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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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Uses and Abuses of Decentralization in Gambling

December 7, 2021

Uses and Abuses of Decentralization in Gambling

By: Jake Gray

Decentralization has been the selling point of many platforms using blockchain-based technologies including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Many believe that decentralization by blockchain has the potential to disrupt multiple industries from finance to art. These decentralized equivalents are called ‘dapps.’ And over the past few years there have been several attempts to decentralize and disrupt the gambling industry with these applications. Decentralized applications differ from…

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New York Sports Betting Marketing Affiliate Requirements

November 4, 2021

New York Sports Betting Marketing Affiliate Requirements

By: Sara Dalsheim

On November 8, 2021, New York officially announced the mobile sportsbooks it will license for online operations.  The mobile sportsbooks named were Caesars Sportsbook, Resorts World Bet, PointsBet, Rush Street Interactive, WynnBET, FanDuel, Bally Bet, BetMGM, and DraftKings. The state is aiming to go live with online sports betting prior to the 2022 Super Bowl game. Marketing affiliates in New York will not be required…

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Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile

October 25, 2021

Mobile Gaming is Now Mobile

By: James Trusty

Last week, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance that removes a significant hurdle from the daily operations of the mobile betting industry.  Under a regulatory component of the USA Patriot Act,[1] casinos are required to use documentary evidence (such as a driver’s license or passport) to verify their customer’s identity in establishing accounts.  With the emergence of mobile sports betting in recent years,…

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Shaken to the Core

September 26, 2021

Shaken to the Core

By: James Trusty

This month in San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that Apple must stop forcing game developers to exclusively use its payment system in their app purchases. With the ruling, app developers can include a link or other advertisement to facilitate alternative ways of paying for each app. The suit was brought by Epic Games, the maker of the wildly popular game…

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This Fall’s Sports Betting Lineup Could Include 5 New States

August 26, 2021

This Fall’s Sports Betting Lineup Could Include 5 New States

By: Sara Dalsheim

The sports wagering industry in the United States will be significantly expanded by the end of this year.  This NFL season, fans in up to five new states may be able to legally bet on games from their own personal mobile device and/or desktop computer.  Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in mid-2018 the legal sports betting market has taken off exponentially including the introduction of…

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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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