In May, the U.S. Congress unveiled The Gaming Accountability and Modernization Act (GAME), a draft of legislation seeking to lift the federal ban on sports betting. The GAME Act aims to remove federal barriers, outline consumer protection and allow states to legalize and regulate sports betting, including fantasy sports.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has been instrumental in ensuring that the act has provisions that protect consumers. “The bill incorporates all major aspects of our recommendations, including HHS authorization to address problem gambling, establishment of research programs and a $5 million annual appropriation,” says Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG.
The legislation’s current language establishes the first ever federal “minimum consumer protections” for legalized gambling, including age and problem gambling provisions. However, the bill has not yet been introduced, and as a discussion draft it will likely be revised numerous times by various groups desiring to shape the language, so the final prospects are very unclear.