Becky Harris, former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, has joined the International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as an academic fellow with an emphasis in the study of sports betting.
The fellowship will support the ICGR’s expanding role in the area of sports betting following a recent Supreme Court ruling that repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and paved the way for the legalization of sports wagering across all 50 states.
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 U.S. Sports Betting Forum—an outlet designed to convene stakeholders to discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering.
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.
Prior to becoming the first female chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Harris received her LL.M. in gaming law and regulation from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in 2016. Continuing her relationship with UNLV’s International Gaming Institute and ICGR, Harris was one of the first students to complete the institute’s gaming innovation class.