But Wait, the Wire Act! How Does the Wire Act Impact the Legality of Sports Betting?



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Start Date: 07/12/2018
Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
End Date: 07/12/2018
End Time: 12:00 p.m.


The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Murphy v. NCAA opens the door for states to legalize sports betting. But the decision did not invalidate the federal Wire Act, which often has been understood to prohibit the use of the telephone or the internet to place bets (or to assist in the placing of bets) on sporting events. Barry Boss, Co-Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, will serve as the moderator and Stephen A. Miller, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, will serve as a panelist during a discussion that focuses on the continuing vitality of the Wire Act in the post-Murphy world.

The panelists will discuss the following topics, among others:

  • How does the Wire Act apply to state-authorized mobile or internet sports betting?
  • Many states do not seem to be worried about the Wire Act and sports betting. Why not?
  • How does the Wire Act’s “safe harbor” work? What about intermediate routing?
  • Is mobile different from internet, or does it implicate the same issues?
  • If the federal government were to enforce the Wire Act, what agency would enforce it, and whom would they pursue – operators, service providers, or the states themselves?
  • What are the prospects for an amendment to the Wire Act?

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Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations


(202) 912-4818

Stephen A. Miller

Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations


(215) 665-4736

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