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As part of a rumored effort to lure the Kansas City Chiefs to move their stadium to the state of Kansas, late on April 28th, 2022, and extending into the earliest hours on the 29th, Kansas state lawmakers voted in favor of a bill to legalize mobile and retail sports betting.  Now, the bill is headed to Governor Laura Kelly’s desk for signature.  Gov. Kelly is expected to sign the bill into law, which would make Kansas the 34th state in the U.S. with legal sports betting. The current bill permits three online sports wagering skins for each of the four casinos in the state.  The casinos are also allowed to partner with up to 50 retailers, such as restaurants or gas stations along with a certain number of mandated nonprofits, to launch retail wagering.  The Kansas Speedway and Sporting Kansas City could offer betting as well.  Additionally, the state’s federally recognized Indian tribes could, under the bill, enter into individual deals to create a program similar to the state-sanctioned... Read more

The National College Athletic Association (“NCAA”) relaxed its long-established opposition to sports betting this Wednesday in a decision that will allow for the sale of data to sportsbooks. The decision comes in the same week that NCAA president Mark Emmert agreed to leave his role in the middle of his contract once a new president… Read More

This week, Maine’s state House and Senate both approved a bill that would legalize online and retail sports betting.  The legislation provides the state’s four federally recognized Indian tribes with a monopoly on mobile sports betting rights.  The state’s two casinos, the Oxford Casino and the Hollywood Casino and Raceway in Bangor have the ability,… Read More

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) issued a letter to enact a policy change to raise the ownership interest threshold from one percent to five percent for ownership interests held in privately-owned entities. This immediately impacts the licensing requirements of “principal” applications in Pennsylvania and is effective for both existing licensees (or pending applications) and… Read More

State regulators in three states took the first steps in regulating non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) as securities, issuing cease-and-desist orders against the online casino developer Sand Vegas Casino Club (“Sand Vegas”) and its co-founders for allegedly offering unregistered securities and violating various other securities-related regulations. As we have written, NFTs use smart contracts to offer holders… Read More

The broader gambling industry is transitioning into an increasingly online and mobile-based industry. Proliferation and popularity of online and mobile sports betting have evinced a burgeoning consumer demand for web-based gaming options. As the internet gaming (“iGaming”) market expands, gaming companies need to follow the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) new Guidance on web accessibility under… Read More

In the lull of a midweek break from March Madness, New York’s highest court made noise Tuesday when it finally handed down its fantasy sports ruling, confirming that fantasy sports contests are legal in the state. Fantasy sports players might not have even noticed it was a question: Tens of millions of people play fantasy… Read More

On April 4th, 2022, Ontario’s new internet gambling (igaming and sports betting) market will launch. To support operators in their advertising efforts prior to the launch, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) published highlights from the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. These standards also address what affiliates and third parties must do to… Read More

On Monday, March 7th, IAB Canada, the main trade association responsible for digital advertising advancement in Canada, and thinkTV, the company responsible for clearance of television advertising in Canada, co-hosted a webinar focusing on the applicable standards for advertising of iGaming in Canada. Also present were representatives from the Canadian Gaming Association, the Alcohol and… Read More