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This article was originally published on Forbes.com on April 16th, 2021. Earlier this week, the Arizona state legislature passed a bill allowing for both online and retail sports wagering in the state, with it potentially going live in time for the 2021 football season. In the Arizona bill, 10 professional sports organizations in the state along with 10 Native American tribes are authorized to partner with operators to launch sports wagering operations. The professional sports organizations include the state’s four major sports franchises—the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns, and Coyotes—in addition to the Phoenix Raceway and the TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the Waste Management Open golf tournament. In addition to partnering with online operators, the Arizona bill authorizes the sports organizations to open on-site retail sportsbooks. Arizona’s governor Doug Ducey is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. The move in Arizona to allow professional teams to directly participate as licensed sports wagering operators is not without precedent and, in fact, appears to be a trend,... 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

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