Most of the D.C. $215 million sports gambling contract to benefit companies with ties to city hall Peter Jamison and Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post · June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm States that have legalized sports gambling have typically relied on seasoned operators of casinos, overseas sportsbooks or online fantasy leagues to launch their betting markets. But in the nation’s capital, the majority of a contract to oversee sports wagering — worth up to $215 million over five years — would go to a handful of local companies without an extensive record in the industry, under a deal pending approval before the D.C. Council. Confidential city records obtained by The Washington Post show that those who would benefit from the no-bid contract include a former D.C. State Board of Education official, the head of a marketing company that worked on the political campaigns of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and her protege, council member Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4), and an executive whose company lost a contract at a city homeless shelter because of allegedly falsified documents. The local companies are subcontractors for Intralot, a Greek gaming company that the city selected — without the standard competitive bidding process — to run mobile and online sports betting. The subcontractors would earn more than half the $215 million contract, which is set to come before the D.C. Council for a vote July 9.