The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced its intention to throw support behind the proposed legalisation and regulation of sports betting in the US, and plans on lobbying US congress.
In 2016 the NBA said it would not directly advocate the move although it would support federal regulation.
Vice-President and Assistant General Consel of NBA announced at the Sports Betting USA conference in New York that the organisation now intends to lobby Congress for a “federal framework”
At present, only Nevada is permitted to provide sports wagering services within the US though illegal sports betting volumes are incredibly high.
This change in view from the NBA is seen as support and a boost for the New Jersey case currently going through a legal process which could potentially lead to the introduction of regulation and legalised sports betting in further US states.
The state of New Jersey is attempting to overturn the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). An act which makes it unlawful for the sponsorship, operation, advertising, promotion and licensing by government bodies in relation to games played by athletes.
The state argues that PASPA is against the U.S. Constitution in that Nevada is permitted such an opportunity while other states are denied the right.
The US Supreme Court will hear the case on 4th December 2017.
Further support was added by North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber who in relation to sports wagering referred to betting as “part of the DNA of football”
“I think there are great values to our tax revenues to be able to do that, I don’t think we can stop it, so maybe we’d even lead the charge.
“Gambling on games, betting on games, is part of the DNA of football around the world.”
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