How to build a US gambling system that protects the integrity of sports (key takeaways from Great Britain)

Published 21 August 2018 By: Steven Flynn, Rick Parry

US sports on field

This article considers how the integrity of US sports can be protected from the risks associated with gambling following the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)1. In doing so, it reviews how betting is regulated in Great Britain and offers advice on aspects of that system that the US may wish to adopt. Specifically, it looks at:

  • Background

    • Betting on sporting events in the US

    • Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) & Murphy v. NCAA

  • Why have legalised sports betting markets?

  • An overviewing of betting in Great Britain

  • How sports betting is regulated in Great Britain

    • The Gambling Commission

    • Cheating at gambling

    • The Sports Betting Integrity Panel

  • Challenges for the US betting market in the Post-PASPA world and lessons that can be learned from Great Britain

    • The Wire Act: an impediment to variety and value for money

    • Regulating sports betting: State or Federal level?

  • Conclusion


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Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn is a barrister and head of the Sport, Media and Entertainment Group at St John’s Buildings Barristers’ Chambers. He specialises in sports related commercial and disciplinary matters and regularly represents governing bodies and participants in match-fixing cases, as well as lecturing on the topic.

Rick Parry

Rick Parry

Rick Parry chaired the Sports Betting Integrity Panel for the UK government in 2009. In 2016 he co-authored "The Key to Sports Integrity in The United States: Legalised, Regulated Sports Betting" with Dr David Forrest for The American Gaming Association.

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