The Canadian Gaming Association welcomes NHL partnership on sports betting to provide a new level of fan engagement

Toronto, Ontario, October 29, 2018 – The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) welcomes today’s announcement by the National Hockey League (NHL) on its first sports betting partnership with MGM Resorts International.

The NHL’s decision to establish this partnership with the gaming industry in the United States will bring an exciting new level of engagement for NHL fans both in arenas and casino sports books across America.

The CGA welcomes this partnership and invites the NHL to work with Canada’s gaming industry to bring about the legislative changes necessary to offer this same level fan experience to Canada. Canada has had legal parlay sports wagering for decades. To remove the prohibition on single-event wagering, a simple amendment to repeal paragraph 207(4)(b) of the Criminal Code is required.

Canadians are without question the world’s most passionate hockey fans and want new ways to engage with their favourite sport. By working cooperatively with Canada’s gaming industry, the NHL can make single-event sports wagering a reality for Canadian hockey fans.

“This is an excellent example of the type of relationship the Canadian gaming industry is looking for with professional sports leagues”, said Paul Burns, President & CEO of the CGA. “We know that Canadians enjoysingle-event sports betting because they are wagering approximately $14 billion annually through illegal channels. We invite the NHL to work with our gaming industry to bring about the changes required to realize the full economic potential of single-event sports wagering in Canada – and give Canadian fans thesame experience as their US counterparts.”

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About the Canadian Gaming Association
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance theevolution of Canada’s gaming industry. The association’s mandate is to promote the economic value ofgaming in Canada; use research, innovation, and best practices to help the industry advance; and create productive dialogue among stakeholders. Visit www.canadiangaming.ca to learn more about the CGA and gaming in Canada.

For further information please contact:
Paul Burns, Canadian Gaming Association
(416) 579-3922
pburns@canadiangaming.ca