MLB To Reportedly Offer Support For Initiative Of Online Sports Betting In California

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Major League Baseball has taken a stance in the battle between two different initiatives that are reportedly on the November ballot in the state of California regarding sports betting. Per their announcement on Friday, the MLB has decided to support proposition 27 which would permit the use of online sports betting.

The MLB issued a statement on Friday.

“As legalized sports betting continues to expand across the country, Major League Baseball remains committed to protecting the integrity of its games and creating a safe experience for fans who wish to wager on those games. Proposition 27 — the only measure on California’s upcoming ballot that would authorize and regulate online sports betting — includes strong integrity provisions designed to help MLB carry out those commitments.

“The measure would, for example, (1) require sports book operators to notify leagues of suspicious wagering activity, (2) allow leagues to propose restrictions on betting markets that are particularly susceptible to manipulation, and (3) facilitate other forms of integrity-related cooperation between the state, leagues, and operators. MLB believes that Prop 27 has the safeguards to create a safe and responsible online sports betting market in California — a state with millions of MLB fans looking for alternatives to illegal offshore betting sites.”

ESPN has more HERE.