NBA Set To Lobby Congress To Legalize Sports Betting On A Federal Level
The flip-flop approach of the NBA to the legalization of sports betting continues to amaze. It has now been announced that the NBA intends to lobby the U.S. Congress to legalize and regulate the sports betting market countrywide.
This new “revised” approach comes after so many changes in policy that it is hard to keep up with them. Almost three years ago NBA Commissioner Adam Silver started to change his tune and has since said that the reality of sports betting is that it is just a matter of when and not if it is legalized. This followed the NBA saying last year that while they support a federal regulation of sports wagering, they will not actively lobby for it.
In a surprise turnabout, Vice President and general counsel at the NBA, Dan Spillane outlined the NBA’s plans at the Sports Betting USA conference in New York by saying that they will lobby Congress for a “federal framework”
Ina statement on Twitter Spillane said that the NBA has advisors in DC and Legislation who are pulling together with their Commissioners to jumpstart the conversation. The timing of the statement release is very helpful for the case in New Jersey who are at the final legal hurdle to see if they will be able to offer sports betting in the state after years of legal battles.
The NBA’s support for a federal legalization of sports betting has been followed by other commissioners like Don Garber of the North America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) who also voiced his support for the legalizing sport betting saying that is it “part of the DNA of football”.