NCLGS Summer Meeting - Cleveland 2018

July 13-15, 2018 — Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

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Friday, July 13

7:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. — 8:25 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
Invitation Only
8:00 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Keynote Address:

8:50 a.m. — 8:50 a.m. Welcome Address:
NCLGS President William P. Coley II, Senator, Ohio
Committee Meetings
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Responsible Gaming

Emerging Forms of Gaming ... Emerging Problem-Gambling Concerns? Is an online player more susceptible to problem gambling than a casino player? What about a sports bettor? What about slots in bars vs. casino slots? As legalized gambling expands to include new and emerging options, experts share their research and insights on whether certain types of gambling should cause more concern than others.

  • Senator Jon Ford, Indiana
10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming

Learning from Nevada Sports Betting Model of Regulation: Nevada is the only state that has effectively governed sports betting for many years, in many different types of facilities and in different markets. What better way for states preparing for the eventual introduction of regulated sports betting to learn about the Nevada model than to listen directly to a team of experts who live and work in the Silver State?

  • Assemblyman Keith Pickard, Nevada
11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Committee on Pari-Mutuel

The Future of Racetracks — What They Need to Survive. As new forms of gaming emerge and pari-mutuel wagering remains in a slow- or no-growth mode, racetrack operators must look beyond the traditional racing model to remain viable. Experts will discuss a range of creative options that are now or could soon be available to racetrack operators – such the addition of turf courses, new forms of betting such as fixed-odds wagering, adding other forms of gaming (sports betting, esports), and using their facilities for festivals and other events.

  • Representative John Viola, Delaware
12:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.

Committee on Lotteries

The Future is Now: Lotteries are the most widespread gaming offering in the United States, and they are facing a host of challenges, from an aging demographic to adopting – and adapting to – emerging forms of gaming, including online and sports betting. Our experts will share their concerns, and address how states can respond to a growing list of critical issues facing lotteries across the nation.

  • Representative Jennifer E. Benson, Massachusetts
2:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Committee on Casinos

Beyond Slots and Tables — the Emerging Casino Model: Due to the confluence of rapid casino expansion and emerging forms of gaming, casinos are looking beyond the traditional table games and slot machines to grow their businesses. This includes alternative forms of gaming such as skill-based, online and (potentially) sports betting; non-gaming events such as esports and festivals; and attractions ranging from conference centers to zip lines. What is the future of land-based casinos, and what are the implications from a state's fiscal perspective?

  • Representative Helene Keeley, Delaware
4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.

Committee on State-Federal Relations

New Forms of Gaming, New Challenges: aming is evolving and new forms are being developed, and policymakers at all levels have to be on the same page: Whether it is sports betting, online, esports or other emerging forms of gaming, legislators, regulators, operators and suppliers need to identify the issues and develop the policies that will benefit all stakeholders – and they must be sure they are in line with federal policy/law.

  • Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
5:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors
Invitation Only
6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. Attendee Welcome Reception

Saturday, July 14

7:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
General Sessions: International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses
8:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

Legal Implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on Sports Betting: Legal experts will analyze the effects of the Supreme Court decision on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (i.e., sports betting), with emphasis on the entities that would be eligible to operate sports betting and the potential distribution channels. They will further discuss the possibility of cross-border transactions with other states, as well as potential impacts of the SCOTUS decision the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, as some lawyers believe that may have to be amended if the Court strikes down PASPA.

  • TBA
9:45 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

State of Online Gaming in the US: Legal experts will discuss the status and outlook for online gaming, the entities and locations that are – and could be – eligible to operate online gaming, and liquidity pooling with other states. In addition, the effect of the legalization of sports betting on the operation of online gaming will also be examined.

  • TBA
11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable

Off-Site Event TBA

7:15 p.m.

New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians

  • NCLGS has reserved a limited number of Upper Box seats
  • Special Group Rate of $41 per person
  • Available to all NCLGS Summer Meeting attendees
  • Join friends and colleagues for a fun night at the ballpark
  • Progressive Field is a short walk from host Marriott
  • Select this option when registering for the Summer Meeting

Sunday, July 15

8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
General Session
9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.

The Economic Impacts of Gaming: A critical issue in legalizing or expanding a form of gaming beyond the fiscals are the economic impacts it will have. Will it result in construction and permanent jobs? Does it have the opportunity to attract out-of-state visitors? Do the positive economic impacts outweigh the social costs? What factors should legislators consider when legalizing or expanding gaming? A panel of economists and gaming experts provide insights.

  • Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
10:30 a.m. NCLGS Summer Meeting Concludes

NCLGS Summer 2018 Cleveland Meeting Registration Fees

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Legislator, Staff: NCLGS Dues Paying State $300
Legislator, Staff: General Member State $375
Other State / Federal Official $375
General Industry and Public $550

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