In it’s history, the NBA has been against legal sports betting but more recently the NBA has thrown its weight towards legalizing sports wagering in the US on a federal level.
Now the NBA is the first of the big 4 (NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL) to submit a written testimony in a January 24th 2018 public hearing on the issue of legalizing sports betting on the state-level, specifically the state of New York:
“…we support the passage of a comprehensive sports betting bill that would serve as a model for a 50-state solution — whether that happens in Congress or on a state-by-state basis.”
In a statement to lawmakers, Spillane said “We have studied these issues at length, our conclusion is that the time has come for a different approach that gives sports fans a safe and legal way to wager on sporting events while protecting the integrity of the underlying competitions.”
It’s been reported that many of those who testified at the hearing were in favor of allowing online sports betting in the state of New York.
With the NBA’s more favorable stance, it’s fair to say the odds are a lot closer to seeing legalized sports betting not just in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, but perhaps even online and mobile sports betting and across all 50 States.