The battle to legalize sports betting in the United States hasn’t been a simple one. Nor has it been particularly easy. That’s why any attempt to backslide and foist additional regulation on a freshly-liberating industry seem uncanny and dangerous. This is the exact message the American Gaming Association (AGA) has been trying to sent to lawmakers.
AGA Sounds the Alarm – Yet Again
The American Gaming Association (AGA) hurried up to warn House representatives that no additional laws need to be applied to the already complicated matter of sports betting, following the defeat of PASPA, a piece of legislation that would make any such activities completely illegal.
AGA Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Slane took the stand and appeared before the House Judiciary Sub-committee to elaborate on what has turned out to be an already contentious point. The name the Sub-committee has picked for itself did already suggest involvement and interference in the matters of the industry, which to Slane, was completely unnecessary. The hearing went by the name of “Post-PASPA: AN Examination of Sports Betting in America”.
Just like Jon Kyls’ bill that effectively killed online poker, any new regulatory attempts by lawmakers looks like a zero-sum game whereby politicians are getting points out for influencing the industry in no significant way. In other words, the extra regulatory heft could potentially only hurt the day-to-day running of business and even gamers while politicians cast it as yet another victory to add under their belt.
There have been quite a few prominent individuals and industry experts at the meet up, including Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Becky Harris and John Kindt who took the anti-gambling stance. The pair were joined by multiple figureheads from the National Football League (NFL) as well as representatives of the Anti-Gambling Coalition.
A Motley Bunch of Pundits Meet
Slate’s point was predictable and in fact quite tenable – it’s up to the states and tribes to figure out the details about their gambling & sports betting activities. She also explained that whilst she was opposed to any new legislation, she was prepared to go in details how the industry had been regulated so far and why it had worked.
She also confirmed the commitment that AGA had made to upholding the best practise and standards in overseeing the industry and addressing any threats & problems on an operational level. Still, NFL Executive Vice President Jocelyn Moore decided to step up his game and make a rather more robust statement.
According to Moore, there were clear-cut standards that could establish a “core regulatory framework,” which can be following across the country. It does Moore no credit as he has been one of the first to request an integrity fee without offering any way to use the money acquired thereof to bolster the integrity of the segment.
Taking this chance to question the establishment is counter-productive and least of all – it reveals a two-faced Moore who is still opposed to sports betting in its present form and development stage and wants to change it up.
It’s now up to the Committee to consider the implications of the SCOTUS ruling and decide what way sports betting should go from there.