US casino operators MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment have announced the formation of the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association (SWIMA).

SWIMA will partner with state and tribal gaming regulators, law enforcement and other stakeholders, to detect and discourage fraud and other illegal activity related to betting on sporting events.

MGM Resorts chief compliance officer Stephen Martino and Caesars executive vice president of public policy and corporate responsibility Jan Jones will serve as inaugural trustees of the association. George Rover, a longtime executive at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), will serve as chief integrity officer.

“Every operator who has unusual or suspicious activity that they see - whether it be fraud or potential match-fixing - is required to notify every other operator and required to notify the gaming regulator, who will then notify law enforcement, if need be, and will also notify the leagues, if it impacts them,” said David Rebuck, director of the NJDGE.

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren explained that the new group will monitor integrity issues and responsibly support problem gaming.

“We’re quite proud of efforts in responsible gaming and problem gaming issues, and that’s an area that we focus on quite a bit,” said Murren. “We can assure that we’re looking at this very honestly, clear-headed, clear-eyed, and deal with problem gaming issues if they arise.”

The American Gaming Association (AGA) backed the formation of the new association.

“The formation of the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association (SWIMA) serves as another important milestone toward realizing the benefits of a legal, regulated sports betting market in the United States, which provides robust consumer protection, increased transparency and additional tax revenues for state and local governments,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the AGA.

“Today’s announcement comes at a critical time as dozens of states and sovereign tribal nations are poised to pursue legal sports betting in 2019. Moving forward, SWIMA will provide an important hub for all stakeholders to work together, further demonstrating the industry’s commitment to upholding integrity across all facets of a legal, regulated sports betting market.”