John Holden

John Holden J.D. / Ph.D. is an academic. His research focuses on policy issues surrounding sports corruption.


Opinion: Digging Deeper On DOJ Bust Of California Illegal Bookie Ring

Federal authorities issued a press release late last month announcing the resolution of a series of cases stemming from what the feds dubbed “an illegal gambling operation that involved current and former professional athletes, some of whom assisted with the business and others who placed large bets on games.” The announcement notes that the conspirators […] Read More
Posted on: April 13, 2022 | Opinion Regulation Sports Betting | John Holden

Opinion: So An NFL Player Walks Into A Sportsbook …

The news that Atlanta Falcons and former University of Alabama star receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games while away from the team last November for mental health reasons is disappointing for fans of the league. The same could be said for those hoping that league-wide gambling education programs were effective. […] Read More
Posted on: April 12, 2022 | Opinion Sports Betting | John Holden

DraftKings Files Motion To Dismiss Securities Suit From Short-Seller Report

Late last month, DraftKings filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint in litigation surrounding securities laws. The litigation stems from a class-action lawsuit filed in July 2021 alleging that DraftKings violated federal securities laws. In particular, the lawsuit alleged that DraftKings made false or misleading statements about the company’s relationship with SBTech. The case […] Read More
Posted on: March 22, 2022 | Sports Betting | John Holden
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Opinion: About That Dormant Commerce Clause In Arkansas Sports Betting

The Dormant Commerce Clause is a fairly complex area of constitutional law somehow recently thrust into an Arkansas sports betting discussion. Despite that, it has recently become en vogue for various groups to suggest that various laws violate the Clause, including this month in Arkansas sports betting. The NCAA, for instance, asserted that California’s name, […] Read More
Posted on: February 25, 2022 | Opinion Regulation Sports Betting | John Holden
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Opinion: Odds Are Super Bowl Won’t Make Brian Flores Story Go Away For NFL

The week before the Super Bowl, former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams. Flores’ suit makes clear that despite the Rooney Rule, the NFL has failed to create an equitable system. The class-action lawsuit alleges discrimination under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of […] Read More
Posted on: February 9, 2022 | Opinion Regulation Sports Betting | John Holden
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