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Sports Wagering in Your State

by Dickinson Wright on

“Sports gambling is going to be legal. We might as well embrace it and become part of the solution, rather than fight it. It’s in everyone’s best interests for it to be above-board.”...more

Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more commonly known as DFS, is a form of online entertainment where users play...more

Texas Lawmaker Introduces Fantasy Sports Bill; Fantasy Sports Lawyers Scrutinize the Details

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A State Senator in Texas recently introduced a new bill that would legalize fantasy sports contests and implement regulations governing their operation. Fantasy sports lawyers understand that stakes for this bill are high as...more

Don’t bet the farm on March (legal) Madness

by McAfee & Taft on

March is upon us, which means spring is near and the sweet smell of tournament brackets will soon fill the air. For many, the month is synonymous with March Madness, the NCAA’s annual tournament that crown’s college...more

Three States Introduce Bills to Legalize Sports Betting While SCOTUS Decides Whether to Hear Suit Challenging Existing Federal Ban

by Reed Smith on

As the Supreme Court weighs whether to hear a New Jersey challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PAPSA”) – a 1992 federal law that banned sports wagering in all states where it was not already in...more

Super Bowl Office Betting – Does it Cross the Line?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Riding her beloved Packers late-game win against the Dallas Cowboys, Allfer Funn, owner of Con Genial, is polishing her cheese head hat and dusting off her Super Bowl Squares Pool from last year in anticipation of the Big...more

Fantasy Sports Bill Proposed for Nevada

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 23, 2016, the two largest daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) operators, DraftKings and Fan Duel, will be presenting their proposed Nevada daily fantasy sports legislation (the “Proposed Bill”) to the Nevada Gaming Policy...more

Massachusetts Becomes Ninth State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts is the ninth state to legalize daily fantasy sports, and the eighth to do so this year. The...more

New York Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York. This is the eighth state to legalize daily fantasy sports, and the seventh to do so this year. With the start of the NFL season just...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

by FordHarrison on

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $9.2 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately $200 million from last year. While estimates...more

Rhode Island AG says Fantasy Sports is Legal but Should Be Regulated

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has found that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law. Kilmartin also strongly advised the Legislature to establish regulations to protect Rhode Island players....more

No Southern Hospitality for Daily Fantasy Sports in Mississippi

The Mississippi AG issued an opinion last week declaring: “Fantasy sports wagering is illegal in the state of Mississippi under current law both on a licensed gaming floor and outside of a licensed gaming floor. Any change to...more

Sweet Home Alabama for Daily Fantasy?

Alabama Senator Sanford introduced a bill February 2 that would exempt fantasy from Alabama’s gambling law The bill also would establish the Fantasy Contests Act to regulate the operation of fantasy or simulated contests in...more

Garçon to FanDuel: Check please!

by BakerHostetler on

What are a veteran NFL player’s name, image, and likeness worth in the burgeoning (but recently beleaguered-by-lawsuits) daily fantasy sports gaming industry? NFL wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s putative class action lawsuit...more

Is Money Being Laundered Through Your Financial Institution Using Daily Fantasy Sports Sites?

by K&L Gates LLP on

This alert addresses the explosion in popularity of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) sites and the money-laundering potential that DFS sites may offer to criminals around the world. It then explains potential legal liability...more

Massachusetts Joins List of States Reviewing Daily Fantasy Sports

Despite Massachusetts being the home to DraftKings, Attorney General Maura Healey said it would be reviewing the legality of daily fantasy sports (DFS). This announcement comes on the heels of a request by Congressman Pallone...more

Football Bribery: Jail for Ex-players and middlemen

by Reed Smith on

A former professional football player, Delroy Facey, has been convicted and imprisoned for offences under the UK Bribery Act. If you love sport it’s a sad story. Facey was a decent striker who, at one time, was...more

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

by Goodwin on

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

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

by DLA Piper on

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

Another FIFA Compliance Failure – Referees at the World Cup

by Thomas Fox on

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

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

by Ifrah PLLC on

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

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

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

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

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

Madness in March—The Final Four Reasons to be Wary of the NCAA Tournament in the Workplace

Okay, let’s get one thing straight right away: this is NOT a blog post telling you that it’s okay to sponsor an NCAA pool in your office or even suffer one to exist. That’s because I’m a lawyer and, according to federal and...more

Judge Will Probably Rule Soon on N.J. Sports Betting Plan

by Ifrah PLLC on

New Jersey will likely learn within two weeks if it will be able to move forward with its plan to implement sports betting in the state’s casinos and racetracks....more

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