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The NFL, NBA and others want Congress to set uniform, nationwide rules on
sports gambling for all states, saying the integrity of athletics is at stake.
And an influential Republican on Capitol Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, quickly
announced plans to push for such legislation.

But states are already moving quickly to enact their own laws, with some
legislators wanting fans to be able to place wagers by the time football season
starts this fall. And there are serious doubts Congress wants to get
involved.


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”Sports are played on a national and sometimes international stage, crossing
state borders and involving residents of numerous municipalities,” said Rummy
Pandit, a gambling analyst with New Jersey’s Stockton University. ”From that
standpoint, federal regulation of sports betting makes sense. But the federal
government has not historically been involved in the day-to-day regulation and
oversight of gaming.”

For years the major sports leagues argued that gambling on games would lead
to match-fixing and point-shaving. Now that they lost the court battle with
Monday’s landmark ruling, many suspect that they are now pushing for federal
legislation not for high-minded reasons, but because they see it as the easiest
way to get a cut of the proceeds.

Negotiating a piece of the action with Congress would be more efficient than
trying to work out deals one by one with dozens of states.

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state governments to share some of their revenue with the sports leagues – or
pay them what the leagues like to call ”integrity fees,” designed to cover the
costs of policing betting.

The leagues have been making headway in negotiations on integrity fees with
individual states, including Kansas, Connecticut, Indiana and New York, said
Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The leagues
also have come down on their fee demands in several states, lowering them from 1
percent to 0.25 percent, he said.

Wallach said the leagues, in seeking to be paid for sports betting, might
also be able to make a compelling court case that they have intellectual
property rights in the data that is used in wagering.

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compromise on giving a cut to the sports leagues, rather than ”battle it out,
state to state to state, winning some, losing some,” Wallach said.

But state opposition remains strong. Within hours after the ruling, New
Jersey lawmakers introduced a new bill to regulate sports betting that would
drop the integrity fee that was in an earlier version.

In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed a sports betting bill
to become law without his signature and later announced he had reached a deal
for casinos to pay a fee to pro sports leagues. But casino operators denied
there was a deal.

On Monday, the high court struck down a federal law that limited sports
betting to four states that met a 1991 deadline to legalize it: Nevada,
Delaware, Montana and Oregon. It came on a court challenge from New Jersey. As a
result of the ruling, states are now free to adopt laws regulating sports
betting.

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sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence
in these events.”

The NFL reasoned, too, that it would be easier to comply with one nationwide
set of regulations than with 20 or 30 individual ones.

The NBA likewise called for national regulation of sports betting.

Hatch, one of the authors of the federal law that was thrown out by the
Supreme Court, sided with the leagues.

”The rapid rise of the internet means that sports betting across state lines
is now just a click away,” he said. ”We cannot allow this practice to
proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory
bottom. At stake here is the very integrity of sports.”

It’s unclear how eager Hatch’s colleagues are to wade into this debate.
Lawmakers are spending more time in their home states as election season heats
up. The legislative calendar is winding down. And some lawmakers with
libertarian views favor letting states deal with the issue.

Also, Congress has been unable in recent years to pass federal laws
regulating online poker, fantasy sports or internet gambling.

David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gambling Studies at the University
of Nevada-Las Vegas, predicted states will be reluctant to give up control over
a potentially lucrative new source of tax revenue.

Sara Slane, a senior vice president at the American Gaming Association, said
she believes Congress is going to have a hard time catching up with states that
are moving quickly to legalize and regulate sports betting.

She said that many federal lawmakers already view sports betting as a states’
rights issue and that it will be difficult for Congress to roll back those
efforts once betting operations are up and running.

”I do see this as somewhat dead in the water,” she said of federal
legislation. ”This is going to largely unfold on the state level.”

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noncommittal Tuesday.

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The Cowboys had planned to move defensive tackle Datone Jones to injured
reserve, re-signing Brian Price to take his roster spot. But the Raiders claimed
Price off waivers, and now the Cowboys have decided to keep Jones on the
53-player roster, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Jones, 28, has a left knee injury that kept him out the entire preseason.

Jones played in four games for the Cowboys last season after signing Nov. 27
and made nine tackles and a sack. He played three games with the 49ers.

A first-round pick of the Packers in 2013, Jones spent four seasons in Green
Bay. He recorded 80 tackles and nine sacks.

The Cowboys announced they have cut defensive end Charles Tapper from the
practice squad. A fourth-round pick of Dallas in 2016, Tapper played only two
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