Pennsylvania might adopt new rules for sport betting

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved new temporary rules as it opened its doors to sports wagering on Wednesday.

The board also gave nod to rules that would require casinos to offer sports betting to hire third-party monitors for ensuring the integrity of sports betting.

Douglas Harbach, spokesman of a Gaming Control Association asserted  that these third-party integrity monitors are practiced in many countries including Europe and Nevada, where sports wagering has been in place for years.

The Gaming Control Board has been establishing new rules to set up sports betting under a 2017 state gaming expansion law which permitted sports wagering if it was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court gave its verdict legalizing sports betting on May 14. Since then, many states including New Jersey and Delaware have opened their doors for legal wagering.

Harbach said that there was no firm timeline for doing the same in Pennsylvania, but Wednesday’s meeting “pushed the ball down the field.”

He also said that the Board would be releasing its rule reflecting on the kinds of sports contests will be open for legal betting.

In a letter that he wrote to the the Gaming Control Board, Penn State President Eric Barron requested college sports to be excluded from the state’s sports betting expansion for the first two years of legalization of sports wagering.

Barron expressed his concern saying that the amateur athletes might be more prone to being manipulated by those who try to influence of the game.

University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Heather Lyke didn’t ask for a college sports betting ban but she asked for “impact fees” to be passed along to the colleges to cover their increased costs tied for managing the changed landscape as a consequence of sports betting.

Professional sports leagues have also been asking for “integrity fees,” Harbach said.

These fees would be passed along to the pro sports leagues so that the money can be utilized to combat cheating in sports.

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