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With more and more states moving towards legalizing sports betting on a weekly basis, the NBA is revisiting and doubling down on their policing of sports betting when it comes to players, coaches, and teams within their league.
Just in the past week, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have all taken steps to legalize or further legalize sports betting in some shape or form.
With top NBA officials in London this week, along with the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum is there with his own agenda.
His goal is to meet with European representatives, where betting has been legal for decades, The English Premier League and professional tennis are wildly popular over there, but both of those sports have had trouble with match-fixing in the past. Tatum is trying to learn from them how to stop it and handle it if it does occur.
The NBA already experienced some issues with former referee Tim Donaghy being convicted of fixing games. Back then, sports betting was illegal in 49 states, now it seems to be on its way to being legalized in the majority of the nation's states.
Luckily the NBA has the money, resources and desire to keep gambling on their sport as clean as possible. All they have to do is hope history doesn't repeat itself.
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