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Controversial Sports-Betting Fee Would Boost Revenue, Study Says

  • MLB, NBA want a cut of sports bets, commission study on impact
  • Role for leagues could boost revenue, state levies on bets
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For more than a year, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have argued that they should get a cut of every legal bet placed on their games.

A study from gambling consultant Spectrum Gaming Group says imposing the controversial royalty -- also called an integrity fee -- could generate more money for sportsbooks and states because of greater cooperation from the leagues.