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The American Game Association (AGA) sent a letter to Massachusetts General Court regarding the state’s sports betting bill, urging officials to focus on three key areas.

The Massachusetts Sports Betting Bill is currently being sent to a conference committee in an attempt to resolve disagreements between adopted versions of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

One of the main differences between the House of Representatives and Senate bills on sports betting is the betting on college sports. The Senate bill bans betting on college sports, while the House of Representatives version approves it.

In its letter, the AGA expressed concern over three key areas when Massachusetts officials are discussing and resolving disagreements between House of Representatives and Senate bills on sports betting on the conference committee.

These three areas potentially prohibit betting on collegiate sporting events, impose excessive restrictions on bookmakers’ advertising, and impose unreasonable tax rates on bookmakers.

As for the ban on sports betting in college, the AGA notes that the ban will not prevent it from happening illegally and could have detrimental effects, as bettors can place all their bets in the illegal market, as many prefer to keep their entire wallet for sports betting. one operator.

The association states that legal bets on college sports support the integrity of the game, and monitoring of college sports by regulators and law enforcement protects those who place bets, competitions and athletes.

With regard to excessive restrictions on bookmakers’ advertising, the AGA said that restrictions on advertising in Massachusetts would not allow legal operators to compete with the competitive advantages enjoyed by illegal bookmakers.

The association said that in new markets, advertising helps inform the public about legal and regulated bookmakers, and ensures that customers receive responsible gaming messages.

As for the tax rate on operators in Massachusetts, the AGA stressed that the Gulf state should tax regulated operators at a reasonable rate so that they can compete with illegal bookmakers who do not pay state taxes.

The full AGA letter to the Massachusetts General Court can be read here.

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