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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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NBA Gets Comfortable With NFTs

March 17, 2021

NBA Gets Comfortable With NFTs

By: Ifrah Law

When people think about LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo, blockchain and digital tokens are probably not the first, tenth, or hundredth thing that comes to mind.  But with the rise of NBA Top Shot—a non-fungible token (NFT) that exists on the blockchain, consisting of player video highlights officially licensed from the NBA—that may be changing. What is an NFT? The creator of Top Shot, Dapper…

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Corruption of NCAA Sports Will Not Fly Under the Radar

February 28, 2021

Corruption of NCAA Sports Will Not Fly Under the Radar

By: James Trusty

With the increasing popularity of sports betting across the country comes the ever-present concern that big money brings big temptation, and that concern is most acutely fixated on the NCAA sports scene. Gamblers and non-gamblers alike do not want to see their favorite collegiate contests infected with fixed results or point shaving. But in an era where technology is exponentially spreading the availability of sports…

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Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost

January 31, 2021

Google Play Gives Online Gaming Another Boost

By: Nicole Kardell

We have seen commercial winners and losers in the COVID era. Online gaming has been a clear winner, with record participation during shelter-in-place times. It just received another boost thanks to a policy change at Google: Google Play recently announced it will allow gambling apps in the Google Play store starting March 1. This is a first for U.S.-based gamers who will now be able to…

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Retail Sports Betting Outside Casinos Taking Off in DC, but Restricted Almost Everywhere Else

November 5, 2020

Retail Sports Betting Outside Casinos Taking Off in DC, but Restricted Almost Everywhere Else

By: Ifrah Law

Washington, D.C.’s sports betting revenue numbers in September were impressive. William Hill in particular, with its kiosks at Capital One Arena, claimed its title as the area’s market leader, taking in over $9 million more in betting handle and over 100% more in sports betting revenue. What would it look like if kiosks could generate that same level of excitement at concert venues, restaurants, bars, and even office…

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Tennessee Sports Betting Posed to Open for Business, But is it Bad Business?

October 16, 2020

Tennessee Sports Betting Posed to Open for Business, But is it Bad Business?

By: Ifrah Law

If sports betting goes live within the state as expected by November 1, Tennessee will become the nineteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to accept a legal sports bet. Tennessee is noteworthy in its sports betting regulations because it would be the first instance of online wagering without the requirement of partnering with a brick-and-mortar casino.  On the surface, Tennessee is open to an unlimited number…

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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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