Experts Gather in Washington to Protect Sports Fans

After the Supreme Court’s landmark decision ending the federal ban on sports betting, states across the country have rushed to pass sports betting legislation. However, in many of these states, consumer protections have been ignored. Especially protections that would protect the integrity of the games, guard against fraud, and provide resources for problem gamblers.

Yesterday afternoon, Sports Fans Coalition and the George Washington University Law School convened the Sports Betting Bill of Rights Symposium. We gathered experts from government, civil society, and the private sector in an open forum to discuss consumer protections for states legalizing sports betting. Our panelists included:

  • Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
  • Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League
  • Richard Batchelder, Ropes & Gray
  • Brianne Doura, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
  • Kurt Eggert, Chapman University
  • And Irene Leech, Virginia Citizen's Consumer Council

The event, moderated by GW Law Associate Dean Alan Morrison and SFC Chairman David Goodfriend, had diverse opinions on how states and even the federal government should proceed.

There was one theme that struck a nerve with SFC: the possibility of a race to the bottom. In order for tax revenue estimates to be accurate, states must attract businesses. Now, neighboring states are competing for the most pro-gambling operator legislation to lure more companies. This competition may cause states to lose sight of protecting the fans and consumers whose money will be spent.

We recommend you watch the panel and tell us what you think!

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