There has been no shortage of industry events aimed at providing much needed insight into the forming U.S. sports wagering industry. ICE Sports Betting Conference USA, which took place this past November in New York City, was one such gathering. What follows are some speaker highlights from the conference portion of this show:
James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, on integrity fees and dealing with sports leagues: “We are paying for league data. We sat down with the various leagues for several months… and evaluated what kind of partnership we could bring to the table that could be of benefit for both of us. Right up front we said we were not interested in paying an integrity fee, and that we are actually offended by that concept. It is disturbing to us because our whole business model is based on integrity… we don’t feel like we need to pay a fee for what we do every single day.