Integrity fears hit United States leagues after sport betting ruling

Major league executives are taking meetings with bookies

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Supreme Court has cleared the way for expanded sports gambling in America, it's no sure thing that Chicago-area bettors will soon be able to wager legally on the Bears, Cubs or any other team. The first bets could be placed within weeks.

"So long as single-event sports betting is criminalized in Canada, Canadians who engage in this type of betting online do so in a completely unregulated and potentially unsafe way, with few or no responsible gambling protections or enforced-age restrictions", David Eby said in an emailed statement.

In other words, the so-called slippery slope to legalized sports gambling hasn't been slippery in some time. Players or coaches could be paid to "shave" points to, if not lose the game, win by a smaller margin than the point-spread line on wagering, they argued. "I don't think people realize that gambling is legal in 118 countries already". We have more than 40 years of experience in sports betting, we operate one of the largest sports book networks in the state of Nevada, and by the end of the year we expect to have operations in 10 different states.

Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced. "New Jersey has always been the lead advocate in fighting this inherently unequal law, and today's ruling will finally allow for authorized facilities in New Jersey to take the same bets that are legal in other states in our country", New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said in a statement.

"The goal is to move business from illegal sports books to a regulated market that's more transparent and has better protections for consumers", Carlin said.

Though legal sports betting is supposed to eliminate the illegal kind, Joseph Lopez, a Chicago attorney who has represented reputed members of the Outfit, predicted that underground bookies will survive.

Two years ago, a bill that would have legalized fantasy sports betting failed.

Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets now offered at its casinos. Americans place $150 billion on illegal sports bets, Bloomberg reported.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 law that previously banned states from allowing sports betting.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed all states to legalize sports gambling. Proponents also say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada.

On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the "integrity" of their games would remain a priority.

The NCAA, the annual torch-bearer for sports betting with its Division I men's basketball tournament, is understandably sensitive to this matter, since their brand was all over the losing court case.

He said sports betting should not be viewed as a "cash cow", since it's likely to generate less than $100 million a year for state coffers. "Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting", the National Football League said in a statement.

In Texas, the idea of legalizing sports gambling is a tougher sell.

Congress enacted the law in 1992.

Congress could try to step in again. Sen.

The biggest question is whether such a change could be done by legislation or would require a ballot measure, said Peggy O'Keefe, executive director of the Colorado Gaming Association.

"A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions", Christie wrote on Twitter. The state's current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was "thrilled" to see the high court strike down the "arbitrary ban".

ABC-7 also reached to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

In November 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott asked state lottery officials to stop collecting information about potential sports betting games, writing that he did not want the agency to consider any expansions.

"They would likely have to get approval from the state's General Assembly to authorize it", he said.

"Gambling no longer feels tawdry and in the shadows", says Chad Millman, head of media at Action. Betting would be prohibited on any athletic events taking place in New Jersey and on any competitions including a New Jersey college, regardless of where it takes place. Associated Press reporters Michael Catalini in Oceanport, New Jersey; Ben Nuckols in Washington and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed reporting.

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