Opinion | What was missing from MLB’s betting crackdown


On Tuesday, Major League Baseball banned San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano for life because he had placed legal bets on professional baseball games. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement. But it seemed to us he missed an opportunity to include some words from professional baseball’s partners in the $11 billion sports betting industry.

Mr. Manfred’s statement:

“The strict enforcement of Major League Baseball’s rules and policies governing gambling conduct is a critical component of upholding our most important priority: protecting the integrity of our games for the fans.”

Somehow missing: FanDuel has worked with Major League Baseball as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the league since 2019.”

“The long-standing prohibition against betting on Major League Baseball games by those in the sport has been a bedrock principle for over a century.”

Also strangely absent: The BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park is NOW OPEN! Catch all the action and bet on your favorite teams at our 4,000 sq. ft. sports bar.”

“Since the Supreme Court decision opened the door to legalized sports betting, we have worked with licensed sports betting operators and other third parties to put ourselves in a better position from an integrity perspective.”

Seems relevant: FanDuel will bring fans’ viewing and wagering experiences closer than ever before by streaming MLB.TV’s Free Game of the Day through both FanDuel’s sportsbook app and on FanDuel’s OTT platform FanDuel+”

“MLB will continue to invest heavily in integrity monitoring, educational programming and awareness initiatives with the goal of ensuring strict adherence to this fundamental rule of our game.”

Curiously not included:Can’t make it to the book? Place your in-game action anywhere, anytime, within two blocks of Nationals Park! Download the BetMGM App now!”

After all, as Mr. Manfred said in 2021, baseball’s pace of play is perfect for sports betting.

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