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Entain extends ethics, legal & compliance training in US


Industry giant Entain, through its charitable arm Entain Foundation US, has donated $100,000 to Seton Hall Law School to provide annual ethics, legal and compliance education for compliance and legal professionals in the online sports betting and gaming sector.

The move builds on the inaugural Gaming Law, Compliance and Integrity Bootcamp which launched at Seton Hall with the Entain Foundation US in March 2020, attended by an initial group of 50.

Entain said its goal is to make Seton Hall’s Law Bootcamp the premier annual program in the industry.

The Seton Hall Law Bootcamp focuses on case studies and key legislative provisions to achieve best practices in state-sanctioned gambling and industry regulation.

2021’s Bootcamp is scheduled for September 19-22 at Seton Hall Law’s downtown Newark campus.

The operator said the importance of a gaming ethics and compliance training program is increasing, given the dramatic growth of sports betting in the US during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“The Bootcamp aligns with Entain’s focus on promoting sports integrity, responsible gambling, and corporate compliance,” said Martin Lycka, senior vice president for American regulatory affairs & responsible gambling.

“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 U.S.”

Kathleen M. Boozang, dean of Seton Hall Law, added: “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, scrutinize, prevent, and address unlawful or unethical behaviors.”

The move follow’s Entain’s recent extension of responsibility and player protection initiatives led by its US foundation, into sectors including video gaming and esports.

Earlier this month it announced partnerships to provide mental health support services and education with the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association, Kindbridge, Rise Above the Disorder, and an expanded partnership with EPIC Risk Management.

William J. Pascrell III, a trustee of the Entain Foundation US and Seton Hall Law alumnus who has been personally involved in championing the growth of sports betting in the US, 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.”