Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04:  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media prior to the start of the NBA 2K League Draft at Madison Square Garden on April 4, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. 

Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score.

"We've joined the fray ... and we have a position," he said. "We think we should be compensated in certain ways for the additional costs we're going to incur through various integrity measures."

Ahiza Garcia of CNN Money reported the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a law that prohibits sports gambling in Atlantic City is unconstitutional. If it rules in New Jersey's favor, it could allow other states to create legal avenues to bet on sports.

In February, Silver said the NBA suggested a one percent "integrity fee" for all wagers on its games.

"I would only say from the NBA's standpoint we will spend this year roughly $7.5 billion creating this content, creating these games," he told reporters. "Those are total expenses for the season. So this notion that as the intellectual property creators that we should receive a one percent fee seems very fair to me."

Brent Johnson of NJ Advance Media reported Thursday the Supreme Court could make a final ruling in the case "as early as next week."

The NBA's response to the potential of legalized betting is likely to receive extra scrutiny because of the Tim Donaghy betting scandal, which resulted in a 15-month prison sentence in 2008 for the former referee.


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