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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, March 21, 2016

“We are proud to be one of New York’s largest startup companies, and while it is disheartening for us to restrict access to paid contests in our home state, we believe this is in the best interest of our company, the fantasy industry and our players while we continue to pursue legal clarity in New York.” FanDuel’s statement regarding a settlement reached with the NY Attorney General, which dictates that fantasy sports sites will stop operating in New York until September, pending legislation that would otherwise allow them to, in Legal Sports Report --- “We are an industry leader in technology, innovation and consumer protections, and we are grateful to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have enjoyed playing fantasy sports on DraftKings for the last 4 years. We will continue to work with state lawmakers to enact fantasy sports legislation so that New Yorkers can play the fantasy games they love.” DraftKings’ statement on the agreement, in Legal Sports Report --- “I’m pleased to announce that both FanDuel and DraftKings will stop taking bets in New York State, consistent with the cease-and-desist orders my office issued … Today's agreement also creates an expedited path to resolve this litigation should that law change or upon a decision by the appellate division.” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s official statement on the agreement with FanDuel and DraftKings
Eagle Mountain Casino Detects A Fictitious Check (CA – Casino Crime)
The Porterville Recorder (March 19, 2016) The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempt to cash a fictitious or stolen check at the Eagle Mountain Casino on the Tule River Indian Reservation.
FanDuel, DraftKings Reach Settlement With New York Attorney General (NY – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (March 21, 2016) FanDuel and DraftKings have reached a settlement with the office of the New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman following a months-long legal saga. The news was announced via a press conference held by the NY AG’s office.
Pa. Could Soon Take Up Legislation On Fantasy Sports (PA – Fantasy Sports)
Central Penn Business Journal (March 18, 2916) Pennsylvania is poised to debate regulating websites that allow betting among people taking part in daily fantasy sports competitions.
'Redskins' Marks Rightfully Tossed, DOJ Tells 4th Circ.  (DC – Tribal Images)
Law360 (March 18, 2016) The Washington Redskins' name is “racially disparaging,” and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board did not restrict the speech of the football franchise by canceling its trademark registrations, the U.S. Department of Justice told the Fourth Circuit on Friday.
EPA Urges Tribes To Apply U.S. Water-Quality Guides (DC – Environmental Action)
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (March 20, 2016) President Barack Obama's administration is sounding alarms over potential dangers in the water supplies on the nation's Indian reservations, saying the vast majority of tribe members live on reservations that haven't adopted federally approved standards.
World Poker Tour Coming To Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Casino (FL – Poker Tour)
World Casino News (March 20, 2016) Season XIV of the World Poker Tour will be coming to the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel and Casino this March and April as the poker tour begins its Showdown series.
Seminole-Owned Casinos Plan Regulatory Response (FL – Tribal Gaming)
The Norman Transcript (March 20, 2016) Federal regulators could close the Seminole Nation’s three casinos temporarily if the tribe fails to fix a series of compliance related problems.
FOI Suit Against N.Y. Gaming Commission Won By Oneida Nation (NY – Court Cases)
World Casino News (March 20, 2016) In one of two lawsuits against the New York Gaming Commission, a judge in New York ruled this week that the Oneida Nation has the right to view documents regarding a rival commercial casino.
Native American Tribes Steadily Gaining Reservation Lands (MA – Tribal Land)
ABC News (March 20, 2016) Native American tribes have been steadily gaining lands under President Barack Obama's administration. Nearly 400,000 acres have been placed into trust for tribes since Obama took office in 2009, according to data from the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Reservation Makes Offers To Buy Back Land With Multiple Owners (MN – Tribal Land)
Pine Journal (March 20, 2016) The U.S. Interior Department on Monday said that Minnesota’s Fond du lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has $3.8 million available to buy back interest in multiple parcels of land on the reservation.
North Jersey Casino Referendum Will Leave Plenty Of Unanswered Questions (NJ – Casino Referendums)
Press of Atlantic City (March 21, 2016) Voters will likely decide on North Jersey casinos without knowing the exact impact of the new gambling halls. The state Legislature approved a proposed constitutional amendment Monday that would end Atlantic City’s state gambling monopoly and allow as many as two casinos in North Jersey.
State Won’t Oppose Iowa Tribe Of Oklahoma’s Pokertribe.Com Gambling Site (OK – Internet Poker)
CalvinAyre.com (March 18, 2016) The state of Oklahoma says it won’t stand in the way of a federally recognized Indian tribe seeking to launch an online gambling site.
Hard Rock Stays On Cutting Edge Of Music And Dining (IA – Casino Business)
Sioux City Journal (March 20, 2016) Sioux City isn't a destination point for many entertainers. Instead, local venues rely on a practice called "routing." That means a name entertainer will pick up a Sioux City engagement while performing elsewhere in the Midwest.
3 Projects That Will Totally Change The Las Vegas Strip (NV – Casino Business)
The Motley Fool (March 20, 2016) Las Vegas is maybe the fastest-changing city in the country. Major resorts are built and blown up on a regular basis, making way for the new "next best thing" to come to town.