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Ohtani-Mizuhara Scandal: A Case for Regulated Sports Betting, Not Against It

Ohtani-Mizuhara Scandal: A Case for Regulated Sports Betting, Not Against It

April 11, 2024

Ohtani-Mizuhara Scandal: A Case for Regulated Sports Betting, Not Against It

By: Jake Gray

Shohei Ohtani finds himself at the center of a sports betting scandal and regulated sports betting naysayers have taken the opportunity to toot their own horns. The opening line of this LA Times article, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik, states: “Question for Major League Baseball: How do you like your sports betting partnerships now?” His implication is that the MLB’s embrace of sports betting has blown up in its face, as their biggest two-way superstar since Babe Ruth faces a gambling-related investigation at the same time. Hiltzik calls it a “truly toothsome irony.” The rhetorical deception here is frustrating—all for a swipe at the MLB, and other leagues by implication, in order to stoke the fires of alarmism over…

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Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators

April 5, 2024

Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators

By: Steven Eichorn

The early part of 2024 has proven to be unexpectedly eventful in Pennsylvania in regards to sports betting, fantasy contests, and skill games. There is always an interesting dynamic- and sometimes tension- in regards to the different regulatory regimes and which one applies to a specific platform. For example, who takes ownership over a game that offers NFL themed lottery tickets? What regulation applies to…

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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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The Rise of Legalized Sports Gambling: Michelle Cohen Moderates NYU Sports Law Colloquium Panel

March 9, 2022

The Rise of Legalized Sports Gambling: Michelle Cohen Moderates NYU Sports Law Colloquium Panel

By: Jake Gray

In less than four years since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting, thirty states have legalized sports betting with more expected to come in the near future. The proliferation of betting across the country gave rise to a host of questions addressed at the NYU Sports Law Association’s 11th Annual Sports Law Colloquium, where Ifrah Law partner Michelle Cohen hosted…

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Ifrah on NFTs: New iGaming Tokens Raise Novel Securities Questions

February 25, 2022

Ifrah on NFTs: New iGaming Tokens Raise Novel Securities Questions

By: Jacob Grubman

Non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) are becoming increasingly prominent in the broader blockchain and cryptocurrency market, as new projects rush to incentivize buyers with offerings of “unmatched benefits.” These utilities, however, do not come without potential legal drawbacks. In the first article of this series, we covered the basics of NFTs—unique virtual items recorded with immutable characteristics on the blockchain. We also introduced the concept of Utility…

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NFL Ratings Rise With Expansion Of Legal Sports Betting

February 18, 2022

NFL Ratings Rise With Expansion Of Legal Sports Betting

By: Jacob Grubman

With Super Bowl LVI two days away, the relationship between sports betting and fan engagement has never been clearer. In 2021 alone, 11 states either legalized or launched sports betting in some form, with seven going online at or near the start of the NFL season. And the developments have gone both ways: In April of last year, the NFL announced three new “Official Sportsbook Partners,” with…

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Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance

February 9, 2022

Ifrah Law on NFTs: Blockchain Gaming and Gambling Compliance

By: Jake Gray

In the first article of this series, we covered the basics of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”)—unique virtual items recorded with immutable characteristics on the blockchain. We also introduced the concept of Utility NFTs, which are NFTs that serve some function beyond their value as collectibles. Part II in our series highlights newly developing applications of Utility NFTs in the online gaming space, with a focus on…

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Ifrah Law on NFTs: What is an NFT?

February 7, 2022

Ifrah Law on NFTs: What is an NFT?

By: Jake Gray

It would be hard to over-exaggerate the hype that has grown around non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) over the past year as a result of the meteoric rise of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and other blockchain-based technologies. NFT sales skyrocketed in 2021 to $25 billion, a colossal increase from $94.9 million in 2020. [1] And the number of unique cryptocurrency wallets trading NFTs rose from 545,000 in 2020 to…

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Ohtani-Mizuhara Scandal: A Case for Regulated Sports Betting, Not Against It

Ohtani-Mizuhara Scandal: A Case for Regulated Sports Betting, Not Against It
By: Jake Gray

Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators

Pennsylvania’s Aggressive and Conflicting Approach to Skill Gaming and Versus the House Fantasy Sports Operators
By: Steven Eichorn

Say it Ain’t So, Oh!

Say it Ain’t So, Oh!
By: James Trusty

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