Gambling Executives Suspect Leagues Of Sports-Betting Ploy

After targeting states in their lobbying campaign for an integrity fee, leagues are calling for federal regulation of sports betting to pressure the gaming industry into sharing revenue, according to gaming executives who spoke on Thursday during a conference at Miami’s historic Biltmore Hotel.

“I think it’s a leverage play to say, ‘Look, you gambling industry, if you don’t go along with our fee or cut us in for a piece of the action on the front end, we’re going to make a regulatory mess,’” said Nicholas Menas, vice president of strategy and government affairs for The Stars Group.

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