D.C. looks stuck with its underperforming sports betting operator through at least 2025

D.C. looks stuck with its underperforming sports betting operator through at least 2025

Article brief provided by Washington City Paper
  • Alex Koma, Washington City Paper
February 19, 2024 7:41 PM
  • Alex Koma, Washington City Paper
  • Washington DC

2024 was supposed to be the light at the end of the tunnel for D.C.’s beleaguered sports betting program. But, as the saying goes, sometimes that light is just a freight train.

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This July marks the city’s first opportunity to wiggle free from the rushed, no-bid contract the District inked with private partners—primarily, the well-connected Greek company Intralot—to run a government-backed sports wagering system five years ago. Yet, despite a history of embarrassing public snafus, messy private spats with D.C. officials, and consistently underperforming revenue numbers, the top brass at the District’s lottery seems ready to offer Intralot a contract extension anyway.