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Brandt Iden

Head of U.S. Government Affairs, SportRadar

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The legalization of iGaming and sports betting in Michigan may not have been pretty, but it has been efficient and effective. As the prime sponsor of the bill, Brandt Iden struggled for several years to get it passed only to see former Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican like himself, veto the bill. Starting from square one with new Democrat Governor Gretchen Witmer, Iden was able to form a bi-partisan coalition that collected the best practices of iGaming legalization to help pass a law that has been successful from the start. After leaving the legislature, Iden joined SportRadar to help other states realize that realities and possibilities of legalizing iGaming and sports betting. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home office in Michigan in June.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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