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Public Affairs at Group Plc 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: April 10th 2019

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
Sports Betting in America 2019: Where The Industry Stands Group Public Affairs April 23rd, 2019
Governor’s Comments on Mobile Sports Betting Miss the Mark Group Public Affairs April 10th, 2019
CEO Letter to Arkansas Racing Group Public Affairs February 18th, 2019
Smart, Independent Regulation Key as States Explore Group Public Affairs February 6th, 2019
North Carolina should embrace sports gambling, or get left behindThe Charlotte Observer January 1st, 2019
The key for sports betting to work best in New JerseyStar Ledger December 31st, 2018
7 Predictions for Sports Betting in the U.S. in Group Public Affairs December 19th, 2018
Amendment 3 is a Bad Bet for Group Public Affairs November 2nd, 2018
The DC Lottery Should Regulate, Not Compete for Sports Group Public Affairs October 10th, 2018
Congressional Hearing on Sports Betting: What Can We Expect? Group Public Affairs September 25th, 2018
Affiliates can help the US gaming market get off the ground eGaming Review September 14th, 2018
Reactions from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Sports Betting Group Public Affairs August 1st, 2018
Mississippi Sports Betting Must Be MobileClarion Ledger July 19th, 2018
Top 5 Tips for State Gaming Group Public Affairs July 13th, 2018