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March Madness Brackets Boost Tournament Viewership by 21%

Washington, DC – Americans who visit bracket sites spend 86 more minutes (21%) watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament than those who do not, according to new commissioned Nielsen research released today by the American Gaming Association (AGA). Engagement with bracket sites drives viewership most heavily in the early rounds of the tournament – before brackets start busting […]

USA Today – Americans Are Going To Bet an Absurd Amount of Money on March Madness

March 15, 2016 By Luke Kerr-Dineen The hypocrisy on this subject never ceases to amaze me: Lawmakers run around pretending that betting on sports is illegal (which it technically is) and condemning daily fantasy sports for actually trying to operate within the rules, yet all that accomplishes is pushing billions and billions of gambling money underground. As someone who spent the […]

March Madness Betting to Total $9.2 Billion This Year

Washington, DC – With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament about to tip off, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is estimating that Americans will wager $9.2 billion on March Madness this year. The number marks an increase from 2015, when fans and casual observers alike bet $9 billion, through office pools, Nevada sports books, illicit offshore sites and […]

Gaming Industry Shines Light on National Consumer Protection Week

Washington, DC – As part of National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12, the American Gaming Association (AGA) today underscored its commitment to exposing illegal gambling operations that target and prey upon vulnerable consumers in the United States. “As part of National Consumer Protection Week, we are calling for stronger efforts nationwide to root out illegal […]

The Hill – Sports Betting Advocates Play Outside Game

By Megan R. Wilson Feb. 17, 2016 Advocates of sports betting are playing the outside game, hoping that pressure from the states will push Washington toward legalization. Rather than seeking action on Capitol Hill, proponents of sports betting are hoping that growing acceptance of betting in the states — driven in part by the popularity […]

President Obama Joins 47 Million Americans in Betting on the Super Bowl

Washington, DC – In an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the Super Bowl, President Obama acknowledged that he’s participated in the nation’s new national pastime – sports betting – and joined the 47 million Americans who have bet on the Big Game. Federal law prohibits sports betting outside of Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. […]

ESPN: Record $132 million bet on Super Bowl 50 at Nevada sports books

  By David Purdum Feb. 8, 2016 A record $132.54 million was bet on Super Bowl 50 at Nevada sportsbooks, with the house winning $13.31 million, according to numbers released Monday by Nevada Gaming Control. The $132.54 million wagered on the underdog Denver Broncos‘ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at the sportsbooks topped the previous record of […]

Nevada Record Shows Sports Betting is America’s New National Pastime

Washington, DC – American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following statement after the Nevada Gaming Control Board announced that a record $132.5 million was bet on Super Bowl 50 at Nevada sports books: “The record amount wagered — legally and illegally — on Super Bowl 50 offers further proof that sports […]

ESPN – Poll: 65 Percent of Fans Support Regulated Sports Betting

By David Purdum Feb. 4, 2016 While the NFL remains opposed to legalizing sports betting across the United States, football fans overwhelmingly believe it’s time for a change. Research released Wednesday by the American Gaming Association found that 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers polled want to change the current sports betting laws in the U.S., and […]

80% of Super Bowl Viewers Say: Change Sports Betting Law

Washington, DC – Just days before Super Bowl 50, new research released today by the American Gaming Association (AGA) finds that 80 percent of Super Bowl viewers want to change current sports betting law, and two-thirds (66%) believe states should decide whether or not to legalize sports betting. Further, 41 percent of Super Bowl viewers – 47 million people – have bet […]