But Wait, The Wire Act!: How Does the Wire Act Impact the Legality of Sports Betting?

Thursday, July 12 12:00 PM EDT to 1:00 PM EDT


The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Murphy v. NCAA opens the door for states to legalize sports betting. But the decision did not invalidate the federal Wire Act, which often has been understood to prohibit the use of the telephone or the internet to place bets (or to assist in the placing of bets) on sporting events. Barry Boss of Cozen O’Connor will moderate a panel discussion that focuses on the continuing vitality of the Wire Act in the post-Murphy world. The panel will include gaming law authorities Jim Trusty of Ifrah Law, Behnam Dayanim of Paul Hastings, and Stephen Miller of Cozen O’Connor. The panelists will discuss the following topics, among others:

  • How does the Wire Act apply to state-authorized mobile or internet sports betting?

  • Many states do not seem to be worried about the Wire Act and sports betting. Why not?

  • How does the Wire Act’s “safe harbor” work? What about intermediate routing?

  • Is mobile different from internet, or does it implicate the same issues?

  • If the federal government were to enforce the Wire Act, what agency would enforce it, and whom would they pursue – operators, service providers, or the states themselves?

  • What are the prospects for an amendment to the Wire Act?

SPEAKERSBehnam DayanimChair, Advertising & Gaming PracticePaul Hastings LLP

Barry BossCo-Chair, Criminal Defense & Internal InvestigationsCozen O'Connor

Stephen A. MillerVice Chair, Criminal Defense & Internal InvestigationsCozen O'Connor

James M. TrustyMemberIfrah Law

For more information, please contact Tori Bass at toribass@paulhastings.com or +1.212.318.6545.

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