David Stern, as a young lawyer representing his client – the National Basketball Association – laid a foundation for the league’s anti-gambling stance alongside government authorities. Stern, as the NBA’s Commissioner, cemented that foundation and supported Las Vegas’ current monopoly on gambling when he supported PASPA, the 1992 national law prohibiting gaming outside Vegas and a handful of States that had lottery laws in place.
But, along came the Internet and the globalization of the NBA.
Stern is now supporting the NBA’s and his protege Adam Silver’s enlightened look at gambling and recently appeared at a gaming seminar in Las Vegas to clarify his position on the record.
Here is an edited portion of Stern’s appearance: