Power Players: Dan Spillane and Scott Kaufman-Ross
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, League Governance and Policy
Head of Fantasy and Gaming
National Basketball Association
The NBA was the first league to lobby states for industry-friendly legislation, with Spillane testifying in front of legislators beginning in January 2018, four months before the Supreme Court struck down PASPA. He continues to press for mandatory use of official league data, royalty payments to leagues and the inclusion of mobile wagering. Kaufman-Ross has secured much of the NBA’s wish list through commercial deals with sportsbooks MGM, Fox Bet, FanDuel and William Hill, all of which agreed to use official data.