Sports Gambling

LISTEN: Michigan’s Casinos Offer Sports Betting, Even During Limited Business Due To COVID-19

Nov 17, 2020
Jacob Lothamer

The state’s casinos were set for big business this past spring, opening in-house sports books in time for March’s NCAA Tournament. Then COVID-19 hit, shut everything down. Sports are back on and the books are open, but what is the experience like?

Legal Sports Gambling Debuts In Michigan, Even If There Are No Sports To Wager On

Apr 13, 2020
Sports Gambling
Flickr / Creative Commons

The global sports world has essentially gone quiet due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But when sports resume, Michigan’s sports gamblers will have a slew of in-person options for placing a wager.

Sports Gambling In Michigan Soon To Take Off With NCAA Men’s Tournament

Feb 18, 2020
Sports Gambling
Eric Bach / WKAR-MSU

The state’s commercial and tribal casinos hope to open their sports books in time for March Madness – if they can get all the paperwork and logistics settled.

Max Bischel
Derek Brookmeyer

Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The federal ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in 2018.

The bills approved will expand options for gamblers in Michigan, which will become the 20th state to authorize sports wagers and the fifth to allow casino-style games to be played online.

Current Sports host Al Martin invited Max Bischel of Gambling.com to discuss how big of an impact this could have on the state’s economy.


The Michigan Libertarian Party held its nominating convention this past weekend in Gaylord. That’s in time to meet Monday’s deadline to turn in to the state a slate of candidates for the November ballot.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Discussions to expand gambling options in the state to include sports betting and online gaming have been put on hold until Michigan has a budget.


stack of money
flickr/Ken Teegardin

Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House committee Tuesday.


Horse Racing, Once Popular In Michigan, Now Struggles For Survival

May 20, 2019
Horse Racing
Dr. Brian Nielsen

Closure of tracks, a struggling business model and big changes in availability of legalized gambling is hurting trainers and farms in Michigan.

Natalie Kerwin
Al Martin / WKAR-MSU

Current Sports host Al Martin invites beat reporter Natalie Kerwin to the studio, discussing her latest piece that details the amount of money that flows in office pools and casinos when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. 


March Madness Is Here: Everybody Get Your Brackets Filled Out!

Mar 19, 2019
Sports Betting
Trevor Darnell

The annual NCAA basketball tournament turns everybody into a sports fan, and most into gamblers by participating in bracket contests.

Legalized Sports Betting – On The Horizon For Michigan?

Feb 13, 2019
Casino
Rita Alexandrea / Flickr

The multi-billion dollar business is now legal, thanks to 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. 

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