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DraftKings set to replace Scoreboard as Oregon's betting app

The Scoreboard app, which has served as Oregon's mobile sports betting app since October ‘19, "will go dark next week and be replaced by DraftKings" at midnight on Tuesday, according to Joe Freeman of the Portland OREGONIAN. The move, "which has been in the works for more than a year," is expected to "provide a better user experience for wagering on professional sports." The Scoreboard app, created and operated by SBTech, “had problems from the beginning, which delayed its release,” and "proved to be a regular source of frustration for users.” In spring of ‘20, DraftKings “completed an acquisition” of SBTech in a three-way merger. The Oregon Lottery Commission voted unanimously in August to “flip to DraftKings," the sides “reached a formal deal” at the end of December and the move was announced this week. One thing that "won't change: Betting on college sports." That “remains illegal” in Oregon (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/14).

ONE MORE STEP: In Portland, John Canzano writes as its first act, DraftKings “should set a line on when our state legislature will wake up” and allow wagering on college sports. Years ago, Oregon “outlawed wagering on college football and basketball." Canzano writes it is an “outdated, archaic stance” that “should be revisited in the scheduled legislative session” beginning Feb. 1. At a “forward-thinking time” in which college athletes are free to earn income from NIL deals, the state is "stuck with an outdated and puzzling approach.” Canzano: “The madness needs to stop” (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/14).

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