NBA Preparing to Increase its Policing on Sports Betting
Now that sports betting has become legalized in the United States, the NBA is looking to take precautionary measures to ensure that players, coaches and its staff don’t take advantage of the rules and ultimately jeopardize the integrity of the league. NBA Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum explained some of the strategies that are being employed.
“A lot of it has to do with education with respect to our players, with respect to our teams,” Tatum explained. We’re spending a lot of time learning from the mistakes that were made and what we’re seeing in sports betting in places around the world.”
Other sports, namely lower level soccer and tennis have had match-fixing and betting scandals in the past. Think back to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, or more recently, 28 ATP & ITF tennis players were arrested for allegedly fixing matches.
While the NBA wants to improve education and its gambling policies, they still believe that regulated sports betting is a very exciting and positive development.
“We’re trying to educate our fans. We’re educating our players and our teams. Taking a little bit of a cautious approach here… but generally, we are excited about the regulation and legalization of sports betting,” Tatum said.
As of now, Swiss-based data agency Sportsradar monitors betting on NBA games and flags potential market irregularities. The NBA is also currently working with the English Premier League to learn more about how to go about educating its players and implementing effective policies.