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Jontay Porter Scandal Could Spark Changes to NBA Player Props

If the over/under on the number of betting scandals it would take a professional sports league to reexamine its gambling ties was set at 1.5, the under would have hit.

Following the lifetime ban of Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter, the NBA is in discussions with sportsbook partners to figure out some changes that might prevent another scandal.

According to ESPN, the NBA is looking for ways to tweak betting menus including, “prohibiting betting on players on two-way contracts between the G League and the NBA,” and “not allowing bets on the ‘under’ on a player prop. ”

However, there are concerns that limiting what consumers can gamble on might push them back into the arms of unregulated sportsbooks. For example, the kind of off-the-books bookie that took the action of Shohei Ohtani’s translator, Ippei Mizuhara.

Legalized sports gambling has been spreading rapidly since the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act 2018. While 38 states (plus the District of Colombia) have legalized gambling, there are still plenty of states dragging their feet to get involved. Possibly because there are so many kinks to work out where it is legal.

In the meantime, leagues are desperate to find ways to keep something like the Porter situation from happening again because there’s so much money at stake. Where once we were inundated with daily fantasy sports ads, we’re now subject to nonstop legal gambling ads. Sportsbooks advertise everywhere and there’s a huge push to make gambling more accessible everywhere. It’s where all the money is right now, and it’s new and exciting and everyone wants to be involved and no one wants to miss out.

Things like the Porter scandal put it all at risk. That’s why leagues have to do whatever they can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Even if they know deep down it probably will.