Gaming Industry Opposes Indiana Bill That Gives Leagues Sports Wagering Cut

An Indiana bill which would earmark 1 percent of sports betting handle for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and other leagues for wagers on their games drew scathing criticism on Tuesday from bookmakers and other gaming industry officials.

The bill, which was introduced on Monday by Republican state Representative Alan Morrison, described the revenue stream for the leagues as an “integrity fee” to prevent fixing of games. 

Vic Salerno, a prominent Las Vegas bookmaker who is president of USFantasy Sports, said the fee is nothing more than “a heavy tax.”

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