The Court’s ruling on the case determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional, which could result in the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states in the future. The outcome of the ruling will play a major part in this year’s GiGse, with the event agenda set to feature key legislators, operators and decision makers from the sports sector discussing the entire sector from customers and products to roll out options and the adoption of mobile and online.
Commenting on the ruling, Bakun said: “We have been eagerly awaiting the outcome of this case and support the decision which is set to usher in new era of betting in the United States. This momentous news comes mere weeks away from GiGse and with such a strong focus on sports betting, New Jersey and the future application of sports betting in the USA, our agenda truly reflects the event’s reputation as the 'must attend' event for North American facing senior gaming professionals."
She continued: “We know through our events this decision will be welcomed by the industry’s key stakeholders who have been seeking transparency, integrity, consumer protection, education and sustainable regulation as set out in the Clarion Accord, stipulated after last year’s inaugural and forward thinking Sports Betting USA Conference. The AGA’s statement chimes with this and we look forward to working with the association alongside legislators and operators from across the country to discuss the future and help both the sport and betting sectors to drive change and deliver a regulated industry which protects the interests of the consumer and the integrity of sport.”
“The North American gaming industry is at a very exciting juncture and as more and more decision makers demand additional insight and information to this new sector, we will strive to provide the most up to date speakers and learning and networking opportunities at GiGse and Sports Betting USA as the possibilities which will arise as a result of this decision continue to grow," Bakun concluded.