The U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Sports Gambling Law

Today (Monday December 4, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association involving sports-gambling.  I bet many of you have heard about the case and know that it has something to do with a fight between New Jersey and the U.S. government over the legalization/illegalization of sports-gambling.  The odds are lower that you know exactly what the legal arguments are and how this impacts gambling in general.

Here is a brief primer on the lawsuit, the law, and the implications.  The devil may be in the details, so I’ve grabbed my pitchfork to dig in to the legal arguments. (more…)

Time to Take Your Shot: Prize Indemnity Insurance Edition

We’re getting into the swing of the basketball and hockey seasons and you know what that means?  (Yes, the Knicks still haven’t been mathematically eliminated.)  But also, it’s time for the Half-Court Shot Contests and Blue Line Shot Contests to give weekend warriors the chance to quit their day job.

Prizes can range from a few hundred dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars.  All you need to do is shoot a 9.55 inch diameter ball a distance of 94 feet into an 18 inch diameter hole.  Or, shoot a 3-inch puck a distance of 90 feet into a hole about 4 inches wide – while standing on ice.  If you’re not Meadowlark Lemon, your odds of making the half-court shot are about 1 in 50.  And the odds of scoring on that one-timer are much higher, even if you’re Wayne Gretzky.

Because lightening always strikes, there is Prize Indemnity Insurance.  You don’t need to break the bank just because some hotshot broke the odds. (more…)

The Bare Minimum (Big Suggestions For Little Promotions)

Client:             Do we need Official Rules for our sweepstakes?

Attorney:         Yes.

Client:             But we’re only running a one-day sweepstakes giving away a one-way bus ticket to Cleveland.

Attorney:         Sorry.

Client:             But we’re no Goliath.

In the sweepstakes world size doesn’t always matter.  (more…)

What Prizes Can/Can’t Be Given Away

Some things you may not be able to give as prizes:

– Smokes (MA, MI, VA)
– Gas (NJ, VA)
– Beer (many states)
– Milk (restricted in a number of states)
– iPad (formerly)
– Yankees tickets (because they may contain a no-transfer provision)
– Puppies (most states)

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