William Hill To Open America's First Sports Arena Sportsbook

Washington, D.C. entrepreneur Ted Leonsis and William Hill US CEO Joe Asher on Thursday announced plans to build the first sportsbook in a major sports arena in the United States.

Neither Leonsis, the chairman and founder of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, nor Asher would say exactly when the sportsbook would open at the Capital One Arena in the Chinatown neighborhood of downtown Washington, D.C.

“I’d like to think it’s 2020,” Asher told reporters during a press gaggle after a news conference on Thursday attended by more than 100 people in a dark and cavernous Capital One Arena.

“But obviously, that’s a broad span from January to December, and I’d be reluctant to pin it down more precisely than that,” Asher said.   

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