Orrin Hatch plans to introduce new federal betting legislation

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The NFL’s reacted to the scuttling of the federal law prohibiting the expansion of sports wagering in the various states by vowing to lobby for a new federal law regulating the expansion of sports wagering in the various states. And it appears that the NFL already has a piece of legislation that it may be prepared to support.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) announced Monday that he plans to introduce legislation aimed at creating national standards for sports wagering.

“The problems posed by sports betting are much the same as they were 25 years ago,” Hatch said in a press release. “But the rapid rise of the Internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away. We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena. I invite stakeholders and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in addressing this important issue.”

The word “integrity” quickly has become a hot button in the gambling debate, because sports leagues hope to impose an “integrity fee” onto the betting framework, giving them ostensibly revenue for ensuring that their sports have a high degree of integrity but as a practical matter giving them money for nothing, because they already should be striving for the highest degree of integrity in an atmosphere of legal gambling in Nevada and widespread illegal gambling elsewhere. It will be much easier to get Congress to impose an “integrity fee” that would apply to all states than to negotiate the fee in 50 different jurisdictions.

Whether Congress may legally regulate sports wagering remains to be seen. The 1992 federal law preventing the expansion of gambling failed before the Supreme Court because, ultimately, the states have the right to make these decisions. There necessarily will be a line that the federal government can cross when telling the states how to go about implementing a gambling program.

31 responses to “Orrin Hatch plans to introduce new federal betting legislation

  1. Yes, but what about punishment for cheating Eli and the precious “integrity” Goodell cares so much about, Florio?

    Get on that story. Immediately.

  2. Ah, we were wondering which Senator would get the most bribes “lobbying” from either Vegas sports books or the NFL. Looks Like Orrin Hatch is the lucky winner of a large new deposit to his bank account.

  3. Hatch referencing effect of the Internet, when he doesn’t understand how Google makes money?

  4. Maybe it’s because I don’t play in that gutter, but is this really a problem? I’ve seen old boxing movies and understand how it could become a problem, but is it really likely or imminent that games will be fixed? Or are we solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist.

    What was the world like before the 1992 law that was just overturned?

  5. Integrity..like allowing Ex Eagle and documented Patriot hater Troy Vincent to sit in the replay booth during the Super Bowl and changing the catch rule during those replays…

  6. If a game(s) is/are proven to be fixed (how to prove that w/o a confession, I don’t know), does the league have to return the “integrity” fee to the states?

  7. “That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena.”
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    Uh oh! Politicians are the absolute last people I want endeavoring to define or protect honesty and integrity.

    For Tylaw: Not quite as bad as having the Patriots define “Integrity”.

  8. chuckshontaspads says:
    May 15, 2018 at 11:31 am
    Integrity..like allowing Ex Eagle and documented Patriot hater Troy Vincent to sit in the replay booth during the Super Bowl and changing the catch rule during those replays…

    —————–

    Yep.

    Can anyone even name 2 TDs for one team in a SB that clearly were not TDs?

    I can’t.

    And, I have a really, really good memory. The only one that comes close is Pitt getting a free TD when the runner was clearly a half yard short of the goal line in Feb of 2006 vs Seattle.

  9. “The problems posed by sports betting are much the same as they were 25 years ago,” Hatch said in a press release.

    Ah, but 25 years ago we lived in a much more civil and rational society. With a con man as Preisdent, all bets are off and everything goes. Weeeee!

  10. @root4cleveland,

    Boxing is already fixed in so much as careers are managed in such a way that any real contenders are steered away from potential threat fights and some older fighters are already paid to take a fall to any up and coming contenders that need a push.

    As far as the big 4 sports in America the athletes all make to much money to fix games same with the owners. The Black Sox scandal of the early 20th century was about the players not getting paid and a greedy owner.

    And the leagues already have an incentive to make sure the games have integrity and gambling goes on whether it is legal or not. Making betting legal will take the criminality out of it and make it easier to police see what is going on.

  11. Wait a second, I thought the Supreme Court said it was up to each individual state? Is this because only that states politicians would get bribes?

  12. Pats fans still whining like children….It’s almost like you like bitching and moaning more than winning…. oh, and you lost… Blame the genius.

  13. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena.

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    Why not do something that makes an actual difference. Introduce honesty and principle to politics.

  14. root4cleveland says:
    May 15, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Maybe it’s because I don’t play in that gutter, but is this really a problem? I’ve seen old boxing movies and understand how it could become a problem, but is it really likely or imminent that games will be fixed? Or are we solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist.

    What was the world like before the 1992 law that was just overturned?
    ————————————–

    I took it more to mean to make sure the same standards are applied to each state and that people in one state can’t access the system in other states. So if Utah doesn’t sign up they don’t want their citizens legally being allowed to gamble on New Jersey’s online venues.

  15. As someone with an 81 yr old father, I can definitely say having 84 year olds making important decisions on any level is disconcerting.

  16. sweepthleg says:
    May 15, 2018 at 11:51 am

    “and some older fighters are already paid to take a fall”
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    George Foreman v. Shannon Briggs comes immediately to mind

  17. I think back to when a Chicago Alderman was charged with taking bribes and violating the public trust. His defense on the second charge , That’s ridiculous, who would trust a Chicago Alderman ?

  18. chuckshontaspads says:
    May 15, 2018 at 11:31 am
    Integrity..like allowing Ex Eagle and documented Patriot hater Troy Vincent to sit in the replay booth during the Super Bowl and changing the catch rule during those replays.

    So I’m not the only one who thought that ruling was inconsistent with similar rulings he made throughout the regular season. Huh.

    Orin Hatch needs to find something else to do. Is this what the folks of Utah expect him to be doing?

  19. I would hire Chris Christie as a consultant: He knows the bill inside & out, he has relationships with multiple NFL owners and NJ casino/racetrack owners, and he’s just as crooked as everyone in Congress so he knows how to swim in those murky waters.

  20. Everytime a politician opens his or her mouth…seems more and more our elected “leaders” are employees of Vincent K. McMahon.

    I guess Orrin just got a max campaign contribution from the NFL…

  21. If I hear that word, “integrity” one more time……. I mean, it sounds like one of those words that is used when it is convenient for certain people…..Goodell, Patriots haters, Republicans like Orrin Hatch, etc. Child, please.

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