Here’s how sports leagues have reacted to possibility of legal sports gambling
The news that the door has been opened for states to legalize sports gambling following a US Supreme Court decision Monday prompted reactions from several of the major governing bodies in the sports world.
The NBA has maintained for some time that it was in favor of legalized sports gambling, and commissioner Adam Silver welcomed Monday’s news.
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting,” Silver said in a statement disributed by the NBA. “We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures. Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”
Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, and England’s soccer Premier League also said they are in favor of legalized sports betting in the US. They would want their taste of the action in the form of a percentage of the amount bet on their sport’s contests, according to ESPN.
Here are some reactions from other governing bodies and organizations:
National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop
“Until today, pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing has been the only legal form of sports wagering available throughout most of the United States at both physical locations and online. Now that the US Supreme Court has ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional and states are free to regulate sports betting as they see fit, our multibillion-dollar industry must rise to the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by this expansion of sports betting.”
“The Supreme Court’s decision today paves the way to an entirely different landscape — one in which we have not previously operated. We will review our current practices and policies and decide whether adjustments are needed, and if so, what those adjustments will look like. It’s important to emphasize that the Supreme Court’s decision has no immediate impact on existing League rules relating to sports wagering, and particularly, wagering involving NHL games. So, while changes may be considered in the future, today’s decision does not directly impact the operation of the League or any of our Clubs in the short term.”
NFL Players Association statement
“The Supreme Court’s decision today reaffirms the decision to collaborate with the other sports unions on the issues of player safety, integrity of our games, and privacy and publicity rights. Our union will monitor developments closely and address the implications of this decision with the NFL, state legislators, and other relevant stakeholders.”
“The NFL’s longstanding and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game remains absolute. Congress has long recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game.”
“Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court will have profound effects on Major League Baseball. As each state considers whether to allow sports betting, we will continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports. Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games. We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.”
“Today the United States Supreme Court issued a clear decision that PASPA is unconstitutional, reversing the lower courts that held otherwise. While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court.”
“We are aware of the Supreme Court’s decision on PASPA and will continue to monitor what the ruling will mean for individual states and our sport.”