NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Wants to Bring Sports Gambling Into the Sunlight

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presents the Larry O'Brien trophy to the San Antonio Spurs after Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presents the Larry O’Brien trophy to the San Antonio Spurs after Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s time for a new approach to betting on sports.

In an op-ed article for The New York Times published online on Thursday, Silver says fans should have a safe and legal way to gamble on professional games. He suggests a federal framework that allows states to legalize sports betting. He says new regulations would help prevent underage betting while educating those with a gambling problem about how to bet responsibly.

Sports leagues have long opposed gambling on games, claiming it creates incentives for game-fixing. It is currently only legal in Nevada; New Jersey is moving toward legalization — against the opposition of all four major pro sports leagues.

Silver says new laws would have to protect the integrity of the sports.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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