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AGA CEO to U.S. Senate: Legal, Regulated Sports Betting Protects Athletes, Game Integrity

“The protection of the integrity of competition is central to the interests of the entire sports betting ecosystem,” testified Miller. “The federal prohibition on sports betting was a failed endeavor that we shouldn’t replicate. Instead, we should work together to further eliminate the pervasive illegal market, and support experienced regulators whose oversight protects the interests and integrity of all involved.”

Read a transcript of Miller’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, here and testimony submitted for the record here.

In his testimony, Miller reiterated that the only way to protect athletes and competition from corruption is through continued legalization. “Nobody has a greater vested interest in avoiding scandal than legal gaming operators. In fact, licensed sportsbooks in Nevada have historically been the first to uncover match fixing, identifying irregular betting patterns and alerting regulators,” he said.

Miller encouraged Congress to consider increasing the maximum federal penalty for match-fixing and repeal the federal excise tax on sports wagers, which puts legal sportsbooks at a competitive disadvantage.

According to AGA research, 74 percent of American sports bettors say it is important to only bet through legal providers. Since the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional in May 2018, 22 states and the District of Columbia have authorized sports betting.

About the AGA
The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers, and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.