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Daily Fantasy Sports is a Skill Game, We Have a Study to Prove It

As the esteemed Secretary of Defense under two presidents has said: Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we...
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Daily Fantasy Sports, A Supreme Decision

On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was unconstitutional – meaning it's up to the states to decide whether to allow its residents to bet on sports. This may portend big changes to Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). In...
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Win Tickets to Opening Day, But How Do I Get There?

Today (March 29 th) is baseball's opening day – the earliest opening day in history. If you're going to the Yankees' opener in Toronto, wear your ski caps it's going to be 9 degrees Celsius – which sounds cold. I bring up baseball because I noticed on mlb.com that...
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Daily Fantasy Sports Update: From Skill v. Chance to Legislative Dance

Sports have given us the Icky Shuffle, the Mark Gastineau sack dance and George "Twinkle Toes" Selkirk. Perhaps the greatest dance of all has been the state legislatures side-stepping the skill v. chance issue. I really thought we'd get practical guidance from the Daily Fantasy Sports skill v. chance...
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The U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Sports Gambling Law

Today (Monday December 4, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association involving sports-gambling. I bet many of you have heard about the case and know that it has something to do with a fight between New Jersey and...
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2016: The Year in Review

In case you missed it, here are some notable items from 2016 concerning sweepstakes, contests, and related promotional matters: Influencers, Native Advertising, and Endorsements 2016 kicked off with reaction to the FTC's new Native Advertising Rules which seek more transparency in sponsored stories/advertising. In March, in its first enforcement...
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Playing for Keeps: Daily Fantasy Football 2016

When the last online fantasy football game was played, the attorneys general of New York, Nevada and Illinois were throwing penalty flags, state legislators was huddling to set the next play, and the daily fantasy sports leagues were taking it on the chin. Where are we now? Here's a...
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Competitive Video Gambling: The Secret Hobby Going on in Your Basement

Competitive video gaming is a somewhat recent attraction for (mostly) young adult boys and (mostly) men who think they are young adult boys. I've even seen my young adult son watch YouTube videos of other people playing video games. (Don't shame me as a parent.) Competitive video gambling is...
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Get Yer Bets in on Iowa: Legal Political Prediction Gambling

Did you know that you can legally trade futures contracts on whether Trump tanks in Iowa or Sanders soars in New Hampshire? Two not-for-profit "stock" markets allow online trading – with real money – on a political prediction market. The Iowa Electronic Markets (IEM) and PredictIt are online not-for-profit...
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Government to Citizens: Powerball Good/Daily Fantasy Sports Bad

What's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. 44 states are selling legal lottery tickets to hopeful citizens with the 1 in 292.2 million chance of becoming a billionaire. (For those keeping score, you can't play Powerball in AL, AS, HA, MS, NV and UT.) At...
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Another One Bites the Dust - Daily Fantasy Sports Update

On Wednesday, the Illinois Attorney General declared daily fantasy sports illegal under Illinois gambling law. The AG Lisa Madigan gave her opinion in response to a request from two legislators who are pushing to legalize this activity. Interestingly, the AG believed the issue of whether it is a game...
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You Are a Winner - Sweepstakes Scams Are Still Popular

Recently, an affluent and intelligent businessman received a letter on Publishers Clearinghouse letterhead complete with the PCH logo and signed by its CFO informing him – by name – that he was selected as the second place winner in the 100 Million Dollars Super Cash Giveaway Promotion sponsored by...
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Upcoming Webinar: "What All Lawyers Must Know About Fantasy Sports Gambling"

On January 20, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Rob Laplaca will present a Lorman webinar titled "What All Lawyers Must Know About Fantasy Sports Gambling." The program will answer the questions on everyone's minds concerning fantasy sports leagues and attendees will learn the legal basis for the operation of...
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Maybe it is Gambling - Fantasy Sports Leagues Under Fire

This week we wrote that fantasy sports leagues were (arguably) legal because they are games of skill under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Yesterday, however, the Nevada Gaming Control Board concluded – after several months of investigation – the pay-to-play daily fantasy sports leagues (DFS) were gambling...
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Isn't Fantasy Football Illegal Gambling?

Everyone is familiar with the phrase "No Purchase Necessary." That's because promotions based on chance – sweepstakes, giveaways, or any promotion where a winner is randomly selected – cannot require a purchase (i.e., consideration) for the chance to win a prize. This is important for many businesses who use...
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Madness or Badness: Is Your Office NCAA Pool Illegal?

It doesn't matter whether you know a basketball from a hockey puck or a three-point play from a five course meal, every March, office works across the country dutifully fill out their NCAA basketball tournament pool brackets, kick in five dollars, and hope against hope that their months-long lack...
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