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SXSW 2017

Sports Betting: No Longer Taboo for Leagues?

The professional sports leagues have long opposed efforts to expand legal sports betting out of concern that it would undermine the integrity of their games. But the leagues may be reconsidering that stance, as evidenced by their partnerships with daily fantasy sports sites and a willingness to place pro sports franchises in Las Vegas. These moves, along with a change in the public perception about gambling, calls into question the fate of the current federal sports betting ban, which Congress could soon seek to overturn. This panel will explore the professional sports leagues’ rapidly evolving views of gambling and whether expanded legal sports betting is growing increasingly inevitable.

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  1. Why are the sports leagues' views on sports betting evolving, and are they ready to support legal sports betting on a nationwide basis?
  2. What are the implications of a shift towards legalized sports betting, and will it change the way in which the games are perceived?
  3. How will the NHL's move to Las Vegas (followed possibly by the NFL) affect the timing of the eventual legalization of sports betting?



Daniel Wallach, Attorney, Becker & Poliakoff PA

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