IGCE Looks at WTO Ruling

19 January 2006

HATBORO, Pennsylvania -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The International Gaming Conference
& Expo (IGCE), slated to take place April 9th-11th in San Jose, Costa Rica,
has announced that it will feature, among an already extensive and
comprehensive program and roster of speakers, what has been billed as "an
electric debate" on the impact of the World Trade Organization Ruling on
Cross-Border Gaming involving Antigua and the U.S. That conference session,
the kick-off of the Expo, will focus on the impact of the decision regarding
the future of global interactive gaming. Complete details and information on
that and the entirety of the conference are now available at

A spokesperson for The Sports Network, organizer of the event, indicated
that, "As is usually the case with the rest of the world's industries, the
U.S. exerts a disproportionate influence on global commerce. Consequently,
when related to a multi-billion-dollar annual industry, whether one agrees
with it or not, we decided that it was time to attempt to determine what are
the real effects of the W.T.O. ruling. To effectuate that, we called upon
Mark Mendel, the lead attorney for Antigua in the case against the U.S. before
the W.T.O., and renowned gaming law expert I. Nelson Rose, Professor of Law at
Whittier Law School. They will debate and discuss what the ruling really
means for the industry."

He further indicated that the political battle over the legitimacy of
offshore and online gaming continues to rage on from New York to Los Angeles,
Antigua to London, and Costa Rica to Malta while opinions from the most
respected legal minds domestically and internationally maintain a steadfast
course in their diversity and the complete lack of a standard, a guideline.

"The IGCE," he continued, "is the primary result of The Sports Network's
Conference Division and others will follow in the months and years ahead
covering technology, marketing, Internet, various aspects of sports as well as
others now in the planning stages. The fact of the matter is that TSN,
recognized as the acknowledged leader in the area of real-time sports coverage
domestically and internationally, has the background, expertise and respect of
the industry as most suited to undertake the conference lead in areas such as

IGCE, whose major sponsors presently are BetCRIS, Scientific Games and
WSEX, will gather together gaming attorneys, investors, analysts, legislators,
regulators, marketing firms, advertisers, sportsbook operators, payment
processors, as well as technology. The comprehensive IGCE program will
examine online gambling, poker, bingo, skill games, sports content, horse
racing, land-based competition, gaming platforms, technology, international
legal and regulatory issues, marketing/brand awareness, payment solutions,
Asian and European markets - the appeal of soccer, cricket, rugby and other
sports, the public desire for mahjong/backgammon/casino games/virtual horse
racing and much more.

Related Links
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