NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is the proponent that is strongest of legalizing sports gambling for the four major expert sports leagues, and this week he predicted that a federal repeal to the present ban will come in the next several years.
Basketball boss Adam Silver thinks chances of PASPA’s repeal are about as strong as the Golden State Warriors winning another NBA title in the coming years. (Image: CBS Sports)
Appearing on a panel alongside the other ‘Big Four’ commissioners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, MLB boss Rob Manfred, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the executives were asked to consider in on the future of gambling in sports.
Silver, as expected, gave probably the most resounding endorsement to legalizing sports gambling.
‘My feeling is the law will improvement in the next few years in the usa,’ Silver explained, as reported by SportsBusiness Journal. Silver added that if what the law states changes and sports gambling becomes a right reserved to the states, he hopes jurisdictions that legalize sportsbooks would also allow in-play betting.
‘People desire to bet through the entire game. It results in enormous additional engagement with the fans,’ Silver concluded.
The four league bosses were appearing at a conversation titled GameChangers: Creating the Future of Sports. The event was hosted by The Paley Center for Media in New York City.
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