New Jersey withdraws league’s integrity fee with new bill

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New Jersey has advanced a new sports betting bill that doesn’t include an integrity fee, only two days before a vote was due on a earlier bill that did.

The original bill, introduced by Senator Bonacic, came as a surprise to many, by offering any funding at all to sports leagues, after so many years fighting New Jersey in court.

However, a new less compromising bill has now taken its place in the legislative schedule, and is due to be voted on this Thursday.

Not only does the new bill provide no funding to leagues, but it doesn’t require New Jersey casinos to share real-time game data with them either – which the leagues claim they need to aggregate with other states’ data and identify suspicious activity.

Furthermore, even if a game is found to be fixed, state actors are not obliged to inform the leagues or other states.

At a hearing on Monday, Bryan Seeley, head of investigations, compliance and security at Major League Baseball, said the new bill “does not give us the tools we need to protect our national pastime.”

“The tool you’re looking for is money. That’s not going to happen,” said Ralph Caputo, head of NJ’s state Assembly’s gaming committee.”

“You guys are in it to make money. This is hypocrisy to the fullest extent.”


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