HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 13Letter: AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman on Illegal Gambling

Dear Gaming Colleagues:

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative Summit. My remarks focused on the problem of illegal gambling in the United States, which preys on the vulnerable, siphons tax dollars away from important community services and poisons gaming’s reputation. We outlined four-specific areas of concern:

· Illegal Sports Betting;

· Black Market Machines;

· Internet Sweepstakes Cafes; and

· Illegal Online Operators.

Further, we called on our nation’s Attorneys General to join the AGA in drawing a bright line between these harmful, illegal activities and our highly regulated and mainstream, legal gaming industry.

To punctuate our industry’s deep commitment to combatting illegal gaming as a top priority of our strategic plan, the AGA announced the launch of the “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative. This is a key asset in an aggressive perception campaign aimed at clearly and definitively distinguishing our industry from the illegal, multi-billion dollar enterprises that fund underground, criminal activities and tarnish our reputation worldwide. The Associated Press and FOX News were among the media outlets covering the announcement.

Mississippi Attorney General and NAAG President Jim Hood is extremely supportive of these efforts and subsequently exploring the creation of a committee on illegal gambling. Other AGs expressed commitment as well. We look forward to

working with NAAG, the National District Attorneys Association, policymakers and other key stakeholders in addressing this problem and protecting the reputation of the legal gaming industry.

Announcement of the new initiative is the first step in working to build partnerships with likeminded allies, develop authoritative research that exposes the depth and breadth of the problem and coalesce the industry and other stakeholders in developing solutions that protect consumers and restore the revenue and jobs lost to illegal gambling operations.

Sincerely,

Geoff Freeman, President and CEO

 

 

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