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November 21, 2022 Sports Betting, Legal

American Gaming Association addresses New York Times article

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The AGA noted there are several mischaracterizations in the publications recent piece on the sports betting industry.

After a recent New York Times article reporting on the legal sports betting industry, the American Gaming Association (AGA) addressed some of the information within the piece. 

The tweet from the group begins with: "As unapologetic advocates for our industry, the AGA engages with the New York Times and any other outlet to share facts and perspectives. Despite these efforts, there are several mischaracterizations in the Times' recent reporting on the legal sports betting industry."

The piece the AGA is referring to is one regarding how an email in September 2021 was sent to Michigan State University's athletic department detailing a deal to promote gambling at the university. 

The official in the department sent an email to his boss stating: "If we are willing to take an aggressive position, we have a $1m/year deal on the table with Caesar’s."

The official is Paul Schager and the email was addressed to Michigan State Athletic Director Paul Schager.

The statement from the AGA continued: "We're heavily regulated by the federal government and thousands of dedicated professionals across legal gaming jurisdictions set & enforce regulations. There's a high bar to clear to receive and retain a gaming license and any assertion to the contrary is false."

The AGA was mentioned later in the Times' article where it pointed out that the company was essentially "violating the gambling industry's own rules" by allowing marketing to underage people. 

The AGA tweet added: "The industry’s commitment to responsible gaming is a core and clear differentiator for the US gaming industry against our peers globally. That commitment continues to permeate everything we do and evolve with new technology and our understanding of player behavior.

"We'll continue our investment in advancing a safe, well-regulated environment that protects consumers and generates benefit for communities."

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