Data mandate, branding, in-person registration surface as key issues for Illinois sports betting Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · October 9, 2019 at 5:55 am Response to the Illinois Gaming Board’s sports betting public-comment period was, to say the least, robust… and fierce. The 35-plus replies represent a who’s who in the sports betting world, and the net result is that operators and the professional sports leagues are preparing for a heavyweight fight over data as the process continues. Or perhaps it’s Round Five. When state lawmakers legalized sports betting in June, they essentially kicked the can to the IGB on a possible “official league data mandate.” And while sports betting data is the hot-button issue for potential operators, the IGB got plenty of other suggestions over its month-long public-comment period, from potential operators to the professional sports leagues, to payment vendors and data suppliers. The public comment period also elicited a healthy dose of thoughts from its citizens, both for and against sports betting.