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Connecticut legalized sports betting this year and is hoping to launch in time for the 2021 NFL season.  However, the registration process for operators and suppliers has yet to be set forth.  The focus in Connecticut is largely on licensing fantasy operators in time for the 2021 NFL season.  As a result of protests from players in the fantasy sports industry, Connecticut lawmakers added a provision into the budget implementer bill, creating a process through which fantasy operators can receive provisional licenses, provided they contract with either Connecticut’s two tribal nations or with the state Lottery.  According to the implementer bill, provisional licenses for fantasy sports companies will last until September 30, 2021, or until all final licenses have been issued, whichever comes first. Although, there is little to no information about licenses for suppliers specifically. Connecticut will require an Online Gaming Service Provider License for any entity offering goods or services to a licensed operator that are in any way “related to” online sports betting, casino gaming or DFS.... Read more

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in NCAA v. Alston, et al. could be the catalyst that transforms the NCAA’s student athlete regulation of the benefits/compensation provided to college athletes. The Court, in a decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, upheld the lower courts’ ruling that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by placing limits on the… Read More

With a new bill authorizing online gaming in New Jersey for the first time in 2013, Department of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck and his staff went looking for ways to assuage industry concerns that online firms would “cannibalize” business from the already-struggling retail operations in Atlantic City. “It was going to cannibalize it, intuitively:… Read More

The EGR’s East Coast Virtual Briefing 2021, took place May 26, 2021 with a packed agenda, including revealing the winner of the Ifrah Pitch Competition.  We wanted to provide some highlights on developments in esports as a gambling vertical.  Esports was the focus of a Q&A session hosted by Chris Grove, a partner at Eilers… Read More

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario recently published its Draft Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming (“Draft Standards”).  The purpose of the 50-page document is “to ensure that regulated entities have a sound control environment, and an organizational structure that promotes good governance, accountability and oversight, as well as transparency in dealings with the AGCO.”… Read More

As part of the 2020 election, Maryland voters approved a Constitutional amendment to allow sports betting.  In February, I reported on the Maryland legislature’s efforts to pass a new bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling.  The state passed another milestone yesterday when the Maryland Senate unanimously approved a new sports wagering bill. The bill… Read More

Today, New Yorkers who want to place a legal mobile sports wager need to drive to neighboring New Jersey or Pennsylvania.  Otherwise, unless residents of the Big Apple and the rest of the state want to wager with an illegal offshore operator or local bookmaker, New Yorkers remain out of luck these days.  However, the… Read More

NBA Gets Comfortable With NFTs
March 17, 2021

NBA Gets Comfortable With NFTs

By: Ifrah Law

When people think about LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo, blockchain and digital tokens are probably not the first, tenth, or hundredth thing that comes to mind.  But with the rise of NBA Top Shot—a non-fungible token (NFT) that exists on the blockchain, consisting of player video highlights officially licensed from the NBA—that may be changing…. Read More

Corruption of NCAA Sports Will Not Fly Under the Radar
February 28, 2021

Corruption of NCAA Sports Will Not Fly Under the Radar

By: James Trusty

With the increasing popularity of sports betting across the country comes the ever-present concern that big money brings big temptation, and that concern is most acutely fixated on the NCAA sports scene. Gamblers and non-gamblers alike do not want to see their favorite collegiate contests infected with fixed results or point shaving. But in an… Read More