in association with National Council of Legislators from Gaming States 

 

 

nclgs

 

May 13-15, Boston, MA

 

A limited number of complimentary tickets for NCLGS-affiliated legislators available

Just like at other ICE events in London, Brasilia and New York, International Legislators’ Agenda will host policy-makers, legislators and regulators in Boston at ICE North America for a program inclusive of learning and networking opportunities.

 

Composed of select relevant sessions from the main ICE VOX North America agenda and of exclusive, bespoke networking events, ICE North America Legislators’ Agenda will delve into some of the key questions legislators are posing as they are refining their legislative and regulatory plans for sports wagering and other interactive forms of gambling. Some of the themes to be discussed are:

 

  • Economics of sports wagering and iGaming – optimal taxation models
  • Future of the Wire Act – litigation or federal change
  • Royalty fees and official data requirement – pros and cons in creating a sustainable market
  • Mobile wagering options and its impact on market performance and revenue generated to the state
  • Licensee numbers and ‘skins’ – maximizing revenue vs. market saturation
  • From illegal to legal play -  market, product and enforcement measures
  • Consumer protection risks and how to address them with effective responsible gambling programs
  • Maintaining public trust with sounds legislation and responsible advertising
  • Betting on eSports – allow or ban?
  • Loot boxes, eSports skins, social gaming – how legislators should be responding to blurring lines between gaming and gambling

 

 

ICE VOX North America is packed with sessions and debates that discuss the above topics, with particular relevance for policy-makers and regulators. While the educational sessions listed below are part of a paid-for ICE VOX program, there are a number of complimentary tickets available for legislators only.

ILA Agenda at ICE VOX North America – for the full ICE VOX agenda, please go here 

 

Tuesday, May 14

9-10.30am

ILA Breakfast and networking (invitation only)

 

10:30–11:15am

 

Counsel

Motion: Official data requirement will contribute to the creation of a sustainable market

Sarah Slane, SVP, American Gaming Association

Jon Ford, Senator, Indiana Senate

Andy Levinson, Senior Vice President, Tournament Administration, PGA Tour

Dan Wallach, Founder, Wallach Legal LLC, and Co-Founding Director , The University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Sports Wagering and Integrity Program

Since the repeal of PASPA, leagues have shifted from discussing integrity fees to data distribution rights. This brings into question what the landscape of the US Sportsbetting market will look like: are there now opportunities for exclusive data rights and what are the pros and cons of the official data? This debate-style counsel session will welcome representation from leagues and operators alike, continuing the long-lasting controversy.

 

11:15am-12:30pm

NCLGS HIVE

State-by-state regulatory update

Cathy Judd-Stein, Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Richard Kalm, Executive Director, Michigan Gaming Control Board

Pat Garofalo, Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

Jon Ford, Senator, Indiana Senate

One year on from the PASPA repeal, this interactive HIVE session puts you face-to-face with the legislators and the regulators pushing forward the legislative process in their state.  Ask questions around:

  • Where each state is in the legislative process: fully legalized, bills in congress, strong political activity
  • Which markets pose the most promise? State-by-state market valuation, investment opportunities, and incentives
  • License logistics: How many licenses per state, how much will they cost, how long will it take?

 

 

(Grab lunch and continue conversations)

12:30–1:15pm

Lunch break

1:15-2:00pm

 

Counsel

Motion: Sportsbetting and iGaming will under deliver on policy makers’ revenue expectations

Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP of Public Policy & Corp Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment

Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association

Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming

Pat Garofalo, Representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

Market valuations for US sportsbetting vary considerably, with Gambling Compliance estimating a worth of $2.0bn and $5.8bn in annual gross gaming revenue within the next five to seven years. Drawing on the experience of New Jersey and the impact of regulating iGaming, this session will discuss how to manage expectations on the realistic value of the US sportsbetting market, taking into consideration not just tax revenue, but also other policy goals.

 

2:15–2:45pm

 

Elevator

Around the world in 30 minutes: best practice in setting tax rates to encourage economic growth, investment and other policy goals

Richard Schuetz, Owner of Schuetz Inc.  Regulatory and Gambling Consultant

Russell Mifsud, Associate Director, Gaming KPMG Drawing on examples from both the regulated US market and internationally, this session will:

  • Answer questions on how to incentivise investment in your state and draw operators to your market
  • Present data, taking an analytical approach to examining tax rates, demonstrating what impact this has on the economy at large
  • Evaluate regulated markets from around the world, hearing from regulators with front-line experience, to help inform the approach you take to taxation and regulation
  • How tax rate intersects with market size: at what point do tax rates become insurmountable for operators, leading to the growth of the unregulated illegal market.

 

3 - 4pm

 

Massachusetts Hive

Massachusetts Gaming 2030: Finding the best model for the state of Massachusetts that incorporates a variety of innovative and interactive gaming modalities: sports wagering, ilottery, interactive gaming …

 

4-4:45pm 

 

Counsel

Motion: We need to redefine gambling vs. gaming

Chris Stearns, Commissioner, Washington State Gambling Commission

Justin Stempeck, Associate Counsel, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Bill Gantz, Co-Chair, Gaming Sector Practice, Dentons

In March 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Churchill Downs alleging that their online platform, “Big Fish Casino”, constituted illegal gambling under Washington Law, as virtual coins could be classified as a thing of value. The knock-on effects of this case could potentially leave many legislators questioning if free-to-play social casino games should be classified as gambling. That leads to a more holistic question on the blurring lines between social casino, eSports, video gaming and gambling with products such as skin gaming or loot boxes raising eyebrows.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 15

 

9-10am

ILA Breakfast and networking (invitation only)

 

 

9:45-10:30am

 

Boardroom

Keynote Address: Learning from the PASPA repeal success to challenge the Wire Act

Senator Ray Lesniak, the great mastermind and instigator of the legal battle to repeal PASPA, will look back to drive lessons for the future – how best to address the Wire Act challenge.

Senator Raymond Lesniak

 

10:30-11:11am

 

Counsel

Motion: The DoJ reinterpretation of the Wire Act creates short-term headaches but will lead to legal clarity in the long-term

Jim Ryan, CEO, Pala Interactive

The Office of Legal Counsel, deeming all forms of interstate online gambling to be illegal, has caused legitimate concerns for the U.S. gambling industry. The revised opinion has been received with caution and confusion by stakeholders looking to take advantage of the growing legalisation of sports betting across the country to advance their iGaming efforts. However, the predicted challenges of enforcing the opinion, given modern day intermediate routing and data sharing infrastructures, has some in the community believing this will inevitably lead to a review of the law through federal intervention. This debate will discuss the potential consequences, both short and long term, of the Wire Acts application and practicality for modern-day use.

 

11am-12pm

 

Boardroom

Minimum standards and regulatory harmonization – pipe dream or an achievable reality?

Sandra Douglass Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board

Gayle Cameron, Interim Chairperson, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Richard Kalm, Executive Director, Michigan Gaming Control Board

Kevin Mullally, VP of Government Relations and General Counsel, GLI

Each state, rightfully, needs to examine regulation of new forms of gaming and decide the optimum model for itself, its citizens and its stakeholders. But there is a wealth of best practices to be shared between regulators and legislators to avoid excessive regulatory fragmentation that creates burden on the industry, and consumes public funds. This discussion will bring regulatory and legislative forces to come up with common grounds to tackle responsible gambling, sports integrity and enforcement in the spirit of collaboration and unity.

 

12-1:30pm

Regulators’ Lunch – closing the ICE North America 2019 International Legislators’ Agenda (invitation only)

 

 

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