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Breaking: Bettman makes controversial decision regarding NHL and legalized gambling

Yet another unpopular decision from everyone’s favorite commissioner…

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now earlier today, where he and podcast host Larry Lage discussed the NHL’s role in the gambling world, now that federal courts in the USA have legalized sports gambling.

In effect, Bettman says that anyone looking to make a profit off of NHL betting will have to negotiate with the league directly. Specifically Bettman says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.

According a report from The Canadian Press:

Bettman tells guest host Larry Lage in the in the latest episode of “PodcastOne Sports Now” those who want to conduct gambling business with NHL assets will need to negotiate.

Remember all that “pie in the sky” talk about legalized gambling in NHL arenas and in-game gambling during NHL broadcasts earlier this year when federal courts lifted the restrictions on sports betting? Well… that’s all merely a fantasy now. Unless, of course, interested parties cut the NHL in on the action.

No word yet on what kind of partnership or what kind of “cut” Bettman and NHL owners are seeking in any kind of agreement, but if the recent negotiations with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee regarding NHL participation in the Olympic Games is any indication, the asking price will be high. Bettman isn’t one to give away something for nothing, as evidenced by his 25 years as NHL commissioner. The man is greed personified.

By comparison, NFL commissioner Roger Goddell has been equally as vague in his explanation regarding this new sports betting landscape:

Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be governed by federal law rather than state law. The Supreme Court ruled last week to strike down a 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling.
Goodell says the standards should give sports leagues the right “to protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it.” Goodell also wants law enforcement to be able to “protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.”