The American Gaming Association (AGA) and MGM Resorts International have each contributed $100,000 as a founding donors of the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) new Fund to Support Research on Sports Wagering.

The fund is the first in the nation dedicated solely to studying the impact of sports wagering on American bettors since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018, according to a press release.

 Research supported by NCRG’s fund will equip operators, policymakers and the more than 4,000 regulators across the U.S. with science-based evidence to assess and design gaming provisions and policies that protect consumers and prioritize responsible gaming above all else.

“The expansion of legal, regulated sports betting has made it increasingly important that responsible gaming is not only a signature priority in new gaming markets, but that we also continue to deepen our understanding of effective responsible gaming practices,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the AGA. “The American Gaming Association is pleased to be a founding donor of this important endeavor.”

AGA members William Hill US, GVC Holdings PLC, IGT and Hard Rock International have also made significant contributions to the fund, in addition to NASCAR.

 “The NCRG has long been a catalyst in the field of gaming research. This fund is especially significant because it will open up research in a previously understudied field in the U.S.—defining what we know about the effects of sports wagering for years to come,” said Dr. Russell Sanna, executive director for the NCRG. “With new opportunities for legal sports betting around the country, policymakers, practitioners, the entire industry, and the public will benefit from expanding our knowledge on this issue.”