A big fillip from the major sporting leagues who have released a joint statement calling for prompt action to allow single-event sport wagering has been given ambitions to implement legal sports betting in Canada.
The missive, which was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Canada’s Attorney General and Justice Minister Dave Lametti, was signed by Adam Silver of the NBA; Gary Bettman of the NHL; Rob Manfred of the MLB; Don Garber of the MLS; and Randy Ambrosie of the CFL.
The statement reads: Short and direct states: “The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Football League support an amendment to Canada’s federal laws that would authorise provinces to offer betting on single sporting events.
“Sports betting gives fans another exciting way to engage with the sports they love. Because a legal and regulated sports betting market in Canada would be beneficial to sports and their fans, we urge prompt action to make this a reality.
“Sports betting already happens illegally in Canada; creating a legal framework would shift consumers from illicit, unregulated markets to a legal and safe marketplace. Regulating single-game betting would allow for strong consumer protections as well as safeguards to further protect the integrity of sports.”
Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse, who has long advocated a change of the law, responded to the development with The Windsor Star quoting him as saying: “It’s an amazing coming together over a long period of time that shouldn’t go unnoticed by the prime minister and those interested in ending fraudulent gaming.
“It’s a vindication of what needed to be done a decade ago. It shows Canada is now an outlier in regards to single-event sports betting.”