California Gaming Association Statement in Response to Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Sports-Betting

May 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA GAMING ASSOCIATION STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TODAY’S U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON SPORTS-BETTING

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Gaming Association President Kyle Kirkland issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court 6-3 decision that invalidated the federal law prohibiting states to “sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize” sports gambling. The decision opens the opportunity for California to pass legislation to allow for sports-betting bringing new revenues into the state.

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is an exciting opportunity for California sports fans. The decision provides a pathway to help eliminate illegal gambling occurring outside of gaming facilities and create an open, transparent, and responsible industry with fair consumer protections for fans who seek to enhance their sports-watching experience. The CGA stands ready to work with all stakeholders to create a new framework that will protect the integrity of the games, protect consumers, engage fans, and generate revenue to bolster local economies,” said Kyle Kirkland, President of the California Gaming Association.

The California Gaming Association looks forward to the expected policy discussions at the State Legislature to determine the best path forward for sports-betting in this state.