Pro-Line back in the NBA
Old 01-26-2010, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An issue that came close to costing Toronto its NBA franchise over a decade ago has resurfaced as Pro-Line will once again make professional basketball available for wager.

The decision comes 15 years after Pro-Line was forced to remove NBA games to allow the Raptors membership in the association. Prior to the expansion team's arrival in 1995, basketball was available for wager on slips, alongside other pro sports like hockey, soccer and baseball. The league was not about to waver in its longstanding opposition to gambling on NBA games, even if it meant pulling the expansion franchise.

The Raptors original owner, John Bitove, agreed to pay $5 million over three years to a new charitable foundation, and then $1 million a year thereafter. The move away from Pro-Line was met with controversy as much of the sports gambling profits -- as much as $100 million -- was earmarked for hospitals. It took three months of negotiations involving the NBA and the province of Ontario to resolve the dispute.

As part of the agreement the NBA also named the city of Toronto as hosts of the 1995 NBA Draft, where the team selected Damon Stoudamire with its first-ever pick.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gamblers in Ontario will soon be able to wager on NBA games.

The Raptors, NBA and provincial government are on the verge of allowing professional basketball to be part of the daily Pro Line offerings, a senior Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment official said Tuesday.

“It’s not done yet but it will probably be done for next year, maybe this year’s playoffs,” said Tom Anselmi, the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of MLSE.

The NBA originally ordered the province to drop NBA games from its daily offering as terms of the expansion agreement for the Raptors.

Anselmi said the team has been in negotiations with the league for the last year to have the restriction lifted.

“It happens in other provinces,” he said. “In B.C., the Grizzlies left and the NBA went back on (that provincial gambling ticket.)”

The NBA has loosened its vehement anti-gambling stance in the last few year, holding its annual all-star game in Las Vegas and toying with the idea of putting a team in that gambling Mecca.

Anselmi said details are still being fully worked out but that the league, province and Maple Leaf Sports are trying to ensure a percentage of the daily wagers goes to basketball development in Ontario.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got some friends that are going to be pretty happy about this.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pro Line is the biggest waste of money ever.

I love gambling on sports but do I hate Pro Line.
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I don't touch pro-line, you have to go on-line to get anything that's going to give you even a remote shot at getting a return.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't touch pro-line, you have to go on-line to get anything that's going to give you even a remote shot at getting a return.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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pinnaclesports.com usually has the best value. bet365.com has great variety. Those are the two I have used successfully, and they're generally very highly rated.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
T. Ross IS The Phantom Menace.

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Old 01-28-2010, 09:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yup agree with the guys

Pro Line is for chumps
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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all online betting is nonsense and so is Pro-line. i stick to betting on sports with my friends so at least we can get a chuckle out of it. and even then we dont do it that much.
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