Nevada regulators reject Major League Baseball request to ban spring training bets

Nevada regulators reject Major League Baseball request to ban spring training bets
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Gambling regulators in Nevada say the state won't ban bets on Major League Baseball spring training games despite a request from the league's officials.

The Associated Press reports that the MLB urged the Nevada Gaming Control Board last week to suspend bets on spring training games, which the league says are “more vulnerable to manipulation” and therefore carry “heightened security risks."

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Nevada regulators reportedly responded Thursday, denying the request and stating that betting organizations had procedures in place to prevent game fixing.

MLB officials told the AP that they will make similar requests in the future in other states that allow sports betting while acknowledging that the league's request in Nevada came too close to the start of spring training in 2019.

Eight states including Nevada allow sports betting, while two others have recently passed bills to allow some form of betting on major sports events that have not yet gone into law, according to ESPN.

A study last year found that betting on the four major sports leagues in the U.S. could lead to as much as $4.2 billion annually in profits for the organizations, including the MLB.

The Supreme Court last May struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state, a precedent-shattering decision that has opened the door to legalized sports gambling nationwide.