Sweepstakes & Gaming Law

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New York Senator Introduces Novel Fantasy Sports Law Amendments

On April 11, 2024, New York Senator Joe Addabbo introduced a bill proposing major changes to New York’s fantasy sports law. S9044 seeks to alter the landscape of fantasy sports contests in New York in several ways. As our readers are aware, last October, the New York State Gaming Commission (the “Commission”) adopted New York […]

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Why You Need A Privacy Policy for Your Sweepstakes Promotion

Sweepstakes promotions can be valuable tools for businesses seeking to attract new customers. Unlike static ads, newsletter sign-ups and other basic website registration forms, sweepstakes incentivize consumers to provide their information to businesses by offering entrants the chance to win prizes. As noted, sweepstakes can be a viable means for building a customer database. However,

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Sweepstakes Documents – More than Just the Rules

Multiple Sweepstakes Documents Required In preparing to conduct a sweepstakes promotion, the first step often involves the sweepstakes operator hiring an attorney to draft a set of Contest Rules that will govern the promotion. While it makes sense to begin with the rules, the process should not end there. Sweepstakes and promotional contests require an

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Uncertainty Looms Over Florida Fantasy Sports Landscape

For those following the state of Fantasy Sports in Florida, it is quite apparent that entering the market continues to be fraught with uncertainty and risk. Last September, Mr. Lou Trombetta, the Executive Director of the Florida Gaming Control Commission (“GCC”), sent cease and desist letters to three companies that were allegedly “offering and accepting

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ESPN’s Giant Sports Gambling Licensing Deal

On August 8, 2023, PENN Entertainment (“PENN”) and ESPN announced a groundbreaking sports gambling licensing arrangement. In exchange for $1.5 billion cash and additional stock warrants, ESPN will grant PENN the exclusive right to use ESPN’s trademark for its United States sports gambling operation. The arrangement will last ten years, with an option to extend

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Gambling Advertising and the Law

In late August, DraftKings was fined $94,440 in Maryland for allegedly advertising to underage fantasy sports players. A little over one month later, PointsBet was fined $25,000 in New Jersey for undisclosed gambling advertising violations. It is admittedly difficult for gambling advertising companies to manage compliance with numerous and differing regulations across state lines. However,

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Coinbase Sweepstakes Matter Goes to Arbitration

On November 3, 2023, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ for certiorari in Coinbase Inc. v. Suski. Before the Court is the issue of whether silence as to arbitration in Coinbase’s Sweepstakes Contest Rules affects the arbitration clause contained in its User Agreement. In general, companies prefer to arbitrate consumer complaints because it

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