Our journalistic colleagues at SportsHandle.com bring you more stateside news as another busy week of post-PASPA legal wrangling and jockeying for pole position comes to a close.
Pro Leagues’ Messaging on Sports Betting ‘Integrity’ May Backfire
In response to a salvo about the “integrity fee” from a New Jersey senator on Wednesday, the NBA and MLB (the “Leagues”) made it clear that they will not quietly give up the fight for a percentage of all legal sports wagers to come in the United States. In so doing, the Leagues will continue to keep front and centre the notion that their games are now ripe for manipulation, fixing and abuse in this new era.
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Some Gubernatorial Candidates Take Strong Stance on Sports Betting
It’s been little more than a week since the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, thereby making sports betting a states’ rights issue. And politicians across the country have wasted little time taking the issue and taking a position on it.
For months, state-level politicians have been on a steep learning curve regarding sports betting. Open hearings in Connecticut and Kansas proved just that – when stakeholders presented to them nuances of oddsmaking, thin margins, regulations and more. Many other states are quickly realizing that in order to execute a fiscally sound and agreeable structure, they must get their tribal partners – who often pay states a hefty tax on current gaming revenues – on board before passing legislation.
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New York State Sports Betting Plans, Picture: It’s a Bit Complicated
Last Monday’s Supreme Court decision lifting the 1992 federal ban on sport betting outside Nevada has sent more than two dozen states into a race to decide how or if to introduce legal, regulated sport betting. Some states are starting the car, others pressing the gas, others yielding with caution, more likely to get on the ramp in 2019.
The possibility of New York sports betting in 2018 is murky, with some lawmakers optimistic, others apparently frustrated, and Governor Andrew Cuomo casting doubt. But there was a significant development Monday, which might light a fire under the legislature’s tail to get something done: the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) is moving forward with the crafting of NY sports betting regulations that would impact only the four commercial casinos in the state.
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Sports Betting and Booze: A Tale of Two Prohibitions
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is just the latest version of prohibition politics to fail in America. Just after the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. government instituted prohibition of alcohol, and most Americans did not react well to the dry spell.
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