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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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Boyd Gaming Completes Acquisition Of Four Pinnacle Entertainment Assets

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Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of the operations of four properties from Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.: Ameristar St. Charles (Missouri); Ameristar Kansas City (Missouri); Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Indiana; and Belterra Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As part of the transaction, Boyd Gaming has entered into a master lease agreement with Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLPI), which owns the real estate of Ameristar St. Charles, Ameristar Kansas City and Belterra Casino Resort. Boyd Gaming acquired both the operations and real estate of Belterra Park, utilizing financing from GLPI for the purchase of the Belterra Park real estate assets.

The acquisition follows the Company’s recent purchase of Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, on September 17.  Boyd Gaming now operates 29 casino properties in 10 states – Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“By adding these four high-quality properties, we have significantly expanded our portfolio and enhanced our free cash flow profile at a compelling multiple,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming.  “We have gained a strong presence in three of the Midwest’s largest gaming markets, with access to millions of potential new customers.  We are pleased to welcome the Ameristar and Belterra team members to Boyd Gaming, and look forward to great success together.”

 

About Boyd Gaming:
Founded in 1975, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading geographically diversified operator of 29 gaming entertainment properties in 10 states.  The Company currently operates 1.76 million square feet of casino space, approximately 38,000 gaming machines, 900 table games, more than 11,000 hotel rooms, and 320 food and beverage outlets.  With one of the most experienced leadership teams in the casino industry, Boyd Gaming prides itself on offering its guests an outstanding entertainment experience, delivered with unwavering attention to customer service.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements contain words such as “may,” “will,” “might,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “could,” “would,” “estimate,” “continue,” “pursue,” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, and include (without limitation) statements regarding Boyd Gaming’s significant expansion of its portfolio and its enhanced free cash flow profile at a compelling multiple. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of management and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including (without limitation) risks associated with changes to the financial conditions or the economic conditions in the areas in which Boyd Gaming operates; the fact that Boyd Gaming’s expansion projects are subject to many risks inherent in expansion, development or construction of a new or existing project; competition; litigation; financial community and rating agency perceptions of Boyd Gaming and its subsidiaries; changes in laws and regulations, including increased taxes; the availability and price of energy, weather, regulation, economic, credit and capital market conditions; and the effects of war, terrorist or similar activity. Additional factors are discussed in “Risk Factors” in Boyd Gaming’s annual, periodic and current reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to Boyd Gaming as of the date hereof, and Boyd Gaming assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

 

Source: Boyd Gaming Corporation

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Wynn Resorts and BetBull Limited Announce U.S. Sports Betting Partnership

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Wynn Resorts, Limited announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with BetBull Limited, a Europe-based digital sports betting operator, to pursue sports betting opportunities in the emerging U.S. market. The strategic partnership will position both parties to capitalize on the developing U.S. opportunity by combining Wynn Resort’s nationally recognized brand with BetBull’s digital sports betting operations capabilities and technology.

In conjunction with the formation of the strategic partnership, Wynn Resorts will make a minority equity investment in BetBull. Wynn Resorts will own 22.5% of BetBull on a fully-diluted basis upon closing of the investment which will occur in due course subject to customary closing conditions. Moelis & Company LLC acted as financial advisor to Wynn Resorts.

 

About Wynn Resorts:

Wynn Resorts, Limited is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol WYNN and is part of the S&P 500 Index. Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas (wynnlasvegas.com), Wynn Macau (wynnmacau.com) and Wynn Palace, Cotai (wynnpalace.com).

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas feature two luxury hotel towers with a total of 4,750 spacious hotel rooms, suites and villas, approximately 192,000 square feet of casino space, 22 dining experiences featuring signature chefs and 11 bars, two award-winning spas, approximately 290,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 110,000 square feet of retail space as well as two showrooms; three nightclubs, a beach club and recreation and leisure facilities. A luxury retail Strip-front expansion, Wynn Plaza, is currently under construction and is scheduled to debut the second half of 2018.

Wynn Macau is a luxury hotel and casino resort located in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with two luxury hotel towers with a total of 1,008 spacious rooms and suites, approximately 273,000 square feet of casino space, casual and fine dining in eight restaurants, approximately 31,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 59,000 square feet of retail space, and recreation and leisure facilities including two opulent spas, a salon and a rotunda show.

Wynn Palace is a luxury integrated resort in Macau. Designed as a floral-themed destination, it boasts 1,706 exquisite rooms, suites and villas, approximately 420,000 square feet of casino space, 11 food and beverage outlets, approximately 37,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 106,000 square feet of designer retail, SkyCabs that traverse an eight-acre Performance Lake, an extensive collection of rare art, a lush spa, salon and recreation and leisure facilities.

Wynn Resorts is currently constructing Encore Boston Harbor located in Everett, Massachusetts.

About BetBull Limited:

BetBull is the next generation betting company that offers users a truly unique experience, the first of its kind to combine free-to-play game mechanics with a mobile-first and truly social design.

Founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneur Sadok Kohen, BetBull has a presence in Malta and the United Kingdom. The Company is backed by former CEOs of 888 Holdings and Bwin, as well as several other prominent investors.

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Arkansas court ruling paves way for casinos

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an amendment, which will pave the way for setting up licensed casinos in the state. Specifically, the court upheld Issue 4, the amendment for allowing four casino licenses in the state.

Nate Steel, counsel for Driving Arkansas Forward that lobbies for casino licenses, said that the Supreme Court ruling clears the path for Arkansas voters to add almost US$6 million to the state’s economy and create 6,000 new jobs.

 “We are grateful the Supreme Court upheld the Attorney General’s certification that Issue 4 is clear and understandable to voters. We are confident Arkansas will vote to keep casino entertainment dollars in our state when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6,” said Steel.

The legal challenges were filed in September against the ballot and Chief Justice Dan Kemp, who was in charge of the challenges and later recused from the cases. The lawsuits were trying to get the proposal disqualified from the ballot, even after a major lobbying campaign that managed to get the question on the November election.

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