iDEA Growth in the News:
- Ifrah Law, 11.1.19 – iGB North America Features Jeff Ifrah In “Down To The Wire,” A Formal Debate On The New Hampshire Court Wire Act Ruling
- The Department of Justice has finally confirmed that it will challenge the New Hampshire court ruling that saw its revised interpretation of the Wire Act set aside. iGB North America brings together opponents and advocates of US gambling expansion to discuss the case.
- The National Law Journal, 11.1.19 – Trailblazers: Sports & Entertainment (J. Ifrah mentioned as iDEA Growth founder; Full text below)
- Ifrah’s work on behalf of iDEA has included writing an amicus brief for Murphy v. NCAA, where the U.S. Supreme Court allowed New Jersey’s move to legalize gambling last year.
iDEA Growth Member News:
- Philadelphia Business Journal, 11.1.19 – Eagles Sign First Casino Partnership Deal (Unibet; subscription paywall)
- Four of the Philadelphia region’s five major professional sports teams now have sponsorship deals in place with a casino.
- Sports Pro Media, 11.1.19 – Philadelphia Eagles Sign First Casino Dela With Unibet
- The National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles have announced a new multi-year partnership with online gambling operator Unibet.
- Online Poker Report, 11.4.19 – Confirmed: US PokerStars Players Will Have Access To New Twitch Features
- PokerStars announced last month that it would be integrating new Twitch features into its client.
- Associated Press, 11.4.19 – NBA Adds DraftKings As Official Sports Betting Operator
- The NBA has agreed to a multiyear deal making DraftKings an official sports betting operator.
- Sports Handle, 11.1.19 – Get A Grip: The Week In Sports Betting: DK Gets PA Mobile Nod, Wisconsin, More
- Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large.
- Sports Handle, 11.1.19 – This Thread Perfectly Illustrates The Unmet Demand For Legal Sports Betting
- Despite the rapid pace of legalization and launches of state-regulated sports betting markets across this great land, the vast majority of U.S. sports bettors and would-be sports bettors do not yet have access to legal online sportsbooks.
- Fox Business, 11.2.19 – US Legal Sports Bets Set A New Record
- Americans legally wagered a record amount of money on sports in September, as the start of the NFL’s 2019 season and the addition of another state to the marketplace pushed betting totals to a fresh high.
- Legal Sports Report, 11.1.19 – California Sports Betting? Legislative Hearing Likely To Take Place In Los Angeles This Month
- Lawmakers in California are lining up witnesses for their first sports betting hearing of 2019.
- Legal Sports Report, 11.1.19 – Can Colorado Sports Betting Referendum Overcome Ballot Question Language?
- Colorado sports betting passed in a bill in May, but whether it’s actually legalized will be decided by vote next week.
- Associated Press, 11.2.19 – Colorado To Vote On Sports Betting, And Water Could Benefit
- Colorado residents will decide Tuesday whether to legalize sports betting and tax it to help conserve the state’s most precious resource: water.
- CU Boulder Today, 11.3.19 – Colorado Voters Signal Support For Sports Betting, Impeachment, CU Boulder Survey Finds
- You can expect sports betting to become legal and taxable in Colorado, but the jury is still out on a push at the ballot box this week to overturn the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment.
- Gambling Compliance, 11.4.19 – Operators Preparing For New-Look Illinois Casino Market (subscription paywall)
- After applications were submitted for five of the six new casino licenses created in Illinois’ major new gaming expansion law this summer, executives from several companies who operate in the state or hope to open a property there are preparing for what comes next.
- Gambling Compliance, 11.4.19 – Voters To Decide Fate Of Virginia Casinos, Instant Racing Parlors (subscription paywall)
- With several casino projects in limbo pending decisions to be made by the state legislature in 2020, voters in two Virginia cities will decide on Tuesday if they want Colonial Downs to operate off-track betting shops featuring historical horseracing (HHR) terminals.
- Associated Press, 11.2.19 – 9 Cities To Vote On Whether To Allow Sports Betting
- Residents in nine New Hampshire cities will vote on whether to permit in-person sports betting.
- WDRB, 11.3.19 – Sports Betters Wager New Record Amount Of Money On Legalized Betting
- Sports betters set the September bar high after the legalization of sports betting.
- Louis Post-Dispatch, 11.2.19 – Editorial: Sports And Video Gambling Are Here To Stay. Taxpayers Should Reap The Benefits
- Even as Missouri officials debate whether to join more than a dozen states in allowing sports betting, estimates are rising for the new revenue it would bring the state.
Sports League News:
- Play USA, 11.1.19 – The NFL Is Letting Fans Down By Not Choosing An Official Sports Betting Partner
- Now that sports betting is legal in one-fifth of US states, the big sports leagues are rapidly taking steps to get the benefits. The NBA, NHL and MLB all have official sports betting partners.
Ifrah Law PLLC
Jeff Ifrah served as a trial lawyer and officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, trial counsel to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth and special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey before going into private practice. “When I first came to Washington, D.C., in 1997, an email went around the firm asking if anyone knew the head of gaming enforcement in New Jersey. It turns out, he was in the army with me and we were prosecutors together.” The client was a European sportsbook company. “The client was advertising in New Jersey, and at the time it was unclear what the law was. So I defended the matter pretty quickly. From there, people started referring me other cases involving prosecution of offshore gaming companies.”
Ifrah also litigated cases against the federal government and achieved victories in matters involving criminal and civil antitrust laws, securities laws and the Civil False Claims Act for clients in the pharmaceuticals, health care and technology industries. During the late 1990s and 200s, Ifrah was also defending litigation for sportsbook and casino operators. “They eventually wanted to stop fighting and look into regulation.” Ifrah became involved in New Jersey’s regulated gambling about seven years ago. “The state first legalized poker, then sports betting. We expected other states to follow, but they didn’t. We identified that as a problem. So we formed a trade association, the iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), which is a nonprofit made up of 25 online entertainment companies that seek to grow jobs and expand online interactive gaming in the U.S. through advocacy and education.” Ifrah serves as general counsel for iDEA.
Ifrah’s work on behalf of iDEA has included writing an amicus brief for Murphy v. NCAA, where the U.S. Supreme Court allowed New Jersey’s move to legalize gambling last year. “Once the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, iDEA expanded into sports betting as well. Now, 70 percent of mobile operators active in the U.S. are members of iDEA.” Changes in regulation and legislation for gambling will continue to proceed state by state. “That makes it very complicated. Clients come to us to work with legislators and gaming regulators on sensible and reasonable legislation and regulation. In some cases, that may mean we go to court, but obviously clients prefer to work with regulators and not against them.”
Since the Murphy v. NCAA decision, Ifrah has spoken at 13 national and international conferences and presented webinars on various aspects of U.S. sports betting. He also authored a law review article and national newspaper op-ed on the topic and currently serves on the editorial and advisory board of Online Gambling Lawyer.
Between his roles at the firm and iDEA, he now represents 90 percent of operators, platform providers and digital media providers involved in sports betting, along with a significant portion of digital fantasy sports companies and sports skills games.
Sports leagues originally tried to block New Jersey’s efforts to legalize gambling. “They were against what they said would hurt the integrity of games. Now leagues want a piece of the pie and this is opening all sorts of new possibilities! We regularly field calls from startups in the space, to established players in Europe, to new suppliers to the industry. One particular sweet spot for us is representing media companies and live streaming companies, both of which are getting in on this new fun and exciting area!”