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Old 08-07-2009, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Related to the first question, what rights do the leagues truly have if a state starts offering sports betting? The leagues have often claimed that Nevada doesn't have a professional sports league because of sports betting in Las Vegas. And in Ontario the Toronto Raptors have been paying the Ontario government for years, because in order to obtain a team the government had to remove NBA betting from its sports lottery and the government wanted revenue to offset what they would have made. The leagues have also threatened to take away teams from states that decide to offer sports betting. Naturally Delaware isn't an issue since they don't have any teams in the 4 main sports, but do the leagues really have that right? Again this is something the courts must decide. And more importantly would league officials honestly take away the license to operate from the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots or New jersey Nets if a state started offering sports betting? How would that be in anyone's interest, and what would be the net gain to the leagues, and what rights do team owners have in all of it?

As mentioned earlier, the Toronto Raptors had to pay the Ontario government not to offer NBA betting in order to secure a team. If the courts determine that Delaware, New Jersey, Massachusetts, etc. are permitted to offer sports wagering, would the leagues be prepared to do as the Raptors did and pay the states an amount equal to what could be gained through sports betting in exchange for not offering gambling on the product? If not, then how much would the leagues be willing to pay to the states not to provide something the states believe is absolutely within their right to offer? Along with this issue the courts must decide if gambling is a state's right issue, and if it is, how can they dictate that some gambling is ok and others aren't? At some point the tenth amendment to the constitution must be addressed.
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Interesting.

Intuitively I don't think the government could force teams/nba to start paying for offset sports betting revenue when the teams existed before the legislation allowing sports wagering. Toronto's case clearly the government had the revenues coming in before the team showed up. It doesn't sound right that teams would have to start paying the government for something they never had.

At the same time the government is involved, so fairness could be thrown out the window.
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Interesting.

Intuitively I don't think the government could force teams/nba to start paying for offset sports betting revenue when the teams existed before the legislation allowing sports wagering. Toronto's case clearly the government had the revenues coming in before the team showed up. It doesn't sound right that teams would have to start paying the government for something they never had.

At the same time the government is involved, so fairness could be thrown out the window.
That question only arises, though, if a league will not allow the government to have legal sports gambling on that team. I don't think it's a question of fairness from the government's perspective; I think it's a question of fairness from the league's perspective, as they are trying to dictate under what circumstances the government will be allowed to have sports betting.
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