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.
Here's the draft legislation.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Written by Axios
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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.
Why aren’t they talking about climate change? We can worry about sports betting after we save the planet
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
Then they can watch for all the dirt that goes on in sports.
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.
Once again these amoral , worthless Republicans continue to waste time on inane , trivial things. Vote every single Repug out asap!
Raise the minimum wage, more people will have a roof over the head and will be less likely to engage in get rich schemes.
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
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
Congress again getting into something that is of no concern to them except taxation of sports betting.
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.
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.
Gambling regulation belongs at the state level.
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.
They have too much to do already...that they’re not able to do. Why take on more?
I think sports betting should be banned period.
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
What’s probably the real scenario here is Trump is looking for ways the government can tax sports betting
It’s not necessary to regulate what people do with their own money.
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.
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.