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Sports Leagues' Push For 'Integrity Fees' No Slam Dunk

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 9:50 AM EDT) -- The NBA and the MLB are pushing state lawmakers to require sports betting operators to pay so-called integrity fees, or royalties, in part to compensate the leagues for their intellectual property, an argument some say has little existing legal support. 

The leagues say sports betting operators are profiting off of their product while the leagues themselves take on all the risk that a gambling scandal could bring to the integrity of their games. But opponents have pointed out there has been a long-existing illegal sports betting market that is estimated to see $150 billion in wagers each year. Maintaining the integrity...

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