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July 20, 2018
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Las Vegas Sands to contribute $75M to MSG Sphere arena
The MSG Sphere arena in Las Vegas will gain $75 million toward its construction from Las Vegas Sands. The sphere-shaped building will boast 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting programmable for a digital showcase.
Las Vegas Sun (7/19) 
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Gaming Industry News
Innovations and Trends
Legalization leads to college-level sports betting scandal concerns
While many are concerned that sports betting will lead to more scandals at the college level, others believe a regulated market will mean less opportunity for corruption. Leagues and sporting organizations are teaming up with corruption and data monitoring services such as Sportradar US to alert them of possible game-fixing.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (7/18) 
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International Gaming
Bus negotiations in Macau hint at casino concession delays
The Macau retendering process for casino licenses probably will be pushed back until the middle of the 2020s, given that negotiations with the area's three public bus systems still are ongoing although concessions expire July 31, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen. Decisions on gaming concessions likely will be handled after the next administration takes office in January 2020 and could involve a multiyear study.
Inside Asian Gaming online (Macau) (7/19) 
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Tribal Gaming
Ponca tribe proceeds with casino as Neb., Iowa fight to stop it
Nebraska's Ponca tribe is tackling site preparation for a casino just across the state line in Iowa even as a federal judge reviews the two states' efforts to stop construction. The tribe has hopes for a casino building that would feature about 2,000 slot machines, followed by a second phase with a seven-story hotel and a more elaborate casino.
NET (Nebraska) (7/19) 
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Hospitality Trends
Letting cancer patients be pampered: Hotel spas adapt
Letting cancer patients be pampered: Hotel spas adapt
A growing number of hotels and resorts are accommodating cancer patients with customized spa treatments and menus developed in concert with nonprofits, medical professionals and nutritionists. The nonprofit Wellness for Cancer has trained therapists at more than 200 properties in safe techniques for massages, facials and other services.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/17) 
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