Federal Regulation of Sports Betting Advertising to be Debated at Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Following the passage of the horse-slaughter ban and Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) legislation, the federal government is already overshadowing the states in regulating some aspects of horse racing and gaming. Now, the “Betting on Our Future Act,” a bill that would ban virtually all sports betting advertising, has been introduced in Congress. 

At the center of this federalization of horse racing and gaming regulation is U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), a sponsor or co-sponsor of all three pieces of legislation. Mr. Tonko will join with other experts from the racing and gaming industries – including state regulators and responsible-gaming leaders – to discuss the economic, legal, constitutional, and regulatory ramifications of a ban on sports betting advertising. This critical discussion will take place at the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga (RGCS), August 14-16 at the Saratoga Hilton. Rep. Tonko is no stranger to the RGCS or Saratoga, having represented the Capital Region in the House of Representatives since 2013. 

The session titled Consumer Protections and the Federalization of Gaming will be moderated by Mark Glaser, Member, Greenberg Traurig. In addition to Mr. Tonko, presenters will include:
  • Bill Pascrell III, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Lou Rogacki, Deputy Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Marlene Warner, Executive Director, The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health 

The speakers will examine the trends, challenges and critical issues facing their industries, with panel discussion topics including:
  • New York Casino Expansion to New York City and Surrounding Counties: Is the Finish Line in Sight?
  • Consolidation of Gaming: Status and Implications for Racetracks and Casinos
  • Tribal Digital Gaming: Has the Moment Finally Arrived?
  • Technology and Gaming: New Challenges, New Solutions
  • The Implications of Exclusion for Racetracks and Casinos
  • HISA – Legal Limbo and Regulatory Reluctance
  • Harness Racing: An Industry in Decline, or in Transformation?
  • Historical Horse Racing Machines: The Tail Wagging the Horse?
  • Racing’s Changing Customer Base, CRWs and the Future of Betting
The conference includes a welcome reception at the historic Adelphi Hotel on August 15, a networking event on the evening of August 16, and a Day at the Races beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16. 
To register for the conference, click here. To reserve hotel accommodations, click here. The RGCS hotel room block closes July 21.
For sponsorship information, contact Josh Faber at jfaber@spectrumgaming.com.
Patrick Brown, co-founder and partner emeritus of Brown & Weinraub, PLLC, and owner of Tinhorn Productions, LLC, will again serve as conference director.
Spectrum Gaming Group is the conference coordinator for the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga. Spectrum is an independent research and consulting firm that has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 43 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents.
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