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Public Affairs at Group Group wishes to lend its experience and insight to lawmakers and gaming regulators as they craft the next generation of laws and regulations for our dynamic industry. While the online gambling industry has existed for over 20 years, many jurisdictions have yet to acknowledge its impact on traditional gambling activities or the increasing share of overall gambling which now happens online.

Last updated: January 22nd 2021

The thrust of Group’s public affairs work is targeted at the United States, specifically individual states as they seek to open up their economies to another, technology driven revolution in consumer service. Beginning in 2011 when the US Department of Justice issued a formal opinion stating that it did not believe the 1961 Wire Act applied to any form of online gambling other than sports betting, individual states have had the freedom to regulate online poker, online casino and online bingo activities. Since the Supreme Court ruling in Murphy v. NCAA in May of 2018, individual states are now also able to authorize and regulate sports betting. Projections indicate that the U.S. will be the largest single sports betting market in the world by 2023, and dozens of states are already preparing for an inevitable rollout of sports betting and other forms of online gambling. With this immense opportunity comes immense responsibility to achieve the policy objectives of a competitive, fair and safe sports betting marketplace. As states begin to adopt online gambling policies, we believe it is important for policy makers to understand the principles that will lead to responsible growth in this emerging market.

Through commentary, outreach and direct engagement with elected officials and gaming regulators, our goal is to share the knowledge and expertise we have gained from over a decade of successful operation in multiple well-regulated markets like the United Kingdom. In this section you will be able to find news updates and commentary on current events in the US gambling regulation space as well as copies of our direct correspondence with policy makers and elected officials.

Readers will notice several principles of responsible gaming policy will stand out:

Please see below a list of position papers, op-eds and other insight from our public affairs team:

Article NamePublisherPublished
Ohio Is Losing Big Without Legal Sports Betting Columbus DispatchNovember 4th, 2020
Casino Legalization Makes Sense for Nebraska Omaha World-HeraldOctober 4th, 2020
Why Is Nevada So Content To Be Left Behind On Online Gambling? Group Public AffairsAugust 12th, 2020
Massachusetts Must Take Gaming Digital or Lag Behind Boston HeraldJuly 24th, 2020
Iowa Must Allow Casinos to Adapt to Face New Challenges Des Moines RegisterMay 15th, 2020
What can the US betting industry learn from the UK? SBC NewsApril 29th, 2020
Maryland sports betting could be coming, but will the state take the right approach? Baltimore SunFebruary 20th, 2020
CEO Letter to the Illinois Gaming Board Group Public AffairsSeptember 27th, 2019
Washington State needs to pick winner with online gambling (mobile access recommended) Everett HeraldSeptember 15th, 2019
Sports Betting in America 2019: A Q2 to Remember Group Public AffairsAugust 22nd, 2019
Tennessee gets mobile sports betting right TennesseanAugust 19th, 2019
Governor’s Comments on Mobile Sports Betting Miss the Mark Group Public AffairsApril 10th, 2019
CEO Letter to Arkansas Racing Commission Group Public AffairsFebruary 18th, 2019
Smart, Independent Regulation Key as States Explore Gaming Group Public AffairsFebruary 6th, 2019
North Carolina should embrace sports gambling, or get left behind The Charlotte ObserverJanuary 1st, 2019
How affiliates protect consumers and support N.J.'s legal sports betting market Star LedgerDecember 31st, 2018
Amendment 3 is a Bad Bet for Florida Group Public AffairsNovember 2nd, 2018
The DC Lottery Should Regulate, Not Compete for Sports Betting Group Public AffairsOctober 10th, 2018
Affiliates can help the US gaming market get off the ground eGaming ReviewSeptember 14th, 2018
Mississippi Sports Betting Must Be Mobile Clarion LedgerJuly 19th, 2018
Top 5 Tips for State Gaming Regulators Group Public AffairsJuly 13th, 2018