Silver reacts to Supreme Court sports betting decision

NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke to reporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The United States Supreme Court has voted 7-2 in favor of overturning a federal ban on sports gambling, given each state the right to form its own laws on the matter — and NBA commissioner Adam Silver has taken note.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court opens the door for states to pass laws legalizing sports betting,” Silver said in a prepared statement. “We remain in favor of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures. Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”

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“Silver has been a proponent of legalized sports betting for several years,” Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote. “As Michael Scotto of The Athletic detailed last week, Silver is aware that hundreds of billions of dollars are being bet illegally on the NBA, and feels it’s in the league’s best interest to have a voice in how that betting is regulated. As we noted earlier this year, the NBA also reportedly wants to receive a 1% share of each bet placed on one of its games.”