Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause
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.
Per MLB's gambling deal, managers have been told their daily lineups must 1st go to Commissioner's Office, not to PR, not to media. "I'm really bothered by this," one manager says. It's OK to not field he best team, for service time reasons, but lineups 1st must go to Vegas.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 6, 2019
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.