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AGA Mourns Loss of Gaming Industry Giant Burton Cohen

“Burton Cohen was a giant in our industry who made countless contributions to the growth and success of gaming. The AGA was proud to recognize Burton when we inducted him into the Gaming Hall of Fame nearly 20 years ago, yet Las Vegas and the entire gaming industry remain indebted to him for his decades […]

AGA Builds on Momentum by Hiring New Top Talent

WASHINGTON – The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced today it is adding three members to its executive leadership and public affairs teams to bolster membership engagement, media outreach and ally development. These newly created roles, in addition to five hires in January, will enhance the AGA’s ongoing efforts to champion gaming’s positive impact, drive industry growth […]

AGA Affirms Value of Gaming in Response to Massachusetts AG Candidate

Washington–American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement after Massachusetts Attorney General candidate Maura Healey announced her opposition to casinos in the Commonwealth based on outdated myths: “Ms. Healey’s comments demonstrate an alarming lack of awareness about an industry that will create thousands of jobs paying well above the minimum wage, help […]

AGA Voices Concern with Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Draft “Responsible Gaming Framework”

Washington — Launching a new effort to inform state-level gaming policy, American Gaming Association’s (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman submitted comments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Friday regarding its proposed draft “Responsible Gaming Framework.”  AGA’s comments were critical of the Commission recommendations that ignored prevailing best practices.    “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission draft recommendations seem to […]

AGA Calls on Congress to Stop Patent Trolls

Washington – American Gaming Association (AGA) and Credit Union National Association on behalf of the Main Street Patent Coalition, called on Congress today to pass comprehensive patent reform. Speaking at a forum hosted by the R Street Institute, AGA’s Vice President of Government Relations Whitaker Askew issued the following statement: “Main street businesses are the economic engine that stimulate growth, jobs and innovation in this country.  We […]

AGA Applauds Connecticut Lawmaker’s Swift Action to Combat Unregulated Gaming

Washington – American Gaming Association’s (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement applauding the efforts of State Senator Danté Bartolomeo (D-Meriden) to ban unregulated gambling taking place at Internet sweepstakes cafes in Connecticut:  “AGA and its members appreciate the swift action of lawmakers like Senator Bartolomeo to squash unlawful behavior that preys upon vulnerable consumers. “Regulated gaming […]

Federal Prohibition of Online Gaming Could Sack Fantasy Sports

Washington–American Gaming Association’s (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement addressing rapidly increasing concern that a federal ban of online gaming could limit the right of Americans to participate in fantasy sports: “Federal prohibition of online gaming is a threat to millions of poker players—and possibly tens of millions of fantasy sports participants.  Effectively regulating online gaming […]

AGA Commends New Jersey’s Effective Regulation of Online Gaming

Washington—American Gaming Association’s (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement today on a historic milestone that was reached when the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released its first report on online gaming activities in the Garden State: “New Jersey has responded to consumer demand for gaming entertainment in an innovative fashion — creating a […]

American Gaming Association Announces Significant Staff Additions

WASHINGTON – The American Gaming Association (AGA) today announced five significant staff additions, providing a jolt of industry experience and political savvy. The new staff members are part of a reorganization placing an emphasis on proactive, campaign-style trade association advocacy. “These extremely talented new members of our team will help us build off the success the […]