Sports & Entertainment

Meet the Co-chairs - TAGLAW

Kishner, Irwin A.
Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Meet the Co-chairs - TIAG

Constantinou , Athena P.
APC Audit, Tax, Advisory Ltd

Bielich, Basil
Browne Craine and Co.

Meet the Co-chairs - TAG-SP

Welten, Bernhard
Kanzlei Welten

Sports & Entertainment

Author: Marianne Curtis

In 2003, as a high school senior, I did not dream of being a lawyer — I wanted to play professional basketball, so, I signed a scholarship to play point guard for the University of Miami, ranked No. 17 in the country at the time. My belief was that the University of Miami would be a pipeline to my ultimate goal of playing in the Women’s National Basketball Association. I dreamed of the countless hours of work it would take in the off-season, the unity of a team as my second family and the glory of it all coming together to win on the biggest stage. I quickly realized that my perception of the WNBA was a misperception. The reality of the WNBA until Jan. 14, involved salaries that required a second job, limited, if any, job security, and taking a physical pounding because players were forced to play year-round (which included playing overseas) to earn a sustainable living.

Read more: WNBA Union Contract Is A Good Start, Despite Limitations

Authors: Irwin A. Kishner and Daniel A. Etna 

In August 2016, the New York State Legislature amended the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law by adding an article related to the registration and regulation of IFS contests (Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law art. 14) (“Article 14”). Under the statute, the legislature declared that IFS contests do not constitute gambling and further provided for consumer safeguards, minimum standards and the registration, regulation and taxation of IFS providers. As a result, a series of state taxpayers who opposed the law commenced an action seeking a declaratory judgment that Article 14 was in violation of the New York Constitution and sought to enjoin the implementation of the statute. The Supreme Court partially granted plaintiffs’ summary judgment motion holding that Article 14, to the extent that it authorized IFS contests, was void and in violation of the provision of the NY Constitution, Article I, § 9, which prohibits gambling. The matter was then appealed.

Read more: New York Court Rules Fantasy Sports Contests Unconstitutional

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has recently published (October 2019) commentary entitled, “Gaming the System: Money Laundering through Online Games”. This insightful article highlights the money laundering and financing terrorism risks posed by Online Gaming, while also discussing the problems of regulation and where responsibility lies.

Read more: The Money Laundering Risks of Online Gaming

Video games. A simple yet entertaining diversion or a colossal waste of time? One may be forgiven for missing the rapid emergence of competitive videogaming, also known as eSports. Yes, it is actually a thing, and its popularity is surging. The business world is taking note.

Read more: eSports: The Beginning of a New Era in Gaming?

Colleges and universities are faced with a myriad of complex issues in light of recent developments in the sports betting industry. These developments include the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, regulatory guidance issued by the Department of Justice about the Wire Act, and state regulations allowing expansion of sports betting in casinos and on the internet.

Read more: Sports Betting and the Impact on Colleges and Universities