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O’Melveny Lawyers Discuss US Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting with Media Outlets

May 16, 2018

O’Melveny sports industry group co-chairs Charles Baker and Irwin Raij were quoted by numerous news organizations, including The Los Angeles Times, Law360, and Courthouse News, on the May 14, 2018, decision by US Supreme Court that opens the door for legalized sports betting nationwide.

Baker told the LA Times that the decision “decision turned the world of sports gambling into not only the Wild Wild West, but the Wild Wild North, South and East as well. That's because the decision didn't just allow New Jersey to go forward with sports betting. Instead the court struck down the entire federal framework prohibiting legalized gambling in sports.”

Raij told Courthouse News the decision could, “place a huge onus on the leagues (and perhaps also universities)” to implement regulations while also pursuing legislative solutions at the state and federal level.”

Based in New York, Baker’s corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions, with a core focus in the sports, media and consumer sectors. He has represented buyers and sellers of sports franchises in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and many of the European football leagues.

Raij, who is also based in New York, has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of sports business issues, on both the professional and the collegiate levels. He has represented owners and acquirers of professional sports teams, leagues, universities, and state governments, including in matters related to stadium development and media rights. His experience includes matters related to MLB, MiLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL, and EPL, along with major colleges and universities. He is also is an owner of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (MiLB), and the MLS Los Angeles Football Club.