NHL fights sports-bet­ting bill

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The NHL is fight­ing pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that would make it le­gal in Canada to bet on the out­come of a game. The bill would re­peal the crim­i­nal code sec­tion that pro­hibits wa­ger­ing on a sin­gle sport­ing event.

If passed into law, each prov­ince would de­cide whether to al­low sin­gle-game bet­ting. Cur­rently, prov­inces only al­low bet­ting on mul­ti­ple out­comes on a sin­gle ticket. If the bill passes a third and fi­nal read­ing in the se­nate it will be­come law.

The NHL is urg­ing the se­nate not to pass the bill, say­ing the game's in­tegrity is es­sen­tial to its pop­u­lar­ity. The league warned that the bill would have game-chang­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions. A top Ma­jor League Base­ball of­fi­cial and the head of the Toronto Blue Jays have both ap­peared be­fore the se­nate com­mit­tee to voice their op­po­si­tion

NHL deputy com­mis­sioner Bill Daly was sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore a se­nate com­mit­tee on Thurs­day, but re­mained in New York be­cause of on­go­ing la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tions with play­ers' as­so­ci­a­tion.

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