As more states turn to sports gambling in the wake of a May Supreme Court decision that overturned a federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting, some politicians have sought to introduce a framework to guide the industry at the federal level.
On Wednesday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined the conversation by releasing a memo outlining several suggestions for the burgeoning industry.
Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour and NBA issued a statement Wednesday night in support of Schumer?s proposal.
?As legalized sports betting spreads across the states, there is a need for consistent, nationwide integrity standards to safeguard the sports millions of fans love,? the statement read. ?We strongly support the legislative framework outlined by Senator Schumer and we encourage Congress to adopt it.?
The NFL and NCAA later added in a joint statement: ?Protecting the integrity of our sports is of paramount importance to the NFL and NCAA. We applaud the leadership demonstrated by Senators (Orrin) Hatch and Schumer in support and federal legislation to protect the integrity of our games following the Supreme Court decision. Core federal standards are critical to safeguarding the sports we love, the millions of athletes across the country who play these games at all levels and our fans.?