In a note to members reflecting on 2020, American Gaming Association CEO Bill Miller hailed the success of the industry in facing down the pandemic.
In a rallying call, Miller said that the year had been one noted for enduring a devastating pandemic, social unrest and a contentious national election in the US.
“The toll Covid-19 has taken on each of us is real, affecting our families, teams and businesses, but as the year comes to an end the deployment of breakthrough vaccines presents promise and hope for a much brighter 2021,” he said.
He added that it was, however, a year of “remarkable success”, as for the first time the gambling industry had received fair treatment from the Federal Government in the US through the CARES Act and any discriminatory policy was defeated, providing small gaming businesses access to the Paycheck Protection Program.
Apart from that, said Miller, the gambling industry was a leader in establishing health and safety protocols; pioneering payment innovation; extending responsible gaming; challenging the illegal market in sports betting; and connecting virtually to share experiences.
Now the AGA is focused on securing additional economic relief, promoting new champions to help the recovery, blocking harmful policies and driving communications and research.