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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“In general, the gaming industry is trying to engage millennials. It's a different demographic to engage. There are different types of games and entertainment or amenities needed to get millennials.” Alan P. Meister, a gaming industry expert and principal economist at Nathan Associates, in Los Angeles Times --- “We need to do what Nevada has done before. We need to lead and have a robust discussion in the public domain [on daily fantasy sports]. Millennial customers have little interest in the type of game product we've been providing. The tastes are changing, and we can't bury our heads in the sand and wish it all away.” MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, in Las Vegas Review-Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, February 1, 2016

“We see this as a community project. We want to work together with the neighbors and the jurisdictions because this is a huge project. It’s going to bring a lot of jobs, over 2,000 jobs, a lot of construction jobs and just the secondary economic benefits from that alone is going to spawn economic growth.” Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond Hitchcock, in KCRA3 --- “The attorney general’s ruling has been misinterpreted outside of Nevada. We didn't kick anybody out. All we said is play by the rules. To offer it, operators need to be licensed; no one said daily fantasy sports was illegal. This board has been progressive toward innovation.” Nevada Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett, in Las Vegas Review-Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, January 29, 2016

“Chance plays a very small part in fantasy sports because the game is designed to be determined by skill. Skill in picking the statistically best eight or nine players.” FanDuel Attorney Scott Ward in Indianapolis Business Journal --- “I don’t think anyone wants to criminalize an activity that 3 million Floridians are engaged in. There is a legal ambiguity, so to me, it made sense to clear that issue and then have some reasonable regulations in place to protect consumers and make sure the contests are run fairly.” Florida State Senator Joe Negron, who introduced SB 832 to provide a regulatory framework and consumer protections of daily fantasy sports, in Tallahassee Democrat

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Fantasy sports helps create more sports fans and more deeply engaged fans. The fans’ engagement allows them to root for teams and athletes in new ways and increases viewership across multiple platforms, which drives revenue for teams and leagues.” Fantasy Sports Trade Association Chairman Peter Schoenke, in The Los Angeles Times --- “The federal government has already said there is an exception for fantasy sports and we're just following along in those lines. I just want to make sure there are appropriate consumer protections built in for those who chose to participate in fantasy sports.” Wisconsin State Representative Typer Vorpagel introduced AB 800, which would regulate fantasy sports websites, which are already able to operate in Wisconsin under a federal ruling that fantasy sports are not games of chance, in We Are Green Bay

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, January 27, 2016

“Obviously, we’re a gaming business enterprise. But I’m trying to focus on job creation and revenue creation, and building a sustainable economy for the massive reservation that to a large degree depends on its coal development. I think we have some opportunity for gaming growth on Navajo. But we’re using the gaming as the engine to expand into other related business ventures … There is opportunity for some gambling growth. But there are additional opportunities in hospitality and expanding our amenities.” Derrick Watchman, head of the Navajo Nation’s gaming operations and CEO or Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises, which operates four government casinos on the reservation, in Global Gaming Business Magazine --- “Justices declined to hear a NAGPRA case involving the 12 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation, who have been trying to rebury remains that were uncovered on the grounds of the University of California in San Diego, but some professors are objecting. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, ruled that a lawsuit against the university could not proceed without the involvement of the Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee. But since the tribes enjoy sovereign immunity, they cannot be joined without the consent.” On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act case, in Indianz.com --- “Allowing the militants free passage from the refuge means that our cultural patrimony is unprotected and easily transported outside the refuge for sale or misappropriation by the militants.” Burns Paiute Tribal Chair, Charlotte Rodrique, in a letter to the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations regarding tribal artifacts inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, in RawStory.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, January 26, 2016

“Succeeding as a fantasy general manager requires the same skills as real-life GMs. The best GMs can earn commanding salaries for their skill (think Billy Beane from ‘Moneyball’). Likewise, fantasy GMs are actual contestants engaged in bona fide contests of skill. Statistical experts agree that chance is ‘overwhelmingly immaterial’ to success in fantasy sports in any event. And because fantasy sports is a contest of skill, it does not matter whether people play for free or for a fee.” James Ho, former solicitor general of Texas, in My Statesman --- “I have a hard time understanding the logic of considering people old enough to join the military, to vote, to get married, and to live alone, and yet consider them insufficiently responsible to play daily fantasy sports.” Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby who disagrees with the state Attorney General’s 21-years-old age restriction on daily fantasy sports, in The Boston Globe

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, January 25, 2016

“The Texas Legislature has expressly authorized games of skill, and daily fantasy sports are a game of skill. The Attorney General’s prediction is predicated on a fundamental misunderstanding of DFS … For everything from beauty contests to bass fishing, you pay a fee, you compete and you win a prize. Under Texas law, it’s perfectly legal and always has been.” DraftKings Attorney Randy Mastro, in Star Telegram --- “Texas legislators have generally thought that gambling was a sin, that it was a moral flaw and should be dissuaded if not prohibited. But as they are trying to protect the tender consciences of Texans from all that evil, you have Texans clawing their ways into casinos and gambling sites.” Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, in Star Telegram

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, January 22, 2016

“They’ve been trying a while and good luck. I still don’t feel they’ve got the critical mass to move things forward on their own. That’s an incredible coalition, but look at what they’re doing. They’re always on the defensive. I don’t think they can get it done by themselves.” Victor Rocha said of Californians for Responsible iPoker, which includes Amaya, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and card rooms, in Gambling Insider --- “Well, I did my job. We took the time; we have a good Compact … but I respect the leadership of the House, President Gardiner. Now it’s up to them; they’ll decide how we go forward with this.” Florida Governor Rick Scott on Florida’s renegotiated compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, in Florida Politics --- “Recent news reports and legal actions taken in other states makes it clear to me that it is important to codify into Wisconsin Statute that daily fantasy sports continues to be a legal activity and provide for a certain amount of regulatory oversight and consumer protections for the numerous participants in Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Rep. Ryler Vorpagel said of his draft bill, in Milwaukee Business Journal

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, January 21, 2016

“When the Oneida Indian Nation and a majority of New Yorkers supported the measure to expand gaming, we supported a very clear law – one that mandated a review formula requiring new gaming facilities to prove they will create new jobs, rather than simply cannibalizing local economies. That new law did not empower the Gaming Commission to create an arbitrary make-it-up-as-you go licensing process that allows commissioners to change their review criteria on a whim. This lawsuit is simple: we are asking the court to force the gaming commission to enforce and respect the law that it is responsible for upholding” The Oneida Indian Nation released the statement with their lawsuit against the Gaming Commission over the Lago Casino project, in WKTV --- “You certainly don’t represent the views of Texans.” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (who has invested in Fantasy Labs Inc., a platform of proprietary daily fantasy sports data and tools) tweeted in response to the Texas Attorney General’s opinion that daily fantasy sports amount to illegal gaming under Texas state law, in the Houston Chronicle --- “Seeing politicians just do something for skins on the wall, to try to make a name for themselves, that pisses me off, as much as anything. That’s one of the reasons I’m here right now supporting you, because it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong.” Mark Cuban said in a keynote address at the annual winter meeting of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association on Wednesday, in The Dallas Morning News

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“If Texas' Attorney General was truly concerned about the small businesses that operate in Texas and the millions of people in Texas who enjoy fantasy sports, he would stop grandstanding and start working with the FSTA and the Texas Legislature on common sense consumer protection issues like those being proposed in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, California, and other forward-looking states.” Peter Schoenke, Chairman Of The Fantasy Sports Trade Association, In San Antonio Business Journal --- “My read of the situation is that daily fantasy sports can continue as they’ve been doing. We’re going to continue having conversations about what the AG's letter means, but my read is that the law is unclear.” Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-Montgomery), Co-Chairman Of The General Assembly’s Gaming-Oversight Committee, Said He Doesn’t Think The Maryland Attorney General’s Letter Compels Daily Fantasy-Sports Operations To Shut Down And He Doesn’t See Much Enthusiasm Among Lawmakers For Restricting The Activity, In The Washington Post

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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, January 19, 2016

"We were so excited when Chukchansi was opening back up again, we drove 4.5 hours to get here.” Jeannie Griffiths Who Drove In All The Way From Hayward For Chukchansi’s Reopening, In Your Central Valley --- “As 2015 came to a close, the Poker Players Alliance’s Rich Muny stated that California is the ‘next best bet’ after Pennsylvania, which has been close to the passage of bill for several months. And only days into 2016, the California legislature announced a joint committee hearing for online poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) for January 6. It seemed almost too good to be true. And it was. At the last moment, online poker bill AB 167 was pulled from the hearing’s agenda in order to focus completely on DFS.” Jennifer Newell In Poker Update --- “The FSTA urges everyone in the state of Washington to contact their representatives to vote against Rep. Hurst’s ridiculous, unseemly bill that would make criminals out of the millions of law-abiding, decent folks who have enjoyed playing fantasy sports for decades and appreciate the skill and camaraderie involved in playing the games.” The Fantasy Sports Trade Association Released A Statement Regarding Washington’s Proposed Legislation, Which Would Make Daily Fantasy Sports A Felony --- “We had some goals for last year that we achieved, one of which was making sure that DraftKings was a household name. We may look at it and say that we’re going to invest a little bit differently this year. We probably don’t need to be quite as heavy out there in the market. I think that’s a positive thing.” Janet Holian, DraftKings Global Marketing Chief, In The Boston Globe

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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, January 15, 2016

“We have questioned the troubling background of UEG, the dubious nature of the transaction, and the ridiculous attempt to alter our gaming compact to increase payments and give greater control to the State of Oklahoma. In our case, people employed by the tribes paid millions in our gaming revenues to a troublesome vendor for a speculative gaming deal, and several of them negotiated personal interests in the deal. Then they attempted to sell the tribes’ sovereignty to the state.” Cheyenne And Arapaho Governor Eddie Hamilton said of Universal Entertainment Group (UEG), in Indianz.com --- “Tribal online lending entities not only help tribes by generating revenue for critical social services, they also benefit consumers who have been shut out of the traditional banking system.” Barry Brandon, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association, said of the film An Unlikely Solution, in NativeNewsOnline.net --- “Share the voices and the stories of your people, educate their staff, invite them out to visit your nation. I can tell you from personal experience, there is just no substitute for visiting a tribal community.” Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum said at the State of Indian Nations on Thursday, encouraging tribes to educate congressional lawmakers on their community and issues, in Indianz.com

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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, January 14, 2016

“We brought Dania Jai Alai into the 21st century. We try to emphasize entertainment over gambling. Our casinos are about the concerts, the comedians, the shows. We want you to come in and have a drink, listen to music, take in a show.” Scott Savin, CEO Of Dania Entertainment Center, Said Of Florida Casino Dania Jai Alai’s $60 Million Makeover, In Sun Sentinel --- “When we found out that we could possibly have a casino project here in Galt, I personally became very excited. I’ve seen a lot of wonderful benefits that this casino has brought to that community.” Tonya Caldwell, Member Of The Wilton Rancheria’s Tribal Council, Said Of The Proposed Wilton Rancheria Complex, Which Includes A 12-Story Hotel, 2,600 Square Foot Retail Area, And A 110,260 Square Foot Gaming Floor Area

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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, January 13, 2016

“We've built a sophisticated and interactive real-time platform that is completely unique in the market. Based on the overwhelming growth of in-game play in Europe, we believe that in-game fantasy sports is the future of the industry. We look forward to introducing this innovative format to sports fans in 2016.” Assaf Einat, co-founder and CTO of Boom Fantasy, which launched a new in-game fantasy sports platform, in PR Newswire --- “I think bringing it out into the sunshine and being able to see and track when irregularity is happening, at the heart of our industry is regulation. We embrace that. We understand why it needs to be there. It provides integrity not only to the casino but also to the consumer.” Sara Rayme, a spokeswoman for the American Gaming Association, in Penn Live

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