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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
8 am - 1 pm

The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States invites you to attend this informative, half-day meeting that will provide a full understanding of the opportunities in sports betting for Maryland minority-owned small businesses, investors, and other interested parties.

This free event includes three expert panel discussions with legislators, gaming suppliers, gaming operators, legal/licensing executives, and industry consultants. Participating Maryland legislative leaders include:

  • Darryl Barnes, Maryland State Delegate
  • Melony Griffith, Maryland State Senator
  • Anne Kaiser, Maryland State Delegate
  • Eric Luedtke, Maryland State Delegate
  • Cory McCray, Maryland State Senator
  • Edith Patterson, Maryland State Delegate
  • Craig Zucker, Maryland State Senator

Panelists will also be available for Q&A.


Opening remarks/welcome by Michael Pollock, Managing Director Spectrum Gaming Group and the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States and Joe Weinberg, CEO, Cordish Gaming Group 

Panel 1 DiscussionThe Status of Maryland Sports Betting Legislation:

Plan your own future as you hear from the authors and legislative leaders within the Maryland Legislature as to:
  • What is in the legislation, including an explanation of the policy goals?
  • What are the opportunities that the legislation is designed to provide for minority-owned small businesses?
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group

Panel 2 DiscussionSports Betting 101:

An introduction to the sports betting ecosystem from a diverse group of industry professionals who can explain:
  • The economics of sports betting
  • How it has worked in other states
  • What does it mean for casino operators, local communities?
  • Joe Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affairs and Special Initiatives, Scientific Games
  • Vik Shrestha, Senior Director, IGT PlaySports
  • Rob Norton, President, Cordish Gaming Group
  • Michelle W. Cohen, Member, Ifrah PLLC

Panel 3 Discussion – A Regulatory/Legal/Licensing Overview of Maryland Sports Betting:

Explaining the application process for potential vendors, including minority business enterprises.
  • Why are licenses required, and which businesses and individuals need to be licensed?
  • How long does the process take, and what information must you provide?
  • How do you qualify and apply?
  • Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs, Maryland Government
  • Fred Gushin, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Lynne Levin Kaufman, Partner, Cooper Levenson Law Firm
  • Ben Floyd, Executive Advisor, Chartwell a wholly owned subsidiary of MVB Bank
  • Gregory C. Lisa, Partner, Hogan Lovells

12:40 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Tour of the Live! Casino Hotel Sports & Social sportsbook and the gaming floor

For additional information contact Josh Faber at
The Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will be held July 11-13 at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile, with dozens of lawmakers from throughout North America participating.
Nevada Senator Keith Pickard, president of NCLGS, attributes the expected turnout to the pent-up demand for information and the growing number of legislative and regulatory policy issues that elected officials will be confronting in coming months.

NCLGS will fully abide by federal, state and local guidelines in effect at the time regarding public events.
NCLGS meetings are organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, which serves as NCLGS Executive Director.
NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation. Learn more about NCLGS at

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has consulted for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 40 U.S. states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents, serves as Executive Director of NCLGS. Discover more about Spectrum at