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Entain, a major sports betting and gaming entertainment company, has contributed $100,000 to Seton Hall Law School through its non-profit subsidiary, Entain Foundation US. The funding will be used to provide regulatory and legal experts in the offshore sports betting and gaming industry with high-quality and rigorous annual ethics, legal, and compliance curriculum.
Entain, which operates in the United States through BetMGM, said the move will build on the inaugural Gaming Rule, Enforcement and Reputation Bootcamp, initiated in March 2020 at Seton Hall with the Entain Foundation US, and attended by an initial group of 50.
Industry’s premier annual event
The goal is to make Seton Hall Law’s Bootcamp, scheduled for September 19 to 22 at its downtown Newark campus this year, the industry’s premier annual event.
The value of a gaming ethics and security training programme is growing, according to Entain. Sports gambling has risen rapidly since the pandemic in the US, and legislation to regulate sports betting and other forms of gambling is being debated by New York and other states.
Focus on case studies and key regulatory requirements
In order to achieve best practises in state-sanctioned gaming and business control, the Seton Hall Law bootcamp focuses on case studies and key regulatory requirements.
Entain and Seton Hall Law officials expect globally and internationally known professionals to have research into the global and US gaming industries and patterns for this year’s curriculum.
Judicial and administrative mechanisms to safeguard market fairness and player security and consistent compliance procedures that protect both the public interest and players will also be included in the subject matter.
Aligning with Entain’s focus
Martin Lycka, American Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gaming Senior Vice President, said: “The Bootcamp aligns with Entain’s focus on promoting sports integrity, responsible gambling, and corporate compliance.
“We look forward to extending our partnership with Seton Hall Law School, a leading law school and a recognized global leader in compliance education, to help provide professionals with the specialist skill needed to support the growth of this sector in the US.”
Continued success of the Bootcamp
The Dean of Seton Hall Law, Kathleen M Boozang, said: “This funding will guarantee the continued success of the Bootcamp and ensure that gaming compliance professionals have a strong understanding of regulatory frameworks and the ability to identify, scrutinise, prevent, and address unlawful or unethical behaviours.”
The step by Entain follows its recent expansion into relevant fields, including online games and esports, of the transparency and player safety programmes driven by the US Foundation.
It announced collaborations with the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association, Kindbridge, Rise Above the Disorder, and an extended EPIC Risk Management collaboration earlier this month. These four agencies will provide resources for mental health counselling and instruction for athletes who may be at risk.
William J Pascrell III, a US Trustee of the Entain Foundation and alumnus of Seton Hall Law, was directly active in championing the creation of US sports betting. He said: “This industry is growing very rapidly, and needs the support of top quality legal and compliance professionals who understand the complexities of the regulatory landscape. This is a really exciting collaboration which seeks to do that.”