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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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Taking a Lead to Build Your Gaming Platform’s Customer Base

July 30, 2020

Taking a Lead to Build Your Gaming Platform’s Customer Base

By: Ifrah Law

State by state, the U.S. regulatory landscape is shifting in favor of legalized online gaming and sports betting. As states come online, operators are seeking to acquire and to increase their customer base. A tried and true marketing strategy to push traffic online—and that operators are using successfully to promote their gaming services—is lead generation. Lead generation marketing is estimated to be a $12 billion…

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For Payment Processors: A Compliance Plan That Even Banks and Credit-Card Networks Will Love

July 24, 2020

For Payment Processors: A Compliance Plan That Even Banks and Credit-Card Networks Will Love

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

A little more than two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, striking down federal limits on the expansion of sports betting. Since then, a number of states have legalized sports betting—Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia, to name a few. Indeed, many states now permit sports betting at brick-and-mortar establishments as…

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Betting Operators Look at In-House Options for Customer Leads

July 23, 2020

Betting Operators Look at In-House Options for Customer Leads

By: Steven Eichorn

Cold-pitch sales are a difficult proposition, especially when done over the Internet. The challenge is greater when competing products are similar and the barriers to entry are low, making it harder for a company to differentiate itself from the competition. So goes the case for online gaming operators who often face difficulty in attracting new users to their platform, especially when there are registration requirements…

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Despite Pandemic, New Sports Gambling And Online Gaming Market Entries Proliferate

July 20, 2020

Despite Pandemic, New Sports Gambling And Online Gaming Market Entries Proliferate

By: Ifrah Law

If someone had told you at the beginning of 2020 that, by March, global sports would largely shut down, with a slow resumption not happening until the summer of 2020, you may have predicted that 2020 would be a bad year for businesses involved in sports wagering, fantasy sports, and iGaming. Yet, the rapid legalization of sports wagering across the United States has not relented,…

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Virginia announces Rules and Timelines for Legalized Sports Betting.

July 15, 2020

Virginia announces Rules and Timelines for Legalized Sports Betting.

By: Ifrah Law

Today is the day that many have been eagerly awaiting; the day the Virginia Lottery’s Board discussed the state’s draft sports betting regulations. People are already comparing the draft rules to those of other states, particularly Tennessee, and Virginia appears to compare favorably. Below, we examine some of the highlights of those regulations. During the presentation, Board Chairman Ferhan Hamid asked a significant question 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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