Major League Baseball, the NBA and PGA Tour continue to lobby in states interested in legalizing sports betting, and, despite setbacks in New Jersey and West Virginia, the leagues appear to be in position to pick up perhaps their biggest win in arguably the most influential state — New York.
New York assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow introduced a sports betting bill Monday that includes a lot of what the leagues have been requesting: data rights, input on what types of bets are offered and a percentage of the amount wagered paid to the sports governing bodies in the form of a royalty.
“I do think they deserve something, because they produce the product,” Pretlow told ESPN on Tuesday. “I know New Jersey didn’t want to give them a dime, because the leagues were the ones who dragged them through the courts and cost them millions of dollars. I understand their position, but it’s better for me to have the support of the leagues rather than having them fighting me.”
New York State Sen. John Bonacic also is sponsoring a sports betting bill with similar beneficial stipulations for the leagues, who have sent a stream of former athletes and coaches to lobby on their behalf, including ex-New York Yankees managers Joe Torre and Joe Girardi.
Pretlow is aiming to bring his bill to a vote by the middle of next week, daftar poker but is working on a tight window. The legislative session is scheduled to end June 20, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he doesn’t believe there’s enough time.
New Jersey and West Virginia
New Jersey and West Virginia refused to comply with the leagues’ requests in their recently passed bills. New Jersey legislature voted to pass its sports betting bill Thursday. The bill is in Gov. Phil Murphy’s hands. He has 45 days to act. Murphy’s office has said the governor will “thoroughly review” the bill, leaving New Jersey operators like Monmouth Park without a timeline on when they’ll be able to begin offering sports betting.
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- Betting on sports reached $322,135 at Delaware’s three casinos Tuesday on the first day the state offered a full menu of betting options, according to the director of the state lottery.
- While the leagues would prefer statutory language, they also have participated in negotiations with gaming interests regarding commercial agreements. Officials for Major League Baseball, the NBA and PGA Tour met with representatives from gaming interests in West Virginia last month. Officials for West Virginia University and Marshall also were involved in the discussions. The parties thought they had found some common ground, where in exchange for a 0.25 percent cut of the amount bet and input on what bets would be allowed, the leagues would not require operators to use of official data. The use of official league logos and in-stadium advertising also were discussed as possibilities.