A Circuit Court judge in Oregon has ruled that SBTech must disclose the terms of its contract with the state’s lottery to provide sports betting in the state.
In May 2019, the Oregon State Lottery and SBTech agreed a contract that saw the supplier’s technology used to power the state’s Scoreboard-branded mobile and retail sportsbook offering. However, the contract released redacted a section titled “Exhibit 4,” which contains definitions and formulas including how the share of betting revenue is split between the two parties.
Catena Media-owned Legal Sports Report and newspaper The Oregonian issued a public records request for the details of the entire contract, which was initially accepted by the state’s Attorney General on 3 January. However, SBTech filed a lawsuit to prevent their release, arguing that the redacted portion includes trade secrets, was a confidential submission and its release was not in the public interest.
In this case, Judge David E. Leith ruled that “disclosure without redaction of the full contract… is required by Oregon law”.