NIGA joins AGA coalition on sports betting

NIGA joins AGA coalition on sports betting

August 12, 2017 9:00 AM

The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has clarified its position on national sports wagering.

At the July 17th NIGA board meeting the group voted to join the American Gambling Association (AGA) Coalition on Sports Betting.  NIGA says its intent was to enhance the association’s seat at the table on this important issue not to endorse it.

NIGA says some media organizations mischaracterized its participation in the coalition as supporting the legalization of sports betting.  The group has issued a statement noting that "Of chief concern to NIGA is to ensure that tribal interests are protected, particularly avoidance of negative impacts on existing tribal-state compacts and exclusivity clauses, and to ensure that if a new form of gambling is legalized in the United States-that tribal governments be provided an equal opportunity to participate in and regulate the new industry."

The potential of sports betting legalization will be a main topic at NIGA's Mid-Year Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, September 19-21.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall on New Jersey’s appeal of lower court rulings that sports betting was not a “state’s rights” issued and could be banned on a the federal level.

Currently, federal law only allows single-team wagering in Nevada.