Casino industry ramps up effort to repeal sports betting ban

Marco Green
June 14, 2017

The AGA said the ASBC will lead an "all-inclusive advocacy campaign" focused on ending the ban, with backing from parties pushing for wider regulation of sports betting in the US. The group of law enforcement officers, elected officials and casino industry leaders will work together to fight the federal ban fueling what the AGA estimates to be a $150 million illegal sports betting market. Legal sports gambling is allowed in those states because they had approved some form of wagering before the federal law went into effect. The coalition will include an advisory council of law enforcement and state and local elected officials to solicit critical input as all invested stakeholders craft a solution. It lists the Fraternal Order of Police, National District Attorneys Association, Major County Sheriffs Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors and National Conference of State Legislatures as groups supporting its principles.

The latest effort is before the U.S. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the state's most recent sports betting law in August.

The meetings were headed up by AGA CEO Geoff Freeman, who would detail to United States sports media channels that he was pleased with the collaboration, and that he felt that multiple sports stakeholders were prepared to finally progress on the matter of legalising sports betting.

Almost six in 10 Americans are in favor of lifting this federal ban, a recent survey shows, and that number increases to 72 percent approval by avid sports fans. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. The poll also found more people would likely watch or talk about sports when they have money on the game.

The goal is to build support for repealing the 1992 law by disseminating such information, Freeman said. PASPA prohibits sports betting outside Nevada.

The association says 97 percent of the more than $15 billion that Americans bet on this year's Super Bowl and the NCAA men's basketball tournament was done illegally.

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