AGA points to abject failure of federal approach to sports betting

AGA points to abject failure of federal approach to sports betting

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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The American Gaming Association (AGA) has responded to comments made in public recently by US Senator Orrin Hatch who continues to call for a federal, rather than state-by-state, approach to legislating sports betting in the wake of the demise of the Professional and Amateur Sports Act (PASPA) earlier this year.

Senior vice president, public affairs Sara Slane issued the following statement regarding Hatch’s comments, which suggested that state-level sports betting legislation was a ‘race to the bottom’.

“Federal oversight of sports betting was an abject failure, succeeding only in enabling the growth of a massive illegal market,” noted Slane. “The Supreme Court decision removed this unconstitutional federal overreach, allowing states and sovereign tribal nations – who have proven to be effective regulators of all gaming – to decide what works best for their constituents.”

She added: “The casino industry continues to work with lawmakers, regulators, sports leagues and law enforcement to ensure the proper protection for consumers and the integrity of bets and sporting contests are in place. AGA has been a leading voice on sports betting policy and we will continue to serve as a resource to policymakers like Senator Hatch and his colleagues to ensure the position of the gaming industry is properly represented.”

Having helped author PASPA, Hatch will understandably be sorry to have witnessed its demise earlier this year and the adoption of a state-by-state approach to sports betting regulation. But his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate in November signals that these latest comments are more of a valedictory protest than a firm challenge to the new order of sports betting.

Totally Gaming  says: It’s difficult to identify any merits in Senator Orrin Hatch’s calls for federal rule over sports gambling in the US. PASPA, a piece of federal legislation, succeeded in preventing established, licensed gaming operators from offering sporting wagers, but it allowed an illegal betting market to flourish uncontrolled. Hatch may be convinced that the federal way is the best way, but having co-authored PASPA, there’s a likelihood he’d say that anyway!

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