Hedging Bets: Safeguarding American Sports Betting
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There is growing recognition amongst consumers, sports leagues and sports governing bodies that the regulation of sports wagering in the US nationwide is inevitable. Currently, 80 percent of sport wagering undertaken by US customers is on the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA. Without the events that these organizations provide, sports betting in the US cannot exist, which gives US sports the potential to have control over wagering that is unrecognizable from other sports overseas. It’s for this reason that the US opportunity is unique and why it is in the sports bodies interest to act now and safeguard their future.
Bill Squadron has been an executive, government official and attorney in the telecommunications, sports data and media fields for more than 25 years, and was most recently Executive Vice President,...Show the rest
Bill Squadron has been an executive, government official and attorney in the telecommunications, sports data and media fields for more than 25 years, and was most recently Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, of STATS, LLC, the world’s leading sports data and analytics company. From 2009-14 he served as the President of Bloomberg Sports, which takes the technology developed by Bloomberg L.P., the leading global provider in financial data and analytics, and applies it to the vast data analysis opportunities in sports. Working with MLB.com, the Bloomberg Sports Professional service is now used by most of the 30 Major League teams, as well as teams across Japan and Latin America. Mr. Squadron recently spearheaded Bloomberg Sports’ expansion into predictive analytics, with a focus on the soccer market throughout Europe and Asia. Bloomberg Sports was named in 2014 by SportsPro Magazine as one of the top 50 Companies Shaping Sports globally, and by Fast Company Magazine as one of the “Most Innovative Companies in Sports” in 2011.
Prior to Bloomberg Sports, Mr. Squadron headed advanced media and technology in North America for IMG, focusing on digital products and services for fashion and sports clients. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Squadron was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sportvision, Inc., which remains the premier provider of technologies that enrich sports telecasts. Examples include the company’s Emmy-winning inventions of the 1st and Ten® yellow first down line, NASCAR “Race F/X” and the “K Zone” baseball tracking and display system. In 2001, Ernst & Young named Mr. Squadron New Year City Entrepreneur of the Year in the media category, and in 2014 Mr. Squadron received the Executive of the Year Award from the NYU Sports Business Society. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School and Cardozo School of Law, as well as a guest lecturer at numerous Sports Management classes.
Before founding Sportvision, Mr. Squadron was Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, at News Corporation. He also served as Commissioner of the NYC Department of Telecommunications in the Dinkins Administration and a partner at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Squadron currently is a professor in the Sports Management graduate program at Columbia University and writes for Bloomberg View. He serves on the Boards of the Coro New York Leadership Center and the Our Energy Policy Foundation and lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife Debra and three sons.Hide the rest
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Mr. Wallach is a partner with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. He is a leading authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, casi...Show the rest
Mr. Wallach is a partner with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. He is a leading authority on gaming law and sports law, and has counseled professional sports teams, fantasy sports operators, casinos, racetracks, sports betting companies, and other gaming industry participants on a wide spectrum of gaming-related matters. He is one of the leading voices in the emerging area of sports gambling law, and is frequently quoted for his insights on sports betting and daily fantasy sports legal issues by major media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Associated Press. Mr. Wallach has written extensively about efforts to legalize and regulate sports betting and daily fantasy sports in the United States, and is considered one of the national thought-leaders on these subjects. He is also a regular panelist at sports law and gaming industry conferences, and is often invited to speak at law school conferences and symposia throughout the United States. Described as a “gaming law guru” by Michael McCann, the legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, Mr. Wallach’s insights on the U.S. gaming industry regularly appear in GamblingCompliance, the leading provider of business intelligence to the global gaming industry. Mr. Wallach is also a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the preeminent global gambling law networking and educational organization shaping the future of gaming law. The IMGL is an invitation-only organization for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated performance and publishing in gaming law, significant gaming clientele and substantial participation in the gaming industry.Hide the rest
Kavitha A. Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View. She previously worked as a World News editor at the Huffington Post. A native New Yorker and a lifelong sports fan, Davidson attended Col...Show the rest
Kavitha A. Davidson writes about sports for Bloomberg View. She previously worked as a World News editor at the Huffington Post. A native New Yorker and a lifelong sports fan, Davidson attended Columbia University, where she was the sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, covering baseball and swimming. She has also worked for political campaigns, minor league sports teams and philanthropic organizations.Hide the rest