Skip to content

Expansion of legalized betting “jeopardizes the integrity of professional sports,” says NHL

Nov 8, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

Sports book Getty Images

Bill Daly was supposed to be in Ottawa today to appear in front of a Senate committee on the expansion of legalized sports betting in Canada. Fortunately for hockey fans, the NHL’s deputy commissioner was too busy with other stuff to make the trip.

The NHL did, however, release a statement on the proposed bill that would permit provinces to allow wagering on a single sports game. (Currently it’s only legal to bet on multiple games.)

“The bill jeopardizes the integrity of professional sports and the public’s trust and confidence in professional sports in North America,” the statement reads, as per CBC.ca.

“If single-game sports betting becomes a publicly fostered and sponsored institution, then the very nature of sports in North America (including the National Hockey League) will change, and we fear it will be changed for the worse.”

The NHL isn’t blind. It knows billions of dollars are already wagered illegally on single-game sports games. And it’s not like this bill would make it legal for street-corner bookies to take bets; it would all be provincially regulated.

It appears the league is concerned with optics as much as anything. The mere suggestion of impropriety could, in theory, be damaging to the NHL brand.

And in fairness, Canucks fans are paranoid enough without adding a potential gambling conspiracy to the equation.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Couture fined $5K for slew-footing Smith

    Feb 27, 2015, 2:20 PM EST

    Logan Couture Getty Images

    Incident occurred during last night’s San Jose-Detroit game.

  2. If you want to call the Sharks ‘fragile,’ Todd McLellan won’t disagree

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:53 PM EST

    Antti Niemi, Logan Couture, Brenden Dillon, Darren Helm AP

    Were dominated by the Red Wings for the final two periods of last night’s loss.

  3. Trade target Calvert (concussion) out indefinitely, says Columbus

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:35 PM EST

    MattCalvert

    Could it keep him from getting moved by Monday?

  4. Slumping Ducks hoping visit from Kings brings out some emotion

    Feb 27, 2015, 12:48 PM EST

    Los Angeles Kings v Anaheim Ducks - Game Five Getty Images

    “If we can’t get up emotionally for that game, then I think we have to take a deeper look at ourselves.”

  5. Wild waive veteran forward Veillieux

    Feb 27, 2015, 12:13 PM EST

    Veilleux Getty Images

    Has appeared in 12 games for Minnesota this season.

  6. Sabres GM Murray: I got a trade call on a player ‘I never thought I would get’

    Feb 27, 2015, 11:39 AM EST

    Tim Murray

    “He actually said, ‘Can you believe I’m calling you on this guy?’ And I said, ‘No, I can’t. But let’s talk.”

  7. Flames lose captain Giordano for key tilt versus Isles

    Feb 27, 2015, 11:13 AM EST

    giordanogetty Getty Images

    Norris candidate will sit after getting injured during Wednesday’s win over New Jersey; Tyler Wotherspoon has been recalled from AHL Adirondack.

  8. Veteran NHLer Sopel calls it a career

    Feb 27, 2015, 10:54 AM EST

    Image (1) sopelwithcup-thumb-250x335-14372.jpg for post 2198 Getty Images

    Announced his retirement on Friday.

  9. Oddsmaker: Sidney Crosby no longer Hart Trophy favorite

    Feb 27, 2015, 9:53 AM EST

    Sidney Crosby Getty Images

    He endured a rough stretch, but has bounced back recently.

  10. Panthers thrilled to get Jagr, who might be more than a rental

    Feb 27, 2015, 8:57 AM EST

    Florida Panthers v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    He’ll bring experience, but at 43 years old can he also give Florida a boost offensively?

  11. Burgled: Sens’ Hammond shuts out Kings

    Feb 27, 2015, 1:16 AM EST

    Andrew Hammond AP

    His shutout streak is now at 172:22.

  12. Wild get important win vs. Preds (and some luck, too)

    Feb 26, 2015, 11:31 PM EST

    Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle,Jared Spurgeon,Ryan Carter, Marco Scandella AP

    Nino Niederreiter combined skill and good fortune to help his team win.

Featured video

Trade deadline storylines to watch
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Krejci (2612)
  2. B. Wheeler (2404)
  3. T. Hall (2356)
  4. R. Nash (2230)
  5. K. Okposo (2062)