Player’s associations from the biggest sports leagues in the United States have released a joint press release addressing the possible legalisation of sports betting.
The players associations for the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL announced that they collectively want to add their voice to the debate to legalise sports betting in North America.
“The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling but also the costs. Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses,” said the statement.
“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.”
The Supreme Court could potentially offer an opinion on sports betting on 30 April.
Representatives from the NBA, MLB and the PGA Tour testified during a session in Illinois last week that they support the regulation of sports betting in a responsible way.
Dan Spillane, representing the National Basketball Association (NBA) said that while the NBA had previously opposed the expansion of sports betting in the United States, after studying the issue they had decided that “the time has come for sports fans to bet in a safe way”.