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Patriots expected to embrace sports betting whenever state makes it legal

The Patriots are among the NFL clubs in "states where sports betting is not yet approved," but expect them to "be ready to embrace sports betting," according to Michael Silverman of the BOSTON GLOBE. Team President Jonathan Kraft is "one of eight members of the league owners’ Legalized Sports Betting Committee." Boston’s pro sports teams have "been lobbying Beacon Hill legislators the last couple of years to pass sports betting legislation" in Massachusetts, and their respective leagues, along with gaming and tech companies, have "joined in the effort." NFL VP/Public Policy & Government Affairs Jonathan Nabavi expressed "a degree of optimism that a Massachusetts bill could gain momentum in the next couple of months as legislators continue with their 'thoughtful approach.'” Nabavi said, “We’re really trying to protect our product, the integrity of the game, and make sure there are principles in place, like the use of official data, limiting certain types of prop bets that might be objectionable, information sharing, dedicated regulator, know your customer -- all those types of things that see a shift from the illegal to the legal market. That’s all part of the conversation in Massachusetts, where we’ve had a lot of productive conversations, and we’re looking forward to official action this fall.” Silverman notes Gillette Stadium already features the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone and Encore Boston Harbor-branded areas under the Patriots' sponsorship deals with betting-related entities (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/9).

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