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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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Arizona Provides Ancillary Suppliers with New Short Form Application

August 24, 2021

Arizona Provides Ancillary Suppliers with New Short Form Application

By: Sara Dalsheim

On the afternoon of Friday August 20, 2021, nearly three weeks prior to launch of legal event wagering in the state, the Arizona Department of Gaming (“Department”) announced the release of a new short form licensing application for ancillary suppliers.  The form may be used by affiliates, geofence providers, identity verification service providers, independent test laboratories, integrity monitoring providers, marketing affiliates, and any other person…

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Twitch Bans Casino Game Links in First Step Toward Improved Regulation of Gambling Content

August 13, 2021

Twitch Bans Casino Game Links in First Step Toward Improved Regulation of Gambling Content

By: Jacob Grubman

Video game streaming platform Twitch has issued a new rule prohibiting the sharing of links and referral codes to sites offering certain casino games, signaling an increased focus on a gambling streaming market that had caught fire in recent months. “To prevent harm and scams created by questionable gambling services that sponsor content on Twitch, we will prohibit sharing links and/or referral codes to sites…

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How does a Supplier Register to Participate in CT iGaming and Sports Betting?

July 15, 2021

How does a Supplier Register to Participate in CT iGaming and Sports Betting?

By: Sara Dalsheim

Connecticut legalized sports betting this year and is hoping to launch in time for the 2021 NFL season.  However, the registration process for operators and suppliers has yet to be set forth.  The focus in Connecticut is largely on licensing fantasy operators in time for the 2021 NFL season.  As a result of protests from players in the fantasy sports industry, Connecticut lawmakers added a…

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Did the Supreme Court Just Clear the Way for Student Athletes to Promote Sports Betting?

June 24, 2021

Did the Supreme Court Just Clear the Way for Student Athletes to Promote Sports Betting?

By: Sara Dalsheim

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in NCAA v. Alston, et al. could be the catalyst that transforms the NCAA’s student athlete regulation of the benefits/compensation provided to college athletes. The Court, in a decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, upheld the lower courts’ ruling that the NCAA violates antitrust laws by placing limits on the education-related benefits schools can offer to their athletes.  Colleges and…

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NJ Gaming Chief: “It’s a Wonderful World to Be an iGaming Operator”

June 11, 2021

NJ Gaming Chief: “It’s a Wonderful World to Be an iGaming Operator”

By: Jacob Grubman

With a new bill authorizing online gaming in New Jersey for the first time in 2013, Department of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck and his staff went looking for ways to assuage industry concerns that online firms would “cannibalize” business from the already-struggling retail operations in Atlantic City. “It was going to cannibalize it, intuitively: ‘We’re going to lose people; they’re not going to come…

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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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