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West virginia sports betting rejects integrity fees

The plans for West Virginia sports betting have dealt a blow to the major US sports leagues after integrity fees were not included in the state’s revised betting rules.

Sports betting is already live at two of the state’s five casinos – with mobile betting expected soon – however firms have been operating since August on temporary rules.

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The state’s Lottery Commission approved the final regulations after reviewing 18 suggested amendments. It rejected all seven proposals put forward by major sports leagues, including a plan for West Virginia sports betting to collect integrity fees of 1% of turnover put forward by the leagues.

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The Lottery Commission said it believes such fees, if desired by both sides, should be agreed between the leagues and betting operators. The Commission said: “The Lottery declines to intervene between negotiations between private business entities.”

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