So What The Heck is Integrity Monitoring, Anyways?

So What The Heck is Integrity Monitoring, Anyways?

June 07, 2018 10:46 AM


Preserving the “integrity of the game” has been the NFL’s and fellow leagues’ rallying cry that pushed Congress enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992, which banned full-fledged sports betting outside Nevada. That law is now gone, ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court on May 14. Without a doubt, integrity or clean games remains paramount for all sides in the sports and sports wagering ecosystems, and of course for the fans.

This year as the leagues have publicly warmed up to legal sports betting (realizing how PASPA would go), they have frequently referenced “integrity monitoring” and the burdens their leagues will face with expanded legal wagering in the U.S. And of course, they want money from states or licensees to finance these efforts as well – an “integrity fee.”

But the leagues and lawmakers done much to answer: What the heck is integrity monitoring?  In order to better understand this somewhat mythical matter, Sports Handle caught up with Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation, a gaming lawyer and adjunct professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching such courses as fundamentals of casino operations management. She helps shed light on the oft-discussed matter that is driving the financial tug-of-war between states and leagues.

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