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    American Gaming Association Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Invite Solicitor General to Examine New Jersey’s Sports Betting Case

    Press Release
    January 17, 2017

    Washington, DC – American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following after the United States Supreme Court invited the U.S. Solicitor General to examine New Jersey’s sports betting petition:

    “We are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has expressed interest in the problems posed by PASPA, the failed law that fuels a $150 billion illegal sports betting market. We are optimistic that the 25-year-old federal sports betting ban will be removed and sports fans will soon have safe, legal ways to engage in sports that also protect the integrity of games.”


    Read AGA’s amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the failed, unconstitutional sports betting ban: https://www.americangaming.org/newsroom/press-releasess/gaming-industry-urges-united-states-supreme-court-consider-failed

    President-elect Trump on Colin Cowherd in 2015 Acknowledging $150B Illegal Betting Market:

    “I’m OK with [sports betting and daily fantasy sports] because it’s happening anyway. Whether you have [legalized sports betting] or you don’t have it, you have it.”


    President-elect Trump Advocates for Sports Betting Legalization in 1993:

    “You have to be” in favor of legalizing sports betting. “It is vital to keeping your taxes low, it’s vital to the senior citizens, and it’s vital to putting the bookies out of business.”


    About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

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