Sen. Orrin Hatch pushes for federal oversight of sports betting market

Sen. Orrin Hatch pushes for federal oversight of sports betting market

August 25, 2018 7:59 AM
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Retiring U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch said Thursday he intends to follow through with his plans to introduce legislation that would implement federal oversight of the nation’s developing legal sports betting market.

The Utah Republican, in a speech on the Senate floor, said, “I firmly believe that we need a set of fundamental, federal standards that will protect the integrity of the game, consumers, and the sports wagering market.”

The American Gaming Association, the industry trade organization, issued a statement Friday describing federal oversight of sports betting as  “an abject failure.”

Hatch was one of the original authors of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the bill the banning Nevada-style sport betting elsewhere, that was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in May.

Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi have now joined Nevada in allowing legal sportsbooks. West Virginia may have sportsbook operations up and running late next week, with numerous other states moving forward with sports betting as soon as laws are passed and regulations established.

Hatch, who is not seeking re-election, told his fellow Senators, “Watching this flurry of activity in the states has only underscored for me the need for some consistent, minimum standards to protect the integrity of sports and the sports wagering market.”