According to the latest industry data, Americans bet $4.2 billion on Super Bowl 50 and another $9.2 billion on March Madness this year. Per the findings of a recent report from Bloomberg cited by the AGA, more than $1 billion is estimated to be wagered – both legally and illegally – on the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
All told, Americans have shown a tremendous interest in sports betting as a way to better connect with the teams they follow and further advance their interest in the game. Consequently, it’s no surprise that the subject of sports betting will be high on the agenda for keynote speakers at this year’s G2E in Las Vegas.
Event organizers have confirmed that NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern will be a featured speaker at the American Gaming Association’s Global Gaming Expo 2016 before more than 25,000 gaming industry professionals in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 29.
This year’s G2E, still the world’s largest casino-gaming conference, takes place from September 26-29 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Stern will have a conversation with AGA’s President and CEO Geoff Freeman about the future of sports betting and its impact on major professional sports, as well as how the NBA’s expansion parallels the casino gaming industry. Additionally, Stern will highlight how the NBA successfully embraced corporate social responsibility, with initiatives like NBA Cares, as a long-term solution to enhance the business’ brand.
This year, for the first time in G2E’s 16-year history, prominent speakers will take the stage on all four days of the show, organizers confirmed in a news release to media earlier this month.
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