AGA Donates $100k For Research Into Sports Wagering

As founding sponsor of the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), the American Gaming Association (AGA) has donated $100,000 to support research into sports wagering. In the post-PASPA age, the organisation is the first in the country to study the effect of sports betting on American bettors.

Research backed by NCRG Fund will provide science-based proof for carriers, policy makers and more than 4,000 regulators throughout the United States to evaluate and design rules on gaming that safeguard customers and prioritise responsible gaming in particular. The foundation of the grant will be debated at a Get to Know Gaming conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which will emphasise the company’s accountability for Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW).

Bill Miller president and CEO of the American Gaming Association said: “The expansion of legal, regulated sports betting has made it increasingly important that responsible gaming is not only a signature priority in new gaming markets, but that we also continue to deepen our understanding of effective responsible gaming practices. The American Gaming Association is pleased to be a founding donor of this important endeavour.”

As the founding sponsor, MGM Resorts International joined AGA, with NASCAR, AGA representatives William Hill US, GVC Holdings PLC, IGT and Hard Rock International also providing important donations to the fund.

“The NCRG has long been a catalyst in the field of gaming research. This fund is especially significant because it will open up research in a previously understudied field in the United States – defining what we know about the effects of sports wagering for years to come,” said Dr Russell Sanna, executive director for the National Center for Responsible Gaming. “With new opportunities for legal sports betting around the country, policymakers, practitioners, the entire industry, and the public will benefit from expanding our knowledge on this issue.”

AGA has also published a fresh edition of its full range of Responsible Gaming, Regulations and Statutes, in combination with RGEW. The most recent edition is the compilation of Statutes and Regulations dealing with responsible gaming in the 28 countries including the District of Columbia, with business casino or a sports betting regulation, updated to satisfy the need of scientists, legislators and officials in the ever-modernising casino gaming business by 31 August 2019. It highlights the strategy of the industry to deal with accountable games in hundreds of countries.