Strap yourself in, because Thursday’s sports betting hearing in front of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations is going to be a doozy.
This is the same subcommittee that held an online gambling hearing (to discuss the Restoration of America’s Wire Act) not too long ago, and apparently they didn’t learn from that experience.
One of the five speakers on Thursday will be a repeat guest, Professor John Kindt from theUniversity of Illinois. Kindt played a large role in sending the 2015 RAWA hearing completely off the rails.
One of the people joining Kindt is also anti-gambling (well, anti-online gambling): Jon Bruning, counselor for the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG).
Bruning and Kindt will (unwittingly) do their best to make sure the 2018 sports hearing is as unproductive as the 2015 RAWA hearing.
The three other speakers at the hearing are the real experts:
Sara Slane, the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the American Gaming Association
Becky Harris, Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board
Jocelyn Moore, the Executive Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs for the National Football League
Here’s what you can expect from each witness and the hearing as a whole.