NEW YORK (WFAN) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver says no matter how the U.S. Supreme Courtroom guidelines within the New Jersey sports activities betting case, he hopes there shall be a brand new federal regulation regulating playing.
Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is difficult a 1992 federal regulation that bans playing on sports activities in all however 4 states — Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. The Supreme Courtroom will hear arguments on the case Monday, though a ruling won’t come till June.
“If the state of New Jersey have been to win that case, I feel we’re then taking a look at a framework that I don’t assume is right, and that’s that you’ve probably 50 totally different units of guidelines for 50 states,” Silver informed WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday.
“I don’t agree with the present federal regulation. I’m on the identical web page with Gov. Christie there. It’s simply that the place he’s in essence selling state-by-state potential to enter into sports activities betting how they could select, our view and the NBA’s view is let’s have a brand new federal regulation that units constant tips from state to state, however on the similar time provides states the choice as to whether or not they need to permit sports activities betting of their jurisdictions.”
Silver stated that even when New Jersey loses the case, he senses that help is rising for Congress to move a federal sports activities-betting regulation.
“It’s occurring largely illegally proper now, largely underground,” he stated. “We’d as nicely regulate it.”
WHY NO PROTESTS?
Francesa requested Silver why he thought the NBA hasn’t had the problems the NFL is dealing with with participant protests.
“Perhaps it’s partially that gamers have assured contracts, that they really feel safer talking out on political points that they care about, that there’s an extended custom within the NBA going again to Oscar Robertson, Invoice Russell to individuals who have been passionate union members who spoke out about societal points that have been necessary to them,” Silver stated. “I feel it’s a tradition that’s been handed down from participant to participant. As a result of we play roughly three video games every week and our gamers do media earlier than and after each recreation, they’ve this ongoing platform to talk to the general public, the place NFL gamers might not.
“My sense is that our gamers really feel that they’ve alternatives that perhaps gamers in different sports activities don’t to make their positions clear.”
Silver additionally famous that the NBA has had a rule in place because the Nineteen Eighties that…