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Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

May 20, 2024

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

The Ontario Superior Court handed a clean victory to Ontario’s internet gaming (or “iGaming”) regulator and Attorney General last Monday, when it declared that Ontario’s regime for online gaming comports with Canada’s Constitution and Criminal Code. The much-anticipated decision disposed of a lawsuit that the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (the “Council”) filed in November 2022, alleging that (i) Canadian law prohibits lottery schemes (to include sports wagering games) that are not “managed and conducted” by a provincial government, and (ii) iGaming Ontario or iGO (the regulator) does not “manage” or “conduct” online lottery games as required by law, but outsources that work to private-sector gaming operators instead. The Court was not persuaded and rendered judgment for Ontario. Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits…

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Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

May 2, 2024

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

By: Jordan Briggs

Legal online sportsbetting, is still relatively new in America.[1] Over the last six years, as more states have legalized online sportsbetting, Americans have noticed more and more ads, leaving some feeling inundated with these ads.[2] But have Americans really seen more online sportsbetting ads, or have they only noticed more ads? Today, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) published a summary of its research finding that…

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Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

April 26, 2024

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

By: Nicole Kardell

The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) recently published an opinion on the legality of pay-or-consent models for online platforms offering services in Europe.  While the opinion is non-binding and limited to “large online platforms[1],” companies that offer platforms large and small in Europe should pay attention to the EDPB’s analysis—it will inform their future guidance for entities large and small. The upshot: Pay-or-consent models [for…

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Say it Ain’t So, Oh!

April 3, 2024

Say it Ain’t So, Oh!

By: James Trusty

The Shohei Ohtani betting scandal has receded from view for the moment, but its brief surfacing last week provided fundamental guidance on how not to manage a crisis faced by a professional athlete, while also giving rise to some serious issues for Major League Baseball (“MLB”) to address in the near future. Lawyers and publicists in the niche world of crisis management unofficially swear a…

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A Positive Result of Legalized Sports Betting is Solution for Betting Corruption and Match Fixing

March 26, 2024

A Positive Result of Legalized Sports Betting is Solution for Betting Corruption and Match Fixing

By: Sara Dalsheim

This month, Sportradar released its “Betting Corruption and Match-Fixing Report” (the “Report”) from the company’s Integrity Services Division[1] The Report covered approximately 850,000 sporting events and matches across 70 sports. Sportradar identified a total of 1,329 suspicious matches in 2023, in 11 sports in 105 countries. This represented a marginal increase over the 1,212 suspicious matches Sportradar detected in 2022. 99.5% of sporting events displayed…

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Ifrah Law Interviews David Purdum on Sports Integrity

March 22, 2024

Ifrah Law Interviews David Purdum on Sports Integrity

By: Jake Gray

The stakes have never been higher for sports leagues and athletes to maintain the integrity of their contests. The mere possibility of thrown games, points shaven, or dishonest referee calls turns many bettors into pseudo-detectives, scrutinizing outcomes on behalf of their lost wagers. We interviewed David Purdum, an investigative journalist who writes on the sports betting industry for ESPN, for his thoughts on sports integrity…

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Are Lottery Courier Services the Next Big Thing?

March 19, 2024

Are Lottery Courier Services the Next Big Thing?

By: Steven Eichorn

On February 15, 2024, DraftKings announced that it would acquire lottery app Jackpocket (which is a lottery courier services provider- i.e. it enables customers to obtain lottery tickets such as PowerBall and MegaMillions directly from their mobile app) for about $750 million in cash and stock. The company said it would pay about 55% of the consideration in cash and the remainder in common stock….

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Investment Giant Clears State Regs, Gains Major iGaming Equity Stake

March 4, 2024

Investment Giant Clears State Regs, Gains Major iGaming Equity Stake

By: Jeff Ifrah

The world’s largest alternative asset manager was poised to make a major move in the iGaming space by investing in a leading geolocation company. The financial pathway for the envisioned investment was clear, but a transaction would require multiple state-level approvals. Ifrah Law drew on its deep experience in gaming law and working with regulators nationwide to lower the client’s approval burden and keep the…

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Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke

Ontario Lottery Survives Legal Challenge by the Mohawk Council of the Kahnawà:ke
By: Jeffrey Hamlin

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing

Sports Betting Advertisement Numbers Actually Decreasing
By: Jordan Briggs

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising
By: Nicole Kardell

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