Derek Helling

Assistant Managing Editor

Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA. He broke into covering the legal US gambling industry in North America in 2018 while PASPA still existed and the only reason anyone knew anything about the Federal Wire Act of 1961 was that Robert F. Kennedy made a big deal of it when he was JFK’s attorney general.

Within a broader scope of gaming, Helling focuses on reporting breaking news in addition to industry-related financial, regulatory, and technological updates. He loves to think about what’s next for the online gambling industry and the role that online gambling plays in society as a whole.

Prior to writing about gambling, Helling covered the business and legal aspects of sports for publications like FanSided’s flagship site, Ozy, and myriad other publications.

Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa. He authored a chapter on the economics of the National Football League in the Kendall Hunt textbook, “Sport Finance.”

Stories written about gambling regulation in the US

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PlayUSA article highlights

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