iDEA Experts Share Knowledge at Industry Events and Legislative Hearings

National acceptance of sports betting and online gaming is spreading. The experienced perspectives of our members and our collective empirical research have made iDEA Growth a valuable resource and authority for lawmakers and government officials, who frequently request our professional opinions on implementing and legislating sports betting across the United States. The experts at iDEA are often asked to speak at events in order to educate industry leaders, legislators and consumers on the economic benefits of rationally regulated online gaming and the technological safeguards which protect the customer and the games.

See below for a calendar of our upcoming speaking engagements.


October 8-11: Global Gaming Expo – Las Vegas, NV

iDEA is a sponsor of this year’s Global Gaming Expo (called G2E for short), the largest gaming trade show in North America. Additionally, iDEA founding member Jeff Ifrah will be speaking on a panel about mobile gaming called “Mobile Gaming: The Next Big Thing for Indian Country?” The panel will cover the growth of mobile gaming in worldwide markets, and how businesses can take advantage of this boom swiftly and legally.

October 9: Ohio State Senators Eklund & O’Brien Roundtable – Columbus, OH

Ohio is one of the ten US states that has introduced a sports betting bill but has yet to make any mention of mobile provisions. George Sweny of Stars Group, a member of iDEA, has been invited to participate in this roundtable discussion with Ohio State Senators Eklund and O’Brien. The roundtable will delve into legalized sports betting, online mobile gaming, and the opportunities they may bring to the state.

October 17: Illinois General Assembly – Springfield, IL

Illinois is one of the seven US states that has introduced a sports betting bill with language about mobile use. At noon on the 17th, the Illinois General Assembly will hear testimony from iDEA member Jim Ryan of Pala Interactive on the economic benefits of online gaming. This will be a joint hearing between the Gaming Subcommittee and the Revenue & Finance Subcommittee.

October 17: Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Finance & Revenue

On the same day in Washington, D.C., founding member Jeff Ifrah will provide testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Finance & Revenue. According to Legal Sports Report, sports betting could become legal in the district as soon as 2019. Jeff will offer his expert legal advice regarding D.C. Bill 22-944, commonly called the “Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018,” with a focus on mobile gaming.

November 18: SGAC Leaders’ Policy Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

iDEA founding member Jeff Ifrah will speak at the State Government Affairs Council’s (SGAC) upcoming conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jeff will participate as a speaker on the topic of what states need to consider when they’re moving toward sports betting legalization.

November 27-28: ICE Sports Betting USA Conference, New York, NY

iDEA Growth will sponsor this groundbreaking sports betting conference. We have been invited to appear on a panel entitled “Mobile wagering – a key component of your sports betting success.” The panel will discuss the size of the sports betting marketplace globally, while indicating how much states stand to gain by legalizing it.

For more information about any of the events listed here, please get in touch with iDEA Growth.