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2020 AGA Sports Betting Executive Summit
March 16-18,2020
MGM National Harbor

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2020 AGA Sports Betting Executive Summit
March 16-18, 2020
MGM National Harbor


What is The Sports Betting Executive Summit?

The Sports Betting Executive Summit is an exclusive invitation-only gathering of the country’s leading executives in the sports betting ecosystem to address the expansion of legalized, regulated sports betting in the U.S. This complimentary 1.5-day summit will revolve around sports betting market viability, in-play technological innovations, consumer insights and the future of payments. 

Confirmed speakers include Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Ted Leonsis, Chairman, Majority Owner and CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment; Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill; Matt King, CEO, FanDuel; Jason Robins, CEO, DraftKings; and other key executives from the sports betting ecosystem.

Who Will You Meet?

  • Broadcasters

  • Regulators

  • Gaming Executives

  • Sports Leagues and Teams

  • Financial Institutions

  • Sports Agencies



6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AGA Welcome Reception
TAP Sports Bar – MGM National Harbor


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Current State of Sports Betting in the United States

Bill Miller, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Gaming Association
Sara Slane, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, American Gaming Association

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Convergence of Sports & Sports Betting
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Philip G. Satre Chair, UNLV and University of Nevada, Reno, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Speakers: Ted Leonsis, Chairman, Majority Owner and CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Lou Jacobs, Co-CEO, Delaware North

The business of sport and gaming are now inextricably linked, following the 2018 Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA. In less than one year since the SCOTUS ruling, every major professional sports league has engaged a casino partner, teams are expanding their relationships with gaming operators, and the potential for sports betting to revolutionize fan engagement both within and outside the venue has never been greater. During this session, two industry titans will discuss how they are looking at leveraging their assets across sports teams, venues and gaming companies, to create new value for their organizations and how they see these new opportunities impacting customer engagement.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Let Me Finish: How NJ Challenged PASPA…and Won
Speakers and Session Description

Governor Chris Christie

When the Supreme Court ruled last May to strike down PASPA as unconstitutional, it was a long-awaited moment for many proponents of sports betting expansion; but perhaps none more so than the plaintiffs in the case – the State of New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie started the challenge to PASPA in 2011 and though there were defeats at every level of the judicial process, kept pushing the state forward with the lawsuit. During this session, Governor Christie will provide attendees with a real story of the state’s challenge to PASPA, why he committed so many resources to it and how he thinks the state is doing nearly a year after PASPA was repealed.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Understanding the Sports Betting Consumer
Speakers and Session Description

Speaker: Mike Dabadie, Co-CEO & Managing Partner, Heart+Mind Strategies

Previous research showed that the customers participating in sports betting in states like New Jersey are different from traditional casino gaming consumers. They skew younger, more highly educated and more affluent than many of the traditional casino consumers. AGA has recently conducted a large, comprehensive study on the U.S. sports betting consumer. Mike Dabadie of Heart+Mind Strategies, who conducted the survey on behalf of AGA, will reveal key insights gleaned from the research and important takeaways among this critical consumer group.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
An Insider’s Perspective on DOJ Wire Act Reversal & DOJ Enforcement
Speakers and Session Description

Speaker: Lanny Breuer, Covington & Burling LLP

Former Head of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and current Vice Chair of Covington & Burling LLP, Lanny Breuer, will provide insight into the recent DOJ Wire Act opinion and any potential impact on legal sports betting. This session will address some of the unknowns arising from the Office of Legal Counsel memo with an emphasis on how DOJ goes about enforcement and what companies can expect following the reversal of the 2011 guidance.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
The Expansion of Sports Betting in the States
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, Adjunct Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

Speakers: George Rover, Managing Partner, Princeton Global Strategies, Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association
Dave Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
Matthew Morgan, Director, Gaming Affairs, The Chickasaw Nation
Sandra Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board

The expansion of sports betting at the state level has been accelerating at a breakneck pace since PASPA was repealed last May. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, more than 20 states have introduced sports betting legislation, with several more implementing legal sports wagering in a variety of constructs. Issues like regulation, responsible gaming, data rights and royalties are all being considered. This panel discussion will provide a look across the country at how states and sovereign tribal nations are talking about sports betting, what they’ve learned, what’s been successful for them and how they believe new states should consider legislation.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Sports Betting & Content – A Look Across the Landscape
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Stephen Master, Principal, Master Consulting

Speakers: Will Funk, Executive Vice President, Turner Sports
Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming, NBA
Craig Sloan, Executive Vice President, Home Team Sports

With the changes in modern media consumption, the expansion of sports betting will create new opportunities for content during sporting events. This session will discuss how media companies are thinking about these new opportunities, how they plan to build new content strategies and what the future holds. Additionally, these industry leaders will talk about how to ensure advertising and sponsorship are done responsibly in a modern environment with a wide range of viewing options.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Payments Impact: In Venue, In Person, and Online
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Behnam Dayanim, Paul Hastings LLP

Speakers: Joe Pappano, Senior Vice President & Managing Partner, Worldpay
Bill Dobbins, SVP, Business Development, Visa

The ability to move money easily and securely is an important business issue. As the legal sports betting marketplace continues to evolve in the U.S., the ability to offer consumers the cashless payment options they have become accustomed to in sporting and other venues will be critical to scale the legal, regulated U.S. market, and enable it to effectively compete against illegal, offshore operations. This session will provide background on payments in gaming, discuss the consumer preferences around modern payments, and the security of transactions for consumers – as well as looking ahead to the opportunities that innovative payment products will see over the next two years, including new account funding options and disbursements.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sports Betting, Esports & Disruption
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Chris Grove, Eilers & Krecjik Gaming

Speakers: Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer, New York Mets and owner, New York Excelsior Overwatch team
Scott Butera, President, Interactive Gaming, MGM Resorts International

While immediate attentions are focused squarely on the opportunities relating to betting on live sports, stakeholders looking at what’s next in this environment are seeing esports as a future growth opportunity, especially among a desired, younger demographic. Broadcasters are creating new content to cater to this audience, professional sports owners are investing in esports teams, and casinos are opening arenas. This session will provide insight into the view of this opportunity from esports team owners and interactive gaming operations leadership from the casino gaming industry.

5:30 PM
Off The Board – Cocktail Reception
Featuring Top Chef runner-up & James Beard Foundation Award finalist Chef Bryan Voltaggio


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
In-Play Innovation
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Kendall Bentz, Partner, High Lantern Group

Speakers: Keith Wachtel, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Global Partnerships, National Hockey League
Bill Ordower, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing
Len Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, PGA Tour, Inc.
Kenny Gersh, Executive Vice President, Gaming and New Business Ventures, Major League Baseball

In-play betting now represents the majority of sports betting handle in the UK and other established European markets. This session will examine how the US market can/will creatively and effectively use In-play betting to drive viewership and deeper fan engagement. We will examine how quickly the U.S. market could move from pre-match wagering to in-game betting, the hurdles to getting there and how leagues and sports books are collaborating to drive innovation and investment around in-play betting.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
The Importance and Evolution of Responsible Gaming
Speakers and Session Description

Speakers: Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Philip G. Satre Chair, UNLV and University of Nevada, Reno, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment
Jamie Shea, Head of Sports Book Digital, DraftKings
Jennifer Weissman, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Penn National Gaming

As legalized, regulated gaming has expanded over the past 20 years, the importance of responsible gaming has become an increasingly critical topic. In this session, leaders in responsible gaming from across the gaming industry will provide insight into the current landscape of responsible gaming measures – including responsible advertising, employee training and consumer protection – and how these efforts have evolved with the expansion of sports betting. With the litany of new opportunities that will be created with this expansion, this panel of experts will discuss what safeguards are in place to help protect consumers and the applicable lessons learned from traditional casino gaming.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Leagues and Casinos – Forging New Partnerships
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Kathryn Tappen, Host and Reporter, NBC Sports Group

Speaker: Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League
Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International

The changes felt with the repeal of PASPA were especially evident in the professional sports community. With the exponential expansion of sports betting across the country, leagues had to get up to speed quickly on what they needed to know, the risks involved and how they wanted to approach sports betting. Over the past year, several leagues and teams have worked to build partnerships with casinos and sports betting operations. The Commissioner of the NHL and Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International leaders will talk in this session about how their partnership came about and how new collaboration and partnerships will impact sports and gaming.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Five Years Post-PASPA – Industry Leaders Share Their Visions of the Expansion of Sports Betting
Speakers and Session Description

Moderator: Darren Rovell, Senior Executive Producer, The Action Network

Speaker: Joe Asher, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill
Greg Carlin, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Rush Street Gaming
Jason Robins, Chief Executive Officer, Draftkings
Christian Stuart, Executive Vice President Gaming and Interactive Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment

With all the attention on new states coming on-line and policy decisions enabling the expansion of sports betting, it is easy to focus on the immediacy of the opportunities that were created with the repeal of PASPA. But the success of this new opportunity won’t fully be seen for years to come. Several gaming executives share their view of the marketplace evolution and what will work in a mature, legal U.S. sports betting market.

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Closing Remarks


101 MGM National Avenue
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

MGM National Harbor is an MGM Resorts destination located on the Potomac River across from Washington D.C.

A room block has been secured at the MGM National Harbor Hotel for the duration of the Summit. Room accommodations can be secured through the reservation link or by calling the reservations department at (844) 646-6847.

The reservation cut-off date is Friday, March 1, 2019. Reservation requests received after this deadline date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate.


Kerry Gaylor
Director of Partner & New Member Management

Jonathan Michaels
Senior Director of Member Services

Main: 202.552.2675