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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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Ohio Sports Betting Advertising and Marketing Affiliate Guidance

February 1, 2022

Ohio Sports Betting Advertising and Marketing Affiliate Guidance

By: Sara Dalsheim

On January 31, 2022, Ohio Casino Control Commission (“Commission”) released its third batch of draft rules for legal sports wagering.  So far, none of the Commission’s batches of rules have discussed requirements for marketing affiliates. Although, the Commission also released on January 31, 2022, a Sports Gaming FAQs page on their website[1], which dedicates an entire section to “Advertising, Marketing and User Recruitment”.  The last…

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Maryland Sports Betting Bill Moving Ahead, Includes Preferences for Minority Owned Operators

January 28, 2022

Maryland Sports Betting Bill Moving Ahead, Includes Preferences for Minority Owned Operators

By: George Calhoun

Sports betting is now legal in Maryland. As part of the 2020 election, Maryland voters approved a Constitutional amendment to allow sports betting.  The Maryland legislature is now racing to legalize and regulate sports gambling in the state.  On February 2nd, 2021, the Maryland House of Delegates released a sports betting bill that would create a new Sports Wagering Application Commission to evaluate both online…

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D.C. Becomes First Place in U.S. to Legalize Online Poker

January 28, 2022

D.C. Becomes First Place in U.S. to Legalize Online Poker

By: Ifrah Law

April 7, 2011 saw a historic moment in igaming as the District of Columbia became the first American jurisdiction to enact a law that allows online poker wagering. The amendment, called the “Lottery Modernization Act of 2010” for the year it was introduced, is part of a larger budget bill passed by the D.C. Council in December 2010 and enacted after passing through Congress unblocked….

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Now That Sports Betting Is Legal, Here’s How You Get Paid

January 28, 2022

Now That Sports Betting Is Legal, Here’s How You Get Paid

By: Ifrah Law

Congratulations, you won a sports bet! What happens now? In the five states where sports betting is now legal, any qualifying individual who places and wins a sports bet can exchange their winning ticket for payment. That means any individual who can prove they are over 21 through an in-person check or the latest digital identity verification technology could soon be a winner. But just…

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iDEA Growth Members Correctly Optimistic about 2022 in iGaming and Sports Betting Legalization

January 21, 2022

iDEA Growth Members Correctly Optimistic about 2022 in iGaming and Sports Betting Legalization

By: A.J. Collins

In a survey published this week by iDEA Growth, a national trade association for the online sports betting and iGaming industry, over 63 percent of those surveyed believe that between three and five states will legalize sports betting in 2022, with most naming Ohio, Massachusetts, and Kansas as the three states most likely to do so. Industry members also believed that Indiana was the most…

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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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