As the United States Supreme Court continues to consider the Christie v NCAA federal lawsuit, the PGA Tour has reportedly announced that it would support regulated sportsbetting on its golfing competitions including the annual Master’s Tournament.
According to a Wednesday report from GolfChannel.com, the professional golf tour organizer began working with Genius Sports earlier this season on a program that monitors wagering on its players and tournaments while also initiating an integrity program for all competitors.
Andy Levinson, Tournament Administration Senior Vice-President for the PGA Tour, reportedly explained that his body has also been cooperating with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball in order to ensure that legalized sportsbetting does not harm fans or the integrity of competitions.
“It’s important that the types of bets and the types of markets that are created around our competitions are ones that don’t increase the risk of corruption,” Levinson reportedly told GolfChannel.com. “By having some say in the types of bets that are offered we feel we can mitigate the risk that can be posed.”
As such, GolfChannel.com reported that the PGA Tour would like to outlaw bets that focus on negative outcomes such as a competitor missing a fairway while it would furthermore seek to utilize the new medium to promote fairness and fan enthusiasm through the use of official Tour-generated statistics.
GolfChannel.com reported that the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Christie v NCAA case before its breaks for its summer recess in July while Levinson moreover purportedly declared that the PGA Tour would be looking to take advantage of any new commercial opportunities created by legalized sportsbetting.
“If betting operators are going to be profiting off our competitions then we believe that the pro leagues are entitled to do that as well,” Levinson reportedly told GolfChannel.com.