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Jeff Ifrah Quoted in Boston Globe on Supreme Court Ruling on PASPA and Sports Betting

The US Supreme Court on Monday overturned a federal ban on sports betting, setting the stage for a potentially dramatic expansion of gambling in Massachusetts and across the country that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new revenue.

The court overturned a 1992 federal law under which betting on baseball, basketball, football, and other sports was legal only in Nevada. By a vote of 6-3, the justices ruled that the federal government had overreached by prohibiting states from making laws to allow such bets…

There are several models Massachusetts could follow if it decides to legalize the betting.

A. Jeff Ifrah, a Washington, D.C., attorney who represents online gambling businesses, said some states confine sports betting to casinos. Others allow third parties to partner with casinos on mobile offerings. Ifrah said the future of sports gambling will focus on interactive games in which users can wager on events online in real time.

“If you look at what’s being offered in the UK or even what’s being done illegally now in the US, it’s all being done on mobile and desktop” he said. “The opportunities and the offerings are much more expansive than what’s offered in a casino.”

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