Joe Boozell — Bio And Media Credits

Joe Boozell is the Lead Illinois Writer for PlayIllinois.

A graduate of Butler University, Boozell has been a sportswriter since 2015, specializing in college basketball until 2019 before shifting his focus to sports betting and the casino industry.

Prior to joining PlayIllinois, Boozell worked for Turner Sports from 2015-20. There, he served as the lead college basketball writer at, while also writing and editing occasionally for and

Boozell is a Chicagoland-area native and has lived there his whole life aside from a few years apiece in Indianapolis and Atlanta.

He worked for FOX Sports before joining Turner Sports.

In 2019, he signed on as a writer and social media producer at USA Sports Gaming, the parent company of BetIndiana and BetChicago.

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Here’s a look at some of Boozell’s work:

Media mentions on Illinois Gambling

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Ends In-Person Registration Requirement For Sports Betting, Opening Floodgates for Online Sportsbooks Ahead of March Madness  – March 5, 2022

Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois Gamblers are Betting $156 a Second on Sports — and Mobile Registration Could Mean More – March 4, 2022

The Center Square: Officials Predict Big Sports Betting Numbers for March in Illinois – March 1, 2022

Fox Illinois: Illinoisans Projected to Have Bet More Than $75 Million on Super Bowl LVI – Feb. 15, 2022

Stories on Illinois Casino

Danville Golden Nugget Casino Could Take Big Step Forward At Illinois Gaming Board Meeting Next Week – March 2, 2022

Here’s When We Expect Rivers Casino To Open Its Poker Room, Which Should Be Quite Popular – Feb. 25, 2022

Chicago South Shore Business Owner On Bally’s McCormick Casino Bid: ‘We Can’t Be Afraid’ – Feb. 11, 2022

Stories on Illinois Sports Betting

A New Beginning: 100% Online Sports Betting Registration Is Officially Back – March 5, 2022

Projection: Illinois Will Set All-Time State Handle Record In March 2022, But Fall Shy Of $1 Billion In Sports Bets – Feb. 22, 2022

2021 Illinois Sports Betting Numbers: Breaking Down Key Stats From A Banner Year – Feb. 11, 2022

Stories on Illinois Gaming

10 Days And Counting: Will COVID-19 Surge Keep Illinois Mobile Registration Alive?

Breaking: FanDuel Par-A-Dice Sportsbook To Launch In Illinois 

BetRivers Dominates Illinois Sports Betting August Revenue Report 

Unibet Targets Early 2021 Launch; Will It Be Next Online Sportsbook In Illinois?

After Year’s Wait, No New Casino Licenses Granted At Special IGB Meeting 

First Man Sentenced In Sports Gambling Scheme Involving Casey Urlacher

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