The NBA could soon have in-game gambling, and Adam Silver seems excited about the possibility.
The NBA commissioner this week gave his most full-throated endorsement yet of legalized gambling, an idea he has backed for several years. While commissioners 0f other major American sports leagues have been more wary to embrace gambling — or at least, to say so in public — Silver is solidly behind the idea and not afraid to say so.
While critics have raised concerns about the increased possibility of games being fixed, Silver told Sports Business Daily that he believes in-game gambling will enhance the NBA experience for fans.
“My sense is that the law will change in the next few years in the United States. It’s more a function of being realists. It’s a multi-hundred billion-dollar illegal industry in the United States. Ultimately, as the owners of the intellectual property, we’re going to embrace it.”