West Virginia Lottery Commission rejects integrity fee proposal

Sports Betting

Professional sports leagues couldn’t persuade lawmakers to institute “integrity fees” for sports betting. Representatives of the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the PGA Tour made their case in a letter to the West Virginia Lottery Commission.

The commission reviewed 18 comments to the rules before its vote. It rejected all seven changes proposed by the sports leagues, the most significant being the integrity fee. The commission said, “The Lottery declines to intervene between negotiations between private business entities.”

West Virginia Racing Association President John Cavacini, whose organization represents the casinos, said the commission made the right call.

“The state has no business negotiating a contract between two privately held, for-profit, companies,” he said after the commission’s vote.