NEW YORK – As more states turn to sports gambling in the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States decision that overturned a federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, some politicians have sought to introduce a framework to guide the industry at the federal level. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined the conversation by releasing a memo outlining several suggestions for the burgeoning industry.
Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour and NBA issued a statement Wednesday night in support of Schumer’s proposal.
“As legalized sports betting spreads across the states, there is a need for consistent, nationwide integrity standards to safeguard the sports millions of fans love,” the statement read. “We strongly support the legislative framework outlined by Senator Schumer and we encourage Congress to adopt it.”
The NFL and NCAA later added in a joint statement: “Protecting the integrity of our sports is of paramount importance to the NFL and NCAA. We applaud the leadership demonstrated by Senators (Orrin) Hatch and Schumer in support and federal legislation to protect the integrity of our games following the Supreme Court decision. Core federal standards are critical to safeguarding the sports we love, the millions of athletes across the country who play these games at all levels and our fans.”
Among Schumer’s suggestions is that leagues provide all official data to sports books and also have a hand in deciding what bets are acceptable. He also advocated for an age minimum of 21 for bettors and for anyone taking sports bets to avoid advertising aimed at underage people and to disclose the dangers of gambling addiction.
Citing the integrity of the various sports leagues, Schumer says it’s important for the government to help lay out the framework for all parties.
“As a New York sports fan — especially my Yankees and Giants — and a senator, my priority in the wake of the Murphy v. NCAA decision is making sure the integrity of the games we love is preserved, that young people and those suffering from gambling addiction are not taken advantage of, and that consumers that choose to engage in sports betting are appropriately protected,” Schumer said, per a statement.
“With the Supreme Court’s ruling, it’s incumbent on the federal government to take a leadership role and provide the necessary guidance to prevent uncertainty and confusion for the leagues, state governments, consumers and fans alike.”
Three states — Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi — have begun taking bets since the Murphy v. NCAA decision.
Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) have also spoken of the need for legislation, with Pallone introducing his own bill in December 2017.
–Field Level Media