NFLPA exec: Betting can affect player privacy

NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

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An executive for the NFLPA on Friday told a room of state legislators and gaming industry officials that players are concerned about what expanded legal sports betting means for them in their private and on-field lives.

“There are serious consequences, particularly for the athletes,” said Casey Schwab, vice president of business and legal affairs for the NFLPA. “Because of those consequences, the athlete’s voice must be heard, particularly as we contemplate sports betting in the country.”

Schwab said the players’ unions from the respective leagues are on the same page and are focused on the protection of athletes – their privacy, their data and their public perception – more than monetization opportunities when it comes to sports betting.

How will sports betting odds vary offshore and state-by-state? It’s just one of several big unknowns in a new landscape of legal U.S. sports betting.

The path to legalization of sports betting was a long one.

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.

Many more states have introduced legislation aimed at legalizing sports betting.


NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

NFLPA exec: ‘There are serious consequences’ to legalized sports betting

NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs Casey Schwab stated that legalized sports betting could have immense ramifications concerning player privacy.

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional, allowing states to offer legalized sports gambling on a state-by-state basis.

Delaware and New Jersey offer legalized sports betting, while many other states may have the framework in place when the NFL season begins in September.

During a summer meeting conducted Friday by the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, the NFLPA expressed their concern about how legalized sports betting would affect their players.

“Because of those consequences, the athlete’s voice must be heard, particularly as we contemplate sports betting in the country.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asked Congress to provide and build uniform standards for state-sanctioned sports betting shortly after the Supreme Court announced their ruling.

It appears that the NFL and NFLPA share uniform concerns about the rollout of legalized sports betting at this juncture, with the latter worried about how betting will enable fans to spew further vitriol toward players.

Casey Schwab of NFL Players Association to Keynote Summer Meeting Of Legislators from Gaming States, July 13-15 in Cleveland

Casey Schwab of NFL Players Association to Keynote Summer Meeting Of Legislators from Gaming States, July 13-15 in Cleveland

Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the NFL Players Association, will keynote the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, which takes place July 13-15.

Schwab’s keynote underscores the prominence that the prospect of expanded legal sports betting will have in the Summer Meeting program, which includes legislative committee sessions that will examine the topic as well as a Masterclass panel discussion presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law.

“Athletes should not only have a seat at the table, they should be leading the dialogue. With that, on behalf of NFL players and all athletes, I am thrilled for the opportunity to engage directly with lawmakers at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States Summer Meeting.”

Two Masterclass panels conducted by the International Masters of Gaming Law, focusing on sports betting and online gaming.

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming.

Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses.

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 36 US states and territories and in 47 countries on six continents, serves as the Executive Director of NCLGS. SOURCE National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

NFLPA exec: Sports betting has “serious consequences” for players

NFLPA exec: Sports betting has “serious consequences” for players

“There are serious consequences, particularly for the athletes,” NFL Players Association V.P. for business and legal affairs Casey Schwab told David Purdum of ESPN.com.

“Because of those consequences, the athlete’s voice must be heard, particularly as we contemplate sports betting in the country.”

Who’s really hurt? Who isn’t hurt? Which player(s) does the game plan feature? With which team will a given player sign a contract? Even if players aren’t being directly paid for that kind of information, people close to them will have an incentive to listen closely, and potentially to profit from what they hear.

“And as more money goes into sports betting, that price tag goes up.”

And either the players or someone close to them will realize that, and react accordingly.

Of course, those concerns apply not only to players but also to coaches, executives, owners, equipment managers, trainers, and anyone who has access to any information that could be co-opted to help make a given bet more likely to win.

Although those same dynamics have been part of sport for as long as illegal betting has occurred, it won’t be easy to legitimize the betting without legitimizing all’s-fair efforts to beat the house.

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