NBA, Major League Baseball criticize West Virginia sports betting bill

A West Virginia sports betting bill making its way through the Legislature draws criticism from the NBA and Major League Baseball. (Cropped Photo: Oralia Marnin / (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A sports betting bill moving through the West Virginia Legislature has drawn criticism from the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports the organizations issued statements Monday pointing suggesting improvements. They say the bill doesn't protect consumers or prevent players from betting on their own sports, in addition to lacking proper safeguards.

An attorney representing both leagues, Scott Ward, proposed four provisions to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, including advertising restrictions and leagues being able to opt out of specific betting forms they believed aren't sufficiently monitored. He also supported a 1 percent "integrity tax" to help investigate and monitor games in real time.

The leagues say casinos must be required to share real-time betting information, report abnormal betting and cooperate with league investigations.

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