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MLB: West Virginia sports betting bill could mar the game’s integrity


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia’s legislation that, if passed, would potentially put the state into the sports betting business is fraught with issues which may compromise the integrity of professional sports, a Major League Baseball executive said Wednesday.

The bill, Senate Bill 415, already has passed the West Virginia Senate and now is moving in the House of Delegates. Morgan Sword, MLB’s senior vice president for league economics and strategy, said the league is very concerned about the legislation, as it does not adequately protect the major sports leagues.

While he spoke only for Major League Baseball, Sword said executives with the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and other sports organizations also are concerned about how the legislation could impact them. Most notably, the leagues are concerned that Senate Bill 415 does not prohibit players from betting on games in which they are participants.

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