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The New York State Gaming Commission will meet to discuss sports betting regulations for the state’s land-based casinos early next week. 25th January 2019 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance The New York State Gaming Commission will meet to discuss sports betting regulations for the state’s land-based casinos on Monday (January 28).An agenda published ahead of the meeting states that the Commission will look at proposed rules for sports betting.The Commission did not go into detail as to what it will specifically focus on at the meeting, but it will be the first time that the regulatory body will officially discuss potential rules and regulations for the vertical.A 2013 constitutional amendment gave the state’s casinos the right to launch sports betting should the Professional and Amateur Sports Act (PASPA) be repealed. After the law was struck down by the Supreme Court in May last year, the only hurdle to lauching legal betting has been the need for the Commission to devise a regulatory framework for the vertical. This amendment was approved by voters in November 2013, as part of a broader gambling expansion bill that paves the way for up to seven additional casinos to be constructed in the state, in a bid to bring jobs to upstate regions. However the legislation only allows in-person wagering, with no provision for any form of sports betting outside casino walls, prompting lawmakers to push for a wider roll-out. Last month, Senator Joseph Addabbo pre-filed a bill setting out a regulatory framework for land-based, online and mobile sports betting across the state. S00017 proposes a tax of 8.5% of sports betting gross revenue, as well as a royalty fee of 0.2% of each operator’s sports betting handle, to be paid to the Commission each quarter.The state’s casinos, which would be the only entities eligible for sports betting licences under Addabbo’s bill, would also be restricted to using official league data for wagering.The bill, along with a separate bill from Addabbo to legalise online poker, have been allocated to the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee for debate in the 2019 legislative session, which began on January 9.Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, who submitted the sports betting amendment to the 2013 bill, has also said he will introduce a proposal.This month, it was also revealed that the iconic Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York could be one of the first venues to take advantage of legalised sports betting in the state after its parent company applied to trademark its MSG brand for use in sports wagering.Madison Square Garden Company has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office referencing the use of the MSG brand across online, mobile and social media.Image: Sam valadi Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New York Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting New York regulator to begin sports betting talks Email Address
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter A bill from New Jersey Assemblymember Ralph Caputo would formalise the penalties imposed on licensees that offer odds on sporting events for which betting is prohibited, with the guilty parties facing fines and automatic licence suspensions. Casino & games Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Video Gaming Regions: US New Jersey NJ targets harsh penalties for prohibited sports bets 8th March 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Esports Legal & compliance Sports betting Video gaming Horse racing A bill from New Jersey Assemblymember Ralph Caputo would formalise the penalties imposed on licensees that offer odds on sporting events for which betting is prohibited, with the guilty parties facing fines and automatic licence suspensions.Having been introduced at the end of February and assigned to the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, it now progresses to a second reading in the chamber. The bill was approved by the committee, with six members voting in favour, one abstaining and no votes against.The bill aims to have licensed operators found to have taken bets on prohibited events refund all amounts wagered, as well as paying a fine of between $20,000 (£15,300/€17,800) and $10,000. They will also have their sports betting licence suspended for a period of up to 10 days.New Jersey’s sports betting regulations currently define a “prohibited sports event” as any collegiate sport or athletic contest taking place within the state, or any involving a New Jersey college team, regardless of where it takes place. However, offering markets on tournaments or leagues in which a New Jersey college team permits is not banned, nor is betting on collegiate sports taking place outside state borders banned.Betting on all high school sports events, electronic sports and competitive video gaming (esports) is also banned under current state law.This penalty framework would be brought into force for both the Division of Gaming Enforcement and New Jersey Racing Commission. Fines imposed by the DGE would be paid into the state Casino Control Fund, while those levied by the Racing Commission will go to the New Jersey General Fund. Email Address
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The Gambling Review Podcast: Episode 1 Topics: Legal & compliance Regulation 26th October 2020 | By Aaron Noy In the first episode of The Gambling Review Podcast, Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher sets out why the industry won’t wait for lawmakers to act before implementing positive changes across the sector. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Podcast: Play in new window | Download Legal & compliance Listen online here! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Read the full story on iGB North America Tags: Tennessee Education Lottery Action 24/7 24th March 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle However, Action 24/7 contests that its operations were initially suspended by Susan Lanigan, chair of the Lottery’s board, before the board met as a whole to vote on the motion. This, it said, was not within Lanigan’s authority. The operator’s license was suspended last week after it reported cases of credit and debit card fraud and proxy betting from player accounts. It became the first online sportsbook operator to have its licence suspended in the US. Regions: US Tennessee Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Legal Licensing Online sports betting Sports betting regulation Email Address Legal Action 24/7 appeals Tennessee licence suspension with lawsuit Tennessee-based operator Action 24/7 has filed a lawsuit appealing the license suspension handed down by the Tennessee Education Lottery in Davidson County Chancery Court, arguing the suspension was “erroneous and arbitrary”, and that its timing caused “irreparable harm”. “Despite the fact that there was no ongoing internal control failure at the time of the suspension, the license was suspended due to supposed ‘exigent circumstances’ which, to date, TEL cannot articulate,” Action 24/7 said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Commission’s three-year strategy shows similarities to the last one published, for 2018-21, whose key priorities were protecting the interests of consumers, preventing harm to the public, raising standards in the gambling market, optimising charitable returns from lotteries and improving the way the Commission regulates. An increased focus on reducing criminal activity and increasing protections for minors and vulnerable people appear to be two key differences, in addition to changes to the business plan made in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 1st April 2021 | By Conor Mulheir According to the commission’s income forecast for the next 12 months, it expects 34% of its income to come from the betting sector, 26% from casino, 12% from software, 8% from each of machines, lotteries and arcades, and a further 4% from bingo. Referring to its response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the business plan states that instructions given to the industry including the implementation of stronger affordability checks, the banning of reverse withdrawals and restrictions on bonus offers, have been further justified by additional Covid-19 specific data it has gathered since making the requests to the industry. Regions: UK & Ireland GC highlights illegal gambling and vulnerable people in 2021-24 strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter It said that delivering a high quality, effective competition for the next National Lottery licence while maintaining the current performance of the existing licence is a key focus. Topics: Legal & compliance Legal Licensing Regulation The Commission said its new strategy will be delivered through five priority areas: the protection of children and vulnerable people from gambling-related harm, a fairer market with better-informed customers, keeping crime out of gambling, optimising charitable donations from the National Lottery and improving gambling regulation. Tags: British Gambling Commission The British Gambling Commission has launched its three-year corporate strategy for 2021-24, setting out its key priorities for the next three years, alongside its 2021-22 business plan. Email Address It also said that ensuring operator compliance with enhanced player protection measures will continue to drive its work in the next 12 months, while it continues to focus on the future with the review of the Gambling Act. Staff expenditure is expected to make up 73% of the year’s costs, while other areas including IT, professional fees, office and administrative, research, recruitment and training and others make up the remainder. The regulator’s annual business plan sets out the key milestones it hopes to achieve between April 2021 and March 2022. Regulation
The three players are Arthur de Greef, Romain Barbosa and Alex Witmeur. Of the three, de Greef had been the most successful player, reaching a career-high ATP singles ranking of 113 and competing at the 2017 French Open. Trio of Belgian tennis pros suspended amid corruption investigation Since rebranding from its former name the Tennis Integrity Unit, the ITIA has made a number of suspensions. Most recently, Argentinian player Nicolás Arreche received a similar provisional suspension, again for an unnamed corruption offense. Earlier this month, the ITIA banned Kazakhstan’s Roman Khassanov for 10 years after he admitted to several instances of match-fixing. Topics: Legal & compliance Social responsibility Legal Sports integrity The body did not reveal the offences being investigated, but said the provisional suspension can be handed down if players are charged with a criminal offence, or the subject of criminal proceedings, and that these charges can also be considered a “major offense” by the ITIA. 28th May 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Under the suspensions – handed down by administrative hearing officer professor Richard McLaren – the players may not compete in or attending any sanctioned tennis events organised by the governing bodies of the sport, such as the ATP and ITF, until it is lifted. Regions: Europe Western Europe Belgium AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Argentinian Franco Feitt, Slovakian player Barbora Palcatova and two Russian players have also received bans this year. A “major offense” is any ITIA offense that can lead to a suspension of more than six months of a fine of more than $10,000 (£7,043/€8,198). Sports integrity Tags: International Tennis Integrity Agency Three Belgian tennis players have been provisionally suspended following both an investigation from the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) and a criminal investigation. Email Address
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Ohio’s Senate Gaming Committee has unanimously approved a bill to allow sports betting in the state, after including an omnibus amendment that would delay the market opening to 1 April but increase the number of licensees. Committee approves Ohio betting bill, launch delayed to April 2022 Sports betting regulation Regions: US Ohio Licences will then be approved from April 1, 2022. Topics: Sports betting Legal Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation “Everybody we’ve talked to says they want an equal start time, so applications for these licences will open up on January 1, 2022” Read the full story on iGB North America. 16th June 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter If passed, the bill – SB 176 – was set to come into force on 1 October, which would kick off the process to allow operators to apply for licences. However, Kirk Schuring, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Gaming, said that a delay would allow all operators to begin on equal footing when the market opens.