BOSTON – There have been some varying reactions to the floodgates getting opened to sports gambling around the United States with this week’s Supreme Court ruling, and the hockey world has been no different.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs weighed in, saying that if properly regulated, it’s something that excites him as an owner and Chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors.
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“I think [the prospects of] sports betting is very much in the future of US sports. It’s been going on across the world. We’ve played at other jurisdictions. By that I mean we do business in Australia and we do it in England. We see it all the time, and it does bring a degree of interest that doesn’t exist here in this country,” said Jacobs. “The interaction with your customers and the team is greater with it. I mean, they’re just more interested in it. So, I think it will be a real plus to the sports field, but it has to be managed and controlled. I think that’s where the rub is going to be until we evolve a good relationship between the teams and the gaming interests. It will be a little rocky.”
All four major pro sports leagues, the NHL, NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, along with the NCAA , had urged the nation’s high court to stand by a 1992 federal law barring sports betting in most states outside Nevada. But on Monday, the justices, in a 6-3 vote, decided to go the other direction in upholding the legality of a 2014 New Jersey law permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks in the state.
That would allow sports betting across the United States as pro sports leagues are lobbying for federal laws to create uniform betting regulations rather than each of the 50 states going in different directions. Clearly, it’s going to result in more money being made for both the leagues and for the government taxing betting, so it’s not a surprise to hear a somewhat rosy outlook from one of the sports owners that will surely benefit from it once put in place.