The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced Joe Maloney, previously the vice-president of public affairs and strategic communications for the Washington Commanders, as their new senior vice-president of strategic communications. This new position will involve Maloney overseeing all communications, research, marketing, and public affairs campaigns for the organization. He will officially begin his role in January 2024, leaving behind his previous position with the Commanders. Before joining the NFL team, Maloney was a partner in the public affairs business Locust Street Group and served in various roles for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He also worked as a field organizer and field director for the John Kerry for President initiative. In his new role, Maloney expressed his honor and enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with AGA, stating, “The future holds great promise. I’m energized by the opportunity and challenge of communicating the remarkable benefits and economic impact of legal gaming across the country.”
AGA president and CEO Bill Miller also expressed his excitement for Maloney’s addition to the team, citing his experience, advocacy, and energy as valuable assets for the casino gaming industry. This announcement comes on the heels of AGA reporting that US commercial gambling is on track for a record year, with $16.17bn generated in revenue during Q3. Revenue in the third quarter was up 6.1% year-on-year, marking the 11th straight quarter of annual revenue growth and the best third quarter on record. Traditional slot machine and table game revenue reached $12.49bn, up 1.8%, while igaming grossed $1.52bn, a 26% increase year-on-year. In-person and online sports betting also saw a strong quarter, with revenue up 22.8% to $2.15bn. Overall, land-based gaming revenue grew 1.5% in Q3, reaching a total of $12.61bn.