The NFL holds a strict stance against betting on football games. This did not stop them, however, from recently deciding to allow teams to accept advertisements from casinos. Historically, the NFL refused to allow teams to accept any form of advertising from casinos and the like, but now they will allow all 32 teams to accept advertising on a limited basis from casinos in their markets.
It’s been a magical run here the past few months, but my blogging time with the good folks of LexisNexis has come to an end. When I first started in January, the DOJ had finally announced it was reversing its long-held position that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of online gambling and instead, was adopting the position that the Wire Act only prohibits online sports gambling. Since then, we’ve chatted about prohibition, the failure of iGaming in D.C., sports gambling in New Jersey, and Utah becoming the first state in the nation to criminalize online poker playing.
Geographically speaking Utah is the most beautifully diverse state in the country: gorgeous red natural rock formations in the southeast, a desert oasis in the southwest, and pristine snow-capped mountains in the north. When it comes to all other forms of diversity . . . well, let’s just say Utah is lacking in that department.
It’s 4 in the morning and you’re drunk in Atlantic City. The craps table at the Borgata has been kind to you all night as you play the odds on the pass line, but it’s time to take those winnings and do something reckless with it. Sit down at the blackjack table? Waste of time and money. Let it all ride on black?
April 15, 2011. Black Friday. A date that will live in infamy. Well, at least in the hearts and minds of online gambling enthusiasts, for that is the day that the FBI shutdown the three leading online poker sites, effectively ending all online gambling operations in the U.S.
The Eighteenth Amendment has been a smashing success, effectively banning all production, sale, and transport of the Devil’s Drink in the United States since 1919. Wait – what’s that? It only lasted 14 years before it was repealed? What?! But it was such a great idea!
The amount of money at stake grows daily and the higher it gets, the more people get interested. People start to line up for a chance to try their luck. At this point it does not seem to be so much if the Jackpot will hit, but who will get to cash it in.
Reeling from the federal shutdown of the three biggest Internet gambling websites in April 2011, there was little confidence left in the online gambling industry that the U.S. was any closer to legalizing online gambling as 2012 neared. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) offered a glimmer of hope to states seeking to legalize intrastate online gambling, but the statute seemingly left the Wire Act’s prohibitions in tact.