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Professional sports as an industry has a money problem. Game attendance across sports has been on the decline in recent years. Viewership has been on a downward trajectory as has traditional advertising. But two superheroes have appeared on the horizon to help turn things around. And if they team up, Avengers-style, they could benefit all stakeholders in the sports industry: from leagues to teams to players to fans.
Superhero #1: Legalized Sports Betting, which came about May 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (the federal law that generally outlawed sports betting in the U.S.). Legalized Sports Betting is taking on the U.S. one state at a time. Currently 13 states have passed some form of regulated sports betting and 28 more have bills before their legislatures.
Superhero #2: Enhanced Player Data, including player biometric data and player tracking data, is making its way into players’, teams’ and leagues’ normal course of training and strategy.
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DOJ High-Wire Act
April 29, 2019

DOJ High-Wire Act

By: James Trusty and Andrew Silver

Heavyweight parties are slugging it out in a lawsuit in the Granite State, and Ifrah Law is taking a lead role in protecting the interests of America’s rapidly growing online gaming industry.  The New Hampshire civil case comes on the heels of the Department of Justice (DOJ) releasing an interpretation of the federal Wire Act… Read More

Update on 1/14/19 OLC Wire Act Opinion – All Eyes on New Hampshire
April 9, 2019

Update on 1/14/19 OLC Wire Act Opinion – All Eyes on New Hampshire

By: Jeff Ifrah and Andrew Silver

(This post was originally published on 1/15/2019 and updated on 4/8/2019) On Jan. 14, 2019, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion reversing its 2011 position on the Wire Act and sports betting, contradicting not just itself but decisions by at least two District Courts and dicta by the U.S. Supreme… Read More

As discussed in an earlier blog post, New Jersey’s licensing requirements for affiliate marketers impose significantly different structures depending on the revenue model. If the affiliate marketer only plans to work with casinos in a flat fee model (e.g. CPA or other form of pre-determined compensation), then they must register as a vendor. The vendor… Read More

NASPL Responds to the DOJ Reversal of Opinion
February 5, 2019

NASPL Responds to the DOJ Reversal of Opinion

By: Whitney Fore

On February 4, 2019, the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (“NASPL”) issued a statement responding to the Department of Justice’s January 14, 2019, opinion regarding the Wire Act of 1961.  In its statement, the NASPL hints that the DOJ failed to consider the effects its latest Wire Act opinion would have on… Read More

Once adamantly opposed to the idea of legal sports betting, professional sports leagues are now hurrying to play catch-up in order to profit from the burgeoning sports betting market.  On Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) issued a release announcing its “first betting data partnerships in the U.S.” with sports data companies Sportradar and Genius… Read More

But today I am still just a Bill
October 22, 2018

But today I am still just a Bill

By: James Trusty

By all accounts, a bill for legalized sports betting in D.C. (“The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018”) was well-received last week by the City Council, but the byzantine process by which it might become a law leaves plenty of opportunities for mischief.  On Wednesday, Councilman Jack Evans introduced legislation with the support of… Read More