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American Gaming Association Takes Neutral Stance on Internet Gambling

24 May 2001

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –– As reported by The Press of Atlantic City: "The casino industry, as represented by the American Gaming Association, said Wednesday it will not support the concept of legalized Internet gambling.

"Nor, however, did the industry oppose it.

"…The AGA directors expressed varying opinions on the merits of supporting or opposing Internet gambling, [AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf] said, "but they (MGM Mirage) are clearly the strongest advocate."

"…`The AGA's support or nonsupport is not at issue,' said Alan Feldman, MGM Mirage spokesman. `Our belief is that Internet gambling should be legalized and regulated if it can. … It seems very clear today that the day is coming when it is possible to provide the type of integrity that has made gaming possible in Nevada. That opinion may not be shared by some of our colleagues.'

"…In New Jersey, a bill that would allow Atlantic City casinos to offer Internet gambling has gone nowhere. The Casino Association of New Jersey opposes it.

"At the federal level, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., have indicated they will reintroduce legislation to ban Internet gambling, Fahrenkopf said…"

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