How to maintain the integrity of the game?


We all know sportsbetting is coming and just a few days after the federal ban was lifted, many states are working as quickly as possible to put together plans to regulate sports gambling. There are so many things that need to be covered (no pun intended) from age requirement, to where you can bet, what the tax rate will be, ect. One big thing that is inevitably going to come up and will need to be addressed is the integrity of the game and the professional leagues being worried about their on field product being tarnished by sportsbetting. I have some ideas on how these leagues can protect the integrity of the game.

The NBA has been preparing for this announcement more than the other three professional leagues and commissioner Adam Silver has already proposed an, “integrity fee.” It will be a big time battle between the states and leagues on how this fee is determined. The NBA wants a percentage of each bet that is placed on their sport. As you can imagine, that dollar figure could be a huge chunk. I do think that some sort of profit sharing/fee will need to be paid to the leagues for this grand master scheme of legal sports betting to work. How the leagues spend that money is going to be key to protecting the on field/court product and maintain the integrity of the game.