The NIGA clarifies why it joined the ASBC – Sports betting case

TheNationalIndianGamingAssociation(NIGA)hasreleasedastatementclarifyingitspositiononsportsbettinginAmerica。

ThegroupresponsiblefortheinterestsofgamingtribesjoinedtheAmericanSportsBettingCoalition(ASBC)lastweek。

TheAmericanGamingAssociation(AGA)createdtheASBCtosupporttherepealoftheProfessionalandAmateurSportsProtectionAct(PASPA)。

PASPAprohibitssportsbettingineverystateoftheUSAexceptNevada,Montana,DelawareandOregon。

NewJerseymanagedtogettheSupremeCourttohearitscaseagainstthe25-year-oldlegislation,however。

Althoughitcouldfail,statesandgaminggroupsarepreparingforasuccessfuloutcome。

TheNIGAChairman,ErnieStevens,explainedinastatementthatthegroupjoinedtheASBCto“enhanceIndianCountry’sseatatthetableonthisimportantissue。

”HeaddedthattheNIGAhas“nottakenapositionontheissueofsportsbettinglegalisation”。

StevensblamedthemediaforimplyingthattheNIGAsupportedthelegalisationofsportsbetting。

“IwanttoclarifythattheNIGAboardhasnottakenapositionontheissueofsportsbettinglegalisation,Stevenssaid。

“Werealisethatlegalisinganynewformofgaming,atanylevelofgovernment,impactsourtribalgamingindustry’seconomicinterests。



ThestatementdetailsthatNIGAcouldnottakeanofficialpositiononthenationwidelegalisationofsportsbettingwithoutconsultingallmembertribes。

TheNIGArepresents184USgamingtribes,andStevenssaidthegroupwantstoensure“tribalinterestsareprotected”。

StevensaidthattheNIGAwantstoavoid“negativeimpactsonexistingtribal-statecompactsandexclusivityclauses”。

StevensclarifiedthattheNIGAboardwoulddiscusssportsbettingattheMid-YearConferenceandExpo。

“Further,therewillbeseveralpaneldiscussionsandtriballeaderdiscussionsduringthemid-yearmembershipmeetingandconference。



Tribespushingbackonsportsbetting

CaliforniaisattemptingtoprepareforasuccessfuloutcomeinrelationtothePASPArepealbyintroducinglegislationwhichwillineffectlegalisesportsbettinginthestate。

ButtheCaliforniaNationsIndianGamingAssociation(CNIGA),whichoversees31tribeswithandwithoutcasinos,isunlikelytosupportthereforms。

“Wehavetolookathowexpansionofgamingwillimpactourbrick-and-mortarcasinos,whetheritssportsbettingorpokeroranythingelse,”CNIGAChairmanSteveStallingssays。

CaliforniaAssemblyman,AdamGray,introducedthesportsbettingamendmentsonJuly20。

Thelegislationneedsapprovalbytwo-thirdsofthestatelegislaturetogetontheballotandalsoneedstobesupportedbythemajorityofthe75tribal-statecompacts。

“ButpeoplelikeGraydon’tgivethatanyconsideration,”Stallingssaid。

“Youwonderwherewe’reevengoingwiththis。

It’spremature。

There’snothoughtbeinggiventoalltheseimplications。

“There’sbeennoconsultationwithanyoneintheindustry。

“Whydothiswhentherearesomanyunansweredquestions?



Atribalofficialrevealedthatthereareoveradozenuniquetribalcompactswhichfeatureuniqueprovisionsthatmaynottieinwiththeproposedlegislation。

Aprominenttribalattorneyweighedinontheissue,suggestingtheamendmentscouldjeopardisepre-existingagreements。

“It’snotgoingtobejustthetribes,right?

”theattorney,whowantedtoremainanonymous,asked。

“It’sgoingtobetribes,thecardroomsandracing。

That’sexpandedgamblinginviolationofpublicpolicyandthecompacts。

“Sometribeswillsayifthestateallowssportsgamblingitwillviolatetheirexclusiverightsunderthecompact。

“They’llperhapsstopmakingrevenuesharingpaymentstothestate。