This week the American Gaming Association criticized the National Football League for what it called an "outdated view of gaming", claiming the NFL has an inconsistent policy against partnerships with various casinos.
The statement was made by AGA Public Affairs Officer Sara Rayme, who claimed that the league restricts advertising from casinos, despite the fact that the industry is well regulated and that stadiums are often located within close proximity to land casinos.
"The NFL's inconsistent policies against associations with casinos – a heavily regulated, Fortune 500 industry approved by 90 percent of Americans – reflects an outdated view of gaming," Rayme said. "In fact, 27 NFL teams (all but 5) are located in markets with legal, regulated casinos.
“Many of the stadiums are within close proximity to the casinos themselves creating a synergistic entertainment complex. It is only a matter of time before such thinking in organizations like the NFL evolves and acknowledges the reality that gaming, like professional sports, is a form of mainstream entertainment.”
Rayme then went on to explain that casinos in the country employ 1.7 million people and bring in $240 billion in revenues annually.
“We look forward to continuing to educate the NFL about our industry and how our businesses are inextricably linked," Rayme finished.