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Kelly is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office and is also a member of the firm’s Sports Law Practice. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including jury trials in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on real estate and sports litigation. Kelly’s work in sports law includes representing an international fitness company in a suit against its competitor for false advertising and trade libel, representing former professional athletes in connection with trademark disputes, and providing general advice and support to in-house attorneys for professional sports franchises.

The New York State Gaming Commission issued temporary permits to five major daily fantasy sports operators on August 22, 2016, allowing DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft, and Draft to resume operations in the state of New York.  The timing is key as this occurs before NFL season kickoff and the Major League Baseball playoffs.  This development constitutes a huge win for these operators as well as the professional sports leagues holding an equity interest in DraftKings or FanDuel and the franchises holding sponsorship deals with those operators.

The permits are the final step in a lengthy and contentious process to establish rules for daily fantasy operators in the state of New York.  Last October, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an inquiry into daily fantasy, which concluded with the AG’s Office issuing cease and desist letters to DraftKings and FanDuel.  Shortly thereafter, the issue was taken to the courts where the AG’s Office sought an injunction prohibiting DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in New York. Continue Reading Welcome Back: New York State Gaming Commission Issues Temporary Permits to Five Daily Fantasy Operators