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Current Legal Issues in Sports Betting

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Produced on February 04, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Sports Law

Course Description

The Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association opened the door for individual states to legalize sports betting. Since Murphy, more than a dozen states have enacted legislation legalizing sports betting, and more are expected to follow. Given the uncertainty of the application of certain federal statutes to intrastate sports betting and the wide range of state sports-betting legal environments, the legal landscape surrounding sports betting is still far from clear, which complicates lawyers’ ability to confidently advise clients. 

This one-hour program, presented by David Sussman from Jenner & Block, will explore Murphy’s implications in connection with the federal and state statutory and regulatory landscape and other unsettled doctrinal areas, including the use of individual athlete’s data for sports betting. Participants will gain an understanding of the evolving issues affecting sports betting nationwide and what they should look out for as the state of the law continues to change.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Review the legal background on sports betting in the United States leading up to and including the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy

  2. Examine Murphy in connection with other federal statutes and regulations, including the Wire Act and broadcasting regulations

  3. Canvass state approaches to sports betting post-Murphy, along with related areas of state law including athletes’ publicity rights and the potential impact of bio-wearables

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David Sussman

Jenner & Block

Mr. Sussman has more than 25 years of experience in legal and leadership positions at some of the most prominent companies in the media industry, having served as the chief legal officer at a division of an international media conglomerate, the general counsel, head of business affairs and executive vice president of a major television network and the general counsel and chief operating officer of a well-known professional sports team.

Over the course of his career, clients have valued Mr. Sussman for being a “hands-on” lawyer and strategic business advisor responsible for critical deals and litigations. He has extensive experience handling complex transactions including the launch of new networks and products, distribution agreements and other complex rights negotiations, as well as handling the corporate aspects of certain professional sports matters, including media deals, team ownership or P & L structuring, facility arrangements, revenue-sharing and investments. Additionally, he represents sports organizations, network, studio and online distributors and other media companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances and advises senior management regarding potential business risks of new competitive, legal or regulatory developments as well as with respect to compliance with regulatory, corporate and contractual obligations.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Sussman helped establish an entertainment and media practice at an international law firm, where he represented companies on transactions, licensing arrangements and litigation in the entertainment and media industry. He also served as an operating partner at a middle-market private equity firm, where he developed and led acquisitions of businesses across the entertainment, sports and media sector.

Mr. Sussman was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in entertainment law in 2012 and was listed in Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report 2013,” recognizing the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. He was also recognized in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 United States as a recommended lawyer in Media, Technology and Telecoms - Media and Entertainment. Mr. Sussman currently serves as co-chair on the New York City Bar Association's Sports Law Committee.


Thom G.

Excellent knowledge in the field.

Jason L.

Go Mets

Becky F.

another really good course covering the new laws in sports betting, an area I have a bit of knowledge , but this really extended my understanding of the area

Bruce H.

Great job

Michael D.

excellent, interesting, valuable citations

Reid S.

interesting topic new area of law

Henry G.

Good clear presentation of relevant issues.

Sam H.

very timely topic

Daniel H.

Good summary of the area.

Neil F.

Good presentation

daniel w.

thank you!

Matthew F.

Enjoyed it! It was fun and informative.

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