Players Want Rights Protected If US Sports Betting Legalized

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018 -
Players Want Rights Protected If US Sports Betting Legalized

The next big thing for the online gambling on sports in the USA could be the legalization of the activity in the country. The latest news regarding the possibility is the announcement that a group of professional sports players unions have joined together to make their voices heard in the argument for expanding sports betting opportunities in the USA. The unions for the players are making an effort to ensure that possible new laws make sure players’ rights and the integrity of the sports they play are secured.

Many officials of major sports leagues in America including Fay Vincent who is the former commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), has pledged his support. The current MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has also said he is supporting New Jersey’s effort to overturn the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

Vincent speaking on a radio program said, regulated sports betting would create an “avalanche of money” for professional sports teams in the States.  “It’s going to be the biggest development in the overall business of sports in many years,” Vincent maintains. “My guess when you legalise betting on sports in this country, you are going to generate an absolute avalanche of money for the franchises.

“Once you make betting on sports legal, you change the whole culture of how the games are evaluated and approached; the cultural and social and moral issues are really enormous.”

The group of union players said in a joint statement, “Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalised gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses. “Betting on sports may become widely legal, but we cannot allow those who have lobbied the hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our businesses.”  “The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”




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