Posts Tagged ‘University of Nevada Reno’

February 21, 2013

Real Professor, Economist Brought Gaming into Academic Realm

Inside Gaming: Bill Eadington dies at age 67

Photo: Theresa Danna-Douglas /University of Nevada, Reno

Photo: Theresa Danna-Douglas /University of Nevada, Reno

Bill Eadington never built a billion-dollar Strip resort. He never managed a riverboat casino or a gambling hall of any size. Eadington never created a new table game. He never developed an innovative slot machine.

Yet, the influence Eadington carried inside and outside gaming circles during his 44-year academic career as an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, went beyond measure. He founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at UNR.

Dozens of gaming industry professionals owe their careers to Eadington. Emerging gaming markets sought out Eadington’s research and advice as a consultant on issues related to regulation and law, public policy, and legalization.

He paved the road for academics in other disciplines, such as sociology and history, to study gaming.

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