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HTMLWelcome Back: New York State Gaming Commission Issues Temporary Permits to Five Daily Fantasy Operators
Kelly L. Frey; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 7, 2016
The New York State Gaming Commission issued temporary permits to five major daily fantasy sports operators on August 22, 2016, allowing DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft, and Draft to resume operations in the state of New York. The timing is key as this occurs before NFL season kickoff and...


HTMLTaking a Page Out of the Olympic Playbook: A Spotlight on National Collegiate Anti-Doping Policies
Julia B. Drafahl, Amanda N. Pickens; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2016, previously published on September 13, 2016
With the increase in athletic competition often comes an increase in methods to find a competitive edge. Prior to this year’s Olympic games in Rio, several international athletes tested positive for performance enhancing drugs by doping. As a result, the International Olympic Committee, the...


HTMLRaffles: The Difference between Fundraising and Gambling in Illinois
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
Raffles are often used by organizations for fundraising purposes. However, Illinois law suggests that unless the raffle is licensed and operated in accordance with the Raffles and Poker Runs Act, 230 ILCS § 15/0.01 et seq., (Raffles Act) and applicable local laws, raffles are illegal gambling...


HTMLVirginia Becomes First State to Formally Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports
James B. Rixey; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2016, previously published on May 2016
On March 7, 2016, Governor McAuliffe signed into law the Fantasy Contests Act (the “Act”), making Virginia the first state to formally regulate daily fantasy sports websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. The Act distinguishes these daily fantasy sports websites from illegal gambling...


HTMLAttorneys General Issue Negative Opinions on Daily Fantasy Sports
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 2, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016
One of the most important features of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests is their characterization as games of skill, not chance. If they were games of chance, they would be considered to be illegal gambling activities in many jurisdictions. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association justifies this...


HTMLVirginia and Indiana: Governors Sign Laws Regulating Daily Fantasy Sports
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 19, 2016, previously published on April 7, 2016
March was a big month for the legalization of daily fantasy sports (DFS). On March 7, 2016, Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed HB 775, the Fantasy Contests Act, which, among other things, defines “fantasy contests,” and specifically states that they are not illegal gambling.


HTMLNew Class Action Filed Challenging NCAA’S Scholarship Caps and Transfer Rules
Farrah Short, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 15, 2016, previously published on March 9, 2016
In the latest chapter in the litigation wars against college athletics, on March 8, 2016, another antitrust class action was filed against the NCAA in its “home court,” the United States Southern District of Indiana. This latest suit, Deppe v. NCAA, Case No. 1:16-cv-00528, gathers in...


HTMLRodeo Associations Fail to Wrangle Each Other in First Round of Antitrust Class Action: District Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Preliminary Injunction and Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss
Farrah Short, Bruce D. Sokler; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2016, previously published on February 8, 2016
An upstart rodeo association, created and owned by professional rodeo cowboys, challenged that its competitor’s bylaws aimed at the new association and its participants constituted agreements that unreasonably restrain trade and monopolize the market in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the...


HTMLCorus Entertainment to Acquire Shaw Media in Transformational Acquisition
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 15, 2016, previously published on February 9, 2016
On January 13, 2016, Corus Entertainment Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire all of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc. (SCI) for C$2.65 billion to be paid through a combination of cash and Corus Class B shares. The transaction will give Corus ownership of all of Shaw Media's...


HTMLDaily Fantasy Sports Contests - Illegal Gambling or Not?
Brenner Lackey McDonald; Butler Snow LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 4, 2016, previously published on January 21, 2016
Nationwide, the Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) Industry, including heavy hitter players DraftKings and FanDuel, is growing exponentially but not without controversy. The debate is burgeoning - are DraftKings and FanDuel running blatant illegal gambling operations or are the two giants...


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