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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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Google Advances the Ball for Online Gaming in the U.S., With a Boost from Sports Betting

October 23, 2019

Google Advances the Ball for Online Gaming in the U.S., With a Boost from Sports Betting

By: Nicole Kardell

Google is planning to unblock online casino advertisements in the regulated U.S. gambling market in early 2020, according to a . The lift on casino ads in markets where it is legalized and regulated should help the industry get traction, boost revenues, and pave the way for other states to come online. Importantly, it should also help offset the imbalance between (1) nascent legal, regulated…

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Ifrah Law: 10 Years in the Online Gaming and Sports Betting Industry

October 17, 2019

Ifrah Law: 10 Years in the Online Gaming and Sports Betting Industry

By: Ifrah Law

As Ifrah Law celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we are pleased with the recent legal breakthroughs that have the potential to bring online interactive gaming into the U.S. mainstream, where it can create jobs and offer a secure, exciting experience for adults nationwide. For our firm’s founder, Jeff Ifrah, a passion for advancing online gaming was kindled in 1999, when as a member of…

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Ifrah Law’s “The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming and Betting in the U.S.” is Available for Download

October 8, 2019

Ifrah Law’s “The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming and Betting in the U.S.” is Available for Download

By: Jeff Ifrah

Complimentary eBook offers a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving U.S. online gaming and betting industry. “The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming and Betting in the U.S.” is now available – at no cost – as a downloadable eBook from Ifrah Law, which has been forging the legal framework for the online gaming industry for more than a decade. This concise but comprehensive Guide brings…

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Will Legalized Sports Betting Save NFL Television?

September 27, 2019

Will Legalized Sports Betting Save NFL Television?

By: Jeffrey Hamlin

The growth of proposition and in-play sports betting may be just what the NFL needs to sustain a revived interest in televised games. From 2016 to 2018, the NFL experienced a two-year ratings slump when viewership decreased by 17%. Theories abound as to why ratings fell. Some point out that traditional television viewership was (and is) down generally due to younger viewers who are ditching…

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What About Gaming? The House Passes the SAFE Banking Act, Putting Cannabis Ahead of Regulated Gambling

September 26, 2019

What About Gaming? The House Passes the SAFE Banking Act, Putting Cannabis Ahead of Regulated Gambling

By: George Calhoun

The inability to secure banking services has created enormous difficulties for state level, legal cannabis industries.  Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and a majority of states also have legal medical marijuana programs. Nonetheless, “marihuana” remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act and its sale or possession can be a federal crime.  As a…

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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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