Understanding Sports Betting: A Tribal Perspective


Apr. 11, 2019, 8:30am to 12pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 220
Photo of a sports betting venue


After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling affecting sports betting, both states and tribes are evaluating how to regulate wagering on sporting events. Because of IGRA and state compacting requirements, tribal jurisdictions have added considerations. The International Center for Gaming Regulation provides this half-day intensive program on issues specifically related to sports betting in tribal jurisdictions. Offered as a standalone or companion to the Center's general Understanding Sports Betting course.

Program Curriculum

Legal Issues Specific to Tribes
Refresher on PASPA and Murphy v. NCAA
• State authorization required under IGRA
• NIGC and sports betting as Class II or Class III gaming
Current compacts and sports betting
• Negotiating new compact provisions

Sports Betting in Tribal Jurisdictions
• Know your market
• Risk vs ROI on sports books
• Sports books as amenities in tribal casinos
• Strategies to broaden tribal markets
• Conducting a cost-benefit analysis in your jurisdiction

Tribal Sports Books Under State Law: An Alternative to IGRA
• Why state law matters
• Proceeding under state law instead of IGRA
Pros and cons of commercial operation
Tribal-state partnerships in other contexts

Takeaway: Building your Business Plan

Who can attend this program?
This program has been developed specifically for tribal and state regulators, legislators, policy makers, gaming attorneys, and tribal and state government officials. It is also open to any professional with an interest in learning more about the laws, regulations, and operations behind sports betting.

What is included in the registration fee?

The fee includes all classroom materials and a certificate of completion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A light continental breakfast. All other expenses, including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, afternoon and evening meals, and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

Is transportation or parking available?

We encourage participants to arrive either by taxi, Uber or Lyft. However, parking passes can be reserved for a limited number of spaces on the UNLV campus.

What is the attire for the program?

The attire is business casual.

What is the refund policy?

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. The International Center for Gaming Regulation is not responsible for any travel and related expenses or other expenses incurred by any participant due to a course cancellation.

2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three (3) weeks prior to the event.

3. A service fee of Fifty Percent (50%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received two (2) weeks (14 days or less) prior to the event. In the event you need to cancel, you may substitute another person to attend in your place. However, you will need to inform us in writing no later than two (2) business days prior to the start of the event.

4. 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 4 weeks for processing.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For additional questions, please contact Craig Ferreira, Operations and Marketing Manager, International Center for Gaming Regulation: craig.ferreira@unlv.edu or (702) 895-2445.

Admission Information

Enrollment Fees: $250

Includes all instruction, program materials, and light continental networking breakfast and a certificate of completion from UNLV.

Program Enrollment: Limited to 40 participants.

Contact Information

International Center for Gaming Regulations
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.