Fantasy sports regulation could put smaller sites in play
November 25, 2015 -- The Deal
Daniel Etna was quoted in The Deal (subscription only) about the differing, state-by-state regulation of daily fantasy sports (DFS) websites that may affect investors in those sites and future industry consolidation. While the New York attorney general is attempting to shut down the sites as illegal gambling, the Massachusetts attorney general has proposed new regulations, including banning anyone under the age of 21 from playing. "The differing Massachusetts and New York positions illustrate what a quagmire DFS has become," Etna said. "The situation cries out for a federal overlay of uniform nationwide regulation to avoid a piecemeal, state-by-state approach to DFS."
NFL-Yahoo Dealings Signal Changing Sports Media Landscape
November 24, 2015 -- Law360
Daniel Etna was quoted in Law360 (subscription only) about the potential for Yahoo or other non-traditional media programmers to bid for the rights to broadcast additional NFL games. Yahoo had the exclusive global rights to live-stream a game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars in October from London's Wembley Stadium. "It is a real friction point in over-the-top programming," Etna said. "Now you have a situation where it is not just the standard cable companies that are potentially going to be vying for actual game rights. This could be the beginning of a new trend where Yahoo and perhaps some other internet giants like Google start getting involved in the distribution game."
Video of the Week: Top Sports Lawyer on Owners, Career and Issues
November 16, 2015 -- Sports Business Journal
Irwin Kishner was featured in Sport Business Journal’s video of the week series in a Q&A with Abe Madkour, the publication’s executive editor. They discussed media and technology investments by professional sports franchises to improve the fan experience, investor interest in minor league and overseas teams and careers in sports law.
Appellate Division, Second Department Bestows Annual Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Awards
November 13, 2015 -- New York Law Journal
The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department announced the recipients of this year’s Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Award. The annual award was established by former Presiding Justice A. Gail Prudenti and named for the Second Department’s honored former Presiding Justice Milton Mollen. It recognizes the achievements of New York State Unified Court System employees within the Second Judicial Department who have demonstrated outstanding professionalism, dedication and service. To see the full list of recipients, please click here.