About the Author

Matthew Bain

Matthew Bain started as a Content Manager for Catena Media sites in 2022. He covered the launch of Massachusetts sports betting and the Prop 26 vs. Prop 27 battle in California. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew oversaw the Register's recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet's high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he's somehow a Boston Celtics fan. Long story.

Expert: January 2024 NC Sports Betting Launch Is ‘Absolutely Realistic’

September 5, 2023 | By: Matthew Bain

It might feel like North Carolina is progressing slowly in its march toward legal online sports betting. The state can launch its sportsbook apps as early as Jan. 8, 2024. However, the North Carolina Lottery Commission has not begun to publicly discuss its drafts for sports betting regulations, or any hopeful timeline for the apps […]

What Would Happen To VLTs If North Carolina Adds Casinos? Expert Explains

August 29, 2023 | By: Matthew Bain

Much of the recent gambling-related discussion here in North Carolina has focused on casino expansion. And rightfully so. Adding four more land-based casinos would permanently alter the state’s in-person gambling landscape in an unprecedented manner. That possibility has resulted in some heated debates in the counties where proposed casinos would be developed. Along with community […]