Congress Mulls Sports Betting Hearings As Wire Act Moves Into Focus

With congressional hearings on sports betting possibly occurring by the end of this month, speculation is growing that leagues may try to use amendments to the federal Wire Act as a vehicle to get the cut of wagering action which states have so far refused to give them.

A House Judiciary Subcommittee, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are considering hearings on sports betting, according to sources.

Originally earmarked for June 14, a hearing in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations has been tentatively postponed to June 26 and may be delayed again, sources said.

No date has been set yet for hearings in the Senate.

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