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FA Proposes Global Ban on Gambling

The FA has proposed amendments to its rules on gambling which, if approved by its shareholders at their AGM on 21 May, will come into effect from the start of the 2014-15 season. The amendments have already received...more

Breaking Brackets: Is Gambling on March Madness Illegal?

It's March Madness, Baby! That's right, for the next three weeks you probably won't go a single day without hearing: "Hey, how is your bracket doing?" or "What?! You didn't fill out a bracket?! Are you nuts?!" The NCAA...more

Three Pointers on Handling Employees’ March Madness

It’s that time of year. Your office supply room smells of freshly copied pages titled “NCAA Tournament Bracket.” The words “underdog,” “upset,” “first round,” and “buzzer beater” are heard from watercooler conversations....more

Gambling Bill amendment – overseas bookmakers to pay horserace betting levy

The Government has announced plans to introduce an amendment to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill which would see the obligation to pay the horserace betting levy extended to overseas bookmakers, alongside the...more

Does March Madness = Workplace Madness? Some Thoughts on the Legality of NCAA Bracket Pools, the Tournament’s Effect on the...

With the Olympics now behind us (were they ever in front of us?), this time of year usually marks the sports netherworld between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is better known as...more

GB: Government moves to ensure that overseas bookmakers pay the Levy

A late amendment has been introduced to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill in an attempt to extend the territorial reach of British legislation to require overseas operators to pay the horseracing levy....more

March Madness Challenge: Is Your Office Bracket Legal?

There is no denying the popularity of the annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” and its attendant NCAA bracket pools. Stakes are even higher this year with Warren Buffet’s recent...more

Australia: Courtsiding and reform updates

In a number of our recent blog entries, we promised to keep you posted on a number of legislative changes and legal proceedings in Australia. As promised, here are the key developments: Spectator charged for...more

Germany: Gaming Machine Industry affirms its commitment to fight against German gambling regulations

At the International Trade Fair for Amusement and Vending Machines Sportbetting and Sportsgaming (IMA) held between 14 – 17 January 2014 in Düsseldorf the gaming machine industry represented by the Association of the German...more

Australia: Spectator charged for involvement in “courtsiding” at Australian Open

The Australian tennis open is the scene for what Victoria Police have claimed is the world’s first arrest for the sports betting offence of “courtsiding” with the charging of a British spectator under section 195C of the...more

UK: FOBT debate heats up

For those following the ongoing political wranglings over gaming machines in UK betting shops, yesterday’s Parliamentary developments were particularly noteworthy. The issue became front-and-centre in Prime Minister’s...more

Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (the leagues) scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey. In a 2–1 decision, the U.S....more

Ifrah Law’s Three iGaming Predictions for 2014

As long-time observers of and participants in the internet gaming industry, we at Ifrah Law looked forward to 2013 as a year full of promise for internet gaming, particularly in the United States. In the end, industry...more

Outline of conference Sports betting crisis in Italy – how to reverse the decline?

As mentioned, DLA Piper held yesterday an interesting seminar in Rome named “Sports betting crisis in Italy – how to reverse the decline?” which was very well attended by most of the sportsbetting operators within the Italian...more

New International Olympic Committee special unit to combat illegal betting and match-fixing

Senior representatives and stakeholders of the Olympic Movement met on 4 November at IOC headquarters where President Thomas Bach announced the latest measure in the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting. It was...more

Third Circuit Refuses to Accept New Jersey’s Sports Bet

The Third Circuit denied New Jersey’s request that the Court rehear arguments en banc in National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. v. Governor of New Jersey, et al. (previously chronicled in the Goodwin Gaming Blog...more

Germany: Sports betting concessions back to square one

In a letter sent to applicants on 14 November 2013, the Ministry of the Interior in Hessen, informed that none of the applicants, including the ones already invited to the negotiation phase in May of this year, meet the...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2013

BETTING AND GAMING - UK: 12-year ban for snooker match fixing - The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has suspended snooker player Stephen Lee for 12 years after he was found guilty of match fixing....more

Spain: Approval of new regulations for betting and bingo

The Spanish Official Gazette has published today a Decision from the Spanish Gambling Authority (namely Decision no. HAP/1998/2013) amending the regulations that apply to betting and bingo....more

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 22 - Bill C-290: From Favorite To Underdog

Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in...more

Customised sports and horse bets launched (Italy)

Italian players can now bet through Italian licensed platforms and betting shops on the same types of bets and events offered on foreign licensed platforms....more

Spain: First Steps for Coordinating Measures against Match Fixing

The Spanish General Directorate of Gaming Affairs (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego – “DGOJ”) has recently held a first meeting with the some of the main licensed online sport bookmakers aimed at establishing a...more

Court Dismisses Loss Recovery Case, in Big Win For Fantasy Sports Industry

Today, in a closely watched case in Illinois, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought under the Illinois Loss Recovery Act (ILRA) against daily fantasy sports site FanDuel, Inc. and daily fantasy sports player Patrick...more

Third Circuit Rejects New Jersey's Effort to Sanction Sports Wagering

Tony Soprano’s business is safe, for now — the Third Circuit recently invalidated New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports wagering because it violated a federal law that prohibits most states from licensing such activities....more

All-in September (Global)

Overview of the top gambling regulatory developments in September. BULGARIA - Following Bulgaria’s publication of a blacklist of operators illegally targeting the jurisdiction in June 2013, the country issued...more

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