AGA Propose Partnership With Law Enforcement To Combat Illegal Gambling
The American Gaming Association has come under fire from circles within the casino industry it is supposed to protect. We reported last year on their interesting stance they adopted on legalizing online gambling throughout the U.S. They announced they were withdrawing their support for the legalization of the industry as the industry leaders that make up the AGA membership could not come to agreement regarding online gambling. The members include the likes of Sheldon Adelson who vehemently opposes internet gambling to those like Caesars Entertainment Corp. who strongly support the online gambling option.
CEO of the AGA, Geoff Freeman spoke on Monday at a National Association of Attorneys General conference in Mississippi. He proposed that the AGA work with law enforcement to crack down on illegal gambling. Legal gambling in the U.S. creates over 1.7 million jobs and generates in excess of $38 billion in 40 states. Freeman pointed out that that the AGA have already launched their own campaign against black market machines, illegal sports betting, illegal online betting and illegal internet sweepstakes.
He said, “Our industry is committed to working with law enforcement to expose illegal gambling, protect consumers and restore the revenue and jobs lost to shady, predatory operators.” Freeman got support from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood who said he was considering creating a committee to tackle illegal gambling.