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    AGA Statement on Legalized Sports Betting Oversight

    Press Release
    August 24, 2018

    WASHINGTON American Gaming Association (AGA) Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Sara Slane issued the following statement regarding Senator Orrin Hatch’s public comments on legalized sports betting.

    “Federal oversight of sports betting was an abject failure, succeeding only in enabling the growth of a massive illegal market. The Supreme Court decision removed this unconstitutional federal overreach, allowing states and sovereign tribal nations – who have proven to be effective regulators of all gaming – to decide what works best for their constituents.

    “The casino industry continues to work with lawmakers, regulators, sports leagues and law enforcement to ensure the proper protection for consumers and the integrity of bets and sporting contests are in place.

    “AGA has been a leading voice on sports betting policy and we will continue to serve as a resource to policymakers like Senator Hatch and his colleagues to ensure the position of the gaming industry is properly represented.”

    About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, as well as suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.


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