58.6%) - 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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