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AGA criticizes NFL's cancellation of fantasy football event

The American Gaming Association has said following the NFL’s cancellation of a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas, that the organization has had inconsistent policies against associations with casinos, reflecting an “outdated view of gaming.”

Sara Rayme, AGA senior vice president of public affairs, released a statement after the NFL forced the cancellation of the convention, saying the casino industry is a well regulated industry and that sports gaming is a form of mainstream entertainment.

"The NFL's inconsistent policies against associations with casinos – a heavily regulated, Fortune 500 industry approved by 90 percent of Americans – reflects an outdated view of gaming. In fact, 27 NFL teams (all but 5) are located in markets with legal, regulated casinos.”

“Many of the stadiums are within close proximity to the casinos themselves creating a synergistic entertainment complex. It is only a matter of time before such thinking in organizations like the NFL evolves and acknowledges the reality that gaming, like professional sports, is a form of mainstream entertainment.”

Casino gaming is a $240 billion industry that supports 1.7 millions jobs, Rayme added.

“We look forward to continuing to educate the NFL about our industry and how our businesses are inextricably linked.”  

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