Indiana Casinos to Launch Sports Betting in SeptemberIndiana casinos are preparing for the launch of sports betting in the state. Their target date is September 1. They want to get the advantage over their competitors in the Midwest that hasn’t allowed wagering on sports yet.

All 13 state-licensed casinos and three off-track betting parlors are preparing for on-site sports betting. They told pay per head service analysts that their sportsbooks will be ready in time for the state of the 2019 NFL season. Also, they are working on online betting apps. However, the mobile launch date will be in the fall.

One of the casinos ready for the sports betting launch is Caesars Entertainment. It has dedicated sports betting areas in its Indiana casinos near Chicago and Kentucky. Regional president Dan Nita told pay per head sportsbook sites that the company wants to get a head start and attract gamblers in its Hammond casino before the launch of sports betting in Illinois. The latter just approved its sports wagering legislation in June.

Casino in Georgia? Soon If House Gets Its WayGeorgia is one of the most conservative states in the US. In fact, it has a strong anti-gambling stance that it bans almost all types of gambling. As a result, there is no casino in Georgia.

The closest casino to Georgia is near its boundary with South Carolina in the north and Alabama in the south. However, there are no casinos, dog tracks, or horse tracks in the state. The state does allow selling raffle tickets and charitable bingo. It also runs the state lottery.

The good news is that there are indicators that change is coming soon. State representatives passed a bill to allow a casino in Georgia. Gambling industry news outlets are reporting about the latest development in the Peach State

Caster Semenya Appeal EndsThe Caster Semenya appeal case ended Friday. The week-long hearing came to a halt with the gold medalist having the last word. After a decade of battling with the IAAF, she will finally get a decision from sport’s highest court.

The two-time South African 800-meter champion filed the appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the IAAF proposed new hormone regulations. The new rules require women athletes with high testosterone levels to lower them via medication. Failure to achieve it will disqualify them from world-class events.

The IAAF regulations will apply to various track events, including distances Semenya usually competes in. The CAS told bookie pay per head experts that it will announce its verdict by March 26.

NCAA Looks into Kansas Sports ProgramsIt looks like the Kansas sports programs, specifically its men’s basketball and football, are in not water. The NCAA sent investigators to investigate possible wrongdoing by a former coaching staff member.

In addition, Kansas is part of an ongoing FBI investigation regarding college basketball. Sports news outlets reported that school officials might be in trouble for reinstating Silvio De Sousa. Also, people saw an NCAA enforcement official on campus asking questions about the basketball program.

Kansas appealed the ruling that De Sousa must sit out the remaining time of the current season, as well as the upcoming season. The sophomore player from Angola was a critical part of the Jayhawks’ Final Four run last year. However, NCAA found out his guardian, Fenny Falmagne, accepted money from a former Adidas consultant.

With some of the bigger names in the free agency market starting to commit, we thought we would take a “way too early” look at the contenders for winning the NBA Championship next year. The online sportsbooks currently have the Cleveland Cavaliers as an overwhelming +275 favorite, however, that number is skewed as the Cavs are being treated as a lock to come out of the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland resigned Kevin Love to a long term contract, are expected to sign Tristan Thompson to a long term contract as well, and there is “decision” this offseason as to whether or not LeBron will be back in his hometown. With the lack of talent in the East, Cleveland is a heavy -200 choice to represent the East in the NBA Finals once again.

Out in the Western Conference, there is no clear cut choice. Golden State looks strong again and is the favorite to win the Conference Title, getting a +280 return to win the conference and a 5:1 payout if they repeat as NBA Champions.