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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

Rob Manfred

A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager.

Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that one part of that deal is causing annoyance for some managers: daily lineups must be passed on to the Commissioner’s office first, before the media or the team’s PR department, so that they can be passed along to those setting the odds.

This is just one example of the minor issues that will come up as professional sports further embrace gambling. The windfall to leagues will ensure it’s worth it, but those involved in the sport may run into some frustrations like this one.

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