July 20, 2009 (PAP Newswire) — Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that radio personality Howard Stern casts a large shadow in the United States. He’s one of the most influential media personalities in the country, and he’s now reportedly thrown his support behind the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) and its National Poker Week, a movement to drum up political support for efforts to repeal the UIGEA.
In addition, a variety of newspaper editorialists are saying the same thing: It makes sense to legalize online poker, and it seems counterintuitive that a nation that prides itself on civil liberties would criminalize such a popular pastime.
Expect more high-profile support in the days to come as National Poker Week plays out in the political and media arena. The end result should serve as a valuable boost to Barney Frank’s legislation to fully legalize and regulate Internet poker playing in the U.S.