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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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Massachusetts Lessens Licensing Burden on Marketing Affiliates… For Now

December 1, 2022

Massachusetts Lessens Licensing Burden on Marketing Affiliates… For Now

By: Sara Dalsheim

On December 1, 2022, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) held an Open Meeting to discuss a number of items ahead of the upcoming launch of retail sports wagering and later launch of online sports wagering. Of particular note was a topic brought up by the Director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau, Loretta Lillios, requesting that the MGC, at least temporarily, lessen the licensing requirements…

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Four States Coordinate Against Metaverse Casino’s NFT Sales

October 25, 2022

Four States Coordinate Against Metaverse Casino’s NFT Sales

By: Jake Gray

On Thursday, October 20th, state securities regulators from Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Texas filed coordinated enforcement actions to stop sales of non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) by an organization in the country of Georgia. The actions accuse Slotie NFT (“Slotie”) of “illegally and fraudulently selling NFTs to raise capital relating to gaming in online and metaverse casinos” in like manner to the offer and sale of…

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Maryland’s Diversity Plan Requirement for Sports Betting Licensees

September 2, 2022

Maryland’s Diversity Plan Requirement for Sports Betting Licensees

By: Sara Dalsheim

The road to the launch of legalized sports betting in Maryland has been long and winding. From the start Maryland has been keen on developing requirements for diversity inclusion in its sports betting operations. Today, the State looks to finalize a positive step in that direction by holding a vote to approve a new “Diversity Plan Requirement”. Put simply, the Plan instructs sports betting licensees…

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States Rush to Protect Consumers From Cyber Threats as Gaming Legislation Moves Across All States

August 25, 2022

States Rush to Protect Consumers From Cyber Threats as Gaming Legislation Moves Across All States

By: Jake Gray

In the four years since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting, more than 36 states and the District of Columbia have launched legal sports betting markets, with more than half of legalized states offering online and mobile options. [1] In most markets that offer online and mobile sports betting, the offerings are responsible for more than 70% of the total…

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Next Steps Toward Legalized Online and Retail Sports Betting in Massachusetts

August 1, 2022

Next Steps Toward Legalized Online and Retail Sports Betting in Massachusetts

By: Sara Dalsheim

The road to legalized sports betting in Massachusetts has been slow and lengthy, the lawmakers have spent five sessions on the question of sports betting legalization.  Today, the Massachusetts state House and Senate reached an agreement on a bill that would legalize online and retail sports betting on professional and some collegiate contests (H 5164).  Sports betting on Massachusetts colleges and universities will only be…

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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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