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The following blog was first published by Forbes.com earlier this month, available here. Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, states are moving quickly to legalize sports wagering. Indeed, just last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed sports betting into law in that state, in addition to the Virginia state legislature passing a bill. It is not surprising that even amidst the pandemic, states are still considering joining the approximately 20 states to have already legalized sports wagering since the Supreme Court ruled to allow states to do so in 2018. That is because, with a recession potentially looming, states may be looking for creative ways to replace lost tax revenue. However, in considering legalizing sports wagering, states must consider a threat facing the legal sports wagering industry: competition from illegal local bookies and offshore operators. Indeed, few industries face competition from the illegal market in the way the emergent legal sports wagering market does. As a result, states seeking to generate tax revenue from sports wagering are, counterintuitively, well-served to consider keeping... Read more
Betting on Transparency
March 10, 2020

Betting on Transparency

By: James Trusty

Professional sports leagues are struggling to take coherent and consistent positions on the emerging market for legalized sports betting. Commissioners are issuing edicts to their leagues about the danger gambling poses to their sport, but they are also beginning to officially partner with the gaming industry due to the promising bottom-line impact and growing acceptance… Read More

Want an example of legislative redundancy? Here’s a good one: “The Prevention of Deceptive or Child-Targeted Advertising in Violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.” It’s proposed legislation seeking to justify new legislation to make that which is illegal… illegaler? Or, want an example of legislation that uses children’s welfare as a pretense to… Read More

A hacker has posted to a public forum the personal details for more than 10.6 million former hotel guests of MGM Resorts. Information now available for all to see includes: full names, home addresses, phone numbers, emails, and dates of birth. Making it most newsworthy is that the likes of Justin Bieber, Jack Dorsey (Twitter’s… Read More

On January 9th, the DC Bar Association hosted a presentation by Ifrah Law entitled Jackpot! How D.C. Can Successfully Introduce Legalized Sports Betting and Navigate the Regulatory Landscape. For an hour and forty-five minutes a four-person panel discussed the District of Columbia’s legalization and regulation of sports betting in the wake of Murphy v. Nat’l… Read More

Google will revise its advertising policies to allow ads for online casinos in several states where online gaming is legal and regulated. Notice of the change is posted on Google’s support forum which states that the revision will happen this month: “In December 2019, Google will update the Gambling and games policy to allow state-licensed… Read More

Michigan Sets the Stage for Legal Sports Betting
December 10, 2019

Michigan Sets the Stage for Legal Sports Betting

By: Whitney Fore

Michigan is looking to go into 2020 with the prospect of sports betting and online gaming looming large. The Great Lakes State’s legislators reached a breakthrough this week with Governor Whitmer on online gaming and sports betting.  While a few issues remain to be ironed out, it appears that Michigan will enter the new year… Read More

Why is Player Betting a Cardinal Sin?
December 2, 2019

Why is Player Betting a Cardinal Sin?

By: James Trusty

Arizona Cardinal cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s blanket prohibition against betting on all things NFL.  Shaw, who will miss at least the full 2020 season, had been on injured reserve since late August and had not played a down this year.  The silver lining for Shaw’s… Read More

Legal Sports Betting Arrives in The Centennial State
November 7, 2019

Legal Sports Betting Arrives in The Centennial State

By: Whitney Fore

Yesterday, Colorado voters narrowly approved a sports betting referendum, establishing Colorado as a sports betting leader in the Mountain West. The referendum was a long time coming, with the bill allowing the referendum to go forward having been passed last May.  Signed by Governor Polis on May 29, House Bill 1327 placed a referendum on… Read More

Yesterday, the NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted to allow college athletes to receive some form of compensation.The permitted compensation is limited to “the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image, and likeness,” however, athletes will still not be permitted to receive compensation for their actual on-field play. To view the official… Read More