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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 Play and the Slow Transition to Mobile for Real Money Gaming

November 18, 2014

Google Play and the Slow Transition to Mobile for Real Money Gaming

By: Ifrah Law

If the past 10 years have taught us anything it’s that the future is not just online, it’s on the go.  For countless consumers, mobile and tablet devices are the preferred method of accessing online content.  After a slow start, gaming developers have come around to prioritizing mobile platforms.  All of this momentum has ground to a halt at the most unlikely of sources: app…

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CalvinAyre.com Interviews Jeff Ifrah at G2E 2014 on NJ Sports Betting

October 15, 2014

CalvinAyre.com Interviews Jeff Ifrah at G2E 2014 on NJ Sports Betting

By: Ifrah Law

This year’s G2E Conference in Las Vegas was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center from September 29th to October 2nd. This premier gaming event is the largest floor show in North America with over 450 vendors and exhibitors, and also features key presentations by leaders in the industry. Firm founder, Jeff Ifrah was in attendance at G2E 2014 as the Moderator for the session titled, “Bad Actors:…

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The Push to Legalize NJ Sports Betting- Bloomberg Law Radio Interview with Jeff Ifrah

September 17, 2014

The Push to Legalize NJ Sports Betting- Bloomberg Law Radio Interview with Jeff Ifrah

By: Ifrah Law

Last week, the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a directive to the state’s casinos and racetracks allowing them to offer sports betting.  The direction was surprising to many who believed that the governor had yielded to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the state’s appeal on the federal sports betting ban. Recently, founding partner of Ifrah Law, Jeff Ifrah took the time to discuss the legal issues…

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Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists

September 2, 2014

Rolling the Dice with Casino VIP Lists

By: Michelle Cohen

In the competitive world of land-based casinos, high roller “VIP” players are courted with a host of special perks and privileges. A casino’s proprietary VIP customer list represents one of its most valuable assets, almost akin to the secret formula of Coca-Cola. This is why the Maryland Live! Casino filed suit in federal court in Maryland against Helena Wong. Ms. Wong is a former VIP…

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Apparently, the Wizard of Oz Notwithstanding, Kansas Frowns upon Fantasy

August 28, 2014

Apparently, the Wizard of Oz Notwithstanding, Kansas Frowns upon Fantasy

By: Ifrah Law

Last week, the Kansas Gaming & Racing Commission (“KGRC”) updated the “Frequently Asked Questions” on its website to reflect its position that fantasy sports leagues violate Kansas law against gambling.  Under Kansas law, a “bet” is defined as “a bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement,” K.S.A. 21-6403(a), and…

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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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