UNLV seminar recalls history of betting exemption

Dec 5, 2000 8:35 AM

When Congress outlawed sports betting in all but four states in the early 90’s, it granted Nevada an exemption that is now being placed in jeopardy, at least as it affects action on collegiate sports.

But, it may be that people have forgotten why Nevada was exempted. So, the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is planning an analysis of the issue in a class on gaming policy.

The class will begin on January 17 with Atty. Bob Faiss, chair of the Gaming Law Department of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, as the instructor. Three years ago, Faiss was named by the National Law Journal as the "premier gaming attorney" in the U.S.

A review of the congressional sports betting ban bill, the manner in which it was adopted, the arguments advances by the NCAA and other critics for repealing that exemption, and Nevada’s justification for retaining the exemption will be among the items of discussion during the course.

"The spirited national debate that involves a state’s right to regulate gaming within its borders provides a timely starting point for a study of how Nevada’s major gaming policies were developed," Faiss said in announcing the project.

Faiss explained that the class will examine how the different aspects of Nevada gaming control laws have changed since gambling was authorized in 1931. Also, the study will include why laws were created, the forces and processes that shaped them, what they have accomplished and whether they need to be amended.

Other topics to be discussed during the class will be the gaming tax structure, the denial of judicial review of gaming license decisions, the dual state-local control over casinos, gaming enterprise districts resort hotel licensing standards, recommendations of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, and Nevada’s constitutional ban on lotteries.