Fantasy Sports Hearing Highlights Need for Fresh Look at Sports Betting Prohibition

25-year ban on traditional sports betting has driven activity to thriving illegal market that threatens integrity of sports

Press Release | 05.11.2016

Washington, DC - American Gaming Association (AGA) Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Rayme released the following statement after today’s congressional hearing on daily fantasy sports (DFS):

“While the casino gaming industry believes legal clarity and greater consumer protections are needed for daily fantasy sports, today's hearing shined a spotlight on the thriving, $150 billion illegal sports betting market that threatens the integrity of the sports we love. It also marked a good first step in educating members of Congress about the need to revisit a 25-year-old law that is not achieving its intended result. We will continue to highlight the problem of illegal gambling, which is anything but a victimless crime and must be addressed.”

*Read AGA’s written testimony that was submitted to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

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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