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UNH Law Teams up with Sportradar to Offer First-ever Certificate in Sports Wagering and Integrity

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UNH Law Teams up with Sportradar to Offer First-ever Certificate in Sports Wagering and Integrity
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Online program to focus on law, business of sports wagering, with emphasis on the legal and regulatory aspects and related integrity issues

 

The University of New Hampshire School of Law (UNH Law) has further established its leadership in innovative legal offerings, joining forces with Sportradar, the global leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data, to offer the first-ever professional certificate in sports wagering and integrity.

This collaboration partners a leading sports and entertainment law program at one of the nation’s Top 100 law schools with the world’s leading supplier of sports data and integrity services. Together, they will deliver the nation’s first and only multi-semester law school program dedicated to the law and business of sports wagering and integrity.

The five-course certificate, the first two courses of which will be available in early 2019 and the other three later in 2019, is the first of its kind. It will be the only certificated law school program dedicated to the law and business of sports wagering. The certificate will center on the burgeoning regulatory environment that governs sports betting in the United States.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting each of the 50 states to decide whether, and how, to allow sports betting means sports wagering law is a burgeoning, cutting-edge field. The May 2018 landmark ruling in Murphy v. NCAA (584 U.S. ____(2018) permits states to decide whether, and how, to allow sports betting. Several states have already enacted laws that will allow eligible businesses to obtain a sports wagering license and offer bets to consumers. Other states will join the list in the years ahead. Whether the federal government will re-enter this space and pass a new federal law is an open-ended question.

The program will be taught by leading attorneys, regulators and compliance professionals in sports wagering and integrity. It addresses “what happens next?”— the crucial question for law firms, businesses and state and local legislative bodies. It will explore how the current environment protects the integrity of sporting events, safeguards the privacy and rights of consumers and impacts the interests of professional sports leagues, the NCAA, the gaming industry and governmental entities. The certificate will educate students on the legal and regulatory considerations surrounding sports betting in the post-Murphy environment, with an emphasis on monitoring, the regulatory oversight of wagers from integrity and compliance perspectives.

“The practice of integrity monitoring is critical in today’s sports wagering environment,” said UNH Associate Dean Michael McCann, an expert in the field and the program’s co-founding director, as well as one of its instructors. “When successful, it empowers gaming companies, regulators, sports leagues and other affected parties to monitor all aspects of wagers, operators and sports. With such monitoring, patterns and trends can be detected and appropriate enforcement steps can be exercised. Our intent is to provide a thorough grounding for professionals in the field, providing them with important skills and insights on the issues and complexities related to sports wagering.”

“As the global leader in safeguarding sports integrity, Sportradar is proud to help pioneer this very important and first-of-its kind program,” said Dr. Laila Mintas, the Deputy President of Sportradar US and one of the lead instructors. “It will help participants get educated and better prepared to participate in a total new industry and to understand not only the challenges that lie ahead but also the opportunities available in the fast-developing sports betting market in the US.”

The Sports Wagering and Integrity program is designed for working professionals, including practicing lawyers, gaming industry professionals, sports industry professionals, lawmakers and regulators, and anyone interested in a career in sports gaming. You do not need to apply to law school or have a legal background (B.A. is required). It will be delivered via an innovative online asynchronous platform, allowing working professionals to complete coursework on their own schedule. They will have the ability to access archived content, participate in group discussions and take advantage of instructors’ virtual office hours.

“Given the recent changes in policy around sports wagering, it’s more important than ever that lawyers and other professionals related to the field understand the regulatory and business environment,” said Megan Carpenter, Dean, UNH Law. “This certificate is part of our commitment to provide relevant, career-enhancing education to those in the legal fields, as well as other professionals seeking expertise in specific fields. The program enables students to benefit from the collective expertise and knowledge of leaders from UNH Law and Sportradar, and I’m confident will serve as a valuable resource.”

The idea for the certificate comes from Daniel Wallach, one of the most prominent gaming attorneys in the United States. Wallach, the co-founding director of the program and one of its adjunct professors, has counseled major professional sports teams, sports betting operators, fantasy sports companies, racetracks, casinos, equipment manufacturers and other gaming industry participants on a wide spectrum of gaming-related matters. He is the media “go-to” person or all things sports betting and the law. Wallach also writes for Forbes and other publications and has mentored UNH Law students and supervised legal residencies.

“The certificate program will be a pioneer in the transforming subject of sports and wagering integrity in the United States,” said Wallach. “With the repeal of the federal ban on state-authorized sports betting, the focus going forward will be on developing the legal and regulatory environment governing sports wagering. The paramount consideration in any future regulatory and legal framework should be on protecting the ‘integrity’ of the sporting events and ensuring that they remain free of match-fixing and other corruptive influences. This program will provide participants with the tools for understanding how the legal and integrity issues intersect.”

The program consists of five courses which will qualify participants for certification. The first two courses – “Introduction to U.S. Sports Betting Law and Regulation” (led by McCann and Wallach, and taught by a “who’s who” of prominent gaming attorneys and regulators), and “Safeguarding Sport Integrity & Advanced Integrity Monitoring” (led by Mintas) – will be offered in the Spring of 2019.

Confirmed instructors include Bryce Blum (ESG Law), Andy Cunningham (Sportradar), Mark Hichar (Greenberg Traurig), Jeremy Kudon (Orrick Herrington), Jay McDaniel (state regulatory attorney), Charles McIntyre (state lottery director), Ali Miranda (Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP), Harris Peskin (ESG Law), Anna Sainsbury (GeoComply), Tommy Shepherd (Jones Walker), Philip Sicuso (Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP), Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier (Snell & Wilmer), Justin Stempeck (state regulatory attorney), and Jake Williams (Sportradar).

Additional adjunct professors will be announced shortly.

 

Source: University of New Hampshire School of Law

 

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Bet.Works Appoints Jay Rood As Chief Risk Officer

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Bet.WorksTM  a US-based iGaming and sportsbook platform supplier, announced today that Mr. Jay Rood has joined the company as Chief Risk Officer.

Mr. Rood is a legendary Las Vegas gaming executive and sports betting innovator with over 25 years of experience in sportsbook operations.

Mr. Rood has had a storied career in gaming and sports betting which began in Lake Tahoe working for Caesars back in 1992. 

Mr. Rood joined MGM when it opened in December 1993 as a ticket writer and worked for the operator for over 25 years ultimately overseeing all of MGM’s sportsbooks including ten in Nevada, two in Mississippi and one in New Jersey as the expansion of sports betting has swept across the USA following the PASPA repeal in 2018.

Mr. Rood joins Bet.Works at a pivotal moment in US sports betting history as more than 30 states are expected to legalize Sportsbooks over the next 12 24 months.

Sixteen states have already passed legislation as eight states are live with eight states pending launch. The US sports betting market is estimated by Morgan Stanley to be approximately $400 billion and is comprised of an estimated 44 million US citizens who wager annually. 

Bet.Works’ Founder/CEO, David Wang, said: I had the privilege of working with Jay in the past and his 25 years of sportsbook operations will help take the company to the next level.

“There is no one more qualified to lead our organization as we deploy in more states in the coming months. Jay and our in-house Las Vegas-based trading and risk team will oversee all of the brands on the Bet.Works platform with a significant emphasis into advanced in-play wagering via our technology platform.”  

Jay Rood, Chief Risk Officer at Bet.Works, said: “I am excited to be joining a group of extremely experienced and talented individuals at Bet.Works focusing on servicing the emerging sports betting industry with unique and powerful technology and a team that has extensive knowledge in the US betting market.

“David Wang’s vision and drive is contagious, and I believe he has positioned Bet.Works to be the provider of choice for gaming operators looking to enhance their offering to their guests.”

 

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Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Plans to Issue Sports Betting Regulations by July 1

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has revealed that it is working to develop rules for sports betting. Iowa became one of the latest states in the US to legalise sports betting after the Governor signed the bill into law in May.

Administrator Brian Ohorilko said that they are planning to upload the rules on their website by July 1. He added that the commission will hold a meeting on July 30 in West Des Moines to take action on sports betting and start accepting applications from casinos interested in offering sports betting services.

“The industry is requesting a pretty aggressive timetable to have things implemented by August. We’re doing everything we can to do that, but making sure that we’re doing it the right way,” Ohorilko added.

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Penn Gets Licensing Approval from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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Penn National Gaming has secured licensing approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Penn will soon begin the construction on the Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

The development of Hollywood Casino Morgantown represents an overall investment of approximately $111m, inclusive of licence fees for the property’s slot machines and table games. The approximately 80,000sq.ft facility will feature 750 slot machines and 30 table games, with the ability to accommodate an additional 10 table games.

The facility is expected to generate approximately 250 new local jobs and more than 275 construction jobs.

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