Silver Supports Gambling Legalization

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NBA Commish Insists on “Federal Framework”

Contrasting with past NBA stances on betting, league commissioner Adam Silver has voiced his support for the United States Supreme Court’s recent move to legalize sports gambling.

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). In place since 1992, PASPA had banned state-authorized sports gambling, with some exceptions. The federal prohibition had historically been backed by the NBA, along with the NFL and NCAA.

Back in January, Silver and the league voiced their support for PASPA’s potential repeal, going so far as to outline a plan in which the NBA would received 1 percent of gambling revenue. After Monday’s decision, Silver reaffirmed the league’s stance, with the caveat that the new system be uniform and federally-regulated:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting. We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures. Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”

The continuation of the NBA’s newfound support for sports gambling is a further step on the road to a new era in the business of sports, with the NBA taking on a cooperative, hands-on role.

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