MLB is facing a setback as their request to remove the spring training games from the list of sports open for betting lines has been turned down by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). Major League Baseball had reached out to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) seeking a ban on opening betting lines on their spring training games after the games were offered for betting by US states of New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. It should be noted that these states have legalized sports betting.
In their response to the situation the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has not come up with a formal response, however, it is reported that they have not been supportive of the decision to offer betting lines for the spring training games. While Nevada had actively denied the request made by MLB officials the reaction of the New Jersey Gaming Enforcement has followed the precedent and is not at all surprising.
The MLB’S requests were based on the argument that the exhibition games are more likely to be corrupted, more so because of the participation of minor league teams and also due to the increased number of players in different squads.
While the MLB’s requests have been turned down, they are not the only ones to have made such requests. Earlier the NFL too had made similar proposals to keep the control over betting types to themselves as they actively mentioned that in their request to federal sports betting legislation. However, without much success with their requests, the NFL has abandoned their pursuit.