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NBA, MLB say West Virginia’s sports betting bill Is flawed


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball are knocking West Virginia’s attempt to legalize sports betting, asserting the bill lacks proper safeguards, doesn’t protect consumers, and wouldn’t prohibit players from betting on their own sports.

The sports organizations are offering their ideas on how to improve the sports betting bill, while they also seek a 1 percent “integrity tax” to help them investigate and monitor sports games and gaming boards as they happen on the field and on the courts.

Both the NBA and MLB released separate statements Monday denouncing West Virginia’s legislation, but they’ve jointly retained counsel and communications representatives to press their message in the state.

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