THOMPSON’S TAKE: THE NBA AND VEGAS GET HITCHED … WHAT WILL THE KIDS LOOK LIKE?
News item: The NBA and MGM strike up a deal to help gamblers with better information before they place their bets, now that wagering on games is ruled A-OK by the Supreme Court.
Jim Thompson rolls the dice on this one from his website thompsonsportsart.com:
“Remember when the NBA considered sports gambling to be a petulance, a virus? You should remember. It was four months ago. The NBA was of several ‘friends of the court’ in MURPHY V NCAA that filed amicus briefs opposing legalized gambling. Four months ago the NBA was running from the virus. Now, it’s mainlining it.
“The NBA acted quickly and teamed up with MGM Grand on a multi-year deal. Although the deal is with MGM, the NBA is now frankly in the betting business. When some schmuck in an MGM Grand property puts down $20 on the Cavs to win the 2018/19, part of it goes to the NBA.
“Remember when Adam Silver was roasting that pig? Now he’s marrying it.”