Industry News of the Day for February 26, 2019

iDEA Growth in the News:

  • Online Poker Report, 2.25.19 – Online Gambling Trade Group Files Third Wire Act Challenge In New Hampshire Federal Court (Founder J.Ifrah quoted in article)
    • New Hampshire has become the epicenter for opposition to the new Wire Act opinion from the US Department of Justice. Last week, the state lottery and its technology supplier each filed a related lawsuit in the US District Court for NH.
  • iGaming Business, 2.25.19 – Trade body latest to challenge Wire Act opinion (Founder J.Ifrah quoted in article)
    • The iDEA Growth trade association, which supports the expansion of regulated iGaming across the US, has become the latest organisation to submit a legal challenge to the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) revised opinion on the Wire Act.
  • EGR (subscription paywall), 2.25.19 – iDEA files suit against DOJ (Founder J.Ifrah quoted in article)
    • Ifrah Law has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the trade association iDEA Growth. The suit, filed in the US District Court for New Hampshire, challenges the DOJ’s recently revised opinion on the Wire Act.
  • World Casino Directory, 2.26.19 – iDEA Growth trade association submits legal challenge against DOJ (Founder J.Ifrah quoted in article)
    • The revised opinion by the United States Department of Justice regarding the Wire Act has many gaming stakeholders up in arms. So much so, that legal challenges have begun against the decision.

Industry News:

  • Legal Sports Report, 2.25.19 – Sports Betting Legislative Lasso: Movement In The Middle Of The Country
    • Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to our legislative recap. We spend our every waking moment tracking sports betting bills and monitoring legislative hearings so that you don’t have to, and this is the place where we try to sum it all up for you at the end of the week.



  • Sports Handle, 2.25.19 – Basketball Dominates January Mississippi Sports Betting Handle
    • With football season over, Mississippi sportsbooks continued to see a drop in sports betting handle, according to the latest Mississippi Gaming Commission revenue report for January. State sportsbooks took in $35.2 million in handle, down from December’s $40.9 million and November’s $44.5 million.




  • Bristol Herald Courier, 2.24.19 – Virginia General Assembly approves casino legislation
    • Compromise legislation that could ultimately bring casino gaming to Virginia — and Danville, if approved by voters — passed the General Assembly Saturday night. It must still be signed by the governor.


Sports League News:

  • Legal Sports Report, 2.25.19 – Report: MLB Wants Spring Training Betting Banned In Nevada
    • According to a report from ESPN Chalk, Major League Baseball doesn’t want betting on spring training games in at least one state. MLB is asking that games be taken off the board at Nevada sportsbooks, according to David Purdum.
  • ESPN, 2.25.19 – NGC declines MLB’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games
    • The Nevada Gaming Control Board has declined Major League Baseball’s request to prohibit betting on spring training games. The league had recently submitted a written request to the NGC asking that spring training games be taken off the board at the state’s regulated sportsbooks.
  • Sports Handle, 2.25.19 – There Are 250 Million Reasons Why The AAF Has A Shot To Succeed
    • After the second game of the new Alliance of American Football season, players, coaches and administrators expected to see checks hit their bank accounts. When they didn’t, a story broke saying that the fledgling league was in financial trouble.

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