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    NFL’s Forced Cancellation of Las Vegas Convention Reflects Outdated Perception of Casino Industry

    Press Release
    June 10, 2015

    Washington, DC – American Gaming Association (AGA) Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Rayme, released the following statement after the NFL forced the cancellation of a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas:

    “The NFL’s inconsistent policies against associations with casinos – a heavily regulated, Fortune 500 industry approved by 90 percent of Americans – reflects an outdated view of gaming. In fact, 27 NFL teams (all but 5) are located in markets with legal, regulated casinos. Many of the stadiums are within close proximity to the casinos themselves creating a synergistic entertainment complex. It is only a matter of time before such thinking in organizations like the NFL evolves and acknowledges the reality that gaming, like professional sports, is a form of mainstream entertainment.

    “Casino gaming is a $240 billion industry that supports 1.7 million jobs and serves as a valued community partner in 40 states. AGA members are proud of the partnerships they have with many professional sports teams as well as the role they serve in upholding the integrity of games. We look forward to continuing to educate the NFL about our industry and how our businesses are inextricably linked.”  

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