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Matthew Bain

News Content Manager
Matthew Bain is currently the Content Manager at Catena Media’s national online lottery site, PlayiLottery. He used to be the News Content Manager at Catena Media, overseeing news content for the network’s highest-priority regional sites. With North Carolina launching sports betting in 2024, NCSharp was one of his priority sites. Prior to joining Catena Media in 2022, Matthew won 10 statewide and national journalism awards during six years as a reporter and editor for the USA TODAY Network. Matthew’s work primarily appeared in the Des Moines Register, but he was also featured in the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA TODAY. Throughout his career, Matthew’s bylines have also appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and Orange County Register.

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 […]