Online Sports Wagering Policy & Operations: A Tribal Perspective


Jan. 14, 2021, 8am to 11am

Office/Remote Location

Online Live Webex Event
People in a sport book room.


Let the experts at the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation empower your tribal jurisdiction with the information and tools to successfully launch sports betting.

After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling affecting sports betting, a majority of states have moved to legalize and regulate wagering on sporting events. Many tribes are evaluating whether and how to enter this rapidly growing market. Because of the requirements of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), and, in many areas, preexisting tribal-state compacts, tribal jurisdictions face important additional legal and regulatory considerations. The International Center for Gaming Regulation provides this online intensive program with experts on Indian gaming focusing on issues specifically related to sports betting in tribal jurisdictions.

Course Content Includes:

Key Legal Issues for Tribal Sports Books

  1. 1. IGRA & Tribal Sports Books
    • IGRA, Murphy, tribal considerations for public (as opposed to commercial) gaming
    • Sports betting as Class III game under NIGC regs
    • Requirements for tribal sportsbook under IGRA & federal law: state must permit, compact must allow, must comply with other federal law like Wire Act
  2. Overview of Compacts & Sports Betting
    • Examples of tribal-state compacts that permit sports betting (will try to tailor to participants)
    • Considerations for tribes with compacts that require amendment
  3. 3. Overview of Operational Models for Tribal Sportsbooks
    • • NIGC management contract considerations for partnering with a commercial operator
    • • Examples of operational models used by tribes with advantages/disadvantages specific to tribes (will try to tailor to participants)

Educational Partners:

Kathryn Rand has served as Dean of the UND School of Law from 2009 to 2018, the first woman to hold the position. Rand is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations. She has published more than 50 articles and co-authored three books on tribal gaming,

Steve Light is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota (UND). With Kathryn Rand (UND School of Law), Steve is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations.



Admission Information

Although the curriculum of the program is primarily designed for gaming regulators tribal jurisdictions, including gaming agency staff, Board or Commission members, legislators, or policy makers, it is open to anyone  with an interest in the impact of legalized tribal sports betting.

  1. In the event a course is canceled, registrants will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of their registration fee. 
  2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three or less days prior to the event.
  3. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds granted for credit card charges will be credited to the original account charged. No refunds will be given in the event of “No Shows.” Refunds may take up to 3 weeks for processing.

For additional questions, please contact Craig Ferreira, Operations and Marketing Manager, International Center for Gaming Regulation: or 702-895-2445.

Contact Information

UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
Craig Ferreira

External Sponsor

The International Center for Gaming Regulation is one of three research centers within the International Gaming Institute, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Center's mission is to promote research and learning in the areas of gaming regulation in jurisdictions around the world.