The American Gaming Association sent an email out to members this week informing them that they've joined up with several law enforcement agencies and elected officials to help in an effort to overturn a federal ban on sportsbetting.
The AGA joined the group with several officials of different states, working to legalize and regulate sportsbetting throughout the country while working to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which currently only legalizes sportsbetting in a handful of states. PASPA has been controversial, as it allows unequal rights to different states, which some have claimed is unconstitutional.
The group's president Geoff Freeman spoke about joining the coalition, noting: "This group demonstrates that the desire to legalize and regulate sports betting is widespread and its formation is a critical component of providing Washington with the impetus to take action. This diverse group of stakeholders is critical to pushing for legislative action in Washington, which is the first piece of the puzzle. Ending PASPA means states can then decide if they want to have sports betting or not."
If sportsbetting is legalized nationally, the industry could generate 152,000 jobs while generating $5.3 billion in tax revenues and generating $26 billion in revenues. Currently, the Supreme Court is mulling over whether or not to hear New Jersey's sportsbetting appeal case, which would grant the Garden State rights to offer the wagers within their borders.