Sports Gambling’s Impact: On the MFM CFO Summit Slate


Here’s a session you can bet will be a hot topic for many radio industry financially focused C-Suiters.

Gerard J. Waldron of Covington & Burling LLP will offer his insights on Sports Gambling during the Media Finance Management’s (MFM) 2019 CFO Summit scheduled for March 7-8, 2019 at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Waldron’s session will be held on Friday, March 8, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The session will offer a general overview on federal and state laws impacting gambling pre-May 2018; the Supreme Court Decision in May 2018 that knocked down Federal law prohibiting sports betting; the implications for advertising of sports betting; and the recent DOJ opinion on using wires for non-sports betting.  It is important to note that the information varies state by state.

Waldron represents communications, media, and technology clients before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, and in commercial transactions. He served as chair of his firm’s Communications and Media Practice Group from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining Covington, Waldron served as the senior counsel on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications. During his work for Congress, he was deeply involved in the drafting of the 1993 Spectrum Auction legislation, the 1992 Cable Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), CALEA, and key provisions that became part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

“It is important to our members to have experts like Waldron address evolving issues like sports betting,” said Mary M. Collins, President and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary.  “Our members need comprehensive and current information in order to run their businesses.”

Additional topics for the Summit include the latest intelligence on security and cybersecurity, the workforce of the future, and new frontiers for big data. Updates covering both economic issues that can affect consumer and advertiser spending and the industry financial markets will also be included.

Additional information about the CFO Summit and an online registration form may be found on MFM’s website.