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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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After Legislature Acts, Delaware Ready to Become 2nd State to Legalize Online Gaming

June 29, 2012

After Legislature Acts, Delaware Ready to Become 2nd State to Legalize Online Gaming

By: Ifrah Law

Delaware is now poised to become the second state to legalize online gaming. On Wednesday, that state’s Senate passed a bill that would legalize web table games, including poker, video lottery games, and traditional lottery games to be offered online. Democratic Governor Jack Markell supports the bill and is expected to sign it into law soon. Earlier in the month the bill passed the state’s…

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New York Mah Jong Ruling May Help Cause of Online Poker

January 29, 2012

New York Mah Jong Ruling May Help Cause of Online Poker

By: Rachel Hirsch

Mah Jong, the ancient Chinese tile-based table game, can now count itself as a winner in the old debate of games of skill vs. games of chance, according to a New York state judge, who recently ruled that the game demands more than luck. On January 4, 2012, Criminal Court Judge John H. Wilson declared in People v. Feng that “the court declines to declare…

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New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

December 26, 2011

New DOJ Opinion Paves Way to Legal Online Poker

By: Ifrah Law

On December 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it has reversed a long-held position by stating that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting. This marks a major change in policy for DOJ, which has long contended that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of Internet gambling, including poker. Late that day, the DOJ released a 13-page legal opinion dated September…

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Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

August 2, 2011

Illinois Court Ruling Upholds State’s New Video Gaming Act

By: Ifrah Law

In a 7-0 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld legislation that will allow video gaming in the state for the first time. Earlier this month, the court ruled in favor of the Illinois legislature’s 2009 omnibus bill for funding capital projects that included the Video Gaming Act. The legislation had been challenged by Chicago Blackhawks owner and liquor distributor Rockwell Wirtz as violating the…

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Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

July 15, 2011

Massachusetts Cracks Down on Gambling at Internet Cafes

By: Ifrah Law

Last month, citing evidence that illegal gambling was going on at “Internet cafés” throughout the state, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a new permanent regulation banning gambling at such places. The regulation bans the operation of establishments “where a gambling purpose predominates over the bona fide sale of bona fide goods or services” – in this case, cyber cafés and phone card video game terminals….

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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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