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This week's news and activity in the sports betting and iGaming space featured a fast-tracked NYC casino plan that sputters, an Arizona event wagering timeline, and other notable stories.

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An attempt to fast track a New York City-area casino license from 2023 to 2021 has fallen flat due to strong objections from Manhattan legislators, Josh Kosman and Carl Campanile of The New York Post reported, citing sources. Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Bally's (BALY) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) have reportedly been gearing up for the opportunity to compete for a New York City-area casino license. “I adamantly oppose any casino in Manhattan,” Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who represents the Upper West Side, told The Post. “I believe it would be seriously detrimental to the residential and commercial quality of Manhattan.” Freeman Klopott, a spokeswoman for the New York State division of the budget, teased a revival of the bill later down the road. “With the influx of federal funding, there was less of an imperative to change the status quo, however we are continuing to work with the Legislature to see if there is a path forward this year.” A source cited in the Post story pointed to January as a likely time to bring it up again.

Churchill Downs (CHDN) announced the suspension of trainer Bob Baffert for two years effective immediately through the conclusion of the 2023 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The suspension prohibits Baffert, or any trainer directly or indirectly employed by Bob Baffert Racing Stables, from entering horses in races or applying for stall occupancy at all Churchill Downs-owned racetracks. "This decision follows the confirmation by attorneys representing Bob Baffert of the presence of betamethasone, a prohibited race-day substance, in Medina Spirit's bloodstream on the day of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby in violation of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's equine medication protocols and CDI's terms and conditions for racing," the company stated.

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