NIGA joins ASBC In Efforts to Legalize Sports Betting in the US
The push to legalize sports betting in the U.S. is continuing to gain momentum in the last few years and many believe it is just a matter of when and not if it happens. As we have reported the main state to challenge the current status quo is that of New Jersey which is still in the midst of trying to get sports betting legalized in the Garden State.
Other major sporting bodies like the NBA through their Commissioner Adam Silver have also notably changed their tune in the last few years and have adopted a policy of pragmatism which means that they support legalization as it is already a reality on the round with people spending billions on illegal betting.
Another initiative was the American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC) which was the brain child of the American Gaming Association which we reported on in June. The ASBC has its primary aim the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports protection Act (PASPA) which currently prohibits sports betting on a federal level except for in the state of Nevada.
Today ASBC announced that the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) which represents 184 gaming tribes is now part of the group. Chairman of NIGA Ernie Stevens Jr. said,” We are pleased to announce that the National Indian Gaming Association will be joining the AGA’s Coalition on Sports Betting, which will enable us to coordinate with and provide feedback to the AGA with regard to tribal gaming concerns as the coalition advances its policy object. “Of chief concern to NIGA is to ensure that tribal interests are protected, particularly avoidance of any negative impacts on existing compacts and exclusivity clauses.”
President and CEO of AGA Geoff Freeman commented on the joining of NIGA and said,” We have a window of opportunity to get this done and the National Indian Gaming Association is critical to making it happen. Tribal engagement will help to move the needle forward and as the industry further unites, we will be able to end the failing ban on sports betting and allow our industry to grow.”