As NFL tries to keep gambling at arm’s length, NBA seeks a cut of the action

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The NFL’s official stance on gambling is that it should remain illegal outside Nevada and that it shouldn’t be associated with professional sports. The NBA has a very different approach.

Today NBA attorney Dan Spillane testified before the New York State Senate that sports gambling should be legalized in the state, and that the NBA should get 1 percent of every bet made on its games.

So not only does the NBA want gambling legalized, the NBA actually wants to be a business partner with the sports books, taking in some of the money that is bet on basketball. If that were to happen the NBA wouldn’t just tolerate gambling, it would actively encourage gambling as a source of revenue.

And if that were to happen, it’s hard to believe the NFL wouldn’t want a cut as well. The NFL has already decided to move the Raiders to Las Vegas after saying for years that the league wouldn’t want to do business in Nevada, so the league’s stance toward gambling may be starting to soften. If the NBA is able to convince state officials to give sports leagues a part of the gambling action, you can bet the NFL will give up on its opposition to gambling.

15 responses to “As NFL tries to keep gambling at arm’s length, NBA seeks a cut of the action

  1. Didn’t the NBA get rid of a referee for gambling? Maybe if the leagues start taking money from sports betting, they wouldn’t have to ask cities and states to pay for their new stadiums…

  2. I’m all for legalizing sports gambling. But doesn’t it seem like a major conflict of interest to give them a hefty monetary incentive to have a stake in game outcomes (more than there already is)??

  3. If the League s getting a cut from every wager, there wouldn’t be any incentive to “promote” any particular winner or loser.
    This, to most clear thinking people, would eliminate the perception of “fixed” games.

  4. It is one thing for a league to appear to be “above” gambling and tolerate it. It is quite another for a league to have a definitive stake in how high the handle is. This is the furthest thing from “integrity”.

  5. mackcarrington says:
    January 24, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    If the League s getting a cut from every wager, there wouldn’t be any incentive to “promote” any particular winner or loser.
    This, to most clear thinking people, would eliminate the perception of “fixed” games.

    There is no perception of fixed games. It’s already well known how rigged the NBA is. Your assumption only works if the same amount of money is placed in each team. Say 10 million on each team, so nba would get the same amount with whatever team wins. The same amount of money will be placed on each team so the nba will continue to rig games to maximize the money

  6. What is the possible basis for an entitlement to 1% of money bet on their sport? I understand wanting a cut of the action. I am mystified by getting a legal mandate and entitlement. This will simply facilitate a continuation of illegal gambling and set a horrible precedent. There are a multitude of things people can bet on. Should they all be entitled to a cut of the action?

  7. morr24 says:
    February 6, 2018 at 6:50 am
    What is the possible basis for an entitlement to 1% of money bet on their sport? I understand wanting a cut of the action. I am mystified by getting a legal mandate and entitlement. This will simply facilitate a continuation of illegal gambling and set a horrible precedent. There are a multitude of things people can bet on. Should they all be entitled to a cut of the action?
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    That’s all it has ever been about. Same with alcohol, Mary John, and now gambling. Until certain entities can structure the payout such that they get a predominant portion of the pie and leave the masses to fight over the crumbs, they will make it illegal. What’s mystifying is how so many people are in prison for Mary, or gambling, and when it becomes legal, they remain there without pardon (not always, as we see in California), but only once certain people can hog the proceeds for themselves do things magically become “legal” that should have never been illegal in the first place.

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