Gaming Boss Wants ‘Offshore Casinos’ Terminology Banned

Gaming Boss Wants ‘Offshore Casinos’ Terminology Banned

Bill Miller, the President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) has made a request to U.S. media outlets. In the request, Miller has asked media companies to stop referring to providers of offshore sportsbooks, casinos and other betting services. Miller’s request is seen as a way to stop ‘legitimizing’ offshore betting companies in the eyes of the American public.

Perception is everything and Miller wants the offshore casinos and sportsbooks to be called out for what they are – illegal, unlicensed and unregulated.

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PASPA decision 2 years on – the U.S. online gaming industry enters mature stage

Miller’s call came in the same week as the United States marking two years since the May 14 landmark Supreme Court ruling, overturning the PASPA decision and handing sports betting back to the states for self-determination. Now, with the Federal ban gone, as many as 20 U.S. states have passed their own sports betting legalization, and many of those already have their legal and licensed online sportsbooks.

With legal and licensed online betting opportunities available to almost 45% of the U.S. population, Miller believes that the time is ripe for the media to protect this growing part of the domestic gambling industry. In Miller’s eyes and those of the AGA, media outlets across the nation needs to stop referencing what he calls the ‘illegal sportsbook marketplace’. That illegal space is, despite the legalization process, potentially still worth $150 billion per year, according to Miller;

“Two years post-PASPA, the AGA is committed to stamping out the illegal sports betting market. All sports betting stakeholders—media included—must lead the way in educating consumers about the pitfalls of the illegal market”. Mr. Miller said.

The lines blurred between Legal and Illegal

Miller says it’s increasingly difficult for sports bettors in particular – especially young ones not used to critically analyzing the information presented to them – to distinguish legal and licensed sportsbooks from illegal and unregulated offshore operators. Miller is of the opinion that mainstream news outlets and publications have been legitimizing the illegal betting market and blurring and confusing the lines between the two.

According to Miller, references to illegal offshore operators have been made across a number of publications, including Yahoo! Sports, The Wall Street Journal and raw news provider, Reuters. He emphasized his point by arguing that while regulated operators help contribute to society through state tax dollars, the uncollected tax dollars from the illegal offshore operators can potentially be used for the purposes of “money laundering, drug trade, and human trafficking.”

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Miller’s Easy Off-Shore Solution

The Bill Miller solution is delightfully and refreshingly simple – stop mentioning the offshore industry in mainstream media – period. He went on to explain that the offshore sector of the online casino and sportsbook industry (if mentioned at all) should be referred to as “illegitimate and predatory” whenever the media finds itself with the need to pass comment.

Offshore betting markets usually offer greater betting coverage (eSports and political betting being two prime examples used better in the offshore market). However, there is a good chance that mainstream legal and licensed sportsbooks across the nation will expand their coverage to include the offshore offerings as the industry reaches maturity.

Bill Miller’s point about U.S. tax dollars being siphoned off offshore is a relevant and important one. Already many states have expressed their anger and disappointment, led by trend setter, New Jersey. In 2019, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement led the way calling for a crackdown on the illegal and unregulated offshore gaming sites.

While not mentioned by Miller, a ban on illegal sportsbooks referencing players will also protect the images and advertising of individuals actively involved in the major sports leagues.

 

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