Leagues lobby for state gam­bling cut

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Pro­fes­sional sports leagues be­lieve they should get a cut of the money if Rhode Is­land le­gal­izes sports gam­bling.

Ex­ec­u­tives from Ma­jor League Base­ball, the Na­tional Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion and the PGA Tour went to the state­house Tues­day to ask for a 0.25 per­cent “in­tegrity fee” if Rhode Is­land law­mak­ers bring sports gam­bling into the pub­lic sphere.

The Supreme Court struck down a fed­eral law Mon­day that made most sports gam­bling il­le­gal.

The leagues said they should col­lect a fee be­cause they cre­ate the source of the bet­ting and are re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing it from fix­ing.

Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee Chair­man William Con­ley, an East Prov­i­dence Demo­crat, said he wasn’t con­vinced by their ar­gu­ments. The leagues also asked the state to share data it col­lects from the bets and said they would li­cense their of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics.

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