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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pennsylvania Mobile Sports Betting Will Bring Wagers Inside MLB Ballparks

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board expects the state’s first online sportsbook to begin live testing sometime in the next two weeks. That means, before the end of May, either Pittsburgh’s PNC Park or Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park will become the first MLB stadium to host fans legally betting on baseball from their seats.

Mobile sports bets are already being accepted in New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia, but none of those states are home to major league franchises. Now, either the Phillies or Pirates are set to make history.

Major League Baseball is often held to a different standard than other sports because of its traditional image as national pastime. Fairly or not, the memories of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and Pete Rose’s fall from grace still linger. Former commissioner Bud Selig said in a 2012 deposition that gambling was “evil, creates doubt and destroys your sport.”

But MLB is entering this new era willingly. The league has had a partnership with daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings since 2013 and, most notably, MLB partnered with MGM Resorts on an official gaming partnership last November. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the advent of in-ballpark betting at SportTechie’s State Of The Industry conference. He emphasized the league’s sports betting policies regulating commercial activities and insuring the integrity of games.

So, how long before bookies are wandering the stadiums, and how long after that before we get a reminder why this opening for gamblers is a bad idea?

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: betting on baseball, philadephia, pittsburgh

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   1. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: May 18, 2019 at 04:09 PM (#5843408)
What could possibly go wrong?

Most revenue grabs by MLB have been inspired - the speed with which they figured out the streaming service issue being the most impressive - but this is just dumb. It's bad for the fans with addiction issues, it's bad for the look of the sport, and it's potentially bad for the product on the field. I know they are trying to bleed whatever they can out of the game, but I don't see this worth the potential cost. Of course, I care about the game; whether or not Manfred does is up for debate.
   2. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: May 18, 2019 at 04:24 PM (#5843412)
As much as I love baseball, I'm actually rooting for a quick scandal just significant enough to force them to abandon this whole thing before something truly damaging happens.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: May 18, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5843417)
Mobile sports bets are already being accepted in New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia, but none of those states are home to major league franchises.

major league BASEBALL franchises.

you can legally bet from your seat at Giants or Jets games in the Meadowlands, and of course there are the Vegas Golden Knights.
   4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:31 AM (#5843707)
As much as I love baseball, I'm actually rooting for a quick scandal just significant enough to force them to abandon this whole thing before something truly damaging happens.


Agreed.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5843710)
What are the concerns about MLB being involved in online gambling in some way versus just online gambling existing anyway?
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5843711)
whether or not Manfred does is up for debate.

It is?
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5843712)
I'm actually rooting for a quick scandal just significant enough to force them to abandon this whole thing before something truly damaging happens.

Thirded

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