You can bet 49ers win Super Bowl LVIII, or what color Gatorade douses coach — but not in California

Wagers are piling up ahead of Super Bowl LVIII’s epic rematch of the San Francisco 49ers and reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs, to be played — fittingly — in Las Vegas on Sunday. You can bet the farm on everything from who wins the game to the color of Gatorade dousing the winning coach. But while Bay Area fans of the Red and Gold are being bombarded with pitches from major sportsbooks online and on TV, they won’t actually be able to get in on the action unless they hop a flight to Sin City or motor over the border to Nevada or another nearby state.

XLMedia scores sports betting content partnership with Star Tribune

XLMedia has landed an exclusive sports betting content partnership with a Midwest news organization. The digital media publisher has announced a partnership with the Star Tribune Media Company, which is the largest new organization in the Upper Midwest. As part of its deal with the Star Tribune, XLMedia will deliver commercial sports betting content to the news organization’s more than 7 million monthly users. The pact will also see XLMedia and the Star Tribune leverage a daily fantasy sports industry that sees the Minnesota market ranked top five in usage.

ANF+ Political Update: Will Georgia ever legalize sports betting?

Georgia lawmakers are once again wrestling with ideas on whether to make online, sports betting legal in Georgia. Robert Linnehan, sports betting reporter and editor for Sports Betting Dime, talks with Atlanta News First’s Political Update on current efforts by Georgia lawmakers to regulate online, sports betting in Georgia.

First Seven North Carolina Online Sports Betting Applicants Announced

Seven sports betting operators have submitted applications for interactive sports betting licenses in North Carolina. The seven initial applicants, if awarded licenses, will be eligible to immediately launch when North Carolina announces its sports betting date. Gov. Roy Cooper (D), recently appearing on the Ovies + Giglio Show discussed North Carolina’s sports betting future. “They’re [North Carolina regulators] working on it as fast as they can. I had them all in the room over there the other day pushing them saying we’ve got to get this done,” Cooper said. 

Legal sports betting in Texas? Odds are slim, for now

As fans across Texas sit down for the Longhorns’ first-ever College Football Playoff appearance on Monday, untold fortunes in illegal bets will undoubtedly leave Texas wallets for out-of-state sportsbooks. Yet the odds of Texas legalizing gaming any time soon are slim-to-none, after an unprecedented push by casinos and sportsbooks failed to gain traction in this year’s legislative session.