Becky Harris, formerly Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, has joined the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR). She will take up an academic fellowship there with the emphasis on further study of the newly legalized sports betting sector.

Speaking on the UNLV News Center about her latest move, Harris stated: “I couldn’t be more proud of my partnership with UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation. Since the repeal of PASPA last May, more states are looking at the viability of establishing and operating legalized and regulated sports betting in their jurisdictions. This role will allow me to showcase impactful research and best practices in gaming regulation to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sports betting across all 50 states and internationally.”

As an academic fellow in sports betting, Harris will collaborate with stakeholders on behalf of ICGR to finalize the formation, launch, and first convening of the US Sports Betting Forum—an outlet designed to convene stakeholders to discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering.

“This position and Harris’ appointment are critical to the mission of UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation,” commented Jennifer Roberts, ICGR’s associate director, “With the continued expansion of legalized sports betting, the need for neutral resources and research in gaming regulation has become critical — and Ms Harris’ research, background, and expertise will help the ICGR to provide just that.”

During her tenure with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Harris helped guide the Nevada gaming industry through controversial issues such as the #MeToo movement and cannabis regulation as it relates to casinos.