HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 4American Gaming Association Teams with Prominent Gaming Operators in Online Gaming Advocacy Effort

The American Gaming Association (“AGA”), MGM Resorts International (“MGM”), and others have partnered to form the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (“CCOP”), an organization to advocate for responsible online gaming reform.

The Washington, D.C. based group is seeking to fight proposed bans on Internet gaming in favor of responsible and effective regulation of the activity. It has been reported that the CCOP will be joined by a wide variety of former policy makers and experts, including former Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), former Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA), and Democratic strategist Jim Messina.

The group opposes the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (“CSIG”), a lobbying organization that seeks to prevent expansion of online gaming activity and is backed by Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson. CSIG recently helped in organizing a letter signed by 15 state attorneys general stating their opposition to the 2011 reinterpretation of the Wire Act that allows for limited Internet wagering, as well as any additional expansion of the activity.

AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman has made his views on the benefits of authorizing and regulating online gaming activity clear over the past months. In December, in his testimony to the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce to consider a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6th), he stated that “[w]e appreciate such  leadership on this issue—and the opportunity to discuss the important need for consistent and effective regulatory standards that protects consumers, ensures the integrity of online games, gives law enforcement agencies the tools they need to combat illegal operators and provides Americans with access to an online gaming marketplace they unquestionably desire.”

 

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