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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, January 12, 2016

“The hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who love daily fantasy sports can continue to enjoy these contests that they love. The New York Legislature have an opportunity to take this issue up in earnest. And these types of questions have typically been addressed by the Legislature.” DraftKings Lawyer Randy Mastro, In The Boston Globe --- “We are confident that fantasy sports have always operated lawfully in New York, but we do believe that new, common-sense regulations to protect consumers and reflect the evolution and growth of the game are needed. The New York legislature, like many states around the country, is working towards such regulation, and we will work with them to achieve it.” FanDuel Released A Statement In Response To The Ruling That They May Continue To Operate In New York Until Their Appeal Is Heard In The New York Supreme Court, In ESPN --- “Today's ruling is a strong message that the court doesn't agree that daily fantasy is illegal gambling. If they did, I think they would have shut it down.” New York Assemblyman Dean Murray, Who Has Introduced Two Fantasy Sports Bills, In ESPN

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, January 11, 2016

“We’re not opposed to Internet poker. We’re opposed to the wrong Internet poker. We’ve said that a thousand times. We’re not anti-poker. We’re anti the wrong bill and the wrong people being involved in it. We’ve been very, very clear on that.” A Source From The Pechanga Coalition, In Online Poker Report --- “The number one issue is the tracks, if we can resolve that among the tribes. Politically, we’ll still have to get that through the legislature. But at least the tribes will all be on one page.” Steve Stallings, Councilman Of The Rincon Band Of Luiseño Indians, In Online Poker Report

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, January 8, 2016

“The only people who think it’s gambling, as opposed to skill, are people who haven’t played or people who have other political agendas, because that’s also very important these days.” Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Said At The CES Show In Las Vegas, In GeekWire.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, January 6, 2016

“We have had non-stop people from Harney County coming by and giving us their support. They are showing a excitement to participate in taking back their land and resources.” Protest Leader Ammon Bundy Said Of An Anti-Federal Government Protest On Ancestral Paiute Land In Oregon

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, January 7, 2016

“I think there’s a lot we need to get right moving forward, and I am prepared to support this bill. I think we do need to be incredibly thoughtful, making sure it meets the constitutional requirements.” Assemblyman Eric Linder, Vice Chair Of The Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, Said Of Assemblyman Gray’s Daily Fantasy Sports Bill, In Legal Sports Report --- “At the December GO hearing on sports wagering and fantasy sports, Gray suggested that he wanted the state ‘to lead the way in balancing consumer protection with consumer demand.’ This is a wise and practical approach.” Steve Stallings, Chairman Of The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), In PR Newswire

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, January 5, 2016

“Since our election, the tribal council has worked every day with our government partners, casino management team and local business partners to get Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino ready to open for our customers. We are thankful for the support of our members and believe this is an important first step in bringing prosperity back to our people.” Chukchansi Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales, In Indianz.com --- “After careful consideration (and much heartache), we’ve decided to phase out paid fantasy on Vulcun … We’re eSports fanatics first, and fantasy to us was a way of making eSports more engaging and fun. However the current legal landscape in the United States has made this difficult.” Fantasy Sports Site Vulcun Said In A Statement Announcing That “Paid Fantasy” Will No Longer Be Available From Their Site, In Legal Sports Report --- “The companies are welcoming these regulations because they want to be able to do business. They're saying, 'Fine go ahead and institute these regulations on us, even though we're not a state business. We'll follow your rules.'" Indiana Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Terre Haute, Who Recently Proposed That FanDuel Move Its Headquarters From Its Home State Of New York To Indiana, In Indy Star

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, January 4, 2016

“The Attorney General’s revised complaint reveals that the Attorney General’s office still does not understand fantasy sports. Like the NYAG original complaint, it is based on the fundamental misunderstanding of fantasy sports competitions. Originally, the NYAG claimed that daily fantasy sports were illegal gambling because they were games of chance. That was disproven.” David Boies, DraftKings Counsel, In A Statement After The New York AG’s Latest Filing, To Pay For Damages And To Make Restitution Of All Funds Obtained From Customers, In Legal Sports Report ---“2016 looks like it will be a year with more new online casinos, more players using mobile casinos, a burst in popularity of Bitcoin casinos and more countries and states seeking to regulate online gambling.” Online Casino Reports

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, December 31, 2015

“We have been supportive of Chukchansi because we want to see their programs reinitiated for their elders and health care for their members. It will be good to see them get back on track to self-sufficiency; it’s a positive development for Indian country.” Dan Casas, Tribal Lawyer For Table Mountain Rancheria In Friant, In The Fresno Bee --- "We believe daily fantasy sports, which Illinois residents have been playing for years, are lawful under state law. We also believe, as the Attorney General has said, that this is a policy question for state legislators to address." David Boies, Representative From DraftKings, In The Lawyer Herald

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, December 30, 2015

“It's certainly my hope that we can get my bill passed by end of the session. If I can convince enough of my colleagues that this is a good consumer protection bill on a new form of technology, I think we can.” Illinois State Rep. Michael J. Zalewski, Who Introduced A Bill That Would Legalize And Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports In The State, In ESPN.Com --- “Time has not permitted this committee to extensively review the details of daily fantasy sports play this year. In light of recent events, however, it would be wise to explore the issue further, either through the efforts of this committee or possibly through legislation in the Ohio House and Senate.” Ohio Statehouse's Permanent Joint Committee On Gaming And Wagering’s Annual Report, In Columbus Business Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, December 29, 2015

“This is an important first step in bringing prosperity back to our people.” Chukchansi Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales in The Fresno Bee --- “The Wilton Resort project, proposed by the Wilton Rancheria tribe, would include 12 stories and 302 hotel rooms on 282 acres just north of Twin Cities Road near Highway 99 … Several local tribes have moved from poverty to self-sufficiency and even wealth by operating casinos, including the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation with its Cache Creek Casino Resort and the United Auburn Indian Community with Thunder Valley.” Mark Anderson in Sacramento Business Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, December 28, 2015

“California is setting the model right now for the rest of the country, not trying to come down with a heavy hand. There’s no major political agenda here. It seems like they just want to do what’s best for the consumer.” Cory Albertson, A Professional Daily Fantasy Player From San Francisco, In The Orange County Register --- “As a technology policy leader, California should be especially reluctant to quash a vibrant new technology that entertains tens of millions of Americans and creates jobs. Fantasy contests also drive interest in real-life sports, creating further economic benefits.” David Boies, Counsel For DraftKings, In The Sacramento Bee

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, December 24, 2015

“California is unique because union organizing was integrated into the tribal-state gaming compacts. If you want to have a gaming compact, the state of California is saying because of political pressure from organized labor you as a tribe need to have labor provisions which allow for union organizing.” Richard Guest, An Attorney For The Native American Rights Fund, In Global Gaming Business Magazine --- “There are no legal definitions anywhere of what fantasy sports is. Everybody's version of it is a little bit different.” --- U.S. Fantasy Commissioner Mike Knapp, In ESPN --- “Even if the games are viewed as games of skill, they should still specifically be regulated under California law before the games can operate in California.” Assemblyman Marc Levine Said In His Letter To California AG Kamala Harris, In San Jose Mercury News

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, December 23, 2015

“This is an important and very good day for our tribe. Our new Tribal Council promised our members we would act swiftly to reopen the casino, get our employees back to work and start to rebuild our tribe's financial and cultural strength, and this agreement is an important step towards those goals.” Chukchansi Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales, In Courthouse News --- “The federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) said the Oaks Club’s misbehavior included encouraging its employees to notify customers in advance that the transactions they were about to conduct would put them over the $10k federal reporting threshold, thereby encouraging these customers to restructure the transactions to avoid filing a report.” FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery, In CalvinAyre.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, December 22, 2015

“It's only the sixth agreement of its type in the state of California, according to the Native American Heritage Commission. These things don’t happen all that often.” Dino Beltran Said, Adding That The Fifth Such Agreement Was Between The Koi Nation And The City Of Clearlake In August 2014, In Lake County News --- “It’s kind of a Christmas present for Madera County, the community and Chukchansi tribal members. Now, many of the tribal members will have jobs, money for education, housing and for their elders. It’s a win-win.” Tom Wheeler, The Madera County Supervisor Representing The Coarsegold Area, In The Fresno Bee “This region of southern California is our home, our shared community. San Manuel and Morongo have joined together at this time to reach out to those impacted so our community might recover to a place of normalcy. As indigenous peoples of this region, our tribes are connected to this land, its peoples and are called upon to make this commitment to support our community as we heal together.” San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena, In Pechanga.net

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, December 21, 2015

“While, to me, daily fantasy is in no way sports betting, it’s certainly a cousin of sports betting, in that it attracts many of the same type of people who would otherwise choose to bet on sports. Ultimately the issue is not whether you are pro- or anti-sports betting. You begin, from my standpoint, from the premise that it is going to continue to exist, and if it is going to continue to exist, should it be shoved underground, or should it be regulated?” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, In The Washington Post --- “Winning a contest requires judgment-making skills similar to a coach or general manager. Like sports in general, DFS success requires practice. These are games of skill – skill that rewards knowledge of sports.” RotoWire President And Chairman Of The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Peter Schoenke, In Casino.org

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