UNLV International Gaming Institute to Assess US Sports Betting and Internet Gaming Markets

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The UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has announced a new study to assess the sports betting and internet gaming markets in the US. The study will address many unanswered questions on the potential impacts of legalizing sports betting and internet gaming across the US.

“Effective public policy is always best served by an evidence-based approach to its creation. In order to provide the necessary player protections as well as ensure a stable and well-regulated marketplace, policies should be based on sound research evidence rather than opinion or conjecture. It is our hope to contribute to the body of knowledge in this area so that the public can benefit from this activity and whatever harms may arise can be minimized to the greatest extent possible,” Alan Feldman, Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming at IGI and chair of the International Centre for Responsible Gaming, said.

The study is funded by GVC Foundation US, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting responsible gambling and sports integrity. The Foundation was created by the GVC Global Foundation and GVC Holdings PLC, one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups.

“We’re at a crucial point in the development of U.S. gambling. COVID-19 has disrupted every area of life, including professional sports, mental health, and betting markets, and it’s more important than ever that we chart the course of this impactful industry. Addressing challenges currently facing the gambling industry will lead to better outcomes for all,” Martin Lycka, Trustee of GVC Foundation US and Director of Regulatory Affairs for GVC Holdings, said.

“There is perhaps no U.S. industry more complicated, dynamic, and impactful than gambling. It’s crucial that we gain a better understanding of the questions that policymakers are asking so we can serve as effective resources of information and guide public policy discussions in a meaningful way,” Bill Pascrell III, Trustee of GVC Foundation US and Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, said.

For more than 25 years, IGI has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to share its research nationwide and with more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe.

“At IGI, we take pride in putting together ‘dream teams’ to conduct independent, scientific evaluations of the big questions of the day, including whether and how to pursue legalization of online wagering and sports wagering in the U.S. The good news is that research teams from all over the world have been advancing our understanding of the key issues at play here, and we look forward to providing a critical evaluation of these research findings to help policymakers make the best decisions possible,” Bo Bernhard, executive director of IGI, said.

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