The Latest: NBA says it is entitled to cut of sports bets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a call from former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for states to resist federal regulation of sports betting: (all times local):
The National Basketball Association says it is entitled to a cut of sports betting money because its business would suffer from a betting scandal.
NBA Senior Vice President Dan Spillane says the league should get one-quarter of 1 percent of the total amount bet on basketball games.
Spillane says sports betting is based on the league’s product: basketball games.
Spillane was responding to a call by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for states to oppose a bill that would give the federal government control of regulating sports betting.
Christie told lawmakers from gambling states they should resist so-called “integrity fees” as well as the mandatory use of official league data.
Leagues have been unsuccessful so far in getting states to agree to pay them a cut of sports betting.