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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 is the result of a compromise reached between the House and Senate. The House is expected to approve an identical bill, sending it to the Governor for his signature. Governor Hogan is expected to sign the bill into law. Although the newly passed bill retains many characteristics of the House bill introduced in February, particularly the preferences for women and minority owned businesses, it significantly alters the license structure. The legislation envisions a new licensure process – along with additional fees to the state – pursuant to which the State will offer three separate classes of licenses:
  • A-1 and A-2 retail gaming (applies to existing casinos, tracks, and professional sports teams, which will be guaranteed such... 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: Andrew Silver

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

Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost
January 31, 2021

Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost

By: Nicole Kardell

We have seen commercial winners and losers in the COVID era. Online gaming has been a clear winner, with record participation during shelter-in-place times. It just received another boost thanks to a policy change at Google: Google Play recently announced it will allow gambling apps in the Google Play store starting March 1. This is a… Read More

If sports betting goes live within the state as expected by November 1, Tennessee will become the nineteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to accept a legal sports bet. Tennessee is noteworthy in its sports betting regulations because it would be the first instance of online wagering without the requirement of partnering with a brick-and-mortar casino. … Read More

State by state, the U.S. regulatory landscape is shifting in favor of legalized online gaming and sports betting. As states come online, operators are seeking to acquire and to increase their customer base. A tried and true marketing strategy to push traffic online—and that operators are using successfully to promote their gaming services—is lead generation…. Read More

A little more than two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, striking down federal limits on the expansion of sports betting. Since then, a number of states have legalized sports betting—Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia, to name a few. Indeed,… Read More