Roger Goodell on gambling: pic.twitter.com/bF1wZNiQ7v
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2018
No surprise here, the NFL is front and center for a money-making opportunity.
There are a few questions that came to mind when the announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding legalized sports betting: How fast is this going to happen? What will happen to DraftKings? Will there be any resistance?
The speed of the decision depends on where you live. DraftKings is ready to go. But, will there be any push back from any of the Big Four sports? As you could’ve guessed, Major League Baseball is not happy with the way things are going. This Article from ESPN goes in depth and shows how Manfred was pleading not only with the state of West Virginia, but the entire nation, to delay their decision on sports betting. Manfred even asked us to think of the poor children!
Of course, when presented with this ruling, the NFL handled things completely differently. Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t fighting what is clearly written on the wall. He wants to get the most out of this decision for the NFL, as seen in point two in his four point plan. He wants to make a lot of money on licensing, which means partnerships are going to be huge for this.
Adam Silver and the NBA are already discussing creative ways leagues should be compensated. The NBA proposes that each league get a 1% cut of the total amount bet on their games. The NBA is doing more for MLB than MLB is in this situation!
Do you know how bad it is for baseball? It is so bad that even Gary Bettman has a great outlook on how this ruling can impact the growth of his game; even though he was against the ruling initially. Even Bettman can accept that this could have positives for the future of his sport.
Hopefully Major League Baseball can come to its senses before it’s too late, but they will go kicking and screaming. Poor Pete Rose.