Washington to reconsider giving sports gambling to Intralot
The nation’s capital is running into trouble as it tries to launch sports gambling
When the DC Council set about to introduce legalized sports gambling, it wanted to rush things as quickly as possible in order to beat neighboring states to the punch. However, in its haste, it made a decision that has caused more trouble and which has resulted in the activity being delayed more than if lawmakers had thought things through a little more. Their decision is once again coming back to haunt them, as the DC Council is going to have to reconsider allowing Intralot to lead sports gambling regulations in the nation’s capitol.
The council will meet today to take a better look at the Intralot and to decide if they need to do what should have been done in the first place – allow a competitive bidding process to take place. At the heart of the issue is Greece-based Intralot, which has been running the district’s lottery, and which was awarded the sports gambling contract under questionable circumstances.
One of the major supporters of sports gambling in DC was Councilman Jack Evans. He was also behind the push to give the contract to Intralot. However, Evans is already under investigation by the FBI for issues the agency won’t reveal. Additionally, Evans came under fire previously over an alleged $50,000 payment he received after awarding a parking company a contract when he was the chairman of the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority.
Evans also has a relationship with an attorney, William Jarvis, who is a lobbyist for Intralot and Veterans Services Corp. (VSC). The latter is a company that has been chosen to provide sports gambling services in DC under Intralot’s supervision.
There has been a lot of controversy over the Intralot contract. In an effort to make the introduction of legal sports gambling as quick and painless as possible, council members and Mayor Muriel Bowser have caused the complete opposite result.