NCLGS Summer Meeting — Minneapolis 2019

July 12-14, 2019 — Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

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Approved for 10.0 general credit hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education
Approved for 10.75 general credit hours by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education


Thursday, July 11

5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. Attendee Reception
For attendees of NCLGS Summer Meeting and GLI University's Mid-Year Regional Gaming Regulator's Seminar

Friday, July 12

7:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
(Invitation Only)
8:50 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Welcome Address:
NCLGS President William P. Coley II, Senator, Ohio
Committee Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Responsible Gaming

Gambling on Campus - Good Fun or Real Problem?: One study has found that about 75 percent of college students gambled during the past year (whether legally or illegally), with about 18 percent gambling weekly or more frequently, whether on lotteries, card games, pools, sports betting, or games of skill. This session explores the extent and magnitude of student gambling on college campuses — and how the rapid expansion of legal sports betting may impact that activity on campuses.

Assemblyman Keith Pickard, Nevada
Brianne Doura, Legislative Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
Ryan Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, East Carolina University
Christine Reilly, Senior Research Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming
Susan Sheridan Tucker, Executive Director, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
10:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming

Sports Betting — The Results and Lessons after One Year: When this committee meets, there will be a full year of results from two states (Delaware and New Jersey) and many months' of results from at least four other states in the post-PASPA world of legal sports betting. What have other states learned from the early adopters from legal, regulatory and structural standpoints, and has the performance met expectations?

Jon Ford, Senator, Indiana
Kevin Braig, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
Steve Geller, NCLGS Legal Advisor and Principal, Geller Law Firm
Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Corporate Counsel, Sportradar
Dan Spillane, Senior Vice President, League Governance & Policy, National Basketball Association
11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Committee on Indian Gaming

Understanding Impacts of Tribal Casinos: Although from customer-perception standpoint a casino is a casino, those owned by tribal governments can have substantially more important impacts than a commercial casino on their communities, on governmental budgets, and on their citizens. As a result, tribal casinos can have statewide impacts that policymakers need to understand when crafting not just gaming policy but other policies such as economic development, education and human services.

Senator Perry Thurston, Florida
Shelley Buck, President, Prairie Island Indian Community
Rodney Butler, Chairman, Manshantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Tom Foley, Partner, Foley & Quigley PLC
Chris Stearns, Commissioner, Washington State Gambling Commission
12:30 p.m. — 1:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
The Next five Years of Gaming
Timothy Wilmott, CEO, Penn National Gaming, and Chairman, American Gaming Association

Timothy WilmottTim Wilmott was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Penn National in November 2013 after having served as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer since February 2008. During his tenure at Penn National, the Company has aggressively expanded its operating base with the opening of new full service casinos in Kansas, Ohio (2 facilities) and Massachusetts, and the Company acquired existing gaming facilities in Nevada, Missouri and Mississippi. In addition, Penn National launched an interactive gaming division featuring online social casino games, and expanded into the retail gaming business in Illinois. Wilmott has served on the Board of Directors of Penn National Gaming, Inc., since September 2014. In addition, Mr. Wilmott is Chairman of the American Gaming Association.

In November 2013, Penn National completed the tax-free spin-off to its shareholders of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., which owns the real estate associated with 21 casino facilities. In December 2017, Penn National announced an agreement to acquire Pinnacle Entertainment in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2.8 billion. The merger will result in Penn National having the most extensive geographic footprint and operational diversity in the gaming industry, with a combined 41 properties in 20 jurisdictions across North America and more than 30,000 employees.

Wilmott joined Penn National with over 20 years of prior experience managing and developing gaming operations in diverse regulated jurisdictions including Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey and North Carolina, as well as internationally.

Wilmott has a B.S. and M.E. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Wharton School of Business.

1:45 p.m. — 2:45 p.m.

Committee on Lotteries

Are Lotteries Becoming Gaming Companies?: In their never-ending search for revenue growth, state lotteries are entering new spaces such as sports betting, igaming and fast-play terminal games — activities that have traditionally been the domain of gaming companies. This is causing states to make policy calls — such as who will be the provider of sports betting? — while setting up actual or potential legal collision with the traditional gaming industry, as seen in Pennsylvania.

Representative Kevin Ryan, Connecticut
Beth Bresnahan, Executive Director, DC Lottery
Amy Hill, Vice President, Digital Content, Scientific Games
Congressman Jon Porter, President & CEO, Porter Group
Paul Sternburg, Senior Lottery Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
2:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
3:15 p.m. — 4:15 p.m.

Committee on Casinos

Is There Room for Expansion? With roughly 1,000 casinos of all types in 42 states, both legislators and industry operators are continually exploring whether their state can support more casino gaming. While casino expansion has meet disappointing results in some states, others have potentially lucrative untapped markets. Experts examine the key data points and factors that determine whether a market can support new or additional casino gaming.

Representative Brandt Iden, Michigan
Wes Ehrecke, President and CEO, Iowa Gaming Association
James Klas, Founder & Principal, Klas Robinson
Matthew Roob, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
Bobby Soper, CEO, Sun Gaming & Hospitality
4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.

Committee on State-Federal Relations

The US Department's January reversal of the Wire Act opinion as it applies to non-sports-betting gambling threatens to certain forms of gaming — such as online casino, online poker, historical horse racing and, perhaps, lottery — at time when gaming is increasingly reliant on internet technology. Meanwhile, the Department of Interior has been active in matters impacting tribal casinos, with situations in Connecticut and Massachusetts being prominent. Four experts discuss how the Trump Administration may impact the gaming industry.

Senator William P. Coley II, Ohio
John Pappas, CEO, CorridorDC
Bill Pascrell III, Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group
Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director - International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV
Phil Sicuso, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
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, Denmark Commons

Saturday, July 13

7:30 a.m. Registration Open, Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

General Sessions: International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses
8:30 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.

State Lottery Technology Developments: Trends in Optimizing Patron Outreach Platforms:

With competition for patrons increasing every day in the gaming sector, state lotteries are keenly focused on optimizing their patron outreach efforts. These efforts include exploring new technology platforms that enhance lottery sales and patron convenient. Lottery industry and legislative leaders will discuss the legal, regulatory and policy implications associated with these new technology trends and how state lotteries can adapt to the new digital environment key to driving the growth of lottery revenues necessary to support their state-designated beneficiaries and objectives.

Representative Joe Verrengia, Connecticut
Andrew Crowe, Vice President, Worldpay Gaming
Ben Freedland, Senior Advisor, MN State Lottery
Kurt Freedlund, Senior Advisor, Jackpocket, Inc.
Tom Foley, Partner, Foley & Quigley PLC
9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

UIGEA, the Wire Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and State-Regulated Sports Wagering in the US: Can these Cross-Jurisdiction Gaming Laws ever be Harmonized?

Experts from different gaming industry sectors will explore the multiple crossover regulatory and legal issues involved in the interplay between federal laws, including the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Wire Act, and Indian gaming under IGRA, and state-regulated sports wagering in the US. The panel will focus on what efforts are being made to address questions like: what is a “business of betting or wagering” for purposes of federal law, where is sports wagering gaming “conducted” for purposes of US law, what constitutes the legal situs of server-based gaming, does the patron's physical location make a legal difference, is proxy play permitted, can state i-gaming/sports wagering laws include regulation of tribal i-gaming/sport wagering operations conducted on Indian lands, what will be the impact on tribal gaming compacts and revenue sharing provisions, how will gaming system designs be impacted and more.

Representative David Pinto, Minnesota
Jonodev Chaudhuri, Partner and Chair of Indian Law and Policy Group, Quarles & Brady LLP
Suzanne P. Leckert, Managing Director, Convergence Strategy Group
Kevin Mullally, Vice President of Government Relations/General Counsel, GLI
Kevin Quigley, Partner, Foley & Quigley PLC
Joe Valandra, Managing Director, VAdvisors, LLC (Former Chief of Staff - NIGC)
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable
1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Optional Off-Site Event — Tour of Sportradar sports betting offices
(Four-block walk from Radisson Blu. Sign up at registration desk)

Sunday, July 14

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

Gaming's Evolution toward Entertainment: Two-Way Street?

As gaming evolves into a broader entertainment experience, non-gaming companies from sports broadcasters to entertainment giants may move into gaming. Examples include the owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards seeking to create sports betting lounges inside the host arena; Buffalo Wild Wings seeking to capitalize on sports betting; and, previously, Hard Rock International becoming a major prominent casino company. What are the implications for both gaming companies and entertainment companies — and for state gaming regulators and state budget officers?

Senator Bill Coley, Ohio
Brad Cummings, Founder and CEO, Equilottery Games
Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director - International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV
Daniel Wallach, Founder, Wallach Legal
10:30 a.m. NCLGS Summer Meeting Concludes

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