Bloomberg Law
April 3, 2019, 5:42 PM

Controversial Sports-Betting Fee Would Boost Revenue, Study Says

Eben Novy-Williams
Eben Novy-Williams
Bloomberg News

For more than a year, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have argued that they should get a cut of every legal bet placed on their games.

A study from gambling consultant Spectrum Gaming Group says imposing the controversial royalty—also called an integrity fee—could generate more money for sportsbooks and states because of greater cooperation from the leagues.

Commissioned by the leagues to analyze the viability of a 0.25 percent royalty, Spectrum calculated that annual gaming revenue should range from $6.5 billion to $9.1 billion in the roughly 20 states that are currently mulling regulation. League involvement, the ...