MLB argues against Nevada’s sports betting rules, wants government regulation

According to the deputy general counsel for the MLB, Bryan Seeley, Nevada’s sports gambling laws are antiques that need to be stored on the shelf.  He argues that the laws, which were established in 1949, do not fit today’s gambling market and wants Congress to step in to oversee the creation of new legislation. 

Seeley, who graduated from Harvard Law School, points to the lack of a requirement for Nevada sportsbooks to share data related to specific betting, adding that it is illogical for any jurisdiction to adopt the state’s sports regulations.  “You can say that you care about integrity.  But when you turn around and oppose any requirement that you let the leagues know about integrity problems, it is hard for me to believe you,” he said. 

Seeley recently told The Washington Post, “It’s about more than just integrity.  It’s about the fact that this betting is on our games.  We think that we should share in some of the money that’s going to be made.”

The MLB, like other sports leagues, has been arguing for an "integrity fee" on all MLB gambling in the country.  It has shared the opinion that a 1% fee is acceptable, but has also said that it would be willing to negotiate a lower fee if necessary. 

Following the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), individual states were given the ability to establish their own sports gambling guidelines.  However, several bills, including one by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, are being drafted to have Congress govern the industry.  To date, Congress has not taken any further action.  

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