US Player Associations Insist on Joining Sports Betting Legalization Discussions

Written on:April 30, 2018
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Sports Betting Legalization

The ongoing brouhaha surrounding the supreme court’s impending decision regarding sports betting in New Jersey has acquired a new twist. Players from the various sports leagues are unifying and acting in concert, demanding that they have a legal voice in the sports betting decision-making process. They maintain that the integrity of the individual players and the integrity of the games themselves are at stake. There is also a revenue concern, as players believe that some percentage of any sports betting procedures should go to the players being betted on.

Key Takeaways:

  • Players of the major U.S. sports leagues feel that the integrity of their sports could be jeopardized by the outcome of the supreme court’s decision regarding the New Jersey sports betting debacle.
  • Acting in concert, the players have released a joint statement, demanding an officially sanctioned voice in the ongoing sports betting debate.
  • Among other things, they believe that the players being betted on are entitled to a portion of the revenues generated by sports betting.

“The major player associations in the US – the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), Major League of Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) – have broken their silence while waiting for the US Supreme Court’s ruling on the New Jersey sports betting case.”

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