Sports betting and gambling across the United States used to be the preserve of tribes. As the inherent owners of the land, tribes have been using all the tax and regulatory breaks to develop a successful business often eclipsing other competitors. It’s worth noting that mainstream brands have done well despite a few legal hurdles. Today, we take a quick look at Tribal gaming expert Holly Cook Macarro.
Macarro at the Helm of Gaming Diversity
Tribal gaming expert Holly Cook Macarro has joined the All-In Diversity Project, which is a platform, as the name tellingly suggests, that deals with inclusion and diversity across the industry. The initiative deals with all levels of gambling, from the people who work on the premises of casino resorts, to the people who run businesses down to the customers themselves.
Macarro has been working in Spirit Rock Consulting LLC and her legal background and experience in settling Indian affairs makes her a perfect fit for the project. She assists tribal clients in managing their political profiles and priorities, as well as plan business models having the regulatory framework in mind.
Commenting on joining the All-In Diversity Project, Macarro expressed her content with bringing her own unique insight into tribal matters to the table, highlighting tribal gaming’s importance for the entire industry. Still, there are quite a few reasons why Native Americans have been suffering over tribal gambling.
The All-In Diversity Project is not a novelty project, either. The initiative has been running for a while promoting the best practices in the gambling industry and partnering with some of the best-established names in the segment, including Caesars, Microgaming, Paddy Power, and IGT.
The Future Is Collectible
The Diversity Project works over extended periods of time, gathering data through surveys handed out to casino employees and customers. While diversity has not been a particularly contentious point in the United States, polishing off any rough edges has won operators good press.
Tribal gaming matters are handed by the Indian Tribal Gaming Commission, which is a self-promoted body and not the result of any regulatory action. Neither the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) nor the NIGC require the establishment of this body, but it has been helping settle any disputes based on operators’ claims that they operate a tribal business and are entitled to certain privileges.
Mostly, the casinos that have been offering their operations have been run by tribes. With the expansion of sports betting across the United States, this has created certain fraction between the established tribal businesses and the newly-fledged operators.
Despite the temporary setbacks that tribal gambling may be experiencing, the future seems to be collectible. Projects such as All-In are there to create bridges between warring operators, although indirectly.
Truth be told, tribal gambling operators are accustomed to a laxer approach despite the obvious difficulties they experience. The additional of an expert who can solve those from a legal standpoint is helpful. Even then, the Diversity Project has very little clout over which way the industry chooses to develop. Come what may, though, sports betting and casinos are expanding.
Inclusion and diversity are important, but so is fairness.