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Boston College Expert Source: Fantasy Sports Leagues

Richard McGowan

Professor
Boston College Law School

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Professor Yen is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching. He is the co-author of the casebook, Copyright: Essential Cases and Materials. Besides authoring textbooks and articles, Yen has filed an amicus brief in a major copyright case before the United States Supreme Court. Before coming to Boston College, he practiced law in Los Angeles. Yen currently teaches courses in intellectual property, business planning, torts, and a sports law seminar. Yen’s expertise has been utilized by a variety of media entities including Reuters, the International Business Times, along with local television/radio news stations.

12-11-15

On NY ruling:

“Given the way the New York’s basic definition of gambling is written, the judge’s ruling is not surprising.

“Yes, it’s a victory for the Attorney General of New York to get Draft Kings and Fan Duel closed but it’s really just one out of many, many opportunities courts are going to have to decide whether under the law of their particular state, fantasy sports sites constitute gambling because it means something different everywhere.

“Once you understand in each state it’s a different definition of gambling, what you’re really saying is each state is determining this question: ‘What levels of chance do we want to allow people to have in contests that involve money before we as the state step in and regulate?’

“What we’re seeing here is states are taking an interest in regulating fantasy sports. This is the first step in what is going to become an evolving process under which eventually there’s going to be some kind of daily sports available in most states if not all of them under some kind of regulation.”

 

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