Adam Silver calls for legalization of sports betting.

Adam Silver calls for legalization of sports betting.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants the United States to legalize gambling in Sports.

Silver pointed to Europe's legal sports betting market and wrote that Congress "should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards."

"Without a comprehensive federal solution," NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes that New Jersey's efforts to bring Las Vegas-style sports betting to its casinos and race tracks would be "unlawful and bad public policy."

Silver has spoken out for the third time about his support of legalized betting in the United States since his taking over from former Commissioner David Stern.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) prohibits state-sponsored sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Nevada is the only state which allows single-game wagering.

"Without a comprehensive federal solution, state measures such as New Jersey's recent initiative will be both unlawful and bad public policy," Silver wrote in the op-ed.

He further adds that sports betting are widespread and a thriving underground business, despite PASPA, but would like to see it "brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."

"Times have changed since PASPA was enacted," Silver pointed out. "Gambling has increasingly become a popular and accepted form of entertainment in the United States. Most states offer lotteries. Over half of them have legal casinos. Three have approved some form of Internet gambling, with others poised to follow."

Silver stressed on the need for strict regulatory measures to protect the integrity of the games.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment. Major League Baseball also declined to comment. The NHL has not yet replied to a request for comment.



 

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