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A Blog About Online Gaming and Entertainment Regulations

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.  On the surface, Tennessee is open to an unlimited number of sportsbooks, but its regulations—and particularly its hold requirement—pose nearly insurmountable risks for smaller operators. First, Tennessee requires operators to pay a $750,000 annual fee—not as astronomical as Illinois’ $20 million fee but 15 times higher than Iowa’s $45,000 fee.  Further, Tennessee exacts a 20% gross gaming revenue tax on its operators, which is among the highest such rate in the country.  The most onerous of Tennessee’s requirements, however, has to be its continued demand of a historically high 10% hold. Tennessee’s hold mandate is the only such mandate of its kind in the U.S. By comparison, sportsbooks commonly hold between 5-7% of gross sports betting... 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

Cold-pitch sales are a difficult proposition, especially when done over the Internet. The challenge is greater when competing products are similar and the barriers to entry are low, making it harder for a company to differentiate itself from the competition. So goes the case for online gaming operators who often face difficulty in attracting new… Read More

Today is the day that many have been eagerly awaiting; the day the Virginia Lottery’s Board discussed the state’s draft sports betting regulations. People are already comparing the draft rules to those of other states, particularly Tennessee, and Virginia appears to compare favorably. Below, we examine some of the highlights of those regulations. During the… Read More

The following blog was first published by 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… 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