Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Gaming Association (AGA), has been recognized by the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list, as one of the most influential voices in the sports business sector under the age of 40.

The Forty Under 40 Awards is the Sports Business Journal’s annual celebration of the best young talent in sports business. Slane is joined in the 20th Forty Under 40 class by sports league, team, technology and industry executives, all of whom are being acknowledged for excellence and innovation in their careers.

Sara played an outsized role in creating the opportunity for legalized sports betting to exist in the United States,” said Bill Miller, AGA’s President and CEO. “As the industry’s lead advocate, she successfully united the gaming, sports and entertainment industries, brought lawmakers to the table and drove a communication campaign that delivered a historic policy outcome. This recognition is not only well deserved but is shared by stakeholders within and outside our industry.”

Slane continues to lead the AGA’s multi-year campaign to educate policymakers, sports stakeholders and the public about the failures of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), making the case for legal, regulated sports betting in the United States. Her leadership in this initiative led to the industry’s support for New Jersey’s petition to the Supreme Court, as well as the filing of two amici briefs, which were cited twice in the Court’s ruling to overturn PASPA.