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“Surviving” the Madness: Are Paid-Entry Survivor Contests Legal?

The field is set, the brackets are in, and the players are ready. Welcome to March Madness, also known as America’s Least Productive Month. And much to the NCAA’s chagrin, it’s also peak gambling season—the American Gaming...more

90% online sportsbetting growth leads Italy to a turning point?

A 90% turnover growth of the online sportsbetting market in Italy together with the recent and upcoming changes in the Italian online gaming market are creating a quite friendly play-field for operators and suppliers removing...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - February 2015 (Global)

Australia: Courts not siding with cricket “pitchside” gambler - A British man banned from attending Cricket Australia matches for pitchsiding has indicated his intention to challenge the legality of the ban. ...more

Seattle Seahawks Headed for a Second Straight Super Bowl Victory? Yes, According to Unemployment Statistics; No According to...

Predicting the Super Bowl victor used to be easy. You just looked at the city with the lower unemployment rate and who Elijah that lovable orangutan picked and you called it a day. Elijah had picked seven straight Super...more

Betting Integrity: Study seeks to understand which betting products lie at the heart of the matter

An interesting study has just been published by the Asser Institute, which looks at whether any empirical evidence can be found to support the views expressed by certain gambling and sports regulatory bodies that the major...more

Seahawks or Patriots – Do Employers Care?

I certainly don’t really care. My Cowboys ended their year a couple of weeks too early (yes, that was a catch). However, many people do care, for various reasons. There is, of course, the football game itself and the rooting...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - November 2014 (Global)

China: Guidelines for developing sports into a RMB 5 trillion-per-annum sector released - China's Cabinet, the State Council, has issued new guidelines which, amongst other things, aims to grow output of China’s...more

Another FIFA Compliance Failure – Referees at the World Cup

Although the organization puts on arguably the greatest sporting event for professional athletes on the planet, the term ‘professionalism’ is probably not one you can associate with the Fédération Internationale de Football...more

Supreme Court Denies Cert. in New Jersey Sports Betting Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied New Jersey’s petition for a writ of certiorari to hear an appeal from lower court decisions that invalidated its sports wagering law. This ends a three year fight to bring sports...more

Betting Ban Ratified by FA Shareholders

Proposed amendments to the FA’s rules on gambling have now been ratified by its shareholders. The new rules will come into force from 1 August 2014, and will prevent any participants in the Premier League, Football...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - May 2014 (Global)

UK: London's IP anti-crime unit shuts down leading sports file sharing site - The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has successfully shut down the Sports Torrent Network, a leading sports...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

Seahawks or Broncos - Do Employers Care?

I certainly don’t care that much. My team ended its year early, again. However, many people do care, for various reasons. There is, of course, the football game itself and the rooting interests that exist. The fact that the...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

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

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

Gaming Legal News - September 2013 • Volume 6, Number 19

In This Issue: - WILL GAMING EXPANSION IN NEIGHBORING OHIO “SPUR” KENTUCKY TO STOP “HORSING AROUND” ON THE ISSUE? Well before Governor Beshear took office in 2008, the Commonwealth of Kentucky had been...more

Divided Appeals Court Overturns N.J. Sports Betting Law: Is Supreme Court Next Stop?

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court decision from New Jersey invalidating New Jersey’s sports betting law. The decision marks a setback in New Jersey’s efforts to implement sports...more

Norway: Athletes gambling sponsor income under pressure

Norwegian athletes from a variety of sports, including UK Premier League football players, NHL players, cross country skiers and pole vaulters have signed sponsorship deals with various gambling operators. Norway practices a...more

Spanish clubs investigated over possible match-fixing

The Spanish Professional Football League (“LFP”) has opened an investigation into the recent match of the Second division (so-called “Liga Adelante”) between the Racing Santander and Hercules for possible case of...more

All-In June (Global)

Australia - Gambling advertising, and in particular live odds during the broadcast of events, has been the subject of much attention and debate in Australia recently...more

New Penalties for Match-Fixers, Unruly Fans and Scalpers at Victorian Sporting Events

The Victorian Government recently amended the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) so that people will now face up to 10 years imprisonment for engaging in conduct which leads, or could lead, to corruption of the betting outcome of a...more

N.J. Files Brief Supporting Sports Betting Law in Key Gambling Litigation

The state of New Jersey filed its opening brief on April 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, in a case that could ultimately decide the fate of sports betting in the United States....more

Legal Alert: March Madness - Could Friendly Wagers Among Employees Put Your Organization At Risk?

March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to many; however, permitting such activities creates a wide range of risks for employers, from...more

Office Pools in Connecticut: Jump In? Maybe. (But Don’t Cause a Splash)

As I’ve written about before, Connecticut has basically turned a blind eye towards office pools — particularly when the organizer doesn’t take a cut of the prize money. ...more

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