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Congress Searches for a Federal Solution to Sports Betting

Do you think sports betting should be regulated at the federal level?

by Axios | 12.6.18

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would create a federal framework for states to regulate sports betting, ESPN first reported and Axios has since confirmed.

Why it matters: It pits pro sports leagues, which want a federal framework, against casinos and other big gaming companies, which don't.

Since the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year, there has been no regulatory consistency among the states seeking to allow participation within their borders.

More from ESPN on Hatch's draft legislation:

"The legislation, which would allow wagering on professional and collegiate sports, would require states to apply for approval from the U.S. attorney general when implementing new sports betting laws and regulations. It would force sportsbook operators to use official league data to grade wagers until at least 2023 and create a mechanism for authorities to target unlicensed operators domestically and offshore."

Pro sports leagues would favor Hatch's bill because they likely could charge for the official league data. Gaming organizations, of course, don't believe such data is necessary for gaming integrity — pointing to historical success in Las Vegas.

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has his own proposal for a federal framework and, unlike Hatch, isn't retiring next month.
  • Last week, companies including MGM, Caesars and Fanduel created the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association to monitor wager integrity.
  • MGM currently has deals with the NBA, MLB and NHL, allowing the casino to access official league data feeds.
  • Some casinos have individual partnerships with teams, including the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Cowboys.

Here's the draft legislation.

Michael Sykes

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
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    Why are we bothering with this? This is not a priority. Do something useful like addressing climate change. Everybody’s entitled to waste their money the way they want to. Leave this up to States.

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  • Bob
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    Why aren’t they talking about climate change? We can worry about sports betting after we save the planet

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  • Merry
    Voted Maybe
    last Saturday
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    Of course the government wants their hand in Sports gambling now!!! Who’s the biggest mob of the world governments!!! Idiots should be in the Pot business a long time ago, they’d have made Trillions by now, our debt would be nothing!!! Gambling could certainly help pay the tax loop hole from Trump giving the rich tax breaks

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  • Maurice
    Voted Yes
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    Then they can watch for all the dirt that goes on in sports.

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  • Juan
    Voted No
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    This shouldn’t be priority right now. There are so many other issues that could be addressed. With that being said, when it comes to gambling, let people spend their money how they want to.

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  • Sean
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    Once again these amoral , worthless Republicans continue to waste time on inane , trivial things. Vote every single Repug out asap!

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  • Daniel
    Voted Maybe
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    let people spend their money how ever they want

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  • Cosmo
    Voted Yes
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    A 25% tax on all types of betting before bettors payout. The tax proceeds transferred to a special school fund for access only for University tuition distribution. All students no matter financial ability are in titled to the distributions. Public and Private schools get a distribution by headcount not by school tuition cost. Federal government should in addition mandate in grade salaries only receive a COLA increase annually for school employees/educators. We can reduce school tuitions —-Listen Up Democrats—Without Increasing TAXES

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  • Terry
    Voted No
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    Congress again getting into something that is of no concern to them except taxation of sports betting.

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  • Larry
    Voted No
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    This is what is called a victimless crime. In other words, if people agree to gamble with each other, only busybodies would have a problem with it. If there is a victim, it was a willing participant who knew the risks and only the participants are liable for any losses. The government has no business enforcing arbitrary moral standards of conduct

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  • Ann
    Voted No
    last Friday
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    This is not my highest priority right now nor should it be theirs. Let’s get climate change spending Chinese mess and other important issues dealt with. Don’t forget immigration.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
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    No the only reason Congress is considering this is so they can take another sector of our economy and milk lobbying money from it. So no, don’t feed the swamp monsters.

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  • Cruise missile
    Voted No
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    Four words- we need the wall!!!! Gambling should’ve been banned and it failed because, of democrats intake more crooks and Mafia’s.

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  • Robert
    Voted No
    last Friday
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    They have too much to do already...that they’re not able to do. Why take on more?

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  • Timothy
    Voted No
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    Why? Besides wanting the tax base, what value does the Federal government add to this industry? The States are allowed to regulate gambling now, what makes Sports betting different? The Internet? The Federal people needs to stop trying to get into local and state issues. More Regulation is NEVER the right answer.

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  • Walter
    Voted No
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    Why?

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted No
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    Enough. Enough with "ban it, regulate it, you can't do it without OUR permission" crap. They govern best who govern LEAST. Our "leaders" have willfully forgotten they are REPRESENTATIVES NOT LEADERS.

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  • Leon
    Voted No
    last Friday
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    States rights.

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  • David
    Voted No
    last Saturday
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    Gambling regulation belongs at the state level.

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  • Leslie
    Voted No
    Yesterday at 6:16 PM
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    Our Government needs to keep it's greedy paws off things! Sports betting has been going on FOREVER. This sounds like ANOTHER WAY FOR THE GREEDY CREEPS TO TAX ANYTHING BUT THE RICH & CORPORATIONS! THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE REPUBLICANS PAYING ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING BUT THEIR JOB AS "PUBLIC SERVANTS" YOU DAMN CREEPS HAD BETTER START TO WORK ON GREEN ENERGY, INFRASTRUCTURE, REPEALING THAT HORROR OF A TAX BILL YOU PASSED, MAKING DAMN SURE EVERY AMERICAN EARNS A LIVING WAGE, AND NOT JUST IMPEACHING THE LYING PIECE OF FILTH IN THE OVAL OFFICE BUT YOU DAMN SURE HAD BETTER PUT HIM IN PRISON! I HOPE YOU'RE PAYING ATTENTION RUBIO

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  • Steven
    Voted No
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    I think sports betting should be banned period.

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  • Michael
    Voted No
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    Our country is being destroyed on multiple fronts, but hey, we should definitely be concerned with sports betting right now.-Sacrcasm Just look into who will stand to gain from this legislation. If this passes, watch whom money is flowing to versus whom is losing what little money they have. Someone always stands to gain financially from this type of crony capitalism.

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