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Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent weighed in on the future of sports betting, saying legalization would create “an absolute avalanche of money” for pro sports teams.
Vincent was speaking on the radio show of David DeMarco, a sports host in Michigan.
Vincent was explaining what he thought might happen in sports betting, if the US Supreme Court strikes down the federal ban on single-game wagering — PASPA — outside of Nevada. He said he believes that is the most likely outcome in the
Here are some of the highlights of what Vincent said:
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Vincent said a few similar things in an interview last year.
Vincent’s thoughts are at odds with MLB and the NBA. Those leagues, in lobbying on sports betting, have sometimes contended that legalization of wagering is not going to create a windfall for them monetarily.
Vincent did seem to be a little confused on the mechanics of what will happen if SCOTUS rules in favor of New Jersey.
He said “nobody is going to know whether Congress or the states or anyone else can step in and make sports betting illegal.”
However, sports wagering is going to remain illegal under state laws in much of the country, except in the handful of states have legalized it, pending the Supreme Court decision. (That list includes, at present, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi. New York may also use a law to roll out wagering at its commercial casinos.)
Congress could step in and create a new law to make wagering illegal, but that seems unlikely.
He also seemed to think that New Jersey would have to take further steps with the pro sports leagues if it wishes to offer sports betting, a sentiment that is not accurate.
“They (New Jersey) will have to work out a deal with the leagues…the leagues are going to want to be paid, there will be a delay.”
NJ would not need any approval from the leagues to operate wagering such as what exists in Nevada currently.