NHL’s Bettman Wants a Cut, Just Don’t Call it an ‘Integrity Fee’
May 30, 2018 9:48 AM
by Brett Smiley
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has never been one to mince words. And Monday night, just as Las Vegas was poised to host its first major professional championship in any sport, Bettman said it like it is.
“I’m not sure I buy the term ‘integrity fee’,” Bettman said before the puck dropped in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals featuring the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. “I don’t worry about the integrity of our players.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want a cut of the action should states across the U.S. make sports betting legal on the heels of the Supreme Court striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. It just means that Bettman may be trying to distance himself from what has become a not-so-popular term for what amounts to a royalty. The NBA and Major League Baseball have used the phrase “integrity fee” during efforts to lobby state lawmakers across the nation. And with its use has come criticism.
No, Bettman still thinks the NHL and other pro leagues deserve a cut. And on Monday night, he said so.
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