Congressional Hearing on Federal Oversight of Sports Betting Set for Sept. 27

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  • A congressional hearing has been set for Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss federal oversight of legalized sports betting.
  • Since the ban on sports betting was lifted in May, four states have opened their doors to legalized betting with minimal issues.
  • The American Gaming Association believes that states are better positioned to handle legal sports betting.

As confirmed to Legal Sports Report, a congressional hearing will take place next week regarding federal oversight of legalized sports betting.

The discussion will occur at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 27 and will consist of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives.

When the Supreme Court removed the federal ban on legalized sports betting, it became states' role to handle sports betting how they saw fit.

Four states have legalized sports betting since that time, and although each case has been relatively hiccup-free, there still has been push to incorporate federal guidelines or legislation on the issue.

On the other side of the argument is the American Gaming Association (AGA). It argues that states are better positioned than the federal government to handle the oversight of sports betting.

Sara Slane, the senior vice president of the AGA, will be testifying on its behalf at Thursday's hearing.

Statement from @AmerGamingAssn on next week's scheduled committee hearing on sports betting:

— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 20, 2018

NFL representatives are also rumored to be in attendance at the hearing, as the league firmly supports the idea of greater federal oversight. Reps from other leagues, however, are not expected to attend.

Congress, which planned for this meeting to happen back in late June, was forced to postpone it over the immigration issues that were taking place at the time.

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