U.S. Sports Leagues Shoot For Trifecta With Integrity Fee

It would be a win-win-win for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and other professional sports leagues if legislatures in Iowa and other states approve a 1 percent integrity fee on bets on NBA games, according to a law professor who moderated a discussion on Friday at the 5th annual Penn Law Sports Law Symposium.

First, fan engagement and television ratings for NBA games are likely to increase under a regulated and monetized system, said Marc Edelman who teaches law at Baruch College in New York City.

Secondly, with the exception of the National Football League (NFL), the professional leagues already are shareholders in daily fantasy sports companies such as DraftKings and FanDuel which stand to benefit from the legalization and regulation of sports gambling.

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