Sports Betting Scandals and the NBA’s Official Betting Practices

A sports betting scandal can affect the integrity of a sport or event. These incidents are often the result of match-fixing (in which a team is intentionally losing in order to win wagers), point shaving (players purposely missing shots), spot-fixing (betting on a specific player action), bad calls from officials at crucial moments, or overall game-fixing (the overall outcome of a contest). Some states have legalized sports betting, but many remain banned.

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2022, sports betting has grown rapidly across the country. New Jersey is currently leading all states in total sports betting handle, followed by Nevada and Pennsylvania. Colorado, New York, Florida, and Illinois are also in the top 10, and many other states are expected to join them soon.

Historically, professional sports leagues have opposed legalized sports betting. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has argued that sports betting threatens the integrity of his league, and has called for Congress to establish core standards for states that choose to legalize sports betting. However, after the Supreme Court ruling, the NFL has reversed its position and is one of the most active stakeholders in the industry – partnering with multiple sportsbook operators and promoting their offerings on ESPN.

The NBA will partner with DraftKings and FanDuel in support of its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling, which includes social media messaging and public service announcements. The NBA will work with both partners on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of its games, and will continue to advocate for responsible gambling to legislators and the general public.