Tennessee investigates illegal betting activity during Super Bowl LV

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Tennessee legalized sports wagering late last year. It’s biggest event to date has triggered one of the biggest controversies to emerge since the Supreme Court opened the nationwide betting floodgates nearly three years ago.

According to TNBets.com, via David Purdum of ESPN.com, Tennessee authorities recently announced that two of the state’s four official sportsbooks experienced “illegal” betting activity during Super Bowl LV. The situation, which remains under investigation, triggered the permanent closure of 74 betting accounts.

The four currently regulated sportsbooks in Tennessee are BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Action 246. Only BetMGM said that it’s not under investigation, according to Purdum. DraftKings and FanDuel declined comment. Action 247 referred all questions to the Tennessee Lottery.

The NFL, according to Purdum, said that it “appreciates the oversight of the Lottery to help promote the integrity of sports betting markets.” The Tennessee Lottery admits, however, that the situation “did not involve any event or game integrity-related matters.”

Still, no information has been provided regarding the reasons for the suspicious activity. Tennessee did not approve betting on non-football props, like the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach. Per Purdum, the investigation currently involves potential violations of state and federal law.

17 responses to “Tennessee investigates illegal betting activity during Super Bowl LV

  1. I heard it was somebody’s grandmother’s book club who had some squares on the game.
    Watch and see they arrest several 70 year old women on “gambling” charges.

  2. I’ll bet there’s more hanky panky going on in the stock market than at the sports book.

  3. People are going to gamble why not legalize it and get some tax money off it. Be done with all this kind of stuff, I mean before long smoking pot will be legal in every state for that very reason. Yes, for that very reason.

  4. integrity of sports betting markets… that is an oxymoron I have never been a gambler nor do I want to be. Seen way to many folks get caught up in it and lose weekly paycheck over and over and families suffer…

    I know I will get a ton of thumbs down but that is my viewpoint..

    Cheating to get more money…greed… in gambling go hand in hand so this should surprise no one.

  5. Well, at least this is nothing that millions of dollars and a sham investigation can’t fail to resolve. Roger probably already has Ted Wells on the phone.

  6. Legalized gambling is going to be the death knell of the NFL. Rozelle wasn’t right about a whole slew of things but he was spot on about this.

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