NHL refuses to back potential expansion of sports betting in Canada

NHL refuses to back potential expansion of sports betting in Canada

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Totally Gaming

Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), has reiterated the North American ice hockey league’s stance on sports betting by refusing to support a push to expand such wagering activities in Canada.

Windsor West MP Brian Masse had written to the NHL in an attempt to gain support for Bill-C 290, which would decriminalise betting on single-game sports in the country.

The bill was first introduced three years ago and has remained in limbo in the Canadian House of Commons for some time. The latest review of the bill, which had been due to take place last month, was delayed.

In response to the letter, Daly said the NHL refuses to support Bill-C 290 due to the detrimental impact it could potentially have on ice hockey in the North American region.

“We continue to believe that Bill C-290 will increase the overall volume of sports betting in Canada which is a result we do not favour,” Daly said, according to Covers.com.

Several high profile figures in US sport also currently campaigning for an expansion of sports betting. NBA basketball chairman Adam Silver is one of the main driving forces behind the potential expansion and he has received support from various corners of the sports and gambling industry, as well as from certain government figures.

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